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Highlights from the 2016 Canadian Society of Microbiologists conference


By Betty Zou What do the scientific breakthrough of the year, fecal transplants and pea plants have in common? Microbes! The newest research in these and many other areas was showcased recently at the 66th Canadian Society of Microbiologists (CSM) annual conference, which took place at the University of Toronto on June 12 to 15, […]

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Who’s there when disaster strikes in Canada?


By Josh Silberg, Policy and Politics Editor Be prepared. Between scouts and the Lion King, this motto was heavily emphasized during my younger years. And yet, “make earthquake emergency kit” has remained unchecked on my to-do list for months. Since I live on a major fault line, my former scout leader—my dad—would not be pleased. My […]

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Can our own immune system defeat cancer?


By Nick Mitrousis and Sri Ray-Chauduri, Technology & Engineering Editors Cancer. For most of us, that word conjures up memories of a friend or family member who succumbed to the disease. Despite decades of scientific work and billions of dollars spent developing new treatments, cancer remains a leading cause of death worldwide. So it’s no surprise […]

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STEM Outreach on a Shoestring Budget

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By Alex Chattwood, Communication, Education and Outreach Co-Editor $16.7 million. That’s how much the annual Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC PromoScience) program has awarded Canadian science outreach non-profits, institutions and non-federal science museums since its inception in 2011. Earlier this year, 38 organizations received just under $5 million in funding for the […]

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