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Hand-built bicycle tells a historical story of a colourful, Ontario teen
Oct 24, 2019
The Billings Estate National Historic Site is currently displaying a curious wooden bicycle. It was hand built in the late 1890s by a teenager named James Henry Blair, using materials scavenged off his father’s Gloucester farm. Artifacts at the Canada Science and Technology Museum give us a rare chance to explore the mindset of this young inventor as he puzzled through the process of how to build a bicycle with limited resources.
Margarine: The complex story of a simple spread
Ingenium - Canada's Museums of Science and Innovation
Oct 11, 2019
The production of cheap margarine was a boon to poorer consumers. Although some countries adopted it easily, other countries tried to eliminate it or limit its availability. In the 1870s, margarine began to spread (pardon the pun) to other countries.
Alexa: 400 Years of History, and an Uncertain Future
May 22, 2018
A short post on the history and current status of the Canadienne dairy cattle breed.
Earth & Environment
Citizen science: Where research meets the public
Canada Science and Technology Museum
Dec 21, 2017
Are you interested in learning about how the world works? You don’t need a lab or degree to explore – citizen science projects all over the world bring discovery to your home, backyard, or community. Citizen science is the product of researchers teaming up with the public to solve scientific issues. Projects exist in almost every field, including ecology, astronomy, molecular biology, and genomics. “Crowd-sourcing” research allows for data to be collected from all over the world, and benefits