The calming effects of natural soundscapes

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Jaspreet Sanghera, Biology and Life Sciences editor Birds chirping, wind brushing through treetops, the babble of running water—nature’s music is abundant and has long been a source of comfort for humanity. Shakespeare noted the beauty of nature’s sounds in The Tempest: The isle is full of noises, Sounds and sweet airs, that give delight and […]

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The effects of “outdoor” domestic cats on wildlife

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Tanya Samman and Alina Fisher, Environmental and Earth Sciences co-editors Disclaimer: Both Alina and Tanya are fans of both cats and wildlife. This post is not intended to alienate any outdoor cat owners. The intention is to demonstrate the effects these animals have on wildlife. The crime scene You open your door to find a […]

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PalaeoPoems: Literary scicomm gives fossils a second chance at life

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Raymond Nakamura and Katrina Vera Wong, Multimedia editors Monsters of the prime Who tare each other in their slime —Thomas C. Weston, “Untitled,” Reminiscences among the rocks: in connection with the Geological Survey of Canada, 1889 ~ Excavating fossilized dinosaur bones or permineralized leaves is something we expect from a palaeontologist; digging up poems about […]

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Planting cleaner air: Can roadside plants reduce air pollution?

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Katie Compton and Silvie Harder, Policy & Politics editors If you’ve gone shopping for a houseplant recently, you might have noticed that some species, like spider plants and peace lilies, are identified as having air-purifying qualities. This labelling isn’t just empty marketing. A study done by NASA 30 years ago tested the air-purifying capacity of […]

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Bats: COVID-19’s unexpected victim

It remains unclear how or where these transfers between species occurred. Image: Jody Confer, CC0, via Unsplash.

Elizabeth Benner, Biology & Life Sciences editor COVID-19 was the major villain of 2020. But another biological life form received a lot of press, as media speculation centred on bats as the origin of the virus.   Bats and viruses Virus scientists found that SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19, came from a virus in […]

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