Call of the Wetland

Nicole Kahal, guest contributor Have you ever heard frogs or toads calling in an urban environment? Or spotted a secretive salamander as it makes it way to an urban pond? If you live in Calgary, Alberta, the Miistakis Institute is interested in your observations. With Miistakis’ partners, we’ve designed a citizen science program called Call […]

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Do Bugs Need Drugs? Program: Keeping the Magic in the Bullet

Guest post by Stuart Shepherd and Dr. David Patrick Until the discovery of antibiotics in the mid-20th century, bacterial diseases played a gruesome role in the human canon. Plagues swept through the population with harrowing frequency; minor infections spread and disfigured; and 30% of all deaths occurred in children under 5 years old. Life was […]

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Chemistry Nobel 2014 – Seeing smaller than light

by Tyler Irving Chemistry subject editor In my last post, I discussed how chemistry is the key to nanotechnology, a hot new field that’s promising to improve everything from smart phones to health care. I also mentioned that nano-sized particles are smaller than the wavelengths of light, which makes it maddeningly difficult to “see” what’s […]

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