Biogas: A pungent power solution

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Kirsten Grant, General Science co-editor On a dairy farm in southern Ontario, two large green silos sit beside the barn. Called anaerobic digesters, their contents smell like a mix of manure and rotting food waste. But there is more than a smelly concoction inside these oxygen-deprived tanks — microbes are at work breaking down organic […]

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Ethanol: A cocktail drink and a clean and sustainable fuel for your car

Sunitha Chari, Biology and Life Sciences co-editor While horse-drawn carriages are a quaint reminder of Victorian England, the internal combustion engine that powers our automobiles is one of the most significant inventions of the 19th century. There are approximately 34 million motor vehicles in Canada. While some are public or shared transport, it is not uncommon […]

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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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Materials science meets artificial intelligence

Erin Bedford, Technology and Engineering co-editor Illustrations by Geoffrey Lee, Sketchy Science We’re in the midst of a revolution in materials science—artificial intelligence (AI) is changing the way we discover new materials. Scientists don’t have to worry about being replaced by machines anytime soon, however. Rather than replacing the thought-work of researchers, AI is expanding […]

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