Ah the oil and gas industry, what would we do without it? Humans have been using oil since something like 4000 BC, so you can imagine that the sudden abandonment of fossil fuels is virtually impossible. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA) the global oil demand reached over 97 million barrels per day in … Continue reading Are We Actually Running Out Of Oil?
The beauty industry is absolutely massive. Producing something like 445 billion dollars in sales, you can imagine that there is a lot of money to be made in this industry. This means that in addition to long-standing cosmetics giants such as L’Oréal, the market for smaller companies has grown and is thriving. The room for newcomers … Continue reading “Natural” Beauty Products: Gimmick or Game Changer?
At the end of the day we’re all slaves to our biology. While our brains are extremely complicated, humans - like all animals – can be pretty easily tricked into feeling good about something and then doing whatever it takes to achieve that feeling. Fortunately, you might be able to use this behavioural trait to … Continue reading How To Hack Your Brain’s Reward System For Increased Motivation
Julie Payette, engineer and former astronaut, is poised to take on the role of Governor General of Canada under the Trudeau government. Regardless of your place on the political spectrum or opinion of the fact that we even have a Governor General, this is something everyone should be excited about. Yes, perhaps it’s a distraction … Continue reading Why Everyone Should be Excited About Canada’s New Governor General
In case you haven’t been paying attention to anything but Kid Rock potentially running for Senate — seriously what the actual fuck — a giant-ass chunk of ice detached from the Antarctic Peninsula yesterday. And when I say “giant-ass” I mean like PEI-sized (approximately 6000 km squared) giant that weighs a trillion tons. It’s certainly troubling to say the least. … Continue reading Day 4: So About that Giant-Ass Iceberg…
Academic integrity is important. Obviously. You’d be hard pressed to find someone who would argue otherwise. Unfortunately, our collective loss of academic integrity is ever-growing and more commonplace than you might expect. Let me explain. Whether it is intentional or not, a lack of academic integrity is overlooked by your peers, teaching assistants, and even professors … Continue reading Day 2: The Death of Academic Integrity
Imagine your life in a world where the lithium ion battery was never invented. For starters, you probably wouldn’t even be reading this because you wouldn’t have a smartphone/tablet/laptop for which this platform was created. There is no doubt that the lithium ion battery has revolutionized the world of portable electronics, and is on its … Continue reading Beyond Lithium: The Future of Batteries
“She’s not dressed like a scientist” “She just doesn’t LOOK like a scientist” “Oh! A scientist! You must be in biology” (No disrespect to biologists here –there are just fewer women in the physical sciences) These comments may seem innocuous, but I promise you, they are infuriating. And what’s worse is that oftentimes they’re often … Continue reading What Does a Scientist Look Like?
Motivation. Honestly that’s why like 50% of the people on here even use Medium. I get it though. Some days you just have it and some days you don’t. But what exactly is it that motivates us? Is it the same for everyone? Is there one, failsafe motivational tactic that we should all be using? … Continue reading How to Find Your Monday Morning Motivation – According to Science
Humans are smart. Like, really smart. We just are. We’ve figured out how to fly, not just across the world but to go to goddamn SPACE. We’ve created mathematical models that accurately describe a huge number of seemingly random natural phenomena, and we are pretty good at predicting what’s going to happen to our planet. … Continue reading We Are So Smart. And yet we fuck literally everything up.