My Science Odyssey with Let’s Talk Science McMaster

Learning and play are two sides of the same coin for kids who get a classroom visit from Let’s Talk Science (LTS), a free of charge, national science outreach program. Besides fun, undergraduate and graduate students, who volunteer with LTS, want kids to take away new knowledge and a love for science. LTS volunteers take away their own benefits from the experience too. For example, being routinely bombarded by kid questions teaches them to think…

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The man who is breathing new hope into the lives of fragile preterm babies

Dr. Bernard Thébaud’s research using stem cells as a therapy for chronic lung disease in premature infants is advancing thanks to a new grant from the Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medicine.Dr. Bernard Thébaud. Photo: The Ottawa HospitalExtremely premature babies enter the world with more health challenges than most of us will see in our entire lifetime. Strikingly long, the list of complications includes heart, vision, hearing, gastrointestinal, developmental and respiratory problems, many of which persist throughout…

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Saskatchewan – The Next Big Producer of Rare Earth Elements?

Most of us know that Saskatchewan is the world’s richest and largest uranium jurisdiction. But did you know that Rare Earth Elements (REEs) are often found within uranium deposits, making Saskatchewan rich in other elements few of us have even heard of? While these REEs carry significant financial potential, there is currently no economical way to extract them from the uranium, sending these valuable minerals into the tailings ponds and disposing of significant potential value…

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Beyond one-ply: Understanding the layers of consent and risk in clinical trials

From the lab to the clinic to the local newspaper, managing expectations around stem cell therapies is everyone’s job.The landmark autologous hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation for aggressive MS trial team from The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. Left to right: Dr. Mark Freedman, Dr. Harold Atkins, trial participant Jennifer Molson and MS clinic manager Marjorie Bowman.Traversing the so-called Valley of Death in stem cell research — where potential therapies die before they can be translated into clinical practice — is often considered…

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Carbon nanotubes self-assembling into transistors on a gold substrate

I’m not sure this work is ready for commercialization (I think not) but it’s certainly intriguing. From an April 5, 2017 news item on ScienceDaily, Carbon nanotubes can be used to make very small electronic devices, but they are difficult to handle. University of Groningen scientists, together with colleagues from the University of Wuppertal and […]

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The insanity of Canadian science outreach (Science Odyssey, May 12 – 21, 2017 and Science RendezVous on May 13, 2017)

When was the last time you saw a six-year old or a twelve-year old attend a political candidates’ meeting or vote in an election? Sadly, most creative science outreach in Canada is aimed at children and teenagers in the misbegotten belief that adults don’t matter and ‘youth are the future’. There are three adult science […]

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Science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) for the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation gala on May 17, 2017

The Canada National Science and Technology Museums Corporation (CSTMC) gala is known officially as the National Science and Innovation Gala according to a May 11, 2017 announcement (received via email), FULL STEAM AHEAD TO THE NATIONAL SCIENCE AND INNOVATION GALA LET’S TALK STEAM Demonstrating Canada’s commitment to a vibrant, national science culture, the evening’s panel […]

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Improving silver nanowires for flexible transparent conducting electrodes (FTCEs)

This is a very pretty image from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), An April 4, 2017 news item on plys.org announces the research, Flexible transparent conducting electrodes (FTCEs) are an essential element of flexible optoelectronics for next-generation wearable displays, augmented reality (AR), and the Internet of Things (IoTs). Silver nanowires (Ag […]

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