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Video Made the SciComm Star

By Raymond Nakamura, Multimedia Co-Editor   “I started this,” says chemist Steve Maguire in the introductory video of his YouTube […]

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University of Alberta scientists use ultra fast (terahertz) microscopy to see ultra small (electron dynamics)

This is exciting news for Canadian science and the second time there has been a breakthrough development from the province of Alberta within the last five months (see Sept. 21, 2016 posting on quantum teleportation). From a Feb. 21, 2017 news item on ScienceDaily, For the first time ever, scientists have captured images of terahertz […]

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The Function of Play Bows in Dog and Wolf Puppies

New research casts doubt on an old explanation for the play bow – and suggests it’s all about more play.The play bow is a glorious signal in dogs. The bum goes up and the elbows go down, leaving the rear end sticking up, usually accompanied by a lovely happy face (as pictured above). Not just reserved for other dogs, our canine friends will play bow to us too.Traditionally, it was believed that the play bow…

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Jan/Feb 2017 CommNatural Newsletter: Snow sketching, winter vocabulary & more

Happy not-quite-spring, dear readers! Although we’re a long way from actual spring, the weather in my neck of the woods has been decidedly warm lately. That means, I’ve been spending a lot of time outside, roving the prairie with my pup, and, to be honest, writing more than drawing. Even so, the January/February 2017 newsletter … Continue reading Jan/Feb 2017 CommNatural Newsletter: Snow sketching, winter vocabulary & more

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To Retain Information Better, Wait a Few Hours, Then Go for a Run!

The study that I want to tell you about today was done by Eelco V. van Dongen and his colleagues and is entitled “Physical Exercise Performed Four Hours after Learning Improves Memory Retention and Increases Hippocampal Pattern Similarity during Retrieval.” This study’s findings can be summed up as follows: if you have just made a new mental association and want to remember it better, wait a couple of hours, and then go do some exercise!…

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If your body isn’t healing, your partner’s genes might be to blame

You can almost feel aggression seeping out of these mice. Could menacing looks stress them out enough to damage health? Drawing by Karsushika Hokusai between 1830 and 1949. Choosing the right partner in life can help overcome its many pitfalls and challenges. But what if that partner could also influence your health in totally unexpected ways—what if their genes, and not only yours, are at play? This, at least, seems to be the case in…

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Documenting the Trump War on Science: The Muslim and refugee ban is a terrible idea

US president Donald Trump’s Executive Order 13769, Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States, is a terrible idea for many different reasons and has been widely condemned. Banning people due to their refugee status, religion or national origin has no place in a civilized society. while it has been overturned in court, it appears that Trump is going to try again with a new Order. The purpose of this post isn’t…

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