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Probiotics: Exploring the benefits of an already established relationship

Publié le 5 septembre, 2011 | 4 commentaires
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Probiotics: Exploring the benefits of an already established relationship

Probiotics are live microorganisms, commonly bacteria, that live symbiotically within the digestive tract. They are often referred to as “good” bacteria and are part of our natural microflora. Evolutionarily speaking, humans and other animals have developed a symbiotic relationship with bacteria in the digestive tract because both organisms benefit from this connection. These bacteria live […]

The Ethno-photographer. Part II.

Publié le 12 juin, 2011 | Pas de commentaires
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The Ethno-photographer. Part II.

This second part of the article adresses the photographic technique and the analysis process of collected information as part of an anthropological research report on poverty in Senegal (Dakar) and Ethiopia (Dire Dawa). Joost J. Bakker, sans titre, 2010 Certains droits réservés. The principle of observation through photography Visual observation is a cultural process. For […]

Godin : une vie entre poésie et politique

Publié le 15 mars, 2011 | Pas de commentaires
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Godin : une vie entre poésie et politique

Diffusé en première mondiale le 21 février dernier aux Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois, le documentaire Godin a valu à son réalisateur, Simon Beaulieu, le prix Télé-Québec du documentaire le plus apprécié du public. Retraçant le parcours unique de ce poète de la langue populaire qui se lança dans l’arène politique en 1976, ce documentaire propose […]

The Ethno-photographer. Part I.

Publié le 13 février, 2011 | Pas de commentaires
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The Ethno-photographer. Part I.

This series of two articles discusses the practice and use of photography as part of anthropological research report on poverty in Senegal (Dakar) and Ethiopia (Dire Dawa). The analysis focuses on the scientific value of the information provided by photos as an ethnographic document. The research field of the anthropologist constitutes a complex environment. Moreover, […]

Are new media to blame?

Publié le 11 juillet, 2010 | 2 commentaires
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Are new media to blame?

Shortly after the November 1, 2009 municipal election in Montreal, professional journalists from different media organizations were congratulated for their good job. Many of them had worked hard to push public debates further by digging up dirt on a number of municipal contractors and front political figures. m-c, Whose Web is it anyway?, 2006 Certains […]

Interview with Bill McKibben of 350.org

Publié le 1 décembre, 2009 | Pas de commentaires
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Interview with Bill McKibben of 350.org

As the world prepares for December’s United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, I talked with Bill McKibben, author and founder of 350.org, an international climate campaign that helped organize events in countries around the world, including Canada, for the international day of action on climate change on October 24. In the interview, McKibben discusses […]

Science v. Jihad: Charting the Rise of Atheism in the 21st Century

Publié le 1 décembre, 2009 | 3 commentaires
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Science v. Jihad:  Charting the Rise of Atheism in the 21st Century

“Those who believe absurdities will commit atrocities.” – Voltaire Mark Cosgriff, Atheism , 2007 Certains droits réservés. The predominant historical cause of Western atheism was, until the 21st century, the increase and development of scientific knowledge available to human observation. The discovery of electricity made Zeus’ ‘thunderbolts’ obsolete; they remain part of our consciousness only […]

Artist As Rock Star / Rock Star As Artist

Publié le 1 novembre, 2009 | Pas de commentaires
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Artist As Rock Star / Rock Star As Artist

When musicians are invited to show in a contemporary art context, their sub-cultural cache is not all they bring to the situation; a two-person exhibit at Galerie Lucile Corty by singer-songwriter David-Ivar Herman Düne and visual artist Marlie Mul generates unexpected (and unintentional) perspectives on the relationship between popular culture and high art. Régine Debatty, […]

Für Émilie : Silence and collaboration

Publié le 1 octobre, 2009 | Pas de commentaires
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Für Émilie : Silence and collaboration

Though this was supposed to have been an essay on silence written in collaboration, in the end, you’re left with only one voice here; if perhaps only for now. I’ll come back to the reasons why the collaboration failed below, but can say in the meantime that this remains, still, an essai on silence. An […]

Preventing Madoff-type Ponzi Schemes and Corporate Scandals

Publié le 1 mars, 2009 | Pas de commentaires
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Preventing Madoff-type Ponzi Schemes and Corporate Scandals

In the midst of the greatest economic crisis of the post-war era, Bernard Madoff was forced to reveal the Ponzi scheme he had been running for years, when there weren’t enough funds to pay off the flood of redemption requests during this time of financial market turmoil. In fact, the trustee supervising the bankruptcy of […]

Understanding Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Publié le 1 mars, 2009 | Pas de commentaires
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Understanding Complementary and Alternative Medicine

An increasing trend towards non-traditional health practices is emerging internationally. This presents promising healthcare options, yet some basic issues remain unclear. In an effort to provide a broader understanding of this emerging issue, various types of complementary and alternative medicines are explored, and the reasons for increased use briefly examined. Understanding complementary and alternative medicine […]

Body of Lies ou l’écheveau du Moyen-Orient

Publié le 1 février, 2009 | Pas de commentaires
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Body of Lies ou l’écheveau du Moyen-Orient

Un an après le très bon American gangster, Ridley Scott revient en grande forme avec un thriller politique – adapté du livre éponyme de David Ignatius(1) – qui décortique le métier d’agent secret dans une région du monde ultra-sensible, le Moyen-Orient. Freeparking, backyard view through a viewfinder, 2007 Certains droits réservés. L’agent Roger Ferris (l’excellent […]

Probing the Martian Underground

Publié le 1 février, 2009 | Pas de commentaires
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Probing the Martian Underground

The climate on planet Mars is too cold and too dry to house water in liquid form. Images of Martian topology, however, reveal river beds and water gullies, suggesting that large amounts of liquid water once shaped the landscape. Even the estimated amount of water molecules in the planet’s polar ice caps is well short […]

A Cool Reception for Warm Tones: American Audiences’ Initial Reaction to Impressionism

Publié le 1 février, 2009 | Pas de commentaires
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A Cool Reception for Warm Tones: American Audiences’ Initial Reaction to Impressionism

The Impressionist paintings in America today enjoy a revered place in artistic venues, as well as both official and personal comments of individual artistic appreciation. But was it always so? Looking at the time when Impressionism was in its nascent stages shows us that, much like some new art forms that we see emerging today, […]

Stronger Regulations in Financial Markets: « Writing » Out the Rating Agencies?

Publié le 1 février, 2009 | Pas de commentaires
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Stronger Regulations in Financial Markets: « Writing » Out the Rating Agencies?

The 2008 financial crisis was all about a mispricing of risks. For years investors reaped the rewards of investing in risky securities such as mortgage-backed ones, and now they are simply bearing the costs. But the fact is, very few investors knew these assets were risky. Thanks to triple-A ratings by the credit rating agencies, […]

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