Entries by Buckwheat

If I Had a Child…

written by Tania Kuehn It’s been a year of babies, here in my little world. A couple weeks ago, a friend called and we chatted briefly, as we do a few times a year. When a baby started to fuss in the background, she told me that — surprise! — she’d had a baby recently. […]

Woman dies after undergoing bee acupuncture treatment

A woman in Spain died after undergoing a supposedly routine “bee acupuncture” treatment and then suffering an allergic reaction that put her in a coma. Read more at this link: http://torontosun.com/news/world/woman-dies-after-undergoing-bee-acupuncture-treatment/wcm/df25592e-89a0-45b3-8c99-05abf54e0c2b

W5: No Witnesses

Internal policies within the Jehovah’s Witnesses may be preventing pedophiles and sex offenders from being brought to justice. Click on the link below to watch the CTV’s W5 documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13ja8dMEmPY Read more on the ‘Michigan Skeptics Association’ website. http://www.miskeptics.org/2016/03/do-jehovahs-witnesses-still-have-a-major-pedophile-problem/  

Shrinking Creatures, Evolution, and Climate Change in B.C.

Evolution is happening right before our eyes and beneath our feet, here in the Okanagan. University of British Columbia research has found that beetles in the Okanagan and Lower Mainland are shrinking as they adapt to warming temperatures.  Salamanders, Arctic butterflies, and coyotes are among other creatures that are evolving into smaller versions of themselves […]

From dresses to space travel, graphene could do just about anything

The material Graphene has been called everything from a “wonder material,” to a “miracle substance,” to “the future of engineering and technology.” Made completely out of carbon, graphene is a two-dimensional sheet that’s one atom thick and invisible to the eye — yet it’s stronger than steel, and can conduct electricity with very little resistance. Since graphene was […]

Smart Fruit from the Valley

There’s some great innovation taking place in the Okanagan Valley. This biotechnology company has developed the non-browning Arctic® apple varieties, right here in Summerland. Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. (OSF) began as a small, dynamic agricultural biotechnology company based in Summerland, British Columbia, Canada. Founded in 1996, OSF specializes in developing tree fruit varieties with novel attributes […]

Introducing Non-browning Apples

So how’d we “make” nonbrowning Arctic® apples? This modern marriage of nature and science is more straightforward than you may think. In essence, we use an apple’s own genes and some cutting edge innovation to “turn off” the genes that make apples turn brown. Read more… Valley Smarts There’s some great innovation taking place in the […]

The 20 best science images of the year?

This thermal image shows the temperature of two people’s hands – a healthy person on the left, and someone with Raynaud’s disease on the right. Click here to see some great science images from the BBC.

Gene editing could be the future, but doctors think humans might be immune to it

Yellow, caution flag raised Our body’s own immune system could present a roadblock to the efforts of medical researchers who aim to develop gene therapies based on the genome-editing tool called CRISPR-Cas9. The genome editing tool topped a few lists of the best science developments in 2017 and it’s poised to garner great interest this year as well. It’s been […]