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Wild cats of Canada

photo by Mike Dembeck

Adam Hunter, Nature Conservancy of Canada In honour of International Cat Day, an occasion started by the International Fund for […]

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Canadian researchers develop bone implant material from cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) while Russian scientists restore internal structure of bone with polycaprolactone nanofibers

Two research groups are working to the same end where bone marrow is concerned, encourage bone cell growth, but they are using different strategies. University of British Columbia and McMaster University (Canada) Caption: Researchers treated nanocrystals derived from plant cellulose so that they can link up and form a strong but lightweight sponge (an aerogel) that can compress or expand as needed to completely fill out a bone cavity. Credit: Clare Kiernan, UBC The samples…

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Advice for a new hacker

So you’ve signed up for a hackathon — or maybe you’ve seen an event and you’re still thinking about it.First thing: I can almost guarantee that you will not regret it, so if you haven’t committed yet, I challenge you to go and sign up now.But even once you’ve chosen to go, maybe you feel nervous about your skills, or are worried about spending two days with strangers, or aren’t sure about the idea of competitive…

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Research supports equipment change and process improvements

Research supports equipment change and process improvements Plasma Transfusion Blood Thursday, August 22, 2019 Dr. Geraldine Walsh Two pieces of equipment at the core of our component manufacturing process were recently replaced: the centrifuge, used to spin blood into layers of components; and the blood extractor, used to separate these layers. This was a necessary change as the old equipment was nearing end-of-life. In late Spring 2019, the process of rolling out this new equipment…

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Fellow Creatures: New Post on Animal Cruelty

A recent court case in Nova Scotia considered the role of emotional suffering in an animal cruelty case. It's a first for Nova Scotia, but not the first time courts in Canada have considered emotional  harm as part of an animal cruelty case.Read more about the science behind this in the role of emotional harm in animal cruelty at my Psychology Today blog, Fellow Creatures.Photo: Lynette C/Pixabay

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CREATORS – Jon McCormack

Name: Jon McCormack Which came first in your life, the science or the art? To be honest, I don’t remember. I was interested in image making, chemistry, and computers from a very young age. First I was interested in film photography, which also got me interested in chemistry. I had to set up a darkroom and began wondering about how to work with the chemical processes in photography in an artistic way. I also liked…

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