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Placebos Used in Vaccine Trials Do Not Please Everyone

3 Jul 2020

Against what does a vaccine need to be tested in the context of a clinical trial? The answer that pops immediately to mind is “a placebo.” In the medical sciences, things get compared to placebos...

Let's Puncture Some Myths About Masks

3 Jul 2020

This article was first published in The Montreal Gazette....

Respect for Dandelions

26 Jun 2020

Spring has sprung, and with it has come many dandelion plants poking their yellow flowers through blades of grass. Perhaps surprisingly, there’s much more to these plants beyond being pesky weeds.

Why does coffee make you poop?

26 Jun 2020

If you're anything like me, you can't start your day without a cup of coffee. However, if you're anything like me, about 20 minutes after that first cup has been drained, you can be found sitting...

The Magical Ring That Was Claimed to Predict COVID-19

26 Jun 2020

As the NBA resumes its basketball season in Florida, sports journalists are pointing out that players will have the option to wear a $300 ring fitted with the latest technology to act as an early...

There is More to Microbes than Viruses

23 Jun 2020

We have been inundated with discussions of viruses but there are other types of microbes out there as well. Fungi, algae, protozoa and of course, bacteria. The latter are not only out there, but...

(June 18, 2020) COVID and More: Conversations with the McGill OSS

18 Jun 2020

Joe Schwarcz, Jonathan Jarry, and Emily Shore discuss a whole host of topics (some COVID, some not) on this week's "COVID and More". "Flushable" wipes, essential oils, design of a toilet seat,...

Looking for a Little Humour in the Era of COVID

17 Jun 2020

A priest a lawyer and an engineer are about to be guillotined. The priest puts his head on the block, they pull the rope and nothing happens - he declares that he's been saved by divine...

No, Bleach Isn't for Gargling or Washing Fruit

17 Jun 2020

This article was first published in The Montreal Gazette.

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