Dinos, villians, bats, space & tourism: #cdnsci Lunchtime, 29 Oct 2015

Alberta researcher finds fossilized feathers, skin on ostrich-like dinosaur | Metro Newshttp://www.metronews.ca/news/canada/2015/10/28/alberta-researcher-finds-fossilized-feathers-skin-on-ostrich-like-dinosaur.htmlMemorial University called 'real villain' as BMJ ditches Chandra research - Newfoundland & Labrador - CBC Newshttp://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/mun-villain-dr-chandra-bmj-1.3292161Thirteen spooky facts about Canadian batshttp://www.durhamregion.com/community-story/6047811-thirteen-spooky-facts-about-canadian-bats/McGill launches centre for space research | Channels - McGill Universityhttp://www.mcgill.ca/channels/news/mcgill-launches-centre-space-research-256392National park would attract tourists from around the world to our region - Osoyoos Times - Osoyoos Timeshttp://www.osoyoostimes.com/national-park-would-attract-tourists-from-around-the-world-to-our-region/

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Dinos, villians, bats, space & tourism: #cdnsci Lunchtime, 29 Oct 2015

Alberta researcher finds fossilized feathers, skin on ostrich-like dinosaur | Metro Newshttp://www.metronews.ca/news/canada/2015/10/28/alberta-researcher-finds-fossilized-feathers-skin-on-ostrich-like-dinosaur.htmlMemorial University called 'real villain' as BMJ ditches Chandra research - Newfoundland & Labrador - CBC Newshttp://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/mun-villain-dr-chandra-bmj-1.3292161Thirteen spooky facts about Canadian batshttp://www.durhamregion.com/community-story/6047811-thirteen-spooky-facts-about-canadian-bats/McGill launches centre for space research | Channels - McGill Universityhttp://www.mcgill.ca/channels/news/mcgill-launches-centre-space-research-256392National park would attract tourists from around the world to our region - Osoyoos Times - Osoyoos Timeshttp://www.osoyoostimes.com/national-park-would-attract-tourists-from-around-the-world-to-our-region/

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It’s the ELA again, but for agriculture. And it’s wrong.

This one strikes close to home for me - close enough that I need to come out of hibernation.I am but one generation away from the farm. My father grew up on a farm, and his first degree is in agriculture. The first time he came to visit me after I moved to Ottawa he expressed the importance of the work done on the experimental farm. His main point was that there are very very…

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So long, and thanks for all the science

Dear Friends,I am going on hiatus. I may pop in from time to time, but it will be in the form of an isolated post or tweet. I am - at least for now - suspending my almost-daily posting of Canadian science stories. It has been a little more than 3 years now. I started the "@speakup4sci" Twitter handle - which has since grown to include a blog and a Facebook page - because I was…

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Technology used in hunt of a different kind for North Atlantic right whales

Part of the question is "where have they gone." The other part of the question (which I don't see addressed here) is "why have they left?" Is it shipping? Over-fishing? Pollution? Warming waters? This is important information also! “Davies said similar work last summer in the Roseway Basin, a known right whale habitat, left scientists shaking their heads when they recorded 93 sightings in August and then found they had all left just two weeks…

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S. Korea, Canada ink deal on science cooperation

Based on this quote I can only assume that South Korea has not been reading Canadian newspapers lately. That said, I am hoping that Canada will soon get back to appreciating basic science. “Canada is advanced in the basic science field and South Korea is an information-technology powerhouse, the ministry noted, adding a lot of synergy is expected between the two countries on top of their existing free trade agreement.”

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Fast is buzzword in corn research

I'm torn between acknowledging the good points of having a product that matures earlier and will this reduce the risks to the farmers and the food chain, and the bad points of increasing the sheer volume of corn that is available in the market, which would have the risk of lowering the price and making North america even more reliant on corn and its byproducts. “Early maturing corn is the focus — corn that requires…

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International commitment sought on HIV

This is actually quite a good thing - who can argue with ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic. But no doubt all these scientists are shills for big-pharma, who just want to push their expensive wares. Watch for it - someone somewhere is going to make the claim. After all, scientific consensus is just the sign of a worldwide conspiracy. “Dr. Julio Montaner, director of the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV-AIDS, said science has clearly proven that…

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B.C. earthquake simulation reveals need for support workers

I can very easily envision workers feeling they cannot leave their posts - even for 15 minutes - because the the responsibility they feel they have. It would be interesting to see if people would *listen* to these "team support workers." “Months after Exercise Black Fault, researchers are now talking about conclusions from the simulation, including using so-called team support workers – volunteers trained in the management of emergency operations centres who encourage staff to…

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Manitoba UFO sightings are older than the province itself.

Okay - it's Monday. Why not? “The earliest documented encounter came in 1792 from two explorers, David Thompson and Andrew Davy, who were in northern Manitoba where they said they saw several bizarre meteors crash into the ice. Thompson’s diary details how the two were surprised one night by a brilliant “meteor of globular form” that “appeared” larger than the moon.””

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