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2019 People’s Choice Award for Favourite Science Blog: WWEST Blog

Sri Ray-Chauduri, Technology and Engineering editor Congratulations to the Westcoast Women in Engineering, Science and Technology (WWEST) Blog, this year’s […]

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Dr. Rob Annan to Lead Genome Canada

Ottawa, Ontario (November 12, 2019) On behalf of the Board of Directors of Genome Canada, Chair of the Board Dr. Elizabeth Douville announced today the appointment of Dr. Rob Annan as the organization’s new President and CEO, starting January 1, 2020. For 20 years, Genome Canada has worked to advance research that helps us understand the living world in unprecedented detail and in ways that support our health, our environment, and our economy. The organization…

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A Canadian military science posting in honour of Remembrance Day 2019

A surprising number of every day products, including items such as microwave ovens, penicillin, nylon, and more have come to us courtesy of military science. While we remember our fallen soldiers today (Remembrance Day 2019) in Canada and elsewhere throughout the Commonwealth countries, I thought it might be interesting to consider contemporary Canadian military science. I’ve often wondered whether or not we have an equivalent to the US Army’s DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency)…

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Canadian Archaeological Association 53rd Annual Conference, 2020 – A Call for Papers

Pic: The image is promotional art for a movie called Black Mountain Side (2014), about a group of Canadian archaeologists working in remote Canadian mountains. Obviously things go wrong. You can read my Twitter review of it here As you may (or may not) be aware, the 53rd annual Canadian Archaeological Association conference is coming up and will be here before you know it. The conference, which will be in Edmonton from May 6 –…

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De l’origine de la communication neuronale aux ordinateurs fabriqués par des cerveaux humains

La troisième séance du cours  «Notre cerveau à tous les niveaux» que j’ai le plaisir de donner en collaboration avec l’UPop Montréal aura lieu ce mercredi 13 novembre à 19h au café Les Oubliettes. Intitulé intitulée « L’humain découvre la grammaire de base de son système nerveux », j’en ai présenté les grandes lignes ici la semaine dernière. Comme je l’avais expliqué dans le billet qui présentait ce projet, je voudrais cette semaine m’attarder sur…

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Potential

When we think about the future, I suspect many of us are limited by our previous experiences. In other words, we don’t consider the possibilities available to us because we can’t imagine them. Roughly speaking, this is what I would call “potential”. It’s the ability to achieve something that you haven’t already. It’s what people refer to when they see someone with a lot of talent that hasn’t been focused in one direction. We can…

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Today’s Fun Fungus Walk

Our own Joan Marie Galat is a scholar of all things fungus. And she still knows how to enjoy just finding the odd mushroom here and there while out for a walk in the woods. Here are some photos she shared recently with friends. With compassion for those of us who can find it hard to figure out Latin names for various species of living things, she's captioned these photos in a more informal way. "Bite…

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#540 Specialize? Or Generalize?

Ever been called a "jack of all trades, master of none"? The world loves to elevate specialists, people who drill deep into a single topic. Those people are great. But there's a place for generalists too, argues David Epstein. Jacks of all trades are often more successful than specialists. And he's got science to back it up. We talk with Epstein about his latest book, "Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World".

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I went to a R&D management conference to learn about ecosystems…

by Ashlee-Ann PigfordThis past summer I had the opportunity to attend the 41st R & D Management Conference hosted by École Polytechnique and HEC in Paris, France. The theme of the conference was The Innovation Challenge: Bridging Research, Industry and Society. The conference took place at the beautiful École Polytechnique just outside of ParisConsidering it’s a conference that largely attracts academics from business schools as well as R & D experts working in the private sector,…

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