Canada Science

Increased Awareness Is Key To Resolving Climate Crisis

David Suzuki | Posted 05.17.2017 | Canada
David Suzuki

Most people understand that human-caused climate change is a real and serious threat. True, some still reject the mountains of evidence amassed by scientists from around the world over many decades, and accepted by every legitimate scientific academy and institution. But as the physical evidence builds daily, it takes an incredible amount of denial to claim we have no reason to worry.

Fostering A Culture Of Curiosity With Science

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 05.15.2017 | Canada Impact
Kirsty Duncan

As Science Minister, I cannot stress how important it is to encourage this thirst for knowledge in Canada's young population. All young Canadians should be able to see themselves taking part in the wonderful world of science. We need to create and maintain this culture of curiosity so that our population can be inspired to ask bold questions, and seek new knowledge.

How Microbes Keep Chocolate On Store Shelves

Jason Tetro | Posted 05.15.2017 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

About three decades ago, something devastating happened in Brazil. An infectious disease had struck the cacao trees and threatened to wipe out the population. Some 70% of these plants fell victim to this deadly ailment. The industry faced decimation. Officials tried to stop the progression but it was hopeless. The situation was becoming dire. If something wasn't done, chocolate was surely going to disappear. Researchers went into the fields of Brazil in the hopes of saving one of the most beloved foods on Earth.

After Religion And The 'Woo-Woo': Now What?

G. Elijah Dann | Posted 04.21.2017 | Canada
G. Elijah Dann

Recently a friend sent me an article that fascinated me. It's penned by a woman with a similar religious upbringing, and, having abandoned "the faith,...

Science Needs A Rebrand, Not A Protest March, To Convince Skeptics

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 04.21.2017 | Canada Living
Craig and Marc Kielburger

This Earth Day, thousands of scientists will descend on Washington DC to protest budget cuts to their departments. The science seems to suggest that when people in lab coats align with one political side, they only drive people further away. Instead, scientists need to stoke our wonder.

Greatness Comes From Moving Forward, Not Backward

David Suzuki | Posted 02.28.2017 | Canada
David Suzuki

Despite international initiatives like the 2015 Paris Agreement, based on decades of research and evidence from around the world about human-caused global warming, those who would risk human health and survival for short-term profits from a destructive sunset industry appear to have the upper hand -- for now.

In This Underground Canadian Lab, Winter Exists Year-Round

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Paling | Posted 02.16.2017 | Canada

"This is a really cool lab — literally, a really cool lab."

How To Truly Understand Climate Change

David Suzuki | Posted 02.08.2017 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

Seeing terms like "post-truth" and "alternative facts" gain traction in the news convinces me that politicians, media workers and readers could benefit from a refresher course in how science helps us understand the world. Reporting on science is difficult at the best of times. Trying to communicate complex ideas and distil entire studies into eye-catching headlines and brief stories can open the door to misinformation and limited understanding.

Hidden No More: Meet 3 African-American Women In STEM

Dr. Emily Agard | Posted 02.07.2017 | Canada Living
Dr. Emily Agard

Did you know that the mathematician who calculated the trajectories for NASA's Apollo 11 flight to the Moon was an African-American woman? Her name is Katherine Johnson. Thanks to the movie Hidden Figures, her story, and that of two other brilliant African-American women, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, is finally being told.

Why Canada Matters On World Wetlands Day

Dan Kraus | Posted 02.03.2017 | Canada Impact
Dan Kraus

We have not been good stewards of our planet's wetlands. Although they cover only about six per cent of the Earth's surface, wetlands are one of the most impacted habitats. The global loss of wetlands is staggering. Since 1900, more than 64 per cent of the world's wetlands have been lost, with about 50 per cent of this loss occurring since 1970.

Reducing Gap Between Research And Practice A National Priority

Daniel Niven | Posted 01.26.2017 | Canada Living
Daniel Niven

Not many patients would be happy to hear that there's a lag of about 17 years between when health scientists learn something of significance through rigorous research and when health practitioners change their patient care as a result, but that's what a now-famous study from the Institute of Medicine uncovered in 2001.

Saving Our Planet: 10 Good News Conservation Stories From 2016

Dan Kraus | Posted 01.10.2017 | Canada Impact
Dan Kraus

These 10 stories from Canada and around the world show how communities, governments and organizations are providing solutions that are reversing the loss of biodiversity and the ecological services that nature provides.

What Knowledge Of How Trees Communicate Means For Forest Conservation

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 12.13.2016 | Canada Impact
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

A forest is an intricately linked ecosystem and Suzanne Simard, professor of forest ecology at the University of British Columbia's Department, goes one step further. She says forests represent an intelligence that is able to behave as though it's a single organism.

What Impacts Women's Careers In STEM?

Dr. Emily Agard | Posted 12.06.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Emily Agard

In Canada, women remain underrepresented in the STEM fields, making up 22 per cent of the STEM workforce. Women earn nearly half of the bachelor's degrees in science but only a third of the PhDs. They are also underpaid, with a 7.5 per cent wage gap.

Scientists Urge Trudeau To Stop Relying On Crappy Environmental Assessments

The Huffington Post Canada | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 11.15.2016 | Canada Politics

Over 1,300 researchers have signed an open letter addressed to the prime minister.

How Quebec's Bill 106 Serves The Denial Of Reality

Gerard Montpetit | Posted 11.03.2016 | Canada Politics
Gerard Montpetit

In this bill, there is a little goodie for the ecologists on the subject of energy transition, but the rest of the provisions are so favourable to the industry that one might believe that an industry lobbyist wrote it. Agnotology is to actively promote ignorance in order to promote one's product.

Canada's Grasslands: Save The World's Most Endangered Ecosystem

Dan Kraus | Posted 10.28.2016 | Canada Impact
Dan Kraus

Endangerment comes down to risk - the risk of losing a species, habitat or ecosystem for future generations. When we look at the risk factors for endangerment the winners (actually, the losers) are temperate grasslands, including the good, old Great Plains of Oh Canada.

Predatory Conferences Undermine Science And Scam Academics

Dr. Madhukar Pai | Posted 02.10.2017 | Canada Business
Dr. Madhukar Pai

Credible scientific conferences, typically organized by major professional societies and research agencies, will invite researchers to present because of the caliber and validity of their work as judged by the candidate's peers. Given the importance of conferences in academia, predatory conference organizers sensed a business opportunity and started scamming researchers a few years ago.

Does Becoming A Parent Make You Stupid?

Fiona Tapp | Posted 10.04.2016 | Canada Parents
Fiona Tapp

Is it any wonder I misplace things hourly, write incomprehensible e-mails and notes to myself that even I can't decipher, and overall have become a very boring friend, especially amongst my childless crew, who look at me like I have had my brain removed? I cling to the distant hope that this is a fleeting loss of intellect. But I am starting to fear that along with the grey hairs, wobbly tummy, and crow's feet, my pudding brain might be here to stay.

Dogs Are As Smart As We Think They Are

Get Leashed Magazine | Posted 09.29.2016 | Canada Living
Get Leashed Magazine

Have you ever tried fooling a dog into getting excited for the wrong thing? Perhaps testing their instincts by offering something boring to the tune of a tasty treat? It turns out that while they may very well be excited by the amped up sound of your voice, they are most likely on to your trick.

B.C.'s New Curriculum Is A Wonder-Inducing Teaching Method

Sandy Eix | Posted 09.13.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Sandy Eix

Officially launching this year for kindergarten to grade 9 students, the B.C. Ministry of Education is redesigning the K-12 curricula under a common 21st-century learning framework. This approach emphasizes a more student-initiated, self-directed, inquiry-based learning model.

Boosting Women's Entrepreneurship In Mexico And Latin America

G(irls)20 | Posted 09.09.2016 | Canada Business
G(irls)20

In México, extraordinary wealth and heart-breaking poverty exist side by side. It is a land of harsh contradictions -- skyscrapers and wood houses, modern-day Internet and illiteracy. Years ago, when I used to think about this, I always asked myself; with all our diverse natural resources and hard-working labor force, why are we in this situation?

4 Benefits To Mentoring Youth In STEM

Dr. Emily Agard | Posted 09.08.2016 | Canada Business
Dr. Emily Agard

Sometimes having a mentor can make all the difference in choosing a career path or field of study. Mentoring youth has positive impact on their development and academic achievement. Mentoring is also critical in helping youth explore and develop their interest in the fields of STEM -- science, technology, engineering and math.

GMO Industry Has Co-Opted The Concept Of Sound Science

Colin Todhunter | Posted 09.06.2016 | Canada Business
Colin Todhunter

Coming from the GMO biotech industry, the term "sound science" rings extremely hollow. The industry carries out inadequate, short-term studies and conceals the data produced by its research under the guise of commercial confidentiality while independent research highlights the dangers of its products.

Innovations That Will Change Our Lives Forever

Posted 08.10.2016 | Canada Living

These innovations are bound to change our lives forever. From the AOL Partner Studio