Keep them in your heart: monitoring the Bicknell’s Thrush

By Lené Gary, General Science Editor  “You must have the bird in your heart before you can find it in the bush.” — John Burroughs While that might be true, unless you’re planning a trip to the Greater Antilles, you won’t have much luck finding Bicknell’s Thrush in a bush right now. That’s because this […]

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Melding art and science for PTSD treatments 


By Catherine Lau, Biology and Life Sciences Co-editor It’s happening again. You are reliving that moment in your head and you can’t stop it. No, it’s not a bad dream, it’s a real memory and it stunts you and makes you unreasonably nervous. Living a normal life suddenly becomes a challenge. What can you do? […]

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The elusive wolverine: Beyond the X-Men character


By Alina Fisher, Environmental and Earth Science co-editor When you think of a wolverine, do you think of an elusive, almost mythical creature with superpowers, or do you think of the comic book character? Most people have heard of the X-Men, either through the movies or the comic book series, but few people know about […]

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Is extinction really forever?


By Robert Gooding-Townsend, Science in Society co-editor Can biotechnology bring back extinct species? If it can, should it? In her new book Rise of the Necrofauna, Britt Wray chronicles the nascent movement to bring back extinct species. She calls these resurrected creatures “necrofauna”, conjuring images of undead mammoths, passenger pigeons, and more. As compelling as the […]

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Toxoplasmosis and the zombie mouse in my backyard


By Ainslie Butler and Lindsay Jolivet, Health, Medicine, and Veterinary Science Co-editors This summer, I made friends with a zombie mouse. One recent evening as I was sitting in my suburban Toronto backyard, a tiny mouse that often visits began behaving strangely. Instead of scurrying across the patio like usual, my mouse buddy started running […]

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