Scientists

Art. Science. Optics. A Collider Café event in Vancouver (Canada) on January 23, 2019

The Curiosity Collider folks have decided to ring in the new year with an event focused on optics. Here’s more from their January 15, 2019 announcement (received via email), FROM CONTEMPORARY ART TO SCIENCE ILLUSTRATION, IS “SEEING” REALLY “BELIEVING”? OR IS THERE MORE TO IT THAN THERE S ...

Manitoba Announces Climate and Green Plan Implementation Office

The Manitoba government has announced the creation of an implementation office that will co-ordinate work across government to achieve its climate and green plan, which was introduced in March of last year. “Manitoba leads the way in the fight against climate change,” said Premier Brian Pallist ...

Toward a rural broadband strategy

Among Monday’s changes to Cabinet, Prime Minister Trudeau named Bernadette Jordan as Minister of Rural Economic Development. As Minister of Rural Economic Development, Minister Jordan will oversee the creation of a rural development strategy to spur economic growth and create good, middle class ...

Cellulose and natural nanofibres

Specifically, the researchers are describing these as cellulose nanofibrils. On the left of the image, the seed look mores like an egg waiting to be fried for breakfast but the image on the right is definitely fibrous-looking, Through contact with water, the seed of Neopallasia pectinata from the f ...

Sabia on Doing Sustainable Investing Right?

Mary Childs of Barron's reports, How to Do Sustainable Investing Right, According to a Pension Fund Manager:Michael Sabia has one of the most enviable jobs in investing. The chief executive officer of Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, or CDPQ, helps oversee more than 300 billion Canadian d ...

Why not monetize your DNA for 2019?

I’m not a big fan of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) companies that promise to tell you about your ancestors and, depending on the kit, predisposition to certain health issues as per their reports about your genetic code. (I regularly pray no one in my family has decided to pay one of these companies ...

Will 2019 be the year of white backlash in Canada?

Karl Nerenberg This is an election year in Canada, federally and in Alberta. Climate change -- and what to do or not do about it -- will be one unavoidable issue in the campaigns to come. The sniping on that has already started in earnest. The federal Conservative leader stands shoulder-to-should ...

People’s Party candidate in B.C. by-election risks shifting public debate, observers say

Alex Cosh Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party of Canada announced this week its nomination of anti-LGBTQ activist Laura Lynn Tyler Thompson as its candidate in the Burnaby South by-election. According to reports, Thompson said Bernier had “bravely declared the death of political correctness,” ...

Llama drama: Research into the mechanics of llama ovulation reveals a rare tumour

Kylie Hutt, New Science Communicator All it took was one ultrasound image to change all of our plans. I was part of a research team from the University of Saskatchewan’s Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) investigating how llamas ovulate. The season was just gearing up and we were doing ...

What Does Reconciliation Mean for Safe Water Governance?

Reconciliation means “…that if you are a child living on reserve, you should be able to turn on the tap and have clean water come out. Water that you can drink, and bathe in, without fear.” — Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada in a speech to the AFN on December 6th, 2 ...