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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CIHR does an about-face on the value of face-to-face peer review

By Michelle Lavery and Betty Zou, General Science Editors After a peer rebellion among Canadian health researchers, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research has agreed to reinstate face-to-face peer reviews. But what makes face-to-face discussion so vital to the process?   Recent events have sparked concern over the way researchers are awarded government grants. Face-to-face […]

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Science on set: science consultants in Hollywood North

By Betty Zou, General Sciences Co-Editor Have you ever watched The Amazing Spiderman and wondered about the physics of a man climbing vertically up a wall? Or maybe you’ve been curious about the chemistry behind homemade crystal methamphetamine as seen on Breaking Bad? Those are the types of questions that occupy the minds of science […]

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Experimenting with Creativity

By Michelle Lavery, General Science Editor     Here at Science Borealis, we have no qualms about getting creative. Science communication is all about finding new and innovative ways of getting complex information to a wide and varied audience. We’re all storytellers; we’ve got poets (Phish Doc) and artists (Raymond’s Brain and CommNatural, to name […]

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Canadian science communication anniversaries

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by Brian Owens General Science subject editor There were two big anniversaries in Canadian science journalism this week: the Canadian Science Writers’ Association turned 45, and the CBC’s flagship science programme, Quirks and Quarks, turned 40. Andy Visser-deVries (the CSWA’s former executive director) has written a history of the founding of the organisation on the […]

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