Why all the fuss about neutrinos?

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by Emmanuel Fonseca & Steph Taylor Physics & Astronomy subject editors On October 6, 2015, the winners of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics were announced. Canada’s Arthur Macdonald and Japan’s Takaaki Kajita would receive the award for their contributions to understanding tiny particles called neutrinos. Neutrinos (an Italian word for “little neutral one”) are […]

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Celebrating women in science

by Susan Vickers and Lisa Willemse Communication, Education & Outreach subject editors Popular books, conferences, and the Internet (from websites to “most influential on Twitter” lists) make a compelling argument that, until very recently, science was an activity reserved for men. Were our great grandmothers uninterested in science? Were they prevented from conducting scientific research […]

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Radiation on Canada’s West Coast – what’s the risk?

by Stephanne Taylor & Jared Stang Physics & Astronomy subject editors In 2011, a massive earthquake struck the east coast of Japan. Both the earthquake itself – and the tsunami that followed – left a wake of destruction, most famously at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Three reactor cores were damaged and began to […]

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