Canada Science

Educators Need to Embrace Change

Malkin Dare | Posted 09.02.2014 | 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 08.29.2014 | 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 08.15.2014 | 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 08.06.2014 | 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,...

Why is the Harper Administration Throwing Away Entire Libraries?

DeSmog Canada | Posted 03.18.2014 | Canada
DeSmog Canada

With news of several governmental libraries being closed, and their contents being destroyed without first being digitized for archiving, many Canadians, especially in the scientific community, are wondering what these ominous acts could say about the Harper administration. The word 'Orwellian' comes to mind.

Stephen Hawking's Brave New World, Episode 6: Hyper Connections

Carin Bondar | Posted 05.12.2014 | Canada TV
Carin Bondar

This week's episode is our season finale. It's all about astonishing advances in connections -- both figurative and literal. The amazing advances that scientists are researching and creating in order to make our world a better place to live continue to inspire me!

Stephen Hawking's Brave New World, Episode 5: Designer Human

Carin Bondar | Posted 02.12.2014 | Canada TV
Carin Bondar

This week's episode is all about cutting-edge breakthroughs in technology improving on human evolution -- repairing and replacing body parts, and upgrading brain function. The idea that a bionic man or woman may one day become a reality is mind-boggling!

Why Is Environment Canada Shutting Out the Media?

Carol Linnitt | Posted 02.12.2014 | Canada
Carol Linnitt

Throughout 2013, 22 per cent of media requests for interviews with scientists were denied while requests in the past five months have increased by 50 per cent, the letter states. In total Environment Canada received just 316 media requests in 2013, of which 246 (78 per cent) were approved. Climate scientist at the University of Victoria and Green party MLA Andrew Weaver says the fact that Environment Canada is giving such a small amount of interviews is "shameful." What is more troubling, says Weaver, are the kinds of interview requests being denied.

August 29 Should Be Chris Hadfield Day

Irene Mathyssen, MP | Posted 02.11.2014 | Canada Politics
Irene Mathyssen, MP

Chris Hadfield truly is a remarkable Canadian. The motion, 'M-477' states that the government should "designate August 29th each year as Chris Hadfield Day." At a time when science is under attack by some, it is essential that we acknowledge its critical place in our past, present and future.

Stephen Hawking's Brave New World, Episode 4: Perfect City

Carin Bondar | Posted 02.05.2014 | Canada TV
Carin Bondar

The creativity of scientists across the world continues to astonish me. In this week's episode the team and I investigate new technologies that are going to improve our lives by making things easier, more efficient and much faster.

Virtual World: Stephen Hawking's Brave New World Episode 3

Carin Bondar | Posted 01.29.2014 | Canada TV
Carin Bondar

In the latest episode of our series on the latest and greatest technological advances across the globe, we learn all about how scientists can alter our perception. Virtual reality and associated technologies will change the way we communicate, the way we work, and the way we play.

What is the 'Power of N'?

Carlo Montemagno | Posted 01.28.2014 | Canada
Carlo Montemagno

Over the past number of months, many have asked me what the "power of N" means. The phrase is very simple, yet it has many different layers of meaning...