Canada Science

How Similar Are Humans to Chimpanzees and Orangutans?

Romeo Vitelli | Posted 11.24.2014 | Canada
Romeo Vitelli

What do these study findings actually suggest about human personality? Seeing similar personality trends in other species that have a shared evolutionary history with humans provides strong evidence that biology plays an important role in personality, perhaps even more than social or cultural influences.

Mercer: Tories Don't Even Understand The Science They Silence

The Huffington Post Canada | Michael Bolen | Posted 11.20.2014 | Canada Politics

"In Canada, the only time you hear about scientists now is when they’re being told to shut up or they're being shut down by a government who can't e...

The Human Side of Climate Scientists

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 11.13.2014 | Canada Impact
Carl Duivenvoorden

Science is a profession of discipline and process. Scientists live in a world of constant questioning: they observe, analyze, theorize and test, and then do it all over again. Guided by facts and data, they strive to drill through uncertainty and draw solid, evidence-based conclusions. That's why a blog I discovered recently is so interesting: it asks climate scientists to step outside of their professions, and speak as mothers, fathers, grandparents and children -- in short, to speak as humans.

Federal Scientists Reject Muzzle, Launch Campaign Against Harper

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.07.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The union representing scientists and other professionals in the federal public service is abandoning its tradition of neutrality in election...

A Future With In Vitro Meat Is Closer Than You Think

Robert Bolton | Posted 10.02.2014 | Canada
Robert Bolton

Given predictable increases in population and demand, for meat production to take place responsibly in the future, we will have to significantly diversify our eating habits, and with them, our production habits. In vitro meat is one alternative. We don't know enough about it yet. But we know we can make it. It is possible.

Ocean Acidification: A Common Cause and a Common Concern for Norway and Canada

Mona Elisabeth Brother | Posted 11.25.2014 | Canada
Mona Elisabeth Brother

The only way to fight ocean acidification is through a reduction in the global level of CO2 emissions. It is vital for Norway and other key players that the climate summit in Paris next year is successful. Norway is committed to the process and to achieving an ambitious outcome as we work towards the two-degree target and a low carbon society.

STEM: It's a "Girl Thing," Too

G(irls)20 | Posted 11.16.2014 | Canada Impact
G(irls)20

Women make up over half of the world's population but only a third of engineering jobs across the globe are held by women. I believe this problem, like many others, is significantly centered on mindset and perceptions.

What Can the Arctic Governments Do About Climate Change?

Mona Elisabeth Brother | Posted 11.13.2014 | Canada Impact
Mona Elisabeth Brother

The Arctic is one of the places where climate change is most rapid and easy to observe. As it is also very sparsely populated, it is easy to think that, similar to the small island states in the Pacific, the Arctic peoples have to pay a big price for developments elsewhere.

Educators Need to Embrace Change

Malkin Dare | Posted 11.02.2014 | Canada Living
Malkin Dare

For many years there was no educational Louis Pasteur for reformers to rally round, and so educators have been able to cling to their unfortunate philosophies. This is no longer the case. Unfortunately, many education leaders are ignoring these new findings. Why is that?

Why Water Makes You Happy

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 10.29.2014 | Canada Impact
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

Whether your place is green or blue, there is growing evidence that spending time in nature is not only important but a necessary element of happiness and health.

I've Got Some (Nanotechnology) Explaining To Do

Carlo Montemagno | Posted 10.15.2014 | Canada Alberta
Carlo Montemagno

We use jargon and complicate things with acronyms that are meaningless to those who aren't in the loop. But most importantly, we miss the opportunity to engage, excite and empower others with our news. As academics, scientists and researchers, we have a unique responsibility to ensure our findings extend well beyond the lab bench.

How to Tackle Religious Prejudice

Maëlle Turbide | Posted 10.06.2014 | Canada Living
Maëlle Turbide

We need social reflection on the topic of religion to be able to separate superstition, fanaticism, and ignorance from legitimate expressions of religion. In learning about what true religion is, we can benefit from what it can contribute towards the progress of humanity and curb acts of ignorance and fundamentalism that are carried out in its name.

Cooperation Between Arctic Stakeholders Is Crucial To the Climate Change Problem

Mona Elisabeth Brother | Posted 08.26.2014 | Canada
Mona Elisabeth Brother

Cooperation between Arctic stakeholders is crucial for each country's success in dealing with climate change. We are in a new era of sustainable development as the Arctic presents us with major opportunities and major responsibilities. Cooperation is the only tool to ensure ethical, social, and ecological sustainable development.

