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Chad Atkins
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Great piece by +Alheli Picazo: "there’s an illness sweeping its way across North America, one which has long-troubled the scientific community and baffled even the most seasoned medical expert. . . . . . . a condition known as science-denialism. . . once airborne, this virulent ideology is nearly impossible to contain"

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The upsurge in measles diagnoses is but a symptom of a wider, just-as-potent condition.
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Canadian doctors fact-checked 40 random episodes of Dr. Oz and published their results in the British Medical Journal (the BMJ).

It turns out that roughly 4 out of 10 assertions made on the show appear to be made on the basis of no evidence at all.

#DontBelieveEverythingYouWatch    #CriticalThinking  

http://www.bmj.com/content/bmj/349/bmj.g7346.full.pdf
What do real-world doctors have to say about the advice dispensed on “The Dr. Oz Show”? Less than one-third of it can be backed up by even modest medical evidence.
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Play with the periodic table of elements like never before! 

Google has used their data expertise to transform the periodic table into an interactive tool. Curious what element has received the most mentions in books? Or which elements are most abundant in the sea?

Check it out to see for yourself.

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This is what I'd classify as creative #scicomm -- using hip-hop to explore science.

Famous hip-hop artist Gza stopped by a classroom learning about natural selection in the Bronx, NY. Here's a snippet of a rhyme developed by a student:

"This is my profession, I do it with perfection
I'll survive and you won't, call that natural selection"
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You don't have to be a Star Trek fan (a "trekkie") to be familiar with the concept of a tricorder. In the show, it was a handheld multi-purpose device capable of sensor scanning and real-time data analysis. 

Could be tricorder of the future be on the cusp of being developed? #spectroscopy  
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A stimulating long-read on genetically modified organisms ( #GMOs  ), describing details of their staunchest opponents and debunking the myth of suicidal farmers from India. 

An eye-opening quote from an Indian farmer that resonated with me: "Every time we export one kilogram of basmati rice, we export five thousand kilograms of water. We are exporting millions of tons of soy meal to Asia. The Japanese feed it to cows. The nutritive value of what a cow is eating in Japan is more than what a human being eats in India. This has to stop.” 
Vandana Shiva accuses multinational corporations such as Monsanto of attempting to impose “food totalitarianism” on the world. Credit Illustration by Jason Seiler / Reference: Amanda Edwards / WireImage
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Did you happen to catch wind of the SUPERMOON event that occurred tonight? Did you even maybe go outside and sneak a glimpse of it for yourself?

This great piece by +Philip Plait  from June of last year reveals the truth about "supermoons" and their relationship to full moons. 

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Oh, is it that time again? The time for everyone to overhype the “Supermoon”? Yup. You’ve probably heard about this: on June 23, the full Moon will be the biggest and brightest of the year, so it’s called the Supermoon. Let me be clear: While this is technically true, you’d...
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Diet fads may never go away - neither will the people who claim to be experts on nutrition.

But people who are experts tend to be confident in the information they share, and that means they're willing to respond to public criticisms. It's easy to spot fakers - like the +Food Babe - because they constantly dodge these criticisms and portray themselves as victims. 

This post describes some of Vani's techniques to avoid her skeptics.
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There seems to be a creative trend this year where advent calendars are counting down with "modern delicacies" -- craft beer being one of them. 

+Compound Interest decided to put a different spin on the advent calendar by presenting: the Chemistree! (revealing one chemical a day, until Christmas)
Click on the Chemist-Tree's flasks to see that day's molecule along with a short description. Note: on some browsers & devices, the image map below may not function correctly and clickable area...
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Proof that #evolution works in amazing ways.

In the 1990s, a pesky parasitic fly began to infiltrate the cricket population on Kauai, Hawaii. Read this great story by +Ed Yong on how a mutation of the male cricket wing helped achieve survival. 
In 2003, Marlene Zuk travelled to the Hawaiian island of Kauai and heard something very strange—nothing. A disquieting quiet. An absence of chirping. A silence of the crickets. Zuk had been studyin...
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Do Bugs Need Drugs? An awareness campaign for the wise use of antibiotics. #antibioticresistance  

FYI: "Both bacteria and viruses cause infections but antibiotics only work against bacteria."
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The scientific journal Nature (+Nature Publishing Group ) sent out a survey to 3,000 scientists and engineers regarding their behaviors and associations with various social media platforms.  

The results are very informative. And while the focus of the article is mostly on the "big players" (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn), I find it interesting that more scientists and engineers seem to regularly visit Google+ than Twitter. When you dig into the data a little deeper (which is available here: http://www.cs.umd.edu/hcil/keshif/survey/NPG_survey.html), it seems that Professors use Google+ more regularly than Twitter. 

There's lots of neat data to be mined! 

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Giant academic social networks have taken off to a degree that no one expected even a few years ago. A Nature survey explores why.
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  • University Of British Columbia
    PhD, Chemistry, 2010 - present
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland
    MSc, Chemistry, 2007 - 2009
  • University of Waterloo
    BSc, Chemistry, 2002 - 2007
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Scientist. Always smiling and rarely clean-shaven.
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Professionally:
  • I'm an analytical chemist.
  • I do outreach and communicate science (#scicomm).
  • I teach (@chem311ta).
  • I'm an elected member on the executive committee for a professional spectroscopy society (#SASpec).
  • I'm a social media assistant for a research institution and an annual science conference (@ICORD_SCI and @FACSSnetworking).
Personally: 

"My heart is true, I'm a pal and a confidant." - Golden Girls
  • I value authenticity (#realtalk).
  • I'm from the east coast of Canada but I don't have an accent.
  • Hobbies include sports, camping, and the occasional board game. 
If we're on the same wavelength, I'd love to connect!

You can also find me here: 
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Fighter of the Nightman, Champion of the Sun
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Truro, Nova Scotia - San Francisco, California - Waterloo, Ontario - Ottawa, Ontario - Halifax, Nova Scotia - St. John's, Newfoundland - Corner Brook, Newfoundland
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Rare Mutation Ignites Race for Cholesterol Drug
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Let's sit down for some story time with everybody's favorite science uncle, Richard Feynman.

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