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Hoover Hogs and Hansens Disease: What’s up with Armadillos and Leprosy?
Bacteria / Disease / Environment / Health / Worldwide

Hoover Hogs and Hansens Disease: What’s up with Armadillos and Leprosy?

Leprosy seems like an antiquated disease – and it mostly is. A few small pockets of the world still carry it, one of them being the American South, thanks to…… armadillo hosts? Learn more about how armadillos give humans leprosy in my guest blog post over at the Canadian Association for Science Writers! Continue reading

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The Undead Assassins Living in Your Body: Bacteriophages!
Death / Environment / Microbiology / Science / Viruses / Worldwide

The Undead Assassins Living in Your Body: Bacteriophages!

Since I was introduced to bacteriophages, I have been fascinated by their crisp geometric structure that reminded me of the illustrations of leggy, warring aliens called “Tripods” from my childhood version of War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells. And in a way, these viruses share more in common with Well’s invaders than just their … Continue reading

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Musings on the Wall between Humanity and Nature
Canada / Environment / Philosophy / Science

Musings on the Wall between Humanity and Nature

Thoughts from a Canadian portage…. (and an Ode to Killarney) Like so many summer past, this last weekend I had the glorious opportunity to portage* through some of Ontario’s beautiful lakes. I’ve been waiting for this particular trip to Killarney Provincial Park for over a year – home of the beautiful white quartz cliffs, and … Continue reading

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From Lightning Bolts to Your Heartbeat: Fabulous Fractals
Fractals / Mathematics / Science

From Lightning Bolts to Your Heartbeat: Fabulous Fractals

Fractals – it sounds like something that happens when you break your arm, doesn’t it? The word actually derives from the same Latin precursor as fracture, frāctus – something ‘broken’. And truthfully, fractals will probably break your mind if you think about it for too long….. (speaking from experience). As a result, I’m going to … Continue reading

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