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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

Science Fair

It is impossible to write on every science topic out there, which is awesome. There is so much science going on, in all parts of the world. Some of it is done in universities or in organizations but a lot of it happens in other spaces where someone sees a need or asks a question … Continue reading

How long do I have to run?

Mileage, or for those of us in the metric world kilometreage (doesn’t have the same ring to it does it?). That’s what stands out to me when I talk to dedicated recreational runners. They put in a lot of kilometres each week. I will never reach the numbers they do. I mentally don’t want to. … Continue reading

How important is generalizability?

Are you ready for it? My PhD research was not generalizable. I studied a specific group of people about a specific topic. I cannot make claims about how other people might respond or think about the topic, nor can I make assumptions about how the group I worked with would respond to environmental issues other … Continue reading

Figure skating balance

When I injured my knee as a teenager the physiotherapist put me on a wobble board. If you haven’t seen one they are a board on top of some sort of piece that is unstable. Mine both have half of a hard ball on the bottom. I was supposed to stand on the board on … Continue reading

What do cold weather and red peppers have in common?

Adipose tissue is the type of tissue designed to store fat (ideally to be used for energy). It also helps to protect parts of the body by cushioning it. Fat is also a known insulator keeping the body warm.  There are two main types of adipose tissue: white and brown. White adipose tissue is responsible … Continue reading

Meet a tree

After a bout of food poisoning this weekend this will be a short one. It is interesting how often I am asked how to tell different conifers (trees that produce cones) apart. After years of teaching science and nature this is my quick and dirty guide. It is by no means my intellectual property; I … Continue reading

The wake up light works for me

Last summer I looked into the research on wake up lights. As a very not morning person who goes to work early every day I was looking for any sort of tool that could make the morning more bearable. Based on what I learned (you can read the post here) I took the chance and … Continue reading

Change up your running shoes

If you’re a runner, you’ve probably heard the advice to change your shoes, not just to replace them, but for different runs in a week. I have two different pairs of runners of different styles and brands. They both have a low heel-to-toe drop but in most other ways they are quite different. I like … Continue reading

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