Blue Light: The New Environmental Pollution?

By Lené Gary, General Sciences Co-Editor With each flick of a switch or push of a button, we’re turning up the blues—blue light, that is. Blame our love for illumination and our commitment to save the earth for unleashing, what could be, a biologically-altering, pollution of concern. Unfortunately, the same LEDs—light emitting diodes—that are reducing our […]

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A Tale of Two Rivers

By Kira Hoffman, General Sciences Co-editor   In December 2014, residents of Jordan River received some unwelcome news. The 103-year-old Jordan River Dam, located 7 km upstream of this tiny seaside community on southwestern Vancouver Island, had been deemed unlikely to withstand a major earthquake. Six years earlier, BC Hydro had commissioned a peer-reviewed study […]

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Science Borealis Science Book Gift Guide

It can be hard to think of the right gift for that special someone, so Science Borealis is here to help! We’ve asked our team for some of their favourite books to help inspire your science-related gift giving. From novels to nonfiction, these books make great gifts for scientists, science enthusiasts or future science lovers. […]

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Dinosaur Poop Necklaces to Pun-tastic Postcards: 19 Canadian Gift Ideas for the SciArt Aficionado

‘Tis the season for gift-giving, and what better way to make your science-obsessed loved ones happy than with unique, Canadian-made geekery? This is the first annual Science Borealis gift guide for science art to feed your soul.   For the chemist, a planter with a twist gives succulents a scientific home. The brainchild of Alexander […]

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LEDs: The Next E-Waste Stream

By Lené Gary, General Sciences Editor  October 17–24 is Waste Reduction Week in Canada The production of electronic equipment is growing 3–5% per year. At the same time, the effective lifespan of those electronics being substantially reduced as technological advances, aesthetic preferences, marketing and compatibility issues lead consumers to replace them long before their useful life […]

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