20,000 People #StandWithScience. Will Our Government Do the Same?

David R. Miller | Posted 08.11.2014 | Canada Politics
David R. Miller

On May 26, 300 scientists from across Canada sent a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper asking him, in the strongest possible terms, to reject the Joint Review Panel's report recommending approval of the Northern Gateway oil pipeline project. Today this letter will be sent. Will it influence the decision Harper ultimately makes?

Do You Know About This Mysterious Sleeping Epidemic?

Romeo Vitelli | Posted 08.05.2014 | Canada
Romeo Vitelli

Along with the inhabitants of Kalachi, the few remaining residents of the nearby town of Krasnogorsk, Russia have also been reporting sleeping episodes lasting as long as six days. Krasnogorsk, which was once home to more than 6500 people during the boom period during the U.S.S.R., when the nearby uranium mine was operated in secret by the Soviet government.

The Real Problem With Public Perception of Climate Change

Peter McCaffrey | Posted 07.23.2014 | Canada
Peter McCaffrey

The real problem is that the public doesn't actually get climate science information from scientists. We get it from government departments and international governmental panels. We get it from a sensationalist media and from politicians. While the IPCC tells us there will be 17 inches of sea rise by 2100, Al Gore scares voters by claiming it will be 20 feet.

Stop the Fear-Based Propaganda About Vaccines

Michael Kruse | Posted 07.05.2014 | Canada Living
Michael Kruse

The information war over vaccination is an obvious reflection of this fear. Public health has had its hands full during this war, but has failed to really counter the misinformation in vaccine hesitant communities. We are in desperate need for a new message, and a group of high school students from California have made one in a most spectacular way. Despite the myth-makers, the spin addicts, and the conspiracy nuts, cigarette use has gone down, climate science has become even more exact, and vaccines have been shown to be both safe and effective.

The World Needed the Return of 'Cosmos'

Dr. Raywat Deonandan | Posted 05.17.2014 | Canada TV
Dr. Raywat Deonandan

This past week, the much lauded TV show Cosmos made its return to the small screen. Back in 1980, I was a 13-year-old immigrant kid, youngest in a busy, working class household of seven people, and attending a Toronto inner city middle school that was not exactly a model of academic excellence. Enter into that world Carl Sagan.

Biodiversity: It's Not Just for Scientists Anymore!

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 05.13.2014 | Canada Impact
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

Biodiversity conservation is no longer a topic reserved for scientists. It's an issue that affects all Canadians. But how do we move people beyond just knowing this fact to caring, and beyond that, to acting?

B.C. Man On Mission To Mars

CP | Ron Seymour, Kelowna Daily Courier | Posted 04.29.2014 | Canada British Columbia

KELOWNA, B.C. - A Kelowna, B.C., scientist is joining the crew of a NASA-funded simulated mission to Mars after beating out hundreds of applicants fro...

Evolution Made Easy, Courtesy of E. Coli

Jason Tetro | Posted 04.25.2014 | Canada
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg Unlike humans, who need on average 20 years between generations, these small creatures only need about 20 minutes to foster offspring. This means that the bacterium can evolve some 500,000 times faster than us. This rapid rate offers the prime opportunity to explore some of the deeper mysteries and perhaps even offer mechanisms to best predict when evolution might happen to us.

It's Time to Encourage And Nurture Our Youngest Scientists

Carlo Montemagno | Posted 04.23.2014 | Canada Alberta
Carlo Montemagno

While the return on investment is easy to identify, explaining nanotechnology to little ones isn't always as straightforward. We work in a complex field and it is difficult for both children and adults to understand something they can't see or touch.

Jimmy Fallon Wowed By Victoria Teen

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 02.20.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Victoria teen, Ann Makosinski made headlines last year when her body heat-powered flashlight invention won a top prize at the Google Science Fair. ...

B.C. Grizzly Hunt Bolstered By Spurious Science

Chris Genovali | Posted 04.13.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Chris Genovali

Government policy makers and their bureaucratic minions who manage the grizzly hunt are not interested in rigorous science, but are keenly interested in maintaining the status quo for reasons having to do with power and control.

Feds Messing With Scientists' Jobs, New Study Suggests

CBC | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Politics

The government's cuts to federal science budgets and its changes to policy are damaging scientists' ability to serve and protect the public,...