Satellite technology: beneficial for all or ill-fated endeavour?

Landsat spots birth of Iceberg A-68, Antarctica. Image acquired July 12, 2017. (Landsat imagery courtesy of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and U.S. Geological Survey)

By Kathi Unglert and Tanya Samman, Earth and Environmental Science Co-editors My radio alarm clock turns itself on at 7 A.M., and I wake to tunes on my favourite station, transmitted straight to my bedroom via satellite. What a great start! Satellite imagery can be used to forecast water availability in reservoirs and to monitor […]

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Planet Earth or Planet Plastic? It’s getting hard to tell…

By Catherine Lau, Biology/Life Sciences Co-Editor; Tanya Samman, Earth & Environmental Science Co-Editor; and Lené Gary, General Science Co-Editor Plastic is lightweight, flexible, durable, and relatively inexpensive to produce and buy. These qualities make it ubiquitous in everyday life. Although it certainly makes our lives easier, the fact that we can carelessly dispose of plastic without […]

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Top 10 forests to visit across Canada

Eastern White cedar trees

By Nature Conservancy of Canada Staff   Canada is rich in forest habitats, with many unique forests in each province. Over half of our country is covered in forests, and Canada is home to almost 10 per cent of the world’s forests. The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is dedicated to preserving forests coast-to-coast, from the boreal […]

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Old science learns new tricks—applications of new technology in the geosciences

By Tanya Samman, Earth and Environmental Science Co-editor In recent years, many areas of the geosciences, including palaeontology, have adopted cutting edge technology and techniques—sometimes in unexpected ways. There are lots of potential applications! Today I’m describing three examples: mapping fossil sites; obtaining soft tissue information from fossils; and armchair geoscience. The first two illustrate […]

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