Mind over matter: using meditation and mindfulness to combat stress

Catherine Lau, Biology and Life Sciences Co-editor Take a deep breath, clear your mind and be aware of your breathing. These instructions, while seemingly simple, are often easier said than done. Yet with practice, this mental exercise derived from meditation and mindfulness can improve cognitive function and overall wellbeing. While they are rooted in Buddhist […]

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Fentanyl Analysis: From the Back Alley to the Crime Lab

Lawrence Cheung, Chemistry Co-editor The widespread use of illegal drugs in British Columbia is chilling. It is a growing epidemic and the number of drug related deaths has increased each year since 2012. The situation is so bad that B.C.’s health minister, Terry Lake, has asked the federal government to declare a national public health […]

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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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Superbugs in Space

 By Ainslie Butler and Lindsay Jolivet, Health, Medicine, and Veterinary Science Co-Editors   In mid-February, NASA launched a superbug into space. The idea was to study how methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, mutates in the microgravity environment of the International Space Station. Using space to predict the future of this deadly pathogen could give us […]

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Link between traffic and dementia points to urban planning challenges ahead

By Ainslie Butler and Lindsay Jolivet, Health, Medicine & Veterinary Co-Editors Growing up across the street from the Queen Elizabeth Way, a busy highway outside of Toronto, Ainslie Butler’s mother often worried that the noise and pollution would affect her family’s health. Highway dust, as her family called it, left its grungy mark on their […]

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