A Short Petting Session Improves Wellbeing in Shelter Dogs

For shelter dogs, spending 15 minutes with a volunteer who will pet them when they want is beneficial according to both physiological and behavioural measures.Photo: ESB Basic / ShutterstockDogs in shelters may be deprived of human company. Can a short petting session help them feel better? A study published earlier this year by Dr. Ragen McGowan et. al. and published in Applied Animal Behaviour Science investigated the effects of petting from a stranger and found…

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Percer le mystère des dépôts d’oxydes métalliques mettant en péril les pétroglyphes micmacs en Nouvelle-Écosse

Aaron Lussier fait état d’une recherche de pointe pour percer l’origine mystérieuse d’un dépôt d’oxydes métalliques menaçant des pétroglyphes au parc national Kejimkujik. Lire la suite →

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How CRISPR is democratizing genetic testing

Image courtesy of Pixaby Scientists have enlisted the gene editing tool CRISPR in a hunt for cancer causing mutations, releasing into the open valuable data that could help doctors better advise their patients. A new study lists almost 4,000 individual “misspellings,” or variants, in the “breast cancer gene” BRCA1 and how likely each one is to cause disease. The vast majority of variants—3,000 of them—are new to public databases containing genetic test results from people…

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A harrowing end to our fieldwork

With field seasons winding down and wrapping up, we are excited to post another story from Mark Scherz today. Mark originally posted this story on his own blog www.markscherz.com and with his permission we share it with you here today. For more about Mark, see his website.  Left to right, top to bottom: Big John (Cook), Angeluc (Guide), Justin (Guide), Jary (Postgrad Student), Mark (yours truly), Ricky (Master’s student), Ella (PhD student, volunteering for the team),…

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Celebrating International Ada Lovelace Day 2018

We held our fourth annual Wikipedia Editathon on Thursday October 11th 2018 in Steacie Science and Engineering Library.   On Monday October 22nd, Prof. Jeremy Kerr will give York's 4th Ada Lovelace Day lecture: Waiting for Equity or Making it Happen: What’s the Difference? Jeremy's talk is at 12:30 pm in Room 107 of the Life […]

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