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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How ocean acidification might affect your next meal

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Elizabeth Benner, Health, Medicine and Veterinary Sciences editor As patio season approaches, people are anticipating their first meals in the warm sun. Raw oysters, grilled salmon steak, or creamy seafood linguine are just a few of the tasty dishes Toronto restaurants may serve. These examples all featurefish and seafood ingredients that form part of a […]

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How do you solve a problem like migration?

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Catherine Dale, Science Borealis Blog editor and New Science Communicators Program Manager I can feel the rapid thrumming of the bluebird’s heart against my palm as I carefully manoeuvre its foot into position over a tiny Ziploc bag. I pick up my nail scissors and take a deep breath to steady my hand. I will […]

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