Canadian researchers probe Lyme disease ecology to better understand the dynamics underlying this problematic illness

Brooklyn Bourgeois, new science communicator   A mysterious disease is creeping its way into Saskatchewan, and its diagnosis remains complicated and unstandardized. Lyme disease, a tick-borne bacterial infection, is spreading westwards and northwards into the province of Saskatchewan. The spread is due in part to climate change, which is increasing the range, abundance and activity […]

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On the trail of the B.C. bat mortality mystery

Half of the 16 bat species in B.C. are either vulnerable or threatened, and ecologists and farmers alike worry about how the loss of these voracious pest control experts will affect our natural and agricultural systems. Dr. Glenna McGregor, a pathologist at the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative, is investigating….

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Plastic recycling in Canada

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Esme Symons and Sri Ray-Chauduri, Technology & Engineering editors Plastic items, including single-use plastics, are ubiquitous throughout Canada. When we’re done with a disposable water bottle, many of us will spot a recycling symbol and throw it in a recycling bin, believing we’ve given the material a new lease on life. However, with Canada recycling […]

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Lyme disease: A Canadian context

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Dorottya Harangi, Health, Medicine and Veterinary Sciences editor For my whole life, I’ve had it drilled into me to check for ticks after coming back from a hike or a long day outside. I never really understood why this was a big deal until I got older and learned about Lyme disease. So, what exactly […]

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The future of carbon: capture, storage, sequestration, re-use

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Nada Salem and Zahra Nasser, Chemