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Changements climatiques, feux et leurs implications pour certaines espèces

Par Tanya Samman et Alina Fisher, co-éditrices Environnement Sciences de la terre Le rôle du feu dans les écosystèmes forestiers Les feux de forêt sont puissants et dévastateurs. Mais ils sont également nécessaires pour le renouvèlement de certains écosystèmes. Plusieurs plantes sont très bien adaptées au feu; certaines espèces d’arbres possèdent une écorce dense ou […]

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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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Look for these first signs of spring across Canada

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by Wendy Ho, Nature Conservancy of Canada, guest author With the springing forward of our clocks and increased daylight, many Canadians are getting antsy for the arrival of spring, perhaps especially for our friends in the Atlantic provinces (darn you, Nor’easter!). What can be more delightful than noticing the little signs that signal the arrival […]

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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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Beyond the vaccine: Tackling the flu with ultraviolet light

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By Sri Ray-Chauduri, Technology & Engineering Co-editor By all accounts, this has been a tough flu season. According to FluWatch, a surveillance system that monitors flu and flu-like activity across Canada, there have been more than 46,000 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza so far this season, thousands of hospitalizations, and, unfortunately, hundreds of deaths. Although the […]

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