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Let It (Fake) Snow!

16 Dec 2020

Have you ever wondered how ski hill operators make snow? Actually, they don't make snow, they make tiny beads of ice, each one about one ten-thousandth of an inch in diameter. It all starts with...

The Science of Sourdough and How a Jar of Microbes Could Help Keep Your Bread Fresher Longer

28 Jul 2020

Its catapult to popularity may have been triggered by the pandemic-induced yeast shortages, but even months later, when instant yeast is once again available at most grocery stores, sourdough’s...

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...

COVID-5G: How Distrust and Coincidences Empower the Alex Jones in Our Brain

24 Apr 2020

We all have a tiny Alex Jones in our brain. When we forget he’s there, it’s easy to mock the belief that 5G waves are causing our current viral pandemic. But with telecommunications masts on fire...

How Do We Rapidly Test for COVID-19?

12 Mar 2020

There’s a lot of talk about testing for the new coronavirus and how testing kits are in short supply in certain areas. But what few people explain is what is inside this mystery box. How are...

There is a connection between TNT, the male musk deer, and your perfume

26 Feb 2020

Arab perfumers in the sixth century were the first to discover that diluting the obnoxious smelling dried contents of the little pod found near the anus of the male Asian musk deer not only...

Instagram Can Undermine Your Plan to Lose Weight

8 Jan 2020

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

Before electricity, streets were filled with gas lights

17 Dec 2019

A long, long time ago, before electricity, fire was the only weapon against darkness. Ancient civilizations made use of torches but by 4500 B.C. oil lamps made out of shells or hollow rocks were in...

Apple Watch Isn't Great As a Medical Device

27 Nov 2019

​This article was first published in The Montreal Gazette.

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