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The history of science: The story of humanity’s pursuit of knowledge

University of Toronto laboratory where insulin was discovered. Photo from University of Toronto Archives. Public domain.

Mary Anne Schoenhardt, Science & Society editor The summer of 2021 marks the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin, […]

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The 2021 Artisan Holiday Gift Guide for Pet Lovers

My picks of artisan gifts from Etsy for dogs, cats, and their people. From snuffle mats to cat sampler toys and pet beds, this artisan gift guide has you covered.By Zazie Todd, PhD.I love browsing Etsy to find beautiful creations from independent artists. Here are my picks of the best gifts for pets and their people this festive season.This page contains affiliate links which means I may earn a commission on qualifying purchases at no cost…

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The harbor porpoise – December 2021

Happy holiday season! This month, we decided to highlight a shy little odontocete, the harbor porpoise (Phocoena phocoena). They are not known for grand displays in the water, but we wanted to do them justice this month because we believe they do not get enough love! These shy little guys face various human threats, so keep reading to find out more about harbor porpoises! Is it a Dolphin? Harbor Porpoise vs Bottlenose Dolphin No, harbor…

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True love with AI (artificial intelligence): The Nature of Things explores emotional and creative AI (long read)

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s (CBC) science television series,The Nature of Things, which has been broadcast since November 1960, explored the world of emotional, empathic and creative artificial intelligence (AI) in a Friday, November 19, 2021 telecast titled, The Machine That Feels, The Machine That Feels explores how artificial intelligence (AI) is catching up to us in ways once thought to be uniquely human: empathy, emotional intelligence and creativity.As AI moves closer to replicating humans, it…

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Community Engagement in Mining and Energy: From Exploration to Remediation

For mining and energy companies, community engagement is an important component of many projects and sites, from exploration through operation to remediation. Learn why local trust and project understanding are key to successfully working with communities across the life of a project.

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Meet Our Experts: Dr. Jack Zhang, Rare Earth Processing Facility

Dr. Jack Zhang and his team of mineral processing and rare earth experts are making waves in industry with their innovative approach to developing processes for ore beneficiation, separation and hydrometallurgy. Learn more about how Zhang built his mineral processing team from the ground up and what's next for rare earths. Read on.

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Jean Mills: When “Research” Means Mining Your Own Experience

Welcome to Cantastic Authorpalooza, featuring posts by and about great Canadian children’s book creators! Today’s guest: Jean Mills. Take it away, Jean! “Write what you know.” Who said that? I’m not sure, but it’s a phrase – an instruction, really – thrown around as a guideline for writers. It suggests you should draw on what you know, mine your own life experience, and be careful leaping into the unknown – or at least no leaping…

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