Jaspreet Sanghera: Playing the “why” game as Science Borealis’s Biology & Life Sciences editor

From childhood, Jaspreet’s most delightful memory is playing the “why” game – asking the adults around her a series of “why” questions until they had run out of answers. Fortunately, her mentors and teachers always indulged her curiosity. She found that the “why” game could go on and on when it came to questions about […]

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Life on the extreme edge: Microbes in astrobiology

image by Nada Salem

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

green leaves_natural energy producers

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

Photo by Peter Prokosch, CC BY-NC-SA2.0

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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