Weekend reads

It is Friday again - time for another batch of papers to read over the weekend. Thanks to a very active community there is never a shortage of studies to chose from.Controls on eDNA movement in streams: Transport, Retention, and ResuspensionAdvances in detection of genetic material from species in aquatic ecosystems, including environmental DNA (eDNA), have improved species monitoring and management. eDNA from target species can readily move in streams and rivers and the goal…

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Weekend reads

It is Friday again - time for another batch of papers to read over the weekend. Thanks to a very active community there is never a shortage of studies to chose from.Controls on eDNA movement in streams: Transport, Retention, and ResuspensionAdvances in detection of genetic material from species in aquatic ecosystems, including environmental DNA (eDNA), have improved species monitoring and management. eDNA from target species can readily move in streams and rivers and the goal…

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Canada’s next Governor General – out of this world!

By Claire EamerLiterally, she was out of this world. Twice! Julie Payette, who will take up the post of Governor General of Canada in the fall, is a scientist, an astronaut, and the first Canadian woman to board the International Space Station (ISS).Julie Payette. Canadian Space Agency photo.In fact, she helped build it. In 1999, she spent nine days as part of the second mission ever to the ISS. In a 2015 interview with Macleans…

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Canada’s next Governor General – out of this world!

By Claire EamerLiterally, she was out of this world. Twice! Julie Payette, who will take up the post of Governor General of Canada in the fall, is a scientist, an astronaut, and the first Canadian woman to board the International Space Station (ISS).Julie Payette. Canadian Space Agency photo.In fact, she helped build it. In 1999, she spent nine days as part of the second mission ever to the ISS. In a 2015 interview with Macleans…

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#SupportTheReport

written by Anastassia Pogoutse The Naylor Report, summarized by Andrew Zhai in this post, provides a recipe for reinvigorating Canadian research. However, without concrete action by the federal government, the Naylor Report’s recommendations will be nothing but text. Canadian scientists have taken to using the hashtag #SupportTheReport to promote the Naylor Report’s recommendations. More critically,…

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A look into a rumen

Roe Deer (Capreolus capreolus)Dietary choices are central to our understanding of ecology and evolution. Still, many aspects of food choice have been hampered by time consuming procedures and methodological problems. Faster and cheaper methods, such as DNA metabarcoding, have therefore been widely adopted.Traditional visual techniques based on morphology for diet analysis are often limited in their ability to identify all items found in a stomach. Unrecognizable content has to be ignored which can shift relative proportions…

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Searching for a new home

My partner and I have been searching for a new house recently. It is considered a “seller’s” market here where houses that are listed in the morning have accepted offers by the evening. It is frustrating how fast houses sell, but at least we are in a good place where we don’t need to move immediately. However, what about when your home has been destroyed or it has disappeared? With all of the wildfires across…

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Women in Physics: Dr. Victoria Kaspi

This post is part of an ongoing series by Jenny Kliever about women in physics who have inspired others and contributed to the field in unique and impressive ways. The Canadian Journal of Physics will be publishing a special issue on Women in Physics later in 2017. Keep up to date on all CJP activities by signing up for the CJP newsletter. A logical thinker and always ready for a challenge, Victoria Kaspi chose to…

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Why your Kingston Shoreline Story is important.

Photo: Lake Ontario Waterkeeper The Shoreline Shuffle Salute Exhibit opened this past Saturday at the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning. It was a beautiful day to remember the success of the 2013 Shoreline Shuffle, and to build on the progress of the original event with a community collection of Kingston Waterfront Stories.The exhibit showcased photos from the original shuffle, and gathered key organizers Dave McDonald, Su Sheedy, and Mary Farrar.Part photography exhibit and part…

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Why your Kingston Shoreline Story is important.

Photo: Lake Ontario Waterkeeper The Shoreline Shuffle Salute Exhibit opened this past Saturday at the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning. It was a beautiful day to remember the success of the 2013 Shoreline Shuffle, and to build on the progress of the original event with a community collection of Kingston Waterfront Stories.The exhibit showcased photos from the original shuffle, and gathered key organizers Dave McDonald, Su Sheedy, and Mary Farrar.Part photography exhibit and part…

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