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Peyto

I am passionate about making science, sustainability, and sport accessible through engaging information and activities. Peyto is a reference to Bill Peyto who was an outfitter, trapper, and eventually a park warden in Banff National Park. Peyto Lake and Peyto Glacier are both named after him. He is also a distant relative of mine.
Peyto has written 146 posts for Connecting with Science

Positive or negative? Sleep may make the difference

One thing that I know about pain is it affects your sleep. So does being too warm. So, last week, with the 30°C temperatures and the ongoing pain in my wrist, was exhausting. It, therefore, intrigued me then when I found a new article that looked at the impacts of sleep deprivation on the likelihood … Continue reading

Check the facts

I always told my students, particularly bio students, that while their goal might have been to get a specific grade, get accepted into the program of their choice, etc, my goal for them was that they could evaluate claims in the news and understand what their doctor was saying. One would hope that peer reviewed … Continue reading

Survival of the ?

When you think about all the things that we will put humans, and even our pets through in order to make sure a bone heals properly you have to wonder if a broken bone for a wild animal is a death sentence. These bones are the same bone (the humerus – upper arm bone) from … Continue reading

My cell phone reduces my brain power

I’m waiting to get a surgery date for my wrist (for anyone counting that will technically be the fifth); as a result, I have my cell phone with me all the time. It sits out on my desk at work, even in meetings, and everyone understands that I will answer my phone if the doctor … Continue reading

What was evolution thinking?

I have a downy woodpecker nest in my backyard. It is awesome! For several weeks I have been watching and listening as the parents made the nest, cared for the eggs, fed the babies, and defended the nest. But as I lay in bed a little later this morning I can’t help but wonder isn’t … Continue reading

To weed or not to weed

A few years ago I moved into a neighbourhood of lush lawns. My direct neighbour is a retiree and spends excessive time managing his many different flower beds and his lawn. It looks awesome, so long as you like the manicured look. As I walk down the street on my way to the bus each … Continue reading

No straight answer

A few weeks ago I wrote two posts on synthetic versus cotton clothing and synthetic versus cotton wound dressings. Those came out quite squarely on the side of the synthetics. But nothing in life is ever that simple. The other side of the discussion are the environmental and social impacts of cotton versus synthetic clothing … Continue reading

Science Videos that Rock

I’m a big fan of not reinventing the wheel. I also believe that using a multitude of tools and resources is valuable for all learners. As a consequence, I use a lot of resources developed by other people when I teach. I thought I would share some of those here. Crash Course – created by … Continue reading

Wicking fabric and wound management

One of the topics that I didn’t expect to discover when I thought to look up wicking fabrics was their use in wound management. Anyone who has worn a Band-Aid has probably experienced some skin integrity issues. You have a Band-Aid on your finger and you wash your hands. When you take the Band-Aid off … Continue reading

Cotton or Synthetic – physiology

There are two sides to the debate of cotton versus synthetic clothing for me. One, which I will address in this post, is physiological and psychological responses to exercise when wearing the different types of clothing. The second, which will hopefully be a future post is on the environmental side. Every backpacker knows that cotton … Continue reading

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