Today, on the Super Awesome Science Show, we delve into a topic that is near and dear to me…


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As I’ve been involved in this subject for some time, I decided to take a walk back in my own professional career to bring a different light to the subject.

First, we discuss the most common name when it comes to pandemics…


I’ve written quite a bit on this in the past both in the literature and also in the media. Now, I get to share one of Canada’s research treasures on the virus.

(Dr. Earl Brown)

While I was in Ottawa, we worked together on several fronts. Now, he offers some valuable perspective on the topic of the pandemic potential of the flu and also where we may be heading in the world of vaccination.

Next, do you remember from a few months ago headlines that went along the lines of…

horsepox(DIY horsepox created from mail-order DNA)

Well, the researcher behind this is…

dave-evans(Dr. Dave Evans)

He’s also someone I’ve known for close to thirty years. He was even my supervisor way back in the 1990s. I reach out to him to clarify some of the details of his work and how the headlines, although eye-catching, may not have been entirely accurate.

Finally, in the SASS Class, I talk with another old colleague about the…


His name is…

charles-greer(Dr. Charles Greer)

And for longer than the three decades I’ve known him, he’s been looking at the microbes in that frozen layer.

You might think we’re going to discuss the potential of finding a pandemic virus of bacterium that could end us all. But we discuss a very different kind of pandemic…

global-warming(Global Warming…)

I know…I know…pandemics are supposed to be all about viruses and bacteria and other microscopic organisms. But when you look at the definition of a pandemic, which I discuss in the show, you realize that chemicals can be just as troubling.

Global warming is all about carbon dioxide and methane and as these levels rise, we face significant problems. But, as Dr Greer points out, the bacteria living in the permafrost may be able to help reduce the chances of disaster thanks to their appetite for these chemicals.

But while this may be a short term solution, it probably won’t be the answer.

The SASS team and I had a blast putting this episode together and I hope as you listen, you are able to share in the enthusiasm we had making it.

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