Managing Information: Reference Management Apps, and Why You Need One

Welcome to Teach Write! This column draws on my 20 years’ experience teaching writing to kids, university students, and adult learners. It includes ideas and exercises that teachers and students can use in the classroom, and creative writers can use to level up their process. Last time, we talked about note-taking skills, and why it’s important for writers to know where every piece of their information originally came from. Today, I’m going to introduce a…

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A Long Winter’s Nap: Humans, Hibernation, and Some Really Old Bones

Winter offers endless delights: sledding and snow forts, animal tracks criss-crossing the snowy forest floor, and countless excuses for hot chocolate. But the delights often come with biting wind and painfully cold fingers. Winter can become too much of a good thing, and many of us are eager for spring far before it arrives.Some animals, like groundhogs, bats or bumblebee queens, skip the season altogether by hibernating. They nestle down in the fall and get…

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Let’s be astonished that we get to criticize vaccine rollouts

Either yesterday or today, the number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered globally will have passed 200 million. Some countries, like Israel and the UK, are quite far along; others haven’t yet started; and it’s fair to argue that the developing world is spending too much effort worrying about its own citizens and not enough developing […]

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Night owls or early birds: how being active at different times of day allows wildlife to coexist with people

Alina C. Fisher and Tanya Samman, Environmental and Earth Sciences co-editors   While looking out your office (or home office) window, do you give any thought to wildlife? Many city dwellers may not think about wildlife often during a regular day. We don’t see bison roaming our city streets or cougars in the trees of […]

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This is Why … Campfire Smoke Follows You Around

They said someday you’ll findAll who love are blindWhen your heart’s on fireYou must realizeSmoke gets in your eyesJerome Kern and Otto Harbach, 1933 (“Watching the Campfire” by Mr Moss is licensed under CC BY 2.0) Despite legions of campers swearing to the contrary, campfire smoke does NOT actually follow you around like your friend’s labrador retriever who really, really, really wants that wiener you just roasted. Of course, if there was no wind, if there were no complex…

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CMN Co-Research Director Norma Kassi Awarded Arctic Inspiration Prize

Norma Kassi, CMN Co-Research Director and Recipient of the 2020 Arctic Inspiration Prize Canadian Mountain Network (CMN) Co-Research Director, Norma Kassi, has been awarded the prestigious 2020 Arctic Inspiration Prize (AIP) for her project in Northern Canada, which will train Indigenous youth in Indigenous-led conservation and stewardship. The AIP is the largest annual prize in Canada and provides seed-funding to initiatives by Northerners for Northerners. The prize recognizes Northern innovation and excellence and encourages teamwork…

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