Gyotaku: Doing Art to Scale

By Raymond K. Nakamura, Multimedia editor Give someone a fish and feed them for a day. Teach them how to fish print and intrigue them for a lifetime. Gyotaku is a Japanese word from gyo meaning “fish” and taku meaning “rubbing.” Make sure to pronounce gyotaku with a hard “g” to avoid any misunderstandings because […]

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Tiny plants could be key to improving climate change predictions

By Rose Lefebvre, new science communicator Have you ever looked closely at moss? These tiny plants, described by F. E. Tripp in his 1868 book British Mosses, their homes, aspects, structure, and uses as “the soft green beds into which our feet sink”,  grow almost everywhere in the world. And yet mosses are often overlooked […]

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Remote patient monitoring: bringing healthcare closer to home

By Jaspreet Sanghera, Biology & Life Sciences editor Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual connection has become a routine part of our work and personal lives. This phenomenon extends to healthcare, too. In February 2020, 48% of Canadian physicians incorporated at least one virtual care service into their practice, but by September 2020, […]

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The rising concern about plastic pollution: imminent consequences and possible solutions

By Christine Thou, Environmental Sciences editor In December 2019, residents of the Isle of Harris in Scotland found a dead sperm whale washed up on a beach. The whale died after ingesting 220 pounds of plastic that had been carelessly discarded into the ocean. Over the last 60 years, plastic products have been used to […]

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Contaminant bioaccumulation in fish and aquatic environments

By Dorottya Harangi, Health, Medicine and Veterinary Sciences editor Have you ever been told that you should be careful about how much tuna you eat? Part of the reason why is bioaccumulation, which is when the level of certain toxins (for example, DDT or mercury) increases in concentration in the bodies of organisms as you […]

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