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Science Borealis Featured Blog: Musings of a Clumsy Palaeontologist


By Sri Ray-Chauduri and Kathi Unglert, Earth & Environmental Sciences Editors After our Science Borealis Reader Survey, we randomly selected four participating blogs to be profiled here on the Borealis Blog during 2016. This is the third of those featured posts.   Today we’re talking with Liz Martin-Silverstone, who runs one of our feature blogs, […]

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Inspiring a nation to raise healthy kids


By Lindsay Jolivet & Ainslie Butler,  Health, Medicine, & Veterinary Science Editors ParticipACTION’s physical activity report card calls on governments, parents, schools and communities to drive change. Canadian kids are failing playtime. Sedentary behaviour earned Canada an F grade from ParticipACTION in its most recent report card on physical activity for children and youth. The […]

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URSULA FRANKLIN: 1921 – 2016

Dr. Ursula Franklin, physicist and social activist, died on July 22, 2016.

By Stephanne Taylor, Physics & Astronomy Editor Ursula Franklin held many titles, including physicist, activist, trailblazer, pacifist, feminist, Fellow of the Royal Society, member of the Order of Ontario, and Companion of the Order of Canada. Her cross-disciplinary work spans decades and departments, and she carved a path for both herself and other women through the […]

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Science Games People Play

By Raymond Nakamura and Liz Martin-Silverstone, Multimedia Editors With the hashtag PokeBlitz, Canadian entomologist Morgan Jackson used the Pokemon Go craze to encourage people to appreciate biodiversity. This inspired us to peek at other ways computer games communicate science. Benefits “Games are fundamental to the way we learn,” said Jeremy Friedberg, a molecular genetics PhD […]

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CIHR does an about-face on the value of face-to-face peer review


By Michelle Lavery and Betty Zou, General Science Editors After a peer rebellion among Canadian health researchers, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research has agreed to reinstate face-to-face peer reviews. But what makes face-to-face discussion so vital to the process?   Recent events have sparked concern over the way researchers are awarded government grants. Face-to-face […]

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