Right Turn: An eye full of science art on display in Toronto

Yesterday I took a trip to Toronto Pearson International Airport. Sadly, that’s where my voyage ended. I wasn’t there to escape to somewhere hot and tropical or cold and cozy; my destination was Terminal 1 at the airport. Full stop. Pearson is the location of an exciting new science art installation called Artful Science that conveniently runs over Science Literacy Week. Until December 2018, you can view 16 stem cell images, five computational biology images…

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Vote for the 2018 Canadian People’s Choice Awards

Exciting news from the folks at the Canadian science blogging network Science Borealis – Obesity Panacea has been named a finalist for their 2018 People’s Choice Awards for Canada’s Favourite Science Blog. If you are so inclined, please feel free to go vote for  any of the deserving blogs at Science Borealis. Thanks to Science Borealis and the Science Writers and Communicators of Canada for promoting Canadian science communication.  

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Survey Shows Changes as Dogs Age (and How You Can Help Your Dog)

A study of dogs across the adult lifespan has important lessons for owners of dogs of any age. They range from tooth-brushing, training, and helping dogs cope with traumatic events.Photo: Bad Monkey PhotographyAs dogs get older, they undergo changes similar to those that happen to humans as they age. This means dogs may be a good model for human aging, but also that those of us with older dogs could use more information about how…

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What I wish I knew before my first Spartan race

Yes, that’s me in the photo above. Pretty damp from a mud bath I was in about 15 minutes before. And mere moments before I tore a healthy hole in my shorts on one of the barbs. Thankfully, I was wearing tights underneath. One of the goals I had for this year was to do something physically challenging. I had been intrigued by obstacle course racing for some time, but was somewhat apprehensive due to…

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There’s No Such Thing as a “Left-Brained” or “Right-Brained” Personality

In an earlier post in this blog, I addressed the widespread but mistaken idea that some people are more “left-brained” while others are more “right-brained”, and that the former are more rational while the latter are more creative. No evidence for this idea was found in a study on brain connectivity in over 1000 individuals, reported in the article “An Evaluation of the Left-Brain vs. Right-Brain Hypothesis with Resting State Functional Connectivity Magnetic Resonance Imaging”,…

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Un mécanisme de communication chez les plantes qui s’apparente au système nerveux

Un article au titre un peu intriguant a été publié la semaine dernière dans la revue Science : Nervous system-like signaling in plant defense. On y décrit la découverte d’un système de signalisation chez certaines plantes utilisant le glutamate lorsqu’elles sont attaquées par des herbivores. Le glutamate, un neurotransmetteur excitateur bien connu du cerveau des mammifères, se fixe alors sur un récepteur similaire à celui que l’on retrouve dans le système nerveux. Cela a pour…

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Companion Animal Psychology News September 2018

Newborn kittens, a puppy searching for owls, and clever raccoons - the latest news from Companion Animal Psychology.Some of my favourites from around the web this month “in a last-ditch conservation effort, a crack team of Canberra researchers plan to harness Zorro's superior canine nose to help find and monitor Tasmania's masked owl.” Scientists want to train this puppy to save endangered owls.Meanwhile, sniffing out error in detection dog data looks at the issues that can…

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Right Turn: Science truth crusaders

Across Canada, there are individuals who have taken on the challenge of educating the public about science to inform the misinformed. Some outspoken individuals have challenged celebrities and have become celebrities in their own right. Others wear the title of “scicomm” champions and work hard to explain science to diverse audiences, sometimes to counteract misinformation, but other times simply to educate and instill a love for science. And then there are the coordinated efforts of…

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New tech holds the promise of changing your health — the problem is that sometimes it doesn’t work well

People love their gadgets. Fitness trackers are a great way to say I have a lot of disposable income and I care about my health. The problem is that a lot of the wearable tech out there doesn't necessarily do what it says it does.  I wrote about this for the CBC recently. Read the article here: https://www.cbc.ca/life/wellness/new-tech-holds-the-promise-of-changing-...   (Photo Credit: iStock/Getty Images)

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