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Why do we (dis)trust? A look at the science of credibility

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Alice Fleerackers, Science in Society editor It’s March 9, 2021, exactly one year after the first COVID-19-related death was reported […]

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Stories worth sharing – Meet the researcher: Dr. Peter Schubert

Stories worth sharing - Meet the researcher: Dr. Peter Schubert Transfusion Blood Thursday, April 15, 2021 Guest Author This is an edited repost of a profile written by Andy An, MD/PhD student in the Hancock Lab and Cecilia H. Kim, CBR-SBME Summer Studentship Program alumna. The original article can be found on the Centre for Blood Research blog here. Dr. Peter Schubert is a principal investigator with the UBC Centre for Blood Research (CBR) and…

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Episode 124: Crocodylomorph Disparity

Crocodiles are often referred to as “living fossils”, but if we compare modern and ancient species, does that label hold up? What different kinds of morphologies (shapes) did past crocs have and how did they live? How quickly did this past diversity arise and why are we left with so few species today? What’s to stop them from diversifying again? In this episode, we speak to Dr Tom Stubbs, University of Bristol, about his recent…

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Removing vandals’ graffiti from street art with nanotechnology-enabled method and Happy Italian Research in the World Day and more …

Happy Italian Research in the World Day! Each year since 2018 this has been celebrated on the day that Leonardo da Vinci was born over 500 years ago on April 15. It’s also the start of World Creativity and Innovation Week (WCIW), April 15 – 21, 2021 with over 80 countries (Italy, The Gambia, Mauritius, Belarus, Iceland, US, Syria, Vietnam, Indonesia, Denmark, etc.) celebrating. By the way, April 21, 2021 is the United Nations’ World…

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FEATURES – Other Skies: An Exoplanetary Festival

At this point in time, I’m no stranger to loneliness. I’ve had many conversations with the plant on my desk, and some days I swear it answers back. Perhaps the last subject I thought to explore in an attempt to assuage the ache of isolation is the empty, black void of outer space. But I’m certainly glad I reconsidered. Other Skies: An Exoplanetary Festival was an online event that ran on March 20th, 2021 via…

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13 Common Dog Training Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

The common mistakes many people make when training their dog.Photo: Alexei_tm/ShutterstockBy Zazie Todd, PhDTraining your dog is one of those things that everyone expects to be easy. You ask the dog to do something, give them a treat, simples! But, it’s not always so simple, especially if you are training  a dog for the first time. Here are some common mistakes that many people make when they are training their dog. Sadly, because anyone can call…

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What it is like to be a women-only scientific group?

We had never given it much thought, but when the world was recently celebrating International Women in Science Day, it hit us. The Cetacean Ecology Research Group at Massey University in New Zealand, where we are a research associate and a PhD student, currently consists purely of women. We are led by the great Prof Karen Stockin. Then there are three research associates, a postdoc and research officer, two PhD students, and two MSc students.…

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We haven’t been on a road trip in eight years. It feels like a lifetime, given that we used to do cross-province road trips two to three times a year over a span of eleven years. We drove from Edmonton, Prince George, and Lethbridge to Vancouver Island to see my mother-in-law and get a dose of the Coast before heading home again. From Edmonton we took Highway 16 in Alberta and switched to Highway 5…

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A 3D spider web, a VR (virtual reality) setup, and sonification (music)

Markus Buehler and his musical spider webs are making news again. Caption: Cross-sectional images (shown in different colors) of a spider web were combined into this 3D image and translated into music. Credit: Isabelle Su and Markus Buehler The image (so pretty) you see in the above comes from a Markus Buehler presentation that was made at the American Chemical Society (ACS) meeting. ACS Spring 2021 being held online April 5-30, 2021. The image was…

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