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Richard Zurawski

June 22nd, 2011 (No Comments)

In the time that it will take me to write this blog, an astounding 10,000 new people, over and above the number that already exist on this pale blue dot, will make their entrance to the world. In October of this year we will pass the seven billion mark, that is, 7 with nine zeroes, [...]

June 22nd, 2011 (No Comments)

Something that seems to have fallen off the radar in recent years and even decades, is food and food production. When I was a boy throughout much of the 1950s and 1960s, there seemed to be a constant flood of awareness of how precious food was and how privileged I was to have enough to [...]

June 22nd, 2011 (No Comments)

Now here is a ready made series of happenstance disasters, illustrating almost perfectly a point that I have been trying to make for a very long time. First the point. Abandon scientific reasoning and studies at your peril. Just a couple of months ago the world was agog with the media tsunami in Japan. For [...]

June 22nd, 2011 (No Comments)

You may or may not have noticed that I have taken the last little while off from blogging. In the interim I did, and continue to do my latest book tour and set in place the beginnings of another phase of my academic life. The effects of changing your schedule is amazing. It appears, at [...]

March 17th, 2011 (No Comments)

It has been a frustrating week for me. The aftermath of the terrible earthquake and ensuing tsunami was bad enough without the horrible TV coverage about the difficulties with the Japanese nuclear facilities. Headline, after headline, after headline screamed about meltdown, clouds of nuclear radiation, Chernobyl and Three Mile Island, over and over again with [...]

March 17th, 2011 (No Comments)

This past week the son of our Maritime Morning talk show host, Jordi Morgan, had a run in with a tree while enjoying what is arguably Canada’s most popular winter sport, sledding. And the while his injuries, a fractured skull and concussion, are serious, they could have been much, much worse. We are exhorted time [...]

March 8th, 2011 (No Comments)

One of the most exciting advances in science is now taking place in the realm of astronomy. New technological advances have made it possible for the very first time, to verify what astronomers have suspected for centuries, that the many if not most of the stars of the firmament are orbited by planets. And with [...]

March 8th, 2011 (No Comments)

There has been, in the past few months, a great hew and cry about the proliferation of coyote sightings in Halifax and environs. It seems they are everywhere. And from the excited reports in the media, it seems as though we are under dire threat from coyotes everywhere. As soon as a coyote is sited, [...]

January 10th, 2011 (No Comments)

This past week there has been a bit of buzz because of a CBC episode of “Land and Sea” that is to air soon. It is produced by Jeff D’Eon and deals with energy from algae and illustrates a number of things quite well. The first is that a little information can be a dangerous [...]

January 3rd, 2011 (1 Comment)

Look around you. Look at the toys that we have, the way we live, how we do business and what we expect in the future. Each and every last one of them is the product of one and only one thing, and that is science.  Science has, for the past 500 years, been the only [...]