• Editorial: Earth Day: Not just a single day (photo credit: Flickr user Eric Parker; CC BY-NC 2.0) Editorial: Earth Day: Not just a single day (photo credit: Flickr user Eric Parker; CC BY-NC 2.0)
  • Celebrating the March Polar Week with APECS! Profiles from the Arctic – the making of a web documentary Celebrating the March Polar Week with APECS! Profiles from the Arctic – the making of a web documentary
  • Editorial: Creative credit: media use across the web (image credit: R Nakamura) Editorial: Creative credit: media use across the web (image credit: R Nakamura)
  • Editorial: What’s the buzz (or not) around Canadian science policy? (Photo: pmwebphotos; CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) Editorial: What’s the buzz (or not) around Canadian science policy? (Photo: pmwebphotos; CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
  • Editorial: Trading in Wellness (image credit: fiona paloma; CC BY-NC-SA 2.0). Editorial: Trading in Wellness (image credit: fiona paloma; CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).

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Earth Day: Not just a single day

by Sri Ray-Chauduri

Environmental & Earth Sciences subject editor

Did you know there are two Earth Days? April 22nd marks the Earth Day founded by US Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970. Nelson worked on conservation issues with the Kennedy administration in the early 1960s, and the protests and teach-ins of the era inspired him to do the same for environmental awareness. The other Earth Day, first commemorated on March 21st, 1970, during the vernal equinox, was proposed by peace activist John …

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Winning Authors, Touring Authors, Teaching Authors… We’ve got ‘em all!

By Claire EamerIt's the season, apparently, when Sci/Why authors come out of hibernation and flaunt their accomplishments. I did a quick whip-round of the Sci/Why bloggers and friends of Sci/Why, and discovered a flurry of activity. Here are the highlights.First of all - we have a winner! Sci/Why blogger Shar Levine and her writing partner, Leslie Johnstone, have won the Canadian Science Writers' ... continue reading

Putting a price on nature

Sometimes it is only by putting a price on something that we truly begin to value its real worth and importance to us. This certainly applies to manufacturing goods and various services, but increasingly it is being applied to nature’s benefits. In fact, this is the idea behind the economic valuation of ecological goods and services, which refers to the many benefits, such as fresh air or clean... continue reading

La nouvelle révolution industrielle et énergétique improbable

Cela semble prendre des économistes pour répandre à travers la société l’idée que notre avenir rime avec une nouvelle révolution industrielle. Du moins, il est loin d’être évident comment une telle idée puisse se trouver autrement dans les discours politiques, économiques et journalistiques actuels. Je me demande si ce n’est pas un témoignage de l’efficacité du... continue reading

Dispatches from the Peanut Gallery

By Claire Eamer Do you remember the first science book you read? It probably wasn’t a heavy tome about a vital scientific issue of the day, or even a romp through the dusty corners and characters of archaeology. I’ll bet it was a book about dinosaurs, or insects, or stinky anatomical functions. And I bet [...]... continue reading

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Reducing animal testing for nanotoxicity—PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) presentation at NanoTox 2014

Writing about nanotechnology can lead you in many different directions such as the news about PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) and its poster presentation at the NanoTox 2014 conference being held in Antalya, Turkey from April 23 – 26, 2014. From the April 22, 2014 PETA news release on EurekAlert, PETA International Science Consortium Ltd.’s nanotechnology expert will... continue reading

Geckskin update

It appears that researchers at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst have found a way to make their ‘Geckskin’, an adhesive product modeled on a gecko’s feet (a lizard famously able to stick to an object by a single toe), adhere to the widest range of surfaces yet (from an April 17, 2014 University of Massachusetts news release [also on EurekAlert but dated April 18, 2014]),... continue reading

Modelling the Vadose Zone…What fun!

Sometimes our projects take stage and unexpected turns down pathways that we have no experience in whatsoever. My project on the input of Fukushima iodine-129 into groundwater has taken one of those turns. This is not a bad thing, but it is a time consuming one, as these deviations often are. However, instead of bemoaning my new lot in life as modeller of the unsaturated (vadose) zone, I thought I... continue reading

Where the bears are: An update on the Wuikinuxv grizzly bear project

In the spring of 2013, I approached NCC about a project to monitor grizzly bears in Wuikinuxv Territory, situated in the heart of the Great Bear Rainfores. ... continue reading

Does sex tonight impact your workout tomorrow?

A commonly held belief among many athletes and coaches (particularly male ones) is that sexual intercourse the evening before a competition spells disaster on the big day. Thus, many high-level athletes practice abstinence prior to competition. Muhammad Ali was an outspoken proponent of this rule, as was Marv Levy, head coach of the Buffalo Bills, who separated his athletes from their partners lea... continue reading

CSWA 2014 Science in Society Book Award Winners

Each year the Canadian Science Writers’ Association offers two book awards to honour outstanding contributions to science writing 1) intended for and available to children/middle grades ages 8-12 years, and 2) intended for and available to the general public for books that were published in Canada during the previous calendar year. This year [...]... continue reading

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