A walk in the park? Teaching kids to think like scientists

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Katrina Vera Wong, Multimedia co-editor When I was 14, I was asked to mix some chemicals together for an exam. The result was a beaker full of dazzling, golden glitter. Until then, chemistry had been an interesting but purely academic subject. But once I saw that first sparkle, I appreciated it on a deeper level. […]

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Spotlight on Canadian science podcasts

By Alex Chattwood, Communications, Education & Outreach co-editor We need your help to build the definitive list of independent Canadian science podcasts! Podcasts are an increasingly popular way to create and consume science content. Why are they taking off? I think it’s because science can really come alive through storytelling. To me, a podcast is […]

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Bringing bodies together: Solar eclipse generates excitement for science

Characters of all types gathered at TELUS World of Science for an eclipse-viewing party. Image by Armin Mortazavi

by Lauren Borja, Physics and Astronomy editor Millions of people gathered to watch the moon completely obstruct the sun today during the Great American Eclipse of 2017. While the path of totality didn’t pass through any part of Canada, much of our nation was treated to a partial eclipse during the middle of the day. […]

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SciArt smells better: an interview with natural science illustrator Jen Burgess

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By Katrina Wong and Raymond Nakamura, Multimedia (SciArt) co-editors Jen Burgess applies her background in biology and art as a freelance science illustrator based in Vancouver. We caught up with her via email to learn more about her work, how it facilitates science communication, and why it’s easy on the nose. Science Borealis: In art, written or […]

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Fold it right there: The mathematical art of paper folding

The 2007 CSAIL puzzle created by Erik and Martin Demaine. Reproduced with permission. 

By Malgosia Ip, Mathematics and Statistics Editor “I really don’t think it’s possible,” I say again, unfolding the rumpled sheet of paper. I have been trying to solve one of Erik Demaine’s folding puzzles for a few hours now. Some of the creases have been folded so many times that the paper is starting to […]

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