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Treating mental health virtually

Del Ingvaldson, New Science Communicator Mental health issues are of increasing importance in today’s society. According to Statistics Canada, 11.3 […]

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Semiotics of wildlife warning signs

Semiotics is the study of signs, specifically how meaning is made by signs and symbols. Some symbols make sense, like a drawing of a tree. But you can have different drawings of trees, and yet it still conveys the meaning “tree.” Alphabets themselves also act in this same way. By arranging these symbols that we... Continue Reading →

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Gratitude Swim celebrates Swim Drink Fish movement and Gord Edgar Downie Pier

On July 26, 2018, we unveil the Gord Edgar Downie Pier at Breakwater Park in Kingston. It’s a day of celebration and gratitude. We can't think of a better way to celebrate than jumping into the water for a swim - a Gratitude Swim. The Gratitude Swim follows the Gord Edgar Downie Pier dedication with the City of Kingston and The W. Garfield Weston Foundation. It celebrates the decades of hard work, from you and…

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Fishbase in trouble

Do you know Fishbase? If you - like me - are working in fish biology and anything relating to fish or if you are a serious fish hobbyist it is very likely that you came across Fishbase a number of times. It is a huge resource for fish names and life history information. Endless work has been put into this database but it has never been easy to find the money needed to run it…

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In-home (one day in the future) eyesight correction

It’s easy to become blasé about ‘futuristic’ developments but every once in a while something comes along that shocks you out of your complacency as this March 8, 2018 news item did for me, A revolutionary, cutting-edge technology, developed by researchers at Bar-Ilan University’s Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials (BINA), has the potential to provide a new alternative to eyeglasses, contact lenses, and laser correction for refractive errors. The technology, known as Nano-Drops, was…

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July 24: Waterton-Glacier Science and History Day

Cameron Naficy, one of our key Landscapes in Motion researchers, will be presenting at a public event in Waterton Townsite on July 24, 2018. Read on to learn more!15th Annual Waterton-Glacier Science and History DayWhere: Falls Theatre, Waterton Townsite, Waterton Lakes National ParkWhen: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 -- 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.Cost: Free with park entry fee and open to allCameron's Talk: A multi-century, transboundary perspective on the fire ecology of the Crown of the…

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They Are Taking Over: Aquatic Invasive Species

It’s that time of year once again. The weather is hot, and everyone is trying to cool off any way they can. Those that can head down to the water, do. Everyone with a boat is out on the water, whether they are tubing, waterskiing, fishing, or cruising around. Anyone that has been around boats [...] Read More The post They Are Taking Over: Aquatic Invasive Species appeared first on Schrodinger's Cat.

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The Apple Watch and the Problem of False Positives

The Apple Watch has an FDA approved accessory that can diagnose you with an arrhythmia. But how accurate is it? The evidence says not very. While it's pretty good at telling you if you're normal, a diagnosis of atrial fibrillation isn't accurate at all. Read the full story here.  https://montrealgazette.com/opinion/opinion-why-the-apple-watch-might-be... ************************************************* Given that I'm not someone who is overly fond of new gadgets, the arrival of the new Apple Watch 3 didn't really make that much of…

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Lots of news!

I can't believe it's been a month since my last post! But I've now recovered from the craziness of the spring — with its two hackathons, two conferences, two new experiments, as well as the usual courses and client projects — and am ready to start getting back to normal. My goal with this post is to tell you all the exciting stuff that's happened in the last few weeks.Meet our newest team memberThere's a new…

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