Llama drama: Research into the mechanics of llama ovulation reveals a rare tumour

Kylie Hutt, New Science Communicator All it took was one ultrasound image to change all of our plans. I was part of a research team from the University of Saskatchewan’s Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) investigating how llamas ovulate. The season was just gearing up and we were doing the usual reproductive function exams […]

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Veterinary researchers seek clues to more effective treatment for deadly dog disease

Nolan Chalifoux, New Science Communicator Taking your adorable new puppy to play at the dog park: priceless. Potential cost of not fully vaccinating your puppy first: several days in the veterinary hospital, thousands of dollars in intensive-care fees… and still no guarantee your puppy will survive. Many new pet owners face this shocking and unfortunate […]

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Cannabis is NOT a dog’s best friend

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Ainslie Butler, Health, Medicine and Veterinary Sciences editor Now that cannabis has been legalized, Canadians don’t have to hide their stash. But dog owners need to be aware of the dangers that cannabis can pose to their pooches. Research shows that dogs are more sensitive to cannabis than humans. Specifically, dogs are harmed by delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol […]

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Multi-talented organisms: How seaweeds can affect our daily lives

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Samanta Hoffmann, Nature Conservancy of Canada Seaweeds, a type of macro-algae (a group that includes benthic [attached to the bottom] marine algae that are typically visible to the naked eye), provide hope for a more sustainable future, through healthier food, renewable energy and fewer plastics. Over the last few years, not only have scientists developed […]

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People’s Choice Award: Speaking with Stephen Heard, the mind behind Scientist Sees Squirrel

Connie Tang, Chemistry co-editor   Stephen Heard is a professor of environmental ecology at the University of New Brunswick, although you may know him as Steve, the author of the science blog Scientist Sees Squirrel, which is this year’s winner for the Science Borealis and Science Writers and Communicators of Canada (SWCC) People’s Choice Award for […]

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