Scientists

U of T scientists identify gene that makes ants better bodyguards

A team of researchers from the University of Toronto has isolated the genetic markers for a key behavioural trait in ant species: their tendency to act as bodyguards to protect plants from herbivorous insects like grasshoppers and beetles. The phenomenon is known as mutualism and it is seen widely ...

Intellectual property rules are standing in the way of Canadian innovation, academics say

  A pair of researchers are calling out intellectual property rules at universities across Canada, saying current practices are stifling entrepreneurism and dissuading inventors from creating university spinoff companies, both of which are key to the country’s economic growth and prosperity. Ba ...

Bloc leader attacks Jagmeet Singh, gives fuel to Quebec bashers

Karl Nerenberg Karl Nerenberg is your reporter on the Hill. Please consider supporting his work with a monthly donation. Support Karl on Patreon today for as little as $1 per month! Bloc Québécois leader Martine Ouellet claims that Jagmeet Singh's NDP leadership campaign signifies we must now ...

Measurably fewer nanoparticles in São Paulo’s (Brazil) air after ethanol use

An Aug. 28, 2017 news item on Nanotechnology Now features news about nanoparticles and the environment in São Paulo, Brazil, When ethanol prices at the pump rise for whatever reason, it becomes economically advantageous for drivers of dual-fuel vehicles to fill up with gasoline. However, the healt ...

Mice and cockroaches in the home may help prevent asthma, research says

Having creatures like cats, mice and even cockroaches in your home may cut down the risk of your children developing asthma. That’s according to a new study by the United States National Institutes of Health, which says that children exposed to high levels of pet and pest allergens in the home du ...

Boeing's Huge Pension Gaffe?

Katherine Chiglinsky, Julie Johnsson, and Brandon Kochkodin of Bloomberg report, Down $20 Billion, Boeing Stuffs Pension Fund With Its Own Shares:Like so many companies in America, Boeing Co. has largely neglected the gaping deficit in its employee pension as it doled out lavish rewards to sharehol ...

“Deprescribing” Canadian seniors want to cut back on the drugs they’re taking

Researchers from the University of Montreal have found that many Canadian seniors are concerned that they’re taking too many prescription medications but few of them have the knowledge or awareness to speak to their doctors about the issue, a growing public health problem, say experts. Canadians ...

Global research uncovers new, threatening ecological impacts from neonicotinoid pesticides

The Task Force on Systemic Pesticides' 2017 assessment of neonics reveals new risks to biodiversity and ecosystems **OTTAWA **-- Neonicotinoid pesticides pose severe threats to ecosystems worldwide, according to new information contained in an update to the world's most comprehensive scientific rev ...

Math-based street art at Art Rapture in Vancouver, Canada; a mathematics lecture in Toronto; and Science Literacy Week in Canada

This is another one of my roundups. The focus is mostly mathematics. Art Rapture 2017 September 22 – 23, 2017 Mark Ollinger claims to be presenting math-influenced street art at Vancouver’s 2017 Art Rapture in a Sept. 12, 2017 article by Joanna Riquett for the Daily Hive, … Tell us about you ...

Canada’s NAFTA IP and E-commerce Priorities: My Appearance Before the Standing Committee on International Trade

The House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade has been conducting hearings on the NAFTA negotiations. I appeared before the committee yesterday on a panel that included the dairy industry, food and beverage sector, and my comments on IP and e-commerce. The MPs showed considerable i ...