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So You Want To Get Paid For SciComm?

Alex Chattwood, Communications, Education & Outreach co-editor Becoming a paid science communicator can be hard work. In my recent post, I […]

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Nope o’clock: Wildlife changing their activity patterns to avoid humans

Do you get your groceries at 2am? Excluding shift workers, for most of us, that’s a time of day when our heads are comfortably resting on our pillows. But if there were some danger during the daylight hours, we’d likely shift our activity patterns to the nighttime to avoid that danger. It turns out that... Continue Reading →

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Study outlines reasons to ban electronic collars for dogs

A review of the scientific research finds there are risks to using electronic collars in dog training and says it's time for a ban.Photo: Parilov / ShutterstockLast year, a position statement from the European College of Veterinary Clinical Ethologists argued against the use of electronic collars in dog training and for a Europe-wide ban on their sale and use.  Now an article in the Journal of Veterinary Behaviour by Masson et al explains the reasons…

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Canada’s National Institute of Nanotechnology and cellphone breathalyzers

First a soap opera, of sorts and then the science. Canada’s ‘morphing’ National Institute of Nanotechnology It seems we in Canada no longer have a National Institute of Nanotechnology (NINT) as such. (sigh) The NINT been downsized and rebranded. Always part of Canada’s National Research Council (NRC), the NINT has been languishing for a number of years. The downsizing/rebranding has resulted in two new ‘entities’: the NRC Nanotechnology Research Centre and the NRC-UAlberta [University of…

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Canada’s National Institute of Nanotechnology and cellphone breathalyzers

First a soap opera, of sorts and then the science. Canada’s ‘morphing’ National Institute of Nanotechnology It seems we in Canada no longer have a National Institute of Nanotechnology (NINT) as such. (sigh) The NINT been downsized and rebranded. Always part of Canada’s National Research Council (NRC), the NINT has been languishing for a number of years. The downsizing/rebranding has resulted in two new ‘entities’: the NRC Nanotechnology Research Centre and the NRC-UAlberta [University of…

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Retroactive pension as a postdoc? Apply now!

Some of the biggest historic discussions in our column that get Canadian postdoctoral fellows in a rage are those around the taxation situation in Canada. It seems that postdoctoral fellows just can’t win – employee or trainee? – either way, the chips rarely fall well for the postdoctoral fellow. Today’s rather brief post is more of a public service message to remind postdoctoral fellows that now is the time to submit a claim to be considered an…

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Code Show version 1.0

Last week we released Code Show version 1.0. In a new experiment, we teamed up with Total and the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers at the EAGE Annual Conference and Exhibition in Copenhagen. Our goal was to bring a little of the hackathon to as many conference delegates as possible. We succeeded in reaching a few hundred people over the three days, making a lot of new friends in the process. See the action in…

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