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How species survive the winter: Skin breathing and antifreeze

Wood frog- NCC

by Sarah Ludlow Previous blog posts have discussed how small songbirds and big brown bats survive the winter. Those blogs […]

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Register Now for the Canadian Mountain Network – Preparatory Call: Modes of Research Webinar

Register Now for the Modes of Research Webinar The Canadian Mountain Network (CMN) is hosting a webinar April 3rd, 2018 from 10 am to 12 pm Mountain Time, to introduce you and your community to the Network as well as discuss an opportunity to build community-based research proposals as part of the CMN’s Mode 3 research support stream. The CMN is a developing national network, which aims to become a national and global leader in…

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smARTcities SALON in Vaughan, Ontario, Canada on March 22, 2018

Thank goodness for the March 15, 2018 notice from the Art/Sci Salon in Toronto (received via email) announcing an event on smart cities being held in the nearby city of Vaughan (it borders Toronto to the north). It’s led me on quite the chase as I’ve delved into a reference to Smart City projects taking place across the country and the results follow after this bit about the event. smARTcities SALON From the announcement, SMARTCITIES…

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Features – Screened For by Elaine Whittaker

Elaine Whittaker stares at you while you look at the rest of her face, covered with a protective mask. Painted on each mask – some of the deadliest infectious diseases known to us – Malaria, Ebola, and HIV/AIDS. Toronto-based artist Whittaker’s exhibition, Screened For, is a series of digital prints that feature larger-than-life portraits of Whittaker and the painted protective masks that she wears. This work has been exhibited in New York, Toronto, Seoul, Shanghai, and Australia.…

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Un pickpocket au service de la science de l’attention

La semaine dernière, je donnais un cours sur les «fonctions supérieures» et comme à chaque fois où j’aborde l’attention et son contrôle, je montrais des extraits vidéos d’Apollo Robbins, ce pickpocket professionnel considéré par plusieurs comme le meilleur au monde. Et en particulier celui produit par Scientific American, « Neuroscience Meets Magic », où l’on voit justement des scientifiques qui travaillent sur l’attention analyser le moindre de ses gestes et évoquer les grands principes attentionnels…

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Canada’s splendid sparrow crew

Sparrows often don’t get enough credit. Many don’t have flashy plumage like jays, orioles or cardinals, or melodic songs like thrushes or meadowlarks; however, sparrow species are often fairly distinct (once you get to know them) and some of them are actually quite flashy too. In honour of World Sparrow Day (March 20), I thought I’d take some time to introduce some of Canada’s sparrows.

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The Social Life of DNA Part 2: What does it mean to be Indigenous?

This episode will conclude our series on the social life of DNA. First, on BiteSize Science (6.02min), we chat about Atlantic staff writer Ed Yong’s two-year mission to fix the gender imbalance in his writing.  Our main story then follows Dr. Lynn Gehl(7.35min), an Algonquin-Anishinaabe woman from Eastern Ontario who just last April won her 30-year fight for status recognition under the complex rules of Canada’s Indian Act. Our guest, Dr. Kim TallBear(25.12min), helps us…

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Interlude – les contradictions du gouvernement fédéral face à l’Accord de Paris (et plus)

Il me semble important que nous prenions au sérieux le fait que le gouvernement fédéral ne réussira pas à mettre en branle des processus permettant de chercher à atteindre ses objectifs, aussi faibles soient-ils. Une entrevue de 35 minutes avec Catherine McKenna, ministre fédérale de l’Environnement, à The Sunday Edition sur CBC dimanche dernier, permet devoir de voir jusqu’à quel point le discours et les orientations derrière le discours sont finalement creux. Rien de nouveau,…

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