Stephen Strauss

Stephen Strauss came to Canada as a Vietnam War objector in 1968 and since 1971 has worked as a journalist, usually writing on science, for a number of publications including The Globe and Mail. He has also worked as a freelancer for media including, and is a past president of the Canadian Science Writers’ Association.

Latest from Stephen Strauss


Braving 'expatriate shaming': Why this dual citizen living in Canada won't vote in U.S. presidential election

There's been a push to get Americans living in Canada to cast a ballot in the Nov. 3 presidential election, and choosing to decline can generate friction, writes Stephen Strauss.

Searching for truth in published research

Stephen Strauss questions why some scientific papers aren't retracted even when the data in them has been shown to be faulty.

When the ground shakes: Looking for meaning in catastrophe

Are we any better at putting natural disasters into perspective now that we have scientific explanations about their cause, asks Stephen Strauss.

Electronic health records: Why Spain is getting it right

There are many reasons Canadians visit Spain's olive and grape bedecked Andalusia province. To frolic and burn on the beaches of Costa del Sol. To discover the meat of the bull killed in the bull ring surprisingly tastes like venison and not beef. To be dazzled and dumbfounded by the Alhambra and the abstraction of beauty that was Moorish Spain. However, as part of a series I am writing on electronic health records I recently visited Andalusia to see an entirely 21st century amazement – an electronic health record system that doctors loved, that pharmacists loved, that hospitals loved, that patients loved, and that seemingly saved everyone time and money.

Taking sides in the wicked climate change debate

Stephen Strauss examines why the Copenhagen meeting on climate change in December gave many a sense that the media was ignoring the "science" of global warming.

Electronic health records aren't easy - just ask a doctor

The anticipated flood of information to your doctor's office brought about by electronic health records could make family medicine worse for the physician but better for the patient.

Space-based solar power is a cool idea, but it's out of reach

With the triumph of the transatlantic telegraph as a background, you would think that I should be counseling you to expect solar power from space in your lifetime. I'm not.

Why our health records haven't gone digital yet

Electronic records hold the promise of making health system more efficient, but digitizing a patient's medical history is a lot more complex than it might seem.

Hormone replacement therapy: Explaining the risks

There must be a better way for a woman, who is trying to balance HRT's undisputed abilities to lessen the ills of menopause with other potential ills from the treatment itself, to make a more sound decision, writes Stephen Strauss.

Breeding vs. genetic engineering: Debating the best approach for livestock

A debate is heating up over whether selective breeding is more effective than genetic engineering when it comes to improving livestock.