Getting more value from brines: tech improvements reduce costs, increase recoveries for lithium

The demand for lithium is projected to increase 73 per cent by 2025. Lithium extraction is often expensive and time consuming, so how can mining companies keep up with this fast-rising demand? Keep reading to learn about new advances in lithium recovery technologies.

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Meet the Fire Regime Field Crew!

Summer is here, and that means the Landscapes in Motion field crews are beginning the data collection process in Alberta’s southern Rockies. Owen Fitzpatrick, Anna Howard, Alana Gonczar and Ashton Many Grey Horses will be collecting fire scars, tree cores, and vegetation structure data with Cameron Naficy of the Fire Regime Team over the next few months, and they are excited to be part of this project.A successful field research program relies on many different…

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Microaggressions: The big impact of little things

lebeagle: By María J. Cabrera-Álvarez Sometimes there is more to conferences than the official talks. Last January, I had the opportunity to travel to New Orleans to attend the annual meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB). Apart from presenting my results, enjoying amazing talks, and discussing interesting research with poster presenters, I had the chance to participate in an interesting workshop called “Microaggressions: The big impact of little things”. The purpose…

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City colonialism

What do you think about when you hear the term colonialism? The Oxford dictionary defines colonialism as The policy or practice of acquiring full or partial political control over another country, occupying it with settlers, and exploiting it economically. It’s a system that humanity has used for millennia: aggressor conquers and then exploits the country’s... Continue Reading →

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Weekend reads

Back on track with the weekend read posts.  Maybe not as many as usual but still quite interesting to read.Tree species identity and diversity drive fungal richness and community composition along an elevational gradient in a Mediterranean ecosystemEcological and taxonomic knowledge is important for conservation and utilization of biodiversity. Biodiversity and ecology of fungi in Mediterranean ecosystems is poorly understood. Here, we examined the diversity and spatial distribution of fungi along an elevational gradient in…

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Bigfoot, Atlantis, and Twitter – A Survey on Canadian Beliefs and Social Media Use

Pic: Screen capture from the introduction to my survey Have you ever heard about the Chapman University Survey of American Fears? If you’ve read my post introducing you to pseudoarchaeology, than you definitely have heard of it. The header image is a summary of the Chapman survey results! The Chapman survey is really interesting. Researchers at Chapman University wanted to know what American people really thought about subjects like Bigfoot, aliens, and Atlantis, among many…

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A new darkling beetle: Blaptogonia zhentanga

Darkling beetles are usually colored blackish, dark brown or grey, and often have a satiny sheen and few are metallic. This large beetle family also contains the better known flour beetles. These animals feed on both fresh and decaying vegetation, which unfortunately includes vegetable produce which is why several are known as commercially important pests of flour and other cereal products.The new species was named after the type locality, Zhêntang in Tibet.For the experts: A new…

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How predictable is evolution?

Imagine 500 to 1,000 species of cichlids living in one of the African Great Lakes, one of the largest freshwater habitats in the world. The degree of complexity is unimaginable. Even the genealogical relationships between the cichlid species living in these lakes have only partially been resolvedFor every two species of mammal there is one species of cichlid fish, which shows that biodiversity is distributed rather unevenly among animals. The question is why and to…

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