Life on the extreme edge: Microbes in astrobiology

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Nada Salem, Chemistry editor Our most resilient organisms, emerging from the coldest reaches of the Earth, are essential avenues of research in astrobiology. They model what life might look like in the harshest corners of the solar system and allow us to test the survival limits of terrestrial life. How do these fascinating organisms help […]

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Nada Salem, Chemistry editor

Nada above the Bow River Valley near Canmore, on Ha Ling Peak

Nada Salem graduated from the University of Calgary with a B.Sc. in Cellular, Molecular & Microbial Biology and minors in Philosophy and Nanoscience. She is fascinated by genetic medicine and the innovation of nanotechnology in diagnostic and drug-delivery methods. Her introduction to SciComm began as a videographer in the Science Ambassador team at the University of […]

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Synthesizing photosynthesis: A new method for turning carbon dioxide into methanol

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Joanie Tian, Chemistry editor Given our ever-increasing demands for energy, it is more imperative than ever to find sustainable energy sources. Traditional methods of burning fossil fuels release greenhouse gases, specifically carbon dioxide, into the atmosphere. Greenhouse gases trap heat in the atmosphere, which leads to rising global temperatures resulting in rising sea levels and […]

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Treasure island: The rare gemstones of Baffin Island

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Joanie Tian, Chemistry editor   Nowdluk Aqpik of Kimmirut, Baffin Island was riding in an ATV one afternoon when he spotted a blue gleam out of the corner of his eye. He stopped the vehicle, got out, and examined a rock. He went home and told his brother, Seemeega Aqpik, about his find. They got the rocks […]

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Dalgona coffee explained: The science behind why instant coffee foams

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Joanie Tian, Chemistry editor Canadians are stuck at home to limit the spread of COVID-19, and more and more of us are spending our time worshiping the gods of social media and following TikTok recipes. In these extraordinary times, Dalgona coffee has become a social media star. For those of you who don’t follow as […]

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