Old science learns new tricks—applications of new technology in the geosciences

By Tanya Samman, Earth and Environmental Science Co-editor In recent years, many areas of the geosciences, including palaeontology, have adopted cutting edge technology and techniques—sometimes in unexpected ways. There are lots of potential applications! Today I’m describing three examples: mapping fossil sites; obtaining soft tissue information from fossils; and armchair geoscience. The first two illustrate […]

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Move over knees and hips, ankle replacements are about to become the next big thing

By Sri Ray-Chauduri, Technology & Engineering Co-editor The ability to replace worn out joints sometimes feels like the new normal in today’s world. Over 100,000 Canadians underwent surgery to replace deteriorating knees and hips in 2013–2014 and that number climbed to over 1 million in the United States. A 2015 study estimated that just over […]

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Beakerhead is wildly entertaining, but it sure ain’t mindless

Guest post by Lisa Willemse Every year, Calgary hosts an event centred around cowboys and bucking broncos and tents full of brew. It’s been dubbed ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’, but I beg to differ. Calgary does host the greatest show on earth, but it’s not the Stampede. It’s Beakerhead. Never heard of it? Now […]

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URSULA FRANKLIN: 1921 – 2016

By Stephanne Taylor, Physics & Astronomy Editor Ursula Franklin held many titles, including physicist, activist, trailblazer, pacifist, feminist, Fellow of the Royal Society, member of the Order of Ontario, and Companion of the Order of Canada. Her cross-disciplinary work spans decades and departments, and she carved a path for both herself and other women through the […]

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Can our own immune system defeat cancer?

By Nick Mitrousis and Sri Ray-Chauduri, Technology & Engineering Editors Cancer. For most of us, that word conjures up memories of a friend or family member who succumbed to the disease. Despite decades of scientific work and billions of dollars spent developing new treatments, cancer remains a leading cause of death worldwide. So it’s no surprise […]

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