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Immigrating to Canada with a STEM Degree in Hand


By Nahomi Amberber, Policy and Politics Co-Editor. Fifty years after it was first established, the Canadian point system for immigrants […]

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Countering a Science Communications Failure

The decisions of Associate Professor R. A. Pyron, to write a perspective piece on extinction and biodiversity, and The Washington Post editors, to publish him, with the headline, "We don’t need to save endangered species. Extinction is part of evolution", have produced what I would label, as a rather large failure of science communication. Geological […]

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PalAss 2017

The 61st Annual Meeting of the Palaeontological Association is this year held at Imperial College London. We’ll be livestreaming a selection of talks across three days, so nobody has to miss out on this great event. Our schedule is given below, all times are in UTC. If you join the stream late, up to four hours can be replayed. If the stream is interrupted for any reason, please refresh your browser (F5). If problems persist,…

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JR Profiles Episode 7: Aggeliki Georgiopoulou – Marine Geologist

I got to sit down with science party member Aggeliki Georgiopoulou, a structural geologist from Ireland, to learn about what a marine geologist does. Watch the interview here and learn about geology careers at sea! Aggeliki is originally from Greece and has translated her answers into Greek for us! Πες μας λίγα πράγματα για τον εαυτό σου: Με λένε Αγγελική Γεωργιοπούλου, όλοι με φωνάζουν Άγκυ, που είναι πιο εύκολο για τους μη ελληνόφωνους φίλους και...…

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Tracks of my tears could power smartphone?

So far the researchers aren’t trying to power anything with tears but they have discovered that tears could be used to generate electricity (from an Oct. 2, 2017 news item on, A team of Irish scientists has discovered that applying pressure to a protein found in egg whites and tears can generate electricity. The researchers from the Bernal Institute, University of Limerick (UL), Ireland, observed that crystals of lysozyme, a model protein that is…

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Read It and Weep: Fungal Guttation

by Jan ThornhillYoung Red-Belted Polypore (Fomitopsis pinicola) with guttation dropsSome fungi are prone to exhibiting a curious phenomenon—they exude beads of moisture, called guttation. In several polypores, such as Fomitopsis pinicola, the liquid produced can look so much like tears that you'd swear the fungus was weeping. Or maybe sweating. Other species produce pigmented drops that can look like milk, or tar, or even blood.Guttation is more well-known in some vascular plants. During the night, when the…

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Right Turn: Four STEM women to watch

  If I say the names Kirsty Duncan, Mona Nemer, Julie Payette and Molly Shoichet, what comes to mind? There are many ways to answer that question, of course, but the answer I’m looking for is that they are all female scientists or engineers who hold significant posts in government with the ability to influence Canada’s science agenda. The Honourable Kirsty Duncan is the federal Minister of Science. As of the September 2017 announcement, she…

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