The Pangolin Pit: Speaking out for the Pangolin

Can an award-winning photograph save a species from extinction? By Sunitha Chari, Biology and Life Sciences Co-editor   “Nothing prepared Paul for what he saw or smelled.” These words introduce The Pangolin Pit, the photo that won first place in the Single Image category for photojournalism, at the 2016 Wildlife Photographer of the Year (WPY) […]

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Conversations with Dolphins: Film Review

By Kira Hoffman and Josh Silberg People love dolphins. Flipper and his brethren, with their permanent “smile” and happy-go-lucky reputation, are widely regarded as one of the most intelligent species on the planet. But what makes dolphins so intelligent? Are humans not so special after all? In Conversations with Dolphins, which aired on CBC’s The […]

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Science Borealis Feature Blog: Middle PhD Crisis

By Catherine Lau, Biology and Life Sciences Editor   The journey through academia can be a tough one, but writing about it can help. Just ask our featured blogger Carolina Gomez, a PhD candidate at the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (Laval, QC) and the creator of ‘Middle PhD Crisis’. When she’s not investigating […]

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Evidence-based endorsements: let’s put celebrity culture to good use

By Catherine Lau & Joelle Thorpe, Biology & Life Science Editors Like it or not, we all fall victim to celebrity clickbait. Whether we praise them or roll our eyes at their absurd behaviour, we cannot dismiss the impact that celebrities have on public opinion, especially on public health. Celebrities can heavily influence our health-related behaviour, […]

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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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