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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On first looking into the Large Hadron Collider

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by Jamieson Findlay, guest contributor The European home for big-horizon science is, fittingly, surrounded by an impressive mountainscape. To the north is the Swiss range of the Jura Mountains; to the south, the French Alps. On a clear day, you can see the radiant face of Mont Blanc, Europe’s highest peak, beckoning to tourists and […]

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Bringing quantum mechanics to the Canadian public

By Lauren Borja, Physics and Astronomy Co-Editor In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary, a traveling exhibit on quantum mechanics and technology is touring science centers and museums across the nation. QUANTUM: The Exhibition explains these concepts in an easy-to-understand and hands-on way. From Vancouver to Halifax—with stops in Calgary, Saskatoon, Kitchener, and Ottawa—people of all […]

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Method to the madness: validating spooky action using starlight

By Kaitlin Williams, for the second season of the New Science Communicator series. Two quantum particles in an initial entangled state fly hundreds of thousands of meters apart. A measurement is taken on the first particle, and immediately, the knowledge of the first particle’s measurement has influenced the value of the second particle. This surreal […]

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Could space travel hold the key to saving the earth?

Photo Earthrise by Apollo 8 astronauts

 Sonya Neilson, Physics and Astronomy Co-editor In 1968, NASA’s Apollo 8 mission became the first manned spacecraft to orbit the moon. Lunar module pilot William Anders was watching the grey moonscape drift past when suddenly a sliver of blue light appeared on the horizon. That sliver of blue rose above the cratered surface and resolved […]

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