Le discours quotidien ambigu et perturbateur

C’est probablement peu connu que j’ai gagné ma vie comme professeur de cégep, et j’étais pleinement engagé pendant les 25 ans que j’y étais, fasciné par le défi et l’énorme satisfaction que donne l’enseignement. Plus précisément, ma profession était l’interprétation de textes et une aide fournie à mes étudiants pour qu’ils deviennent de bons interprètes. Un récent texte d’Yves-Thomas Dorval, pdg du Conseil du patronat du Québec (CPQ), dans Le Devoir du 21 juin m’a frappé par l’occasion qu’il présente…

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New Technology Revealed Record-Setting Fox Journey, Says Canadian Science Author

News that an arctic fox from Svalbard, Norway, traveled 3,506 km across the sea ice to Ellesmere Island, Canada surprised social media, but not Dr. L. E. Carmichael. The Ontario author of children’s science books is also a scientist whose research revolved around the movements of these plucky little voyagers. Carmichael’s PhD, on the population genetics of wolves and arctic foxes, received a Governor General’s Medal at the University of Alberta in 2006. “In those…

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The (Missing) Link Between Smartphones and Horns

by L. E. CarmichaelLast weekend, suffering from an airplane cold and soaking my coughing muscles in a hot tub while listening to old episodes of The Daily Show on Sirius on Demand, I heard an incredible story about how smartphone use is causing millennials to grow horns. Here's the link to coverage at the BBC.Image by Shahar D. and Sayers M., Scientific Reports, 2019/CC BY 4.0Hacking up my second lung, my first thought in reaction to this story…

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#529 Do You Really Want to Find Out Who’s Your Daddy?

At least some of you by now have probably spit into a tube and mailed it off to find out who your closest relatives are, where you might be from, and what terrible diseases might await you. But what exactly did you find out? And what did you give away? In this live panel at Awesome Con we bring in science writer Tina Saey to talk about all her DNA testing, and bioethicist Debra Mathews,…

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Stories worth sharing: Effectively communicating “Research that matters!”

Stories worth sharing: Effectively communicating “Research that matters!” Organs and Tissues Plasma Stem Cells Transfusion Blood Thursday, July 04, 2019 Dr. Geraldine Walsh Highlighting a recent blog post from Science Borealis, this “stories worth sharing” post gives background on the welcome support the Centre for Innovation’s 2018 Lay Science Writing Competition received from two key partners.  The Centre for Blood Research (CBR) and the Centre for Innovation have a long-standing relationship. We partner regularly to deliver…

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Dr. Stan Boutin honoured for his contributions to mammal ecology

Stan Boutin CMN Co-Research Director Dr. Stan Boutin is a true leader in the world of mammal population ecology. Dr. Boutin was presented with the 2018 Merriam Award at the 99th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Mammalogists in Washington, D.C. this past weekend. His decades of research have illuminated many important factors driving the evolution and dynamics of wildlife populations. His work also encompasses his roles as Professor of Biological Sciences at the…

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Mad Science Monday: The (Missing) Link Between Smartphones and Horns

Image by Shahar D. and Sayers M., Scientific Reports, 2019/CC BY 4.0 Welcome to Mad Science Mondays, where we talk about depictions of science in movies, TV shows, books, and the media. We dissect the good, the bad, the comical and the outright irresponsible. Who says learning about science can’t be fun? OK, yes, it’s not technically Monday anymore. I traveled, I was felled by an airplane cold. But then, as I soaked my coughing…

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