Tag: science and scientists

Firsting in Research

Max Liboiron , January 18th, 2021


Declaring that a research is the “first” to discover, do, or go somewhere is not only rarely correct, given myriad local knowledges since time immemorial, but is also…


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Not all marine fish eat plastics

Max Liboiron , January 28th, 2019


The Gulf Stream, which curves along the southern shore of Newfoundland, is saturated with plastics. Fish that feed from the surface waters, where plastics tend to accumulate, are…


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Science with heart

guestauth0r , December 3rd, 2018


Conservation biologist Alex Bond on dealing with pollution, harm, and suffering as a scientist.


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Against Risk Perception: The Deficit Model and Public Understandings of Risk

Alex Zahara , October 1st, 2018


The deficit model frames public controversies about contamination as a lack of scientific understanding or trust in government institutions. People are seen as deficient in knowledge about an…


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In space, this is the age of reusability

guestauth0r , October 23rd, 2017


It might seem that the obvious solution is to reuse rockets. The idea of Reusable Launch Vehicles (RLVs) isn’t new, but reusing rockets has proven tricky in the…


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Benzene, PCBs, and industrial chemistry: A narrative bibliography

guestauth0r , October 16th, 2017


How the Benzene Tree Polluted the World in The Atlantic by Rebecca Altman, is a narrative exploration of the rise of organic chemistry, and the industrialization of the branch of chemistry…


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How we discovered pollution-poisoned crustaceans in the Mariana Trench

guestauth0r , August 14th, 2017


A trench amphipod, Hirondellea gigas, from the deepest place on Earth: Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench (10,890m). Alan Jamieson, Newcastle University, Author provided Alan Jamieson, Newcastle Un…


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CPF: Shifting Baselines, Altered Horizons: Politics, Practice, and Knowledge in Environmental Science and Policy

Max Liboiron , July 27th, 2017


Workshop – Call for Papers  Shifting Baselines, Altered Horizons: Politics, Practice, and Knowledge in Environmental Science and Policy  Max Planck Institute for the History of Science  (MPIWG) Berlin…


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Pristine paradise to rubbish dump: the same Pacific island, 23 years apart

guestauth0r , July 17th, 2017


Remember, this is not waste that was dumped directly by human hands. It was washed here on ocean currents, meaning that this is not just about one beach…


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When Deep Time Becomes Shallow: Knowing Nuclear Waste Risk Ethnographically

guestauth0r , March 9th, 2017


When reflecting on these intertwined day-to-day, multi-decade, centurial, and multi-millennial horizons of nuclear waste risk all at the same time, a different set of sensibilities emerges. Namely, it…


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Bibliography for Critical Ecology

Max Liboiron , December 29th, 2016


Since ecological metaphors, systems, and thinking are implicit to much of discard studies, we’re happy to share this crowdsourced bibliography on critical perspectives of ecology.


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CFP: Living and Dying with “Waste Infrastructure”: Affect and Practicalities (AAA)

guestauth0r , March 24th, 2016


This panel takes seriously the way of living or dying near the waste infrastructure, showing explicitly ethnographic inquiries of despair, anxiety, hope, and sense of purity, safety, and…


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Building DIY citizen science technology to see invisible marine plastics

Max Liboiron , December 21st, 2015


We’ve been working on the problem of making tiny, often invisible marine plastics visible through do-it-yourself (DIY) technologies. You can build your own and investigate your local environment.


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Roundtable reviews of “Banned: A History of Pesticides and the Science of Toxicology”

Max Liboiron , October 20th, 2015


If you’re interested in the history of pesticides and toxicology, Banned provides a detail-oriented, close reading of key 20th century experiments, legislative hearings, events, and texts to investiga…


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Toxic Politics: A Collection of Research Projects

guestauth0r , September 8th, 2015


The global economy produces pervasive contaminants, harmful pollutants, damaging particles, and poisonous atmospheres, which are inescapably part of everyday life, though the harms and benefits are un…


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Plastic Marine Smog and Horizontal Smoke Stacks: Representations of Pollution as Knowledge

Max Liboiron , June 29th, 2015


Representations are the basis of human knowledge both in terms of how knowledge is made as well as how it is reproduced and circulated. They are the way…


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How the Ocean Cleanup Array Fundamentally Misunderstands Marine Plastics and Causes Harm

Max Liboiron , June 5th, 2015


The road to hell is paved with good intentions. The Ocean Cleanup array, designed to clean plastics from the ocean like a baleen whale, is one of these…


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