If you don’t talk to your cat about catnip, who will?

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Ainslie Butler, Health, Medicine and Veterinary Sciences editor Is your cat a catnip user? Should you be worried about Princess Fuzzbottom’s drug use? What is catnip? It’s the common name of Nepeta cataria, a plant in the mint family that grows wild in many regions, including Canada. Domestic cats generally encounter dried catnip as a […]

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Bidding Farewell to National Poetry Month with a Nod to Science-Inspired Poets

By Lené Gary, General Science Editor   Poets need scientists. And some might argue, scientists need poets. In the second semester of my MFA in Writing program (studying poetry and creative nonfiction), I began thinking about how a lack of basic scientific integrity in one’s creative work leads to failed metaphors. The impetus for this […]

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March for Science returns for a second year

By Farah Qaiser, Policy & Politics co-editor   On Saturday, April 14, scientists and science enthusiasts once again took to the streets to advocate for science and evidence-informed policy. This year, there were 230+ March for Science satellite events across the world. In Canada, Evidence for Democracy (along with local organizers) arranged events in 10 […]

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Gas price spikes reveal the algorithms behind capitalism

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Robert Gooding-Townsend, Science in Society editor Late this February, gas prices in Vancouver surged to over $1.50 a litre, an increase of 20¢ in just two weeks. This was due to the shutdown of a key refinery in Burnaby. Around the same time, Taiwan was running out of toilet paper, which was partly caused by […]

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Climate change, fire, and their implications for species

by Tanya Samman & Alina Fisher, Environmental and Earth Sciences Co-editors The role of fire in forest ecosystems Forest fires are powerful and devastating. But they are also necessary for the rejuvenation of some ecosystems. Many plants are well-adapted to fire; some trees have dense bark or shed lower limbs to help them survive fire […]

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