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If you don’t talk to your cat about catnip, who will?

Photo by Ainslie Butler.

Ainslie Butler, Health, Medicine and Veterinary Sciences editor Is your cat a catnip user? Should you be worried about Princess […]

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Exhibits, Demos, Talks, and Battle Bots @MakerExpo Canada, 2-3 June 2018

The HotPopRobot will be participating in the Maker Expo in Kitchener, Ontario on 2-3 June 2018. Maker Expo is a diverse family-friendly showcase of makers, artists & organizations who create amazing things in celebration of the do-it-yourself spirit. We have participated in several Maker Festivals in Toronto, New York, Delhi, and Ahmedabad. But this will be our first-time participation in Maker Expo in Kitchener and we are looking forward to it. We will be bringing several…

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Café Scientifique Vancouver (Canada) talk on May 29th, 2018: Insects in the City: Shrinking Beetles and Disappearing Bees. How Bugs Help Us Learn About the Ecological Effects of Urbanization and Climate Change

I received this Café Scientifique April 30, 2018 notice (received via email), Our next café will happen on TUESDAY, MAY 29TH at 7:30PM in the back room at YAGGER'S DOWNTOWN (433 W Pender). Our speaker for the evening will be DR. MICHELLE TSENG, Assistant Professor in the Zoology department at UBC. Her topic will be: INSECTS IN THE CITY: SHRINKING BEETLES AND DISAPPEARING BEES. HOW BUGS HELP US LEARN ABOUT THE ECOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF URBANIZATION…

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lebeagle: La réserve de Yasuní en images, par Vincent…

lebeagle: La réserve de Yasuní en images, par Vincent Fugère Karlita. Karla, une femelle tapir semi-apprivoisée rodant aux abords d'une des stations de recherche du parc. Son prénom lui a été donné par la communauté autochtone Huaorani, en l'honneur d'une jeune fille décédée le même jour où Karla est née. Les Huaoranis croient que l'âme de Karla habite maintenant le tapir et s'abstiennent donc de la chasser. Cette histoire de Karlita est une belle représentation…

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Episode 91: Dinosaurs of Appalachia

The Appalachian mountains, span the Eastern margin of the United States of America. They are predominantly composed of Paleozoic rocks, but Mesozoic marine sediments (formed adjacent to the Appalachian continent at the time) can be found along the Eastern coast. It is within these deposits that the remains of a unique dinosaur fauna can be found. Joining us to paint a picture of the vertebrate faunas of Appalachia during the Mesozoic is Chase Brownstein, research associate…

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It’s electrifying! Cell reprogramming using electromagnetic fields

Electromagnetized gold nanoparticles mediate direct lineage reprogramming into induced dopamine neurons in vivo for Parkinson’s disease therapy (used with permission Springer Nature, Nature Nanotechnology) The ability to revert a terminally differentiated, somatic cell back to a pluripotent stem cell state has been of incalculable value to researchers since its discovery in 2006. In recent years, researchers have modified this technique by cutting out a step, allowing somatic cells to be directly reprogrammed into a new…

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The chickadees nested where?!

This week, Dispatches from the Field is happy to welcome Chloé Montreuil-Spencer to share how “you’ve got to be kidding me” became the slogan of the summer! For more about Chloé, check out the end of the post. When you tell people that you’re doing biological fieldwork, the first reaction you often get is: “Spending all that time outdoors – you’re so lucky!”. Indeed, we are very fortunate. But while your friends imagine you as…

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Cellulose aerogels for new wood-based composites

‘Frozen smoke’ or ‘solid smoke’ as it’s sometimes described, aerogel fascinates scientists.The latest on cellulose aerogels derived from wood is the focus for a February 14, 2018 Nanowerk Sportlight article by Michael Berger (Note: Links have been removed), Aerogels, sometimes called frozen smoke, are nanoscale foams: solid materials whose sponge-like structure is riddled by pores as small as nanometers across. They can be made from different materials, for instance silicon. Aerogels are among the lightest…

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