Rethinking rights of way landscapes to benefit important pollinator species

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Silvie Harder, Policy & Politics editor My kids lie quietly on their bellies in the grass. They are watching a monarch butterfly flutter from flower to flower, daintily sipping the nectar with its straw-like proboscis. Watching its breezy movements in a backyard garden in Montreal, you could forget the herculean journey from the oyamel fir […]

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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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The pandemic we’re not talking about: What’s going on with honeybees?

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Jenna Finley, Biology and Life Sciences editor Over the last few months, humanity has been grappling with COVID-19 and trying to reduce the spread of this devastating virus. But we aren’t the only ones dealing with a deadly pandemic. For the past 20 years, wild and domestic honeybees have been suffering from the effects of […]

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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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When the cat’s away: Wildlife’s response to human self-isolation due to the pandemic

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Alina C. Fisher and Tanya Samman, Environmental and Earth Sciences co-editors Currently, self-isolation is the norm for people all over the world as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. While you’ve been staying home, you’ve been justifiably worried about the health of your family and friends, your career, and the economic impacts of the pandemic, […]

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