CRISPR-Cas9 technology and personalized medicine: What about Canada?

by Rick Gierczak, guest contributor CRISPR-Cas9 technology was accidentally discovered in the 1980s when scientists were researching how bacteria defend themselves against viral infection. While studying bacterial DNA called clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR), they identified additional CRISPR-associated (Cas) protein molecules. Together, CRISPR and one of those protein molecules, termed Cas9, can locate […]

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Materials science meets artificial intelligence

Erin Bedford, Technology and Engineering co-editor Illustrations by Geoffrey Lee, Sketchy Science We’re in the midst of a revolution in materials science—artificial intelligence (AI) is changing the way we discover new materials. Scientists don’t have to worry about being replaced by machines anytime soon, however. Rather than replacing the thought-work of researchers, AI is expanding […]

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#ProjectedFutures2: My science journalism experience

Farah Qaiser, Policy and Politics Co-Editor Over the last few years, science writing, communication and journalism have become popular fields to turn to as careers or as ways for scientists to improve their public engagement skills. With this increased interest, there’s also been a steady increase in the number of workshops, courses and programs available […]

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Is the Antarctica ice sheet the key to understanding neutrinos?

Scientists are hoping to boost the ability of the neutrino detection system, IceCube.

Michelle Hampson, Astronomy and Physics guest contributor Neutrinos are mysterious particles that hardly ever interact with matter. About 100 trillion pass through your body each second without you knowing any better. Despite their abundance, however, their laissez faire behavior makes them extremely difficult to study. Scientists have been working for decades to pinpoint the astrophysical sources of these […]

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Visualising the invisible: Cool tools that reveal chemistry’s hidden secrets

 Chantal Mustoe, Chemistry co-editor Featuring science cartoonist Armin Mortazavi Take a moment to imagine a scientist in a chemistry lab. Perhaps they sport a white lab coat, protective glasses, and gloves. Around them, strangely shaped glassware contains different coloured liquids alternately fizzling, glowing and smoking. You hear a whoosh as the hissing gas in a […]

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