Quick Links

Toxic chemicals in the environment

Virtually no day goes by without an alert from the media about some chemical in the environment that is suspected of harming our health. It may do this by disrupting our hormones, triggering cancer, causing heart disease, affecting brain development, or any combination of these. 

Read more

You Asked: Is it true that getting angry can affect the heart?

According to a study in the European Heart Journal, a single angry outburst can have immediate adverse effects. That’s because anger causes an increase in blood pressure and a release of the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol.

Read more

Small beads can make for a large problem

Science can make for a strange bedfellow. I had just finished recording a video showing off one of my favourite sweaters and expounding on the ingenuity and the environmental benefit of it being made from recycled polyester bottles when an article appeared on one of my newsfeeds about how “your clothes are poisoning our oceans and food supply.”  Read more



“I hate plastics. We should get rid of them.” So began an email I received. The correspondent went on to talk about how plastics are a plague on the environment, how they contain chemicals that contaminate our food supply, disrupt our hormones, cause autism and ADHD and use up valuable petroleum deposits.

Read more


Vitamin D and Prevention of Disease

To take or not to take, that is the question many people have been asking themselves about vitamin D supplements. As is so often the case in science, there is no concrete answer. This in spite of close to 2000 studies published in the scientific literature. 

Read more


Looking for something? Search our BLOG!


The Trottier Public Science Symposium - "Science and the Media: the challenge of reporting science responsibly"

Erica Johnson: "Busting the Spin Cycle"
Julia Belluz: "The Dr. Oz problem: How reporters should cover the peddlers of bad science"


Day 2
Trevor Butterworth: "Facts, fiction, and science: where the lines become blurred"
Joel Achenbach: "How to Survive the Age of Bad Information"


For more information on other Trottier Symposium events, please visit the Trottier Symposium website. 



Did You Know?

The idea that birth control pills make the user gain weight has been floating around since the first appearance of contraceptive pills on the market in the 1950’s, but hasn’t been true for quite some time. Early contraceptive pills used only estrogen to prevent pregnancy, and they used it in massive quantities- initial pills had 10 mg of estrogen per daily pill. As the science of contraception developed however, it became obvious that lower doses of estrogen would accomplish the same effects (with fewer side effects), and the doses eventually dropped to the modern average of 35 µg per daily pill. While the high doses of estrogen were associated with weight gain in users, the modern amounts have dropped so low that studies find no relationship between birth control pills and the weight of their users.

For more interesting facts, please make sure to check out our "Did You Know?" section of our blog.


Got a question? We have an answer! Ask Us!

Have you downloaded the OSS App? Available on Apple, Android, and Windows (8.0, 8.1).