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No, it's not a Hallucigenia
Although in the darkness of the forest, it is easy to imagine a gigantic version of that Burgess shale lobopod.
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Although in the darkness of the forest, it is easy to imagine a gigantic version of that Burgess shale lobopod. When I'm not hiking through the forest, you can find me on Twitter
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Climbing up into C- Level Cirque

Lucky we hiked on this day, by the next one forest fire smoke moved in even more and we could not see the mountains from the valley. Plans to climb again were put on hold until the views get better and the air is safer to breath.
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Lucky we hiked on this day, by the next one forest fire smoke moved in even more and we could not see the mountains from the valley. Plans to climb again were put on hold until the views get better and the air is safer to breath. When I'm not scrambling in the Rockies, you can find me on Twitter
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The Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books 2015 list is announced! https://royalsociety.org/awards/science-books/
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Spray Valley fromSparrowhawk Tarns
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We have been hearing about this hike for a while, and when the opportunity to do it came up, we jumped at it. The U-shape of the glaciated valleys are clearly visible. Perhaps what we are in is called a hanging valley. When I'm not contemplating the geology, you can find me on Twitter
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what if? - a review

I review the very popular science book “What if? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions” by Randall Munroe based on questions submitted to his xkcd.com website.

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I review the very popular science book “What if? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions” by Randall Munroe based on questions submitted to his xkcd.com website.
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It's more than a rill perhaps it's a beck?
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I don't know how to classify small streams. This outlet stream from Tower lake soon joins a much bigger steam to flow out of the Castle watershed. When I'm not hiking in the rockies, you can find me on Twitter
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Praising project-based learning : using the Gee in Genome kit
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I was pleased to find that an editorial in an Alberta newspaper supported project based learning. As an advocate of project-based learning, I have some suggestions on using the Gee in Genome kit.
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Gut Microbiome and Backyard Chickens

Thinking about backyard chickens led me to the gut microbiome, food poisoning, Gause's law and new research on the genome of Salmonella. I also consider probiotics for chickens.

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House Guests, House Pests
I found this to be a great summer read. Here is my review.

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Where did the phrase ‘debugging the computer’ come from? Richard Jones tells us many stories in his new book House Guests, House Pests: A Natural History of Animals in the Home. This is my review.
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Grizzly bear encounter with a happy ending for both bear and humans. Details  posted on #flickr

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We were on a long grind up hill to the trailhead when I heard my spouse say "Oh s**t!" I looked up, and there we were less than 20 metres from a big grizzly. No where for either us, or the bear to escape. We started backing slowing down the trail and soon met up with other hikers also on the trail. After we all backed up about half a km, we came to a small stream. We were making enough noise now that the bear decided to go up the watershed rath...
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Today is the 193rd birthday of Gregor Mendel - the father of genetics  #scichat #genetics  
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Gerry’s Gene Scene 21 – recent developments in colorectal cancer

Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common type of cancer in Canada, and, after lung cancer, is the second most common cause of cancer-related death. I found some recent genomics news particularly interesting as it revealed significant developments in colon cancer research.
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  • San Diego State University
    M.A., 1987
  • University of Calgary
    B.Sc., 1968 M.Sc., 1970
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