Science Communicators, Get Your GIF On

By Kat Middleton The first animated GIF I ever made was a flaming red danger sign. The year was 1997, and I’d just started my own graphic design page on the free website-building platform, Geocities. The most popular GIF at the time was the Dancing Baby, known for its appearance that same year on the TV show Ally McBeal. My GIF obsession started as a childhood hobby but has since become a major part of my…

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Waterkeeper’s newest summer partnership with Ausmosis

Photo: Lake Ontario Waterkeeper We’re excited to announce our summer partnership with Ausmosis.If you’re at all familiar with the Lake Ontario social scene - it won’t surprise you to hear that the Lake is a hot spot for surfing  - year round! With so much time spent on the water, surfers are frequently the first to show their support - and lend a hand -  for a swimmable, drinkable, fishable Lake Ontario. That’s just the…

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The Lonesome Postdoc – Part III: Putting down roots

After a few months of living in your new home you get comfortable and develop a routine. You buy all those necessary little items, and then you start to buy non-essential items. Some people show more restraint in this area than others, some people really do stick by the “you only live once” (or YOLO for all the young kids) motto and splurge more often. In the first 6 months I lived by the “is…

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A Two-hour Marathon

Breaking the four minute mile. Roger Bannister: 3 minutes, 59.4 secondsIn 1954 Roger Bannister electrified the world by breaking the the four-minute mile barrier. This video of the historic run is narrated by Bannister himself: Four minute mile Many had believed that running a mile in under four minutes was beyond the capability of the human body. Once that psychological barrier had been broken, new records were set steadily. Bannister's record stood for  less than…

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Waterkeeper introduces an interactive map of the proposed Eastern Mainline pipeline route

Map showing route of proposed Eastern Mainline pipe. Green represents existing pipeline, red indicates new Mainline construction and route. Lake Ontario Waterkeeper is launching an interactive map of TransCanada’s proposed Eastern Mainline pipeline route.The Eastern Mainline project involves approximately 250 km of newly-build natural gas pipeline running from Markham, ON to Iroquois, ON. The pipeline will be 36 inches in diameter and require nine compressor units at five existing stations along its route, as well…

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Weekend reads

Hot of the press - more reading material from the DNA barcoding community. Not as many as last week in which I had a lot of catch up to do. Nevertheless, very interesting reads.Molecular approaches for blood meal analysis and species identification of mosquitoes (Insecta: Diptera: Culicidae) in rural locations in southern England, United KingdomThirty-four species of Culicidae are present in the UK, of which 15 have been implicated as potential vectors of arthropod-borne viruses…

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Paddlefest attendees rally behind the Watermark Project

Paddlefest 2017, just before kick-off. Waterkeeper's booth is on the far left. Photo by Matt Flowers. This past weekend Lake Ontario Waterkeeper attended MEC Toronto Paddlefest 2017 at Sunnyside Beach. We had the chance to speak to recreational water users about water quality and condition of not just Lake Ontario, but water bodies across the country. The more we talked with people at our booth about water quality, the more they wanted to help do something about…

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Plants and climate change

Plants provide us with food, pastures for livestock, and places for recreation and wellbeing. They also directly and indirectly provide numerous invaluable ecosystem services such as water regulation, carbon sequestration and flood prevention. As a result, it is imperative that we understand how plant populations are responding to climate constraints now, and use that information to predict how they are likely to respond to climatic changes in the future.In fact it might be very important…

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Brick and Mortar Magic: How to Have a Great Book Signing

After I got my PhD, I went to work at a bookstore. This was partly because my brain was fried and I wanted to relax with the pretty books. It was also because, as I writer, I wanted to understand how the retail end of the book business actually functioned – and how real humans behave when choosing new books. It was revelatory – and now I share those revelations with you. How To Have…

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