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Small, deadly parasite emerging in Canada’s North

Mila Bassil, New Science Communicator Harsh terrain and brutally cold temperatures are not the only dilemmas Arctic dwellers face. Dr. […]

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Why I’ll (Probably) Never Write a “Real” Book

“So when are you going to write a real book?” Children’s writers in my audience are probably groaning right now, because this is a question we’ve all been asked at least once. Most of us come back with an expression of comically-exaggerated confusion and something along the lines of “As opposed to all of the imaginary ones?” Inside, though, we are typically seething with rage or welling up with existential despair, because what the questioner…

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My mental health struggles during graduate school

by Tyler Moulton Graduate school offers incredible opportunities for academic and personal growth. We gain technical and professional skills and training, undertake fascinating research projects, and make some of the best friends we will ever have. Nonetheless, many of us suffer, have suffered, or will suffer mental health issues during our time as grad students. These affect not only our moods, but our productivity, health, and safety. Acknowledging mental health concerns is steadily becoming more…

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Canada’s Perimeter Institute, graphic novels, physics, and a public webcast

The full name is Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. The abbreviation I’m most familiar with is PI but there’s also Perimeter or PITP according to the institute’s Wikipedia entry. It is the only such institute in the country (as far as I’m aware) and it is very active in science outreach such as their latest foray: Graphic Talk about the Universe: a Clifford V. Johnson public lecture webcast. A January 16, 2019 posting on the…

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Small, deadly parasite emerging in Canada’s North

Mila Bassil, New Science Communicator Harsh terrain and brutally cold temperatures are not the only dilemmas Arctic dwellers face. Dr. Emily Jenkins and her team of researchers at the University of Saskatchewan’s Western College of Veterinary Medicine have identified parasites in the gastrointestinal tract of carnivores from northern Canada as Echinococcus spp, a small tapeworm no […]

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Familiar Forms

When you first start solving a problem in mathematics, the goal is often to find a way to express the problem as some sort of differential equation. During this initial search, you don’t care how the equation looks. It’s more important to get it written down so that you can proceed. However, once you do have an equation, the first step is not to try and solve it. That’s a rookie mistake. Instead, the question…

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Science Fair Season in Alberta 2019

                          Canadian science fair dates and locations have been revealed as all the regional science fairs are now affiliated with Youth Science Canada for the 2019 science fair season. Many students have been actively working on projects since September and are getting ready for their school and regional fairs. Volunteers at regional organizations are processing student registrations, meeting with sponsors, and contacting potential…

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