Visualising the invisible: Cool tools that reveal chemistry’s hidden secrets

Chantal Mustoe, Chemistry co-editor Featuring science cartoonist Armin Mortazavi Take a moment to imagine a scientist in a chemistry lab. Perhaps they sport a white lab coat, protective glasses, and gloves. Around them, strangely shaped glassware contains different coloured liquids alternately fizzling, glowing and smoking. You hear a whoosh as the hissing gas in a […]

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It’s complicated, honey: Bees vs… bees

Kevin Van Tighem, Nature Conservancy of Canada Spring draws nigh: the season of the birds and the bees. Birdsong is a welcome gift, but where would we be without bees? Their obsessive quest for pollen and nectar keeps much of Alberta’s native flora alive. There would be fewer willows, flowers and garden crops without pollinator insects […]

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If you don’t talk to your cat about catnip, who will?

Photo by Ainslie Butler.

Ainslie Butler, Health, Medicine & Veterinary Sciences editor   Is your cat a catnip user? Should you be worried about Princess Fuzzbottom’s drug use? What is catnip? It’s the common name of Nepeta cataria, a plant in the mint family that grows wild in many regions, including Canada. Domestic cats generally encounter dried catnip as […]

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La science se cachant derrière le sirop d’érable

M. Rehemtulla - CC BY-SA 3.0

Par Chantal Mustoe, co-éditrice, Chimie Février tire à sa fin et partout au pays, les érables seront bientôt entaillés afin de recueillir leur sève sucrée. Étape 1 : Percer un petit trou. Étape 2 : Insérer un chalumeau. Étape 3 : Enfoncer légèrement le chalumeau à l’aide d’un marteau. Étape 4 : Suspendre une chaudière sur le chalumeau et […]

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