Archives for January 2019

I Give *hic* Up

I once read an online post wondering how long it would take the human race to realize that hiccups had been eradicated from Earth. While it prompted a lot of interesting discussion among my friend group, it sadly doesn't seem to be a very plausible reality. I say this because I had hiccups not once, … [Read more...]

How do athletes improve?

As an elite cyclist I am constantly asking myself the question of how I can get faster and fitter. There are thousands of fitness plans on the internet that plan to get you as an athlete faster but one thing they all have in common is recouvery. When you exercise it stresses the muscles to the … [Read more...]

Interchanges: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

Part 1 of 2: Service Interchanges. Parclo Interchage in Ontario (c) Google Landsat / Copernicus, used under Google Maps' attribution guidelines When highway design works well, it's not something you notice. The roads take you where you want to go, and that's the end of your experience. … [Read more...]

Should we pack and go live on Mars?

Mars (c) ESA - European Space Agency & Max-Planck Institute for Solar System Research for OSIRIS Team ESA/MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/RSSD/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO With the upcoming FSL visit of a real life astronaut and having attended two events with Chris Hadfield, I decided to look into … [Read more...]

Main Components of the Human Blood

T&E Science Club (c) Stephenie Liew, CC-Zero Blood is obviously essential to everyone’s living - we can’t live without it. Recently, I’ve had an opportunity to visit CBR, the Centre of Blood Research at UBC on a field trip with my club. We met research scientists and found out what they were … [Read more...]

A Health Risk You Must Hear About

Anyone who has lived in a city before has walked down a busy street, and some (including myself) do this almost every day. The noisiness is annoying, but most don't realize that it is actually harmful to our health and the environment. The constant noise going around in cities is called noise … [Read more...]

Defining a lunar eclipse

NPS/Brad Sutton (c) Joshua Tree National Park, CC BY 2.0 What is the meaning of "super wolf blood moon"? We all saw it and heard about it. The super wolf blood moon illuminated the night sky on Jan 20, 2019. It was a lunar eclipse that doesn’t show up commonly but I didn’t think much of it … [Read more...]

Trees talk!

I love spending time in the forest. Trees stretching above and around me fills me with a sense of contentment and wonder. How did these trees grow to be their adult selves, towering testaments to botanical strength?  To learn more, I am reading “The Hidden Life of Trees” By … [Read more...]

How Does Deodorant Work?

Nobody wants to smell bad, but puberty can make that hard for some teenagers. That's why for high-schoolers, deodorant is a very important product. There are stick types, spray-ons, powders, and roll-ons. Some need it more than others, but the majority of us have one anyway. Everytime I see these … [Read more...]

The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil

Plaque Dedicated to the Location of the Stanford Prison Experiment (c)Eric. E. Castro, CC BY 2.0 Without even meeting you, I can assume that you believe you're a good person. I assert the same for myself. Sure, we're not all Mother Teresas, but we'd probably put ourselves above the level of … [Read more...]