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Bringing quantum mechanics to the Canadian public

By Lauren Borja, Physics and Astronomy Co-Editor In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary, a traveling exhibit on quantum mechanics and […]

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Why Does The Moon Rise Later Each Day?

“Why does the Moon rise 30 to 70 mins later each day than the previous day?”The Moon does indeed rise on average 50 minutes later each day in our skies, which may come as a surprisingly large daily change, particularly if you’re used to the much more gradual changes of sunrise…Read the full article on Forbes!Have your own question? Feel free to ask! Or submit your questions via the sidebar, Facebook, or twitter.Sign up for the mailing list for updates…

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Light-based computation made better with silver

It’s pretty amazing to imagine a future where computers run on light but according to a May 16, 2017 news item on ScienceDaily the idea is not beyond the realms of possibility, Tomorrow’s computers will run on light, and gold nanoparticle chains show much promise as light conductors. Now Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich scientists have demonstrated how tiny spots of silver could markedly reduce energy consumption in light-based computation. Today’s computers are faster and smaller…

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Light-based computation made better with silver

It’s pretty amazing to imagine a future where computers run on light but according to a May 16, 2017 news item on ScienceDaily the idea is not beyond the realms of possibility, Tomorrow’s computers will run on light, and gold nanoparticle chains show much promise as light conductors. Now Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich scientists have demonstrated how tiny spots of silver could markedly reduce energy consumption in light-based computation. Today’s computers are faster and smaller…

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Retro Shows on Science from the CBC, and more!

By Paula JohansonSummer is here, and a lot of people are out of school for months. Though it's time to be outdoors doing fun things like gardening and kayaking, nobody wants to turn their brains off for an entire summer. There's plenty of science to learn -- but where?One of the things that works for science learning in the summer is finding free videos and audio recordings and podcasts to play when needed. Quiet evenings…

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Canada Science and Technology Museum to reopen in November 2017

It’s been along time coming but the opening of the refurbished and mould-free Canada Science and Technology Museum (CSTM) is coming up in November 2017, some 150 days away. Here’s more from  the CSTM’s june 20, 2017 announcement page, The New Canada Science and Technology Museum June 20, 2017 marks 150 days until the new Canada and Science Technology Museum opens! The Museum will open its doors to the public at 9 a.m. EST on…

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City of Toronto now sending out sewage bypass alerts

Sewage piles up near the mouth of the Humber River. July, 2013. Photo by Lake Ontario Waterkeeper. In July of 2014, Waterkeeper filed a request to the province to bring sewage bypass alerts to Toronto. The city notifies the Ministry of Environment every time a wastewater treatment plant bypasses, but those alerts are not made public.Fast forward three years later and Toronto, as of this month, is finally sending out public notifications for bypasses. The city…

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The Canadian Mountain Network is Dedicated to Website Accessibility

Brett Dietterle @brett_dietterle The Canadian Mountain Network is committed to inclusivity and ensuring as many people as possible have access to our content. After initially consulting with Student Accessibility Services at the University of Alberta, we created a list of features we would like to implement on our website. We then implemented several of these features to further our engagement and allow us to reach a wider demographic of people. A toolbar on the left…

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Wolfe Island Lit Fest Cancelled

The Lit Fest, scheduled to take place on Saturday, June 24 at Brophy's Point on Wolfe Island, has been cancelled due to weather and unforeseen circumstances.Tonight's Music Showcase is carrying on as planned.The Lit Fest is part of the Kingston & Wolfe Island Culture Festival, which begins June 23 and carries right through to August 12. Please visit the Kingston & Wolfe Island Culture Festival page for a list of all scheduled events. 

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