Canada Science

The Idea That Business Leads Innovation Is A Myth

Peter C. Ruben | Posted 04.13.2016 | Canada Politics
Peter C. Ruben

There's a disconnect between Canada's capacity to innovate and our capacity to commercialize those innovations -- or so the story goes. It's been repeated so often it's become a mantra in certain circlles. The solution is always the same: reject investments in purely academic research in favour of market-driven research. The thing is, that mantra is built on a myth.

This Discovery Takes Us A Step Closer To Curing Genetic Diseases

Amitha Kalaichandran | Posted 04.01.2016 | Canada Living
Amitha Kalaichandran

Our basic knowledge of diseases and cancer will continue to grow through research advances with CRISPR-Cas9, paving the way for the discovery of more effective treatments. And CRISPR will enable developments in industrial, agricultural and ecological engineering that may parallel advances in human health and medicine.

Unmuzzled Scientists Ask Trudeau To Not Reuse 'Draconian' Rules

The Huffington Post Canada | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 03.10.2016 | Canada Politics

"There's more to this than just the 'muzzling' issues."

Teaching Scientists To Be Storytellers

Dr. Imogen Coe | Posted 02.16.2016 | Canada Business
Dr. Imogen Coe

Most entrepreneurs I meet present themselves as confident, resilient and savvy people who are quick on their feet and always ready to pitch their company to potential clients or investors. Science students could truly benefit from this kind of training to communicate the value and excitement of their science. Storytelling is especially important in science because, as someone once said to me, science is not complete until it is communicated.

How To Master The Science Of A Kiss

Dr. Jennifer Pearlman | Posted 02.05.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Jennifer Pearlman

During a kiss, important chemical signaling can occur through the exchange of pheromones. While well established in animals, plants and even bacteria, pheromones are thought to also play a role in signaling between humans.

Debunking The Detox Delusion: How To Do A Science Based Detox

Dr. Jennifer Pearlman | Posted 01.07.2016 | Canada
Dr. Jennifer Pearlman

As January marks the New Year and new beginnings, health resolutions are in full swing with aspirations for healthier, cleaner and leaner versions of ...

Why Women (And Men) Should Learn To Code

Dr. Imogen Coe | Posted 12.16.2015 | Canada Business
Dr. Imogen Coe

Unfortunately, women remain underrepresented in the tech sector. Research shows that women make up only between 10 per cent and 20 per cent of tech-related jobs at tech companies. Why should women and girls learn to code? Here are a few reasons.

Atheism Is Not A Worldview

G. Elijah Dann | Posted 11.30.2015 | Canada Living
G. Elijah Dann

Unlike any other time in our human history, we now can have a worldview completely independent of religious belief. And given the rich variety of other beliefs we can now hold, there's nothing more in common non-believers may have with each other.

Here's What We Can Do To Get Girls Interested In STEM

Doina Oncel | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Parents
Doina Oncel

Although many conversations have begun about women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) in Canada, development and implementation to work towards evening out gender imbalances in these fields is still a work in progress. There has been a lot of data gathered to support this issue and many factors that prevent women from STEM opportunities.

'It's A New World': Canadian Scientists Welcome 'Unmuzzling'

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 11.09.2015 | Canada Politics

"It's a new world."

A Degree In STEM Can Land You Your Dream Job

Dr. Imogen Coe | Posted 11.03.2015 | Canada Business
Dr. Imogen Coe

In September, I attended the Ontario University Fair, one of the biggest university fairs on the continent. There, I spent many hours talking to prosp...

While Worried About The Election, We Forgot About World Food Day

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 10.31.2015 | Canada Impact
Carl Duivenvoorden

The fact that it passed entirely without notice reaffirms just how lucky we are to live in this blessed land of plenty. But perhaps it's a good occasion to reflect upon the importance of food in our tumultuous, changing world.

Privacy By Design Is Key To The Future Of Artificial Intelligence

Foteini Agrafioti | Posted 10.26.2015 | Canada Business
Foteini Agrafioti

Under privacy by design, technology companies must account for human values when creating their systems and ensure they have engineered for maximum individual privacy in every step of their process. It's a costly and time-consuming measure, but it's one of the only measures standing in the way of a digital Wild West.

How to Manage the Challenge of Reputation Management

Paul S Hillier | Posted 10.20.2015 | Canada Business
Paul S Hillier

Is reputation management the same as corporate social responsibility? Should our company send press releases for good news but close ranks when it's bad news? Myths about reputation management are rarely made as explicit as these questions, but misunderstandings such as these create a disconnect.

