The Beaver Diaries: how AI unveils Nature’s master builders

By Qiaochu Liang, Biology & Life Sciences co-editor The beaver is a familiar sight to Canadians. Castor canadensis is an official symbol of Canada and appears on many government-related artifacts including the Canadian nickel and the Parks Canada logo. But what do we really know about these amazing creatures? Today, advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI) […]

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UPDATE: The path of totality, 2024

By Kim Morris, Borealis Blog editor On April 8, a total eclipse of the sun will occur over North America. According to Space.com, “a total solar eclipse happens when the moon appears the same size in the sky as the sun, or slightly larger, so fully covers the disk of the sun, giving observers a […]

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DIY time machines: how Canadian researchers use data from unexpected sources to recreate the past

By Catherine Dale, Managing Editor Tracking how human influences are changing the natural world is a common goal of science. However, to determine how something is changing, you need to know what it looked like in the past – and often, no records exist. To fill this gap, scientists sometimes turn to unconventional sources of […]

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The pandemic we’re not talking about: What’s going on with honeybees? – ScienceBorealis.ca Blog

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This week, we are highlighting a 2020 post by Biology & Life Sciences editor Jenna Finlay. Written at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Jenna’s post highlights another, much less well-known epidemic affecting the world’s honeybees. Check out this post to learn about the fungal genus Nosema, and what we know about its effects on […]

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