Introducing your 2019 Favourite Science Site winner: Minding the Brain

Maria Giammarco, Science in Society Editor Can people really multitask? How do our brains imagine the future? Why do we get so fired up about sports games? With topics like these under their belt, this year’s Favourite Science Site win is a no-brainer. Minding the Brain, a podcast created and hosted by Dr. Kim Hellemans […]

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Are we what we eat? The link between gut microbiota, antibiotic use and health

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Overuse of antibiotics might be making us more vulnerable to disease Sunitha Chari, Biology and Life Sciences co-editor Our gastro-intestinal tract is home to about 100 trillion (1014)) micro-organisms – bacteria, viruses and fungi – that together are called the gut microbiota. If that seems like a mind boggling number consider this: the human body […]

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Citizen science dives into water quality

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Kirsten Grant, General Science co-editor  With millions of lakes in Canada, monitoring water quality is no small feat. Canada’s vastness means it’s impossible to collect data everywhere. The situation is made ever more difficult by a lack of funding for long-term environmental monitoring. But Water Rangers Executive Director Kat Kavanagh says citizens can play a part […]

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Why the cure to HIV remains hidden — and how we might find it at the bottom of the ocean

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Komal Adeel, New Science Communicator HIV is pretty young disease. Unlike malaria, which was with us when humans first migrated out of Africa some two million years ago, or tuberculosis, which has been found in the bodies of ancient Egyptian mummies, HIV infections did not exist in humans until the 20th century. However, in this […]

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