Should I Attend the Science March?

By Alex Chattwood, Communication, Education and Outreach Co-Editor A debate is stirring within the pro-science community over the April 22 March for Science (M4S), a 52-day-old collective that claims, “to support and safeguard the scientific community.” As a one-time scientist turned science educator, I want to support science and scientific ways of thinking however I […]

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Entropy is Everything

By Deanna Kerry, New Science Communicator Guest Blogger Physics is the foundation of all sciences. It provides fundamental laws that describe how objects move and interact with one another. Any system can be examined from the perspective of physics, even things that would normally be thought of as biology or chemistry. To understand difficult concepts, […]

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Superbugs in Space

 By Ainslie Butler and Lindsay Jolivet, Health, Medicine, and Veterinary Science Co-Editors   In mid-February, NASA launched a superbug into space. The idea was to study how methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, mutates in the microgravity environment of the International Space Station. Using space to predict the future of this deadly pathogen could give us […]

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Video Made the SciComm Star

By Raymond Nakamura, Multimedia Co-Editor   “I started this,” says chemist Steve Maguire in the introductory video of his YouTube channel, Science Is Not Scary, “because I was sick and tired of dreck masquerading as quality programming.” Now I am not as worked up as Maguire, but as Science Communications Consultant Lisa Willemse emailed, “making […]

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A Tale of Two Rivers

By Kira Hoffman, General Sciences Co-editor   In December 2014, residents of Jordan River received some unwelcome news. The 103-year-old Jordan River Dam, located 7 km upstream of this tiny seaside community on southwestern Vancouver Island, had been deemed unlikely to withstand a major earthquake. Six years earlier, BC Hydro had commissioned a peer-reviewed study […]

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