Why Canada Needs Scientists

Tori Slobodzian | Posted 10.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Tori Slobodzian

What the conservative government fails to realize is that scientists are public servants. Which means they work for the people of Canada, not the elected party. They are paid via tax dollars, just as politicians are, to perform a service that betters our country. Canada needs science to exist. It's importance cannot be measured by profit margins or popularity. I get it; that makes it difficult to justify spending. Especially since science is not a cheap pursuit, but I guarantee you, it is the most worthwhile pursuit of our time.

How Watching a Hollywood Blockbuster Might Spark Interest in STEM

Paul Barter | Posted 10.08.2015 | Canada Parents
Paul Barter

Last weekend, The Martian opened in theatres to rave reviews, a 94 per cent rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an industry-leading $55 million box office. It's THE fall blockbuster of 2015 so far. At first glance it seems like just another Ridley Scott action movie, but might it also be the future of Innovation?

Every day, I Discover a New Reason to Vote out Harper

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 10.02.2015 | Canada Politics
Carl Duivenvoorden

I am a reluctant activist. I don't like rocking the boat. But when our federal election was called in August, it occurred to me that the entries in my blog might be worth sharing. So I'm posting 78 of them to a Facebook page, 78 Days, 78 Reasons. It's my hope they'll help reasonable Canadians, particularly young people and small c-conservatives, see that we deserve better.

Connecting Talent With Opportunity in Biotechnology

Russell Williams | Posted 09.30.2015 | Canada Business
Russell Williams

A strong bio-economy is essential for Canada to compete on the global stage. Each year, the bio-sector welcomes hundreds of new college and university graduates in all areas of the industry who are eager to enter the workforce and help fuel this exciting sector. That said, finding a match between the skill and the opportunity can be a challenge to both the graduate and the employer.

Here's Why We Hear So Many False Claims About Cannabis

International Centre for Science in Drug Policy | Posted 09.15.2015 | Canada Politics
International Centre for Science in Drug Policy

On the whole, my many years of research on substance use has taught me a major overarching lesson: we are much more likely to demonize drugs for their negative effects than consider their neutral or potentially positive impacts. Or -- in scientific terms -- there is a built-in bias in the scientific literature, textbooks, and popular press towards highlighting the negative aspects of drug use.

Busting the 'Genius' Myth

Elan Divon | Posted 08.26.2015 | Canada Living
Elan Divon

Take a moment to think about a famous scientist. Imagine this person in your mind's eye. What does he or she look like? Chances are, you pictured Albert Einstein with his wild silver hair and starry gaze. Failing that, you probably visualized an elderly gentleman wearing a lab coat.

4 Ways to Help Everyone Find Their Inner Scientist

Dr. Imogen Coe | Posted 08.28.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Imogen Coe

Everyone has a budding inner scientist with natural curiosity about the world. Science offers a way to find answers to the questions we had as kids and may still have as adults. Helping kids nurture their inner scientist and encouraging them to develop the skills needed to investigate and understand the world around them will help them become scientifically literate adults.

Sex Workers Rights Are Human Rights

Dr. Kate Shannon | Posted 08.06.2015 | Canada Politics
Dr. Kate Shannon

Following over two years of consultations with sex workers and human rights experts in member countries globally, a leading human rights organization, Amnesty International, put forward a draft policy in support of decriminalization of sex work as critical to ensuring the human rights of all citizens. The policy recognizes decriminalization as a key measure for protecting the human rights of sex workers globally and will be discussed and voted on at the International Council Meeting to be held later this week in Dublin, Ireland.

Erosion Of Science Reflects 'State Of Our Democracy,' Former Scientist Says

The Huffington Post Canada | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 08.05.2015 | Canada Politics

"Having freedom of speech, having an informed electorate. It’s really that erosion of democracy that keeps me up at night the most."

Jumpstart Your Kids' STEM Education This Summer

Julie Hansen | Posted 07.07.2015 | Canada Parents
Julie Hansen

Today's kids will see tremendous career opportunities thanks to the rapid growth of the technology sector and the emergence of the digital era. The problem: we're simply not equipping our youth with the right skills, knowledge, interest and confidence they'll need to take the wheel to drive our future economy.

Are the Great Lakes Really Full of Toxic Soup?

Robert Osborne | Posted 06.30.2015 | Canada Politics
Robert Osborne

You wouldn't believe the looks of disbelief that we get. When my dive buddy Chris and I decide to spend a morning in Humber Bay, people are apt to ask whether we're serious about swimming in that part of Lake Ontario. One person questioned our sanity.