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You’re all invited to our 5th birthday: Be immortalized in the Science Borealis logo

Science Borealis was formed on November 22, 2013! On November 2, 2014, we officially incorporated under the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations […]

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A Slice of Science

 Watching "The Great British Baking Show" recently, I was intrigued by the judges' comments. They would glance at piece of bread and immediately say"You proofed it for too long" (or not long enough)"You kneaded it too much" (or not enough)"Overbaked" (or underbaked)"Oven was too hot" (or too cool) "The wrong flour""Too much liquid" They really seemed to know all about the process and what can go wrong. (It sounded complex and lots could go wrong).…

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Three ways to get closer to nature

Through NCC's Landmark Campaign, we’re creating opportunities for more Canadians to get outdoors and explore nature first-hand, which, in turn, strengthens our relationships with nature and our commitment to its protection. Discover three easy ways you can help strengthen your connection to nature and do your part to ensure a stronger future for our landscapes.

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#500 500th Episode

This week we turn 500! To celebrate, we're taking the opportunity to go off format, talk about the journey through 500 episodes, and answer questions from our lovely listeners. Join hosts Bethany Brookshire and Rachelle Saunders as we talk through the show's history, how we've grown and changed, and what we love about the Science for the People. Here's to 500 more episodes!

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How UAVs can help industry detect methane gas

Unoccupied Aerial Vehicles (UAVs or drones) are also becoming a tool of interest for upstream oil and gas producers. A methane gas detection UAV is capable of spotting small, isolated gas leaks at ground level from up to 30 meters in the air — a feat that’s not quite as easy as it sounds.

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Global Taxonomy Initiative Forum

The Global Taxonomy Initiative Forum will take place on 16 November immediately before the opening day of the UN Conference on Biodiversity in Egypt. The provisional agenda is accessible at https://www.cbd.int/conferences/2018/parallel-meetings/The-Global-Taxonomy-Initiative-Forum and the notification to Parties and observers on this event can be found at https://www.cbd.int/doc/notifications/2018/ntf-2018-090-gti-en.pdfThe Forum will be captured and shared via video streaming on the CBD Facebook and other social media. It will feature several talks on DNA barcoding and taxonomy capacity building.

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A letter to Mayor Tory about Waterkeeper’s Toronto Harbour Monitoring Report

On November 7, 2018, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper released its third annual Toronto Harbour Monitoring Report in front of Toronto’s vibrant waterfront community. At the launch event Waterkeeper presented its five recommendations for the City of Toronto as well as a letter to Mayor John Tory outlining the importance of those recommendations. Sixty five waterfront community members signed onto Waterkeeper’s letter to the mayor.The city is in a defining moment. It can embrace the harbour’s water…

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Colo(u)r-changing bandage for better compression

This is a structural colo(u)r story, from a May 29, 2018 news item on Nanowerk, Compression therapy is a standard form of treatment for patients who suffer from venous ulcers and other conditions in which veins struggle to return blood from the lower extremities. Compression stockings and bandages, wrapped tightly around the affected limb, can help to stimulate blood flow. But there is currently no clear way to gauge whether a bandage is applying an…

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Planning a New Course in Science Communication

Next term I’m launching a new 4th year undergraduate course in Science Communication. I’ve wanted to teach a course on this topic for a while as I think that teaching our students how to communicate science to a range of audiences will be useful to them. Ideally we’ll get to a point where they can enter into dialogues with others about science, rather than having the interaction be one sided. It’s been fun to think…

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