Canada Science

The World Needed the Return of 'Cosmos'

Dr. Raywat Deonandan | Posted 03.17.2014 | 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 03.13.2014 | 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 02.27.2014 | 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 02.23.2014 | 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 02.21.2014 | 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 02.18.2014 | 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...

Code Red: Stephen Hawking's Brave New World, Episode 2

Carin Bondar | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada TV
Carin Bondar

Welcome back to your Brave New World! Episode 2: Code Red of Stephen Hawking's Brave New World, the groundbreaking TV series on Discovery World, is all about cutting-edge technologies that reduce damage and loss in emergency situations.

A Sinking Feeling

CP | Dene Moore, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Canada is a global steward of the seas with the longest coastline in the world stretched along three oceans, but that role is at risk, say...

Why Trees Are Green -- And Yellow and Orange

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

Written by Mark Stabb, central Ontario program manager for the Nature Conservancy of Canada and contributor to Land Lines (the Nature Conservancy of C...

Scientist Survey Paints Sad Picture

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A large survey of science professionals in the federal public service has found that almost 25 per cent of respondents say they have been dir...

The Science We Can Trust on Climate Change

Brett Favaro | Posted 12.03.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Brett Favaro

The summary of the fifth Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report has been released, and it confirms that climate change is real, dangerous, and caused by us. More than 97% of science papers that take a position on climate change support this conclusion.This unprecedented level of scientific certainty has not stopped legions of pundits from rejecting evidence, questioning scientists' motives and qualifications, and proposing ever-sillier ideas that scientists themselves are part of a vast international green conspiracy. If only that were true.

Why Websites Should Kill Their Comments

Mitch Joel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Mitch Joel

Whether we like it or not, the great discourse and online conversations are being clouded and polluted with spammy comments. If you have ever blogged, you will note how difficult it can sometimes be to sort the wheat from the chaff.

Who Paid for Your Doctor's Opinion?

Kapil Khatter | Posted 11.30.2013 | Canada
Kapil Khatter

There are academic pharmaceutical researchers still publishing independent, peer-reviewed articles, just as there are still farmers who have small farms with the kinds of smiling animals one sees in children's books. But more and more pharmaceutical research is done factory farm-style, with organized precision and efficiency, all paid for by drug companies. Welcome to new science.

Suppressing Our Right to Know

Carol Linnitt | Posted 11.27.2013 | Canada Politics
Carol Linnitt

Suzanne Legault, Canada's Information Commissioner, says federal officials are suppressing freedom of information in Canada. According to her notes, complaints to the Information Officer in the first five months of the 2013-2014 year are up by 35 per cent.

We Shouldn't Have to Defend Science, But We Must

Wayne K. Spear | Posted 11.26.2013 | Canada
Wayne K. Spear

One encounters with dismay the daily evidence that science is indeed under attack. Anti-science developments of recent years are global and various. The fact that scientific inquiry produces inconveniences. I'm happy to stand up for science, but I'm not happy that I feel I have to.