Science Education

Jargon: Hominids (Great Apes, including us)

Hominids: members of the phylogenetic family Hominidae, which includes chimpanzees, orang-utans, bonobos, gorillas, and humans (as well as extinct related forms). What do hominids have in common? Relatively large bodies, long arms and, importantly, no tail. Hominids can also use their hands to gather food and sometimes to use tools. The prefix “homo-” can mean … Continue reading

Four “Facts” I Learned at the Lorne Trottier Public Science Symposium
Pseudoscience / Science Criticism / Science Education

Four “Facts” I Learned at the Lorne Trottier Public Science Symposium

The 2013 edition of the Lorne Trottier Public Science Symposium is now over. It was quite the whirlwind for me (for reasons that will become clear in the coming weeks). I met some amazing people, learned a lot about common scientific misconceptions, and felt a certain relief at being surrounded by a large group of … Continue reading