Government action has severely degraded science in Canada and the role it should play in devising public policy, and that is bad for democracy, say three professors at the University of Waterloo, in Ontario.
Government scientists are no longer allowed to speak freely to the press or to the public and funding for scientific research has been drastically cut, write the three in an editorial in theGlobe and Mail newspaper.
Summer camp: it's not just for school-aged kids. A group of researchers, psychologists and computer scientists from around the world flocked to the University of Waterloo to attend a summer camp where they learned how to build brains.
Chris Eliasmith, director of the university's Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience, affectionately calls it "brain camp."
Tomorrow, participants in a University of Waterloo-hosted workshop will be demonstrating large-scale brain models they have built over the last two weeks, running on laptops, robots, and specialized brain-like computers as they simulate neural functions.