Café Scientifique (Vancouver, Canada) April 25, 2017 talk: No Small Feat: Seeing Atoms and Molecules

I thought I’d been knocked off the list but finally I have a notice for an upcoming Café Scientifique talk that arrived and before the event, at that.  From an April 12, 2017 notice (received via email), Our next café will happen on TUESDAY APRIL 25TH, 7:30PM in the back room at YAGGER’S DOWNTOWN (433 […]

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Air & Light & Time & Space, by Helen Sword

By Erin Zimmerman, Ph.D. Most academics have a fraught, love/hate relationship with writing. Though the final product brings pleasure and a sense of accomplishment, the process can be both slow and painful. What’s more, writing is often easy to put off in the push to complete more pressing activities, such as research, teaching, and committee work. This procrastination leads many to end up approaching their writing with a sense of dread and writing in occasional,…

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Plasmonic ‘Goldfinger’: antifungal nail polish with metallic nanoparticles

A March 29,.2017 news item on Nanowerk announces a new kind of nanopolish, Since ancient times, people have used lustrous silver, platinum and gold to make jewelry and other adornments. Researchers have now developed a new way to add the metals to nail polish with minimal additives, resulting in durable, tinted — and potentially antibacterial […]

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Budget 2017: Fueling Innovation with Skills Training, Superclusters, and Science

By: Joelle Thorpe, Ph.D., Mitacs Canadian Science Policy Fellow  The views expressed herein are those of Dr. Thorpe and are not necessarily shared by any organizations with which she is affiliated. The Government of Canada clearly understands the importance of innovation. In fact, the word “innovation” itself appears more than 250 times in Budget 2017—not an easy feat considering the document, released on March 22, is a mere 280 pages in length. It is true,…

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Canadian Science Policy Centre hosts panel discussion on April 18, 2017 about the April 22, 2017 US March for Science

Coming soon (April 22, 2017) to a city near you is a US ‘March for Science’. The big one will be held in Washington, DC but some 400 satellite marches are planned in cities across the US and around the world. The Canadian Science Policy Centre has organized two panel discussions (one in Toronto and […]

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Bio-based standup pouches (food packaging) made from cellulose

A March 14, 2017 news item on ScienceDaily describes a new nanocellulose-based product developed by the Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT), VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd has developed lightweight 100% bio-based stand-up pouches with high technical performance. High performance in both oxygen, grease and mineral oil barrier properties has been reached by […]

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