Monthly Archives: September 2010

Careers series: How do I become a Grant Writer?

Careers series: How do I become a Grant Writer?

If you’re looking for a job that incorporates your love of writing and offers the chance to make a difference at a non-profit, grant writing could be the perfect fit. While your audience will be relatively small, the impact of your writing could be huge, bringing in much-needed funds for your employers. … learn more→

Illiteracy on the internet

Illiteracy on the internet

As a college student, I can safely say that Generation Z (those of us born after 1989) is illiterate in the virtual world. In forums and instant messengers, grammar, spelling, and punctuation are appalling. Normally this would not be much of an issue; as with all writing, it is necessary to adjust tone to fit … learn more→

Apps take labor out of childbirth

Apps take labor out of childbirth

Some smart phone pregnancy apps track weight, others offer recipes, appointment reminders, even possible baby names. … learn more→

Staying afloat with submarine rice

Staying afloat with submarine rice

South Asian rice farmers are switching to flood-tolerant strains of rice as insurance against inundations. ”Submergence-tolerant rice varieties are classic examples of adaptation to climate change,” says Uma Shankar Singh, a rice scientist with the Philippines-based International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). Singh, who is currently in India, told IPS that the IRRI plans to transfer … learn more→

Lessons in sustainability

Lessons in sustainability

Like everything else in life, living a sustainable lifestyle is an educational experience. It is what we take from those lessons that can make all the difference in the world. … learn more→

Time to wake the world

Time to wake the world

This year has seen outbreaks of extreme weather in many regions of the world. No one can say with certainty that events such as the flooding in Pakistan, the unprecedented weather episodes in some parts of the US, the heatwave and drought in Russia, or the floods and landslides in northern China were influenced by … learn more→

Hydrogen: fuel or bomb?

Hydrogen: fuel or bomb?

There is a lot of debate over what fuel will propel our automobiles into the next century and beyond. Even though hydrogen is a front-runner in this race, many experts are still worried that it will fall short of expectations. … learn more→

How the genders think about climate change: Women more likely than men to accept global warming

How the genders think about climate change: Women more likely than men to accept global warming

According to a recent study by a Michigan State University researcher, women tend to believe the scientific consensus on global warming more than men, but lack confidence in their science comprehension. … learn more→

Researchers design tool to improve Wikipedia accuracy

Researchers design tool to improve Wikipedia accuracy

Check the Microsoft entry on Wikipedia at some point in the past and you might have learned that the company’s name is Microshaft, its products are evil and its logo is a kitten. Similarly, you may have learned from Abraham Lincoln’s Wikipedia entry that he was married to Brayson Kondracki, his birth date is March … learn more→

Dalhousie University builds the greenest building in the land

Dalhousie University builds the greenest building in the land

The Mona Campbell Building is the greenest place to go at Dalhousie University. It’s a showpiece of green design, from the urinals in the men’s washroom to bike racks outside and inside the building. “Dal’s efforts at green building began with the Rowe Building in the 1990s,” says Rochelle Owen, director of Dal’s Office of … learn more→