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Canadian governmental scientists: 90% feel they are not allowed to speak freely to the media about the work they do, 24% of respondents had been directly asked to exclude or alter information for non-scientific reasons, and 48% are aware of actual cases in which their department or agency suppressed information, leading to incomplete, inaccurate, or misleading impressions by the public, industry and/or other government officials.
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Your insect photographs may benefit big science

"Photographs labelled with at least date and shooting site are scientifically more valuable, and may therefore contribute to insect biology and taxonomy, biodiversity catalogues, or species conservation."
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Canadian Scientist Declines Award
A University of Alberta researcher refuses to accept a prestigious scientific award because he thought two of his collaborators should have also been honored.
"Microbiologist and immunologist Michael Houghton of the University of Alberta was told last week (March 20) that he would receive the Canada Gairdner International Award, often called the “baby Nobel,” The Canadian Press reported. But he refused to accept the award, which comes with $100,000, because he said that Qui-Lim Choo and George Kuo, who worked with him to identify the virus at the biotechnology firm Chiron Corporation in the 1980s, also deserved the prize."
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Sometimes the high road, while harder, is the best path to take. Congratulations to Michael Houghton on his award and on his strength of character.
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Grandma got STEM

Wanted: grandmothers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics – related fields)
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Northern hemisphere dwellers: For those looking for comet L4 PANSTARRS, start looking to the western sky after sunset.
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If anyone is looking for a sciencey silk scarf, I recommend...
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Brilliant
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So a friend of mine, +Steven Casagrande, just launched his business' website at http://galvant.ca/ with two very neat products for sale: a GPIB/USB adapter and a temp/humidity sensor board that communicates via I2C. Both are open-source hardware, and for the GPIB adapter, example Python code is provided for talking to many common instruments.

I'm excited for the possibilities are opened by having good quality open-source and well-documented lab equipment, and I think that Galvant is doing a great start at making that happen!
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The update from Planck. Slight adjustments to some major things, like the age of the universe (we're 13.81 billion years now), along with composition (now 68.3% dark energy, 26.8% dark matter, and ~5% regular matter).

http://sci.esa.int/science-e/www/object/index.cfm?fobjectid=51551
See also: http://www.nature.com/news/planck-telescope-peers-into-the-primordial-universe-1.12658 and http://www.sciops.esa.int/index.php?project=PLANCK&page=Planck_Published_Papers
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If regular matter is such a small part of the Universe's composition, shouldn't we find a new name for it other than "regular?"
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Watch 2012 DA14 go by us live thanks to the Murrumbateman Observatory in Australia
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