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Would a park in your neighbourhood make you bike more or less?

In my Master’s research, I examined the impact of urban greenspaces on decisions to move into the suburbs. It had a significant effect being one of the top three reasons why individuals chose to live on the outskirts of Edmonton. I, on the other hand, prefer to live closer to the centre of Edmonton, but … Continue reading

Pigeons are better at multitasking

I feel like these days people claim their ability to multitask as a badge of honour. Eventually, it will degrade to a playground quality fight: “Yeah, well I have ten different windows open on my computer and I’m simultaneously leading a meeting while attending a webinar that is vital to my field.” When I am … Continue reading

Exercise and healing

I just had my (hopefully) last surgery on the wrist I broke two years ago.  I have diligently done any physical tasks I was instructed on, whether that was not moving it or cleaning the pin that was sticking out. I have also paid close attention to my mental state and have worked to get … 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

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

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

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

Resilience in sport and Go Oilers!

The Edmonton Oilers are in the playoffs! We’ve made it to game seven in the second round. Hopefully, we’ll make it into the third round but that is a story that won’t be answered until tomorrow. No matter what happens from this point on, I can’t help but be impressed by the team’s resilience. They … 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

The things we don’t notice…

As I have mentioned in previous posts I kind of destroyed my wrist. As a result of my ongoing saga, I’m getting pretty good at doing things one handed. Most things don’t even phase me anymore. The things that do phase me are when seemingly innocent signage, statements, or requirements make me feel excluded. Case … Continue reading

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