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How Canada combats antimicrobial resistance

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By Nahomi Amberber, Policy & Politics Co-Editor Do you remember how many times you’ve been prescribed an antibiotic or used […]

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First core on deck

We made it to our first drill site! Because we are drilling about 1,600 feet (that’s about 500 metres) below the sea floor, it takes a few hours to get the drill string down to the sea floor to begin coring. After that, 31 ft (or 9.6 metre) sections of cores begin coming up every 40 minutes or so. The core is brought on deck, we let it sit for about 4 hours so it...…

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The things we do…

My advisor has always maintained that a field crew runs on its stomach.  In other words, well-fed field assistants are much happier and much more productive – not to mention much less likely to mutiny. There is no doubt that this is true.  Trying to run a field crew without an adequate supply of coffee, chocolate, or wine is an enterprise doomed to failure.  But – at the risk of disagreeing with my advisor –…

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McMaster research team tackles water issues in First Nations communities

The numbers are staggering. An analysis of water security and climate change in Indigenous communities shows that up to 72,000 people may have been affected by drinking water advisories (DWAs) in First Nations at the start of 2017. In 2016 alone, 133 boil water advisories in 90 Indigenous communities were issued that affected over 50,000 people across the country. “To say it’s unacceptable, would be a serious understatement,” says Dawn Martin-Hill, associate professor of anthropology,…

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McMaster research team tackles water issues in First Nations communities

The numbers are staggering. An analysis of water security and climate change in Indigenous communities shows that up to 72,000 people may have been affected by drinking water advisories (DWAs) in First Nations at the start of 2017. In 2016 alone, 133 boil water advisories in 90 Indigenous communities were issued that affected over 50,000 people across the country. “To say it’s unacceptable, would be a serious understatement,” says Dawn Martin-Hill, associate professor of anthropology,…

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Accelerated healing of the tissue in the blood-brain barrier with gelatin

It’s been a few years since my last brain and gelatin story (Dec. 24, 2014 posting: Gelatin nanoparticles for drug delivery after stroke) and this time they’re trying to make brain surgery easier and to reduce any attendant brain damage according to a Nov. 6, 2017 news item on ScienceDaily, Researchers already know that gelatin-covered electrode implants cause less damage to brain tissue than electrodes with no gelatin coating. Researchers at the Neuronano Research Centre…

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The Pet People to Follow in 2018

The canine and feline scientists, pet professionals, bloggers and organizations to follow on social media in 2018.Photo: Ramon Espelt Photography (Shutterstock)Are you looking for some new accounts to follow in 2018? I’ve updated my list of some of the best people and organizations to follow on Twitter and Facebook if you’re interested in companion animals, science, and the human-animal bond.Not only do they produce great content of their own, they also have a varied feed…

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Astroquizzical book cover reveal!

Hello all! I have a very exciting announcement!In conjunction with the lovely folks at Icon Books, I am pleased to unveil the cover for Astroquizzical: A curious journey through our cosmic family tree. This book is based on the content of Astroquizzical over the past few years, and will be coming out in the UK on March 8th, and in the US on June 12th! “How did the Earth get to be the way it is?…

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2017: the best of ScienceMetrics.org

Over the past year, the ScienceMetrics.org blog has grown considerably. We really appreciate our growing group of readers and all the interesting discussions that the blog has sparked. In today’s post, we’ll take a quick look back at 2017, and give you a year-in-review from our side of the “Publish” button. Capturing your attention For ScienceMetrics.org, 2017 was the Year of the Series, as we experimented with providing long-form content broken down into series of…

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Why I rejected your request for free photos

This post is dedicated to all the people who have completely lost their sense of common decency. I have a destructive humbleness that most people do not understand (myself included). I do not have a Patreon page, I do not run ads on this website, I have never asked for donations*. However, for some reason I get the feeling that this leads people to believe I do everything for free. This could not be further…

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