The Science Fiction and Reality of Spaceflight

Ryan Marciniak, Astronomy and Physics Co-Editor Science fiction has captured humanity’s dreams of travelling to distant stars, colonizing new worlds, accessing new dimensions, encountering hostile aliens, and surviving a galaxy far, far away. Yet with all our real-world technological prowess, why haven’t any of these dreams become reality? The short answer is that flying into […]

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Art that’s out of this world

By Katrina Vera Wong and Raymond Nakamura, Multimedia co-editors As Science Borealis Multimedia editors, we scour the known universe, meaning Canada, for examples of science communication in all its myriad forms. Vancouver artist and educator Erin Green has been creating space-inspired art for about 10 years. She says, “Space art makes space science more relatable and […]

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Is the Antarctica ice sheet the key to understanding neutrinos?

Scientists are hoping to boost the ability of the neutrino detection system, IceCube.

Michelle Hampson, Astronomy and Physics guest contributor Neutrinos are mysterious particles that hardly ever interact with matter. About 100 trillion pass through your body each second without you knowing any better. Despite their abundance, however, their laissez faire behavior makes them extremely difficult to study. Scientists have been working for decades to pinpoint the astrophysical sources of these […]

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S’établir sur Mars? Ce n’est pas parce qu’on peut qu’on doit le faire…

Tanya Samman et Alina Fisher, coéditrices Environnement et Sciences de la Terre Mars… c’est un sujet chaud en ce moment. Mais la Terre aussi après tout; elle se réchauffe grâce aux changements climatiques causés par les humains. La vie sur Terre changera de façon dramatique dans un futur rapproché; la fonte des calottes glaciaires fera […]

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Move to Mars? Just because we can doesn’t mean we should…

Tanya Samman and Alina Fisher, Environmental and Earth Sciences co-editors Mars… it’s hot right now. But then, so is Earth—and it’s getting hotter thanks to human-induced climate change. Life on Earth is going to change drastically in the near future: melting ice sheets will cause sea level to rise, submerging coastal cities; food supplies will […]

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