Mind over matter: using meditation and mindfulness to combat stress

Catherine Lau, Biology and Life Sciences Co-editor Take a deep breath, clear your mind and be aware of your breathing. These instructions, while seemingly simple, are often easier said than done. Yet with practice, this mental exercise derived from meditation and mindfulness can improve cognitive function and overall wellbeing. While they are rooted in Buddhist […]

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Science Borealis Feature Blog: Middle PhD Crisis

By Catherine Lau, Biology and Life Sciences Editor   The journey through academia can be a tough one, but writing about it can help. Just ask our featured blogger Carolina Gomez, a PhD candidate at the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (Laval, QC) and the creator of ‘Middle PhD Crisis’. When she’s not investigating […]

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Voices for Canadian #Scicomm100 – Weekly Recap: Sep. 26 -30, 2016

We just wrapped up Week 4 of our “Reflections: 100 Voices for Canadian Science Communication” campaign.  We’re very pleased with how well this initiative has had a meteoric rise across Twitter via the #scicomm100 hashtag and from our Facebook page. In fact, we’ve had a few people asking if they can get these quotes and images on t-shirts, mugs, and calendars. Well, no promises yet, […]

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Evidence-based endorsements: let’s put celebrity culture to good use

By Catherine Lau & Joelle Thorpe, Biology & Life Science Editors Like it or not, we all fall victim to celebrity clickbait. Whether we praise them or roll our eyes at their absurd behaviour, we cannot dismiss the impact that celebrities have on public opinion, especially on public health. Celebrities can heavily influence our health-related behaviour, […]

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