Cryptic Crossword Puzzles: a primer of sorts

January 31, 2012 | Alyson

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I recently learned that The Guardian has a blog for lovers of cryptic crossword puzzles. At last I have found some help solving English cryptic crosswords! I've loved cryptic crossword puzzles for years, but often find the English puzzles too difficult. And by difficult, I mean impossible. Of course there...

Gamers play for a cure?

January 30, 2012 | Jane

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A lot of people play computer games. Some play for hours every day. Many people think that gamers waste a lot time. Others think that gamers might just save the world and find the cure for cancer while they're at it. Jane McGonigal will convince you that Gamers are the...

Survival stories

January 27, 2012 | Carolyn

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I spend a lot of time travelling to and from Ottawa to visit family. I usually don't mind the drive, but at this time of year conditions on even the best maintained roads can become hazardous. My most stressful and difficult trips always seem to take place in winter! So...

RRSP money? What should I do with it?

January 26, 2012 | Linda

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"RRSP season is upon us! You say to yourself, "I have all this money and don't know what to do with it --or am I dreaming?" I could spend it, buy a fancy car, travel, or maybe I could put it away for the future and avoid paying taxes, at...

SOPA, PIPA and C-11

January 23, 2012 | Web Team

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For most, copyright law does not sound like an interesting topic for a blog post. But, copyright law has been getting a lot of play lately in the media, blogosphere, social media networks and in real life too. SOPA and PIPA are two controversial pieces of American legislation that seek...

Brain Candy for Writer's Block

January 23, 2012 | Grace

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It’s January, I’ve just returned from a comforting and festive holiday, and can you believe that I have writer’s block? If I wasn’t a librarian stationed in the Science & Technology Department I would be inclined to believe that my brain is malfunctioning. Luckily I know that a perfectly good...

Who needs Wikipedia when you've got Britannica?

January 18, 2012 | Maureen

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How many toes does an aardvark have? Is anti-matter for real, or is it just something science fiction writers made up? What is a quark? Which movie won the Academy Award in 1939? Who is the Nobel Peace Prize named after? What is concrete poetry? Where is Timbuktu? Who performed...

And the Winner Is...The Best Science Book of 2011

January 9, 2012 | Carolyn

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It's a year-end ritual...every December newspapers, magazines and websites feature lists of the year's top news stories, best movies, biggest songs, etc. So in the spirit of the season, I've been looking at lists of the best science books of 2011. The Royal Society, the British academy of distinguished scientists,...

♫ 'Tis the season to save money, fa la la...♫

January 4, 2012 | Ashley

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So, the holiday season has come and gone and unfortunately, it is nearly impossible to escape spending more money than usual in December and around holiday time. The temptation to spend is very hard to resist especially with the endless sales. There are gifts to buy, holiday outings, food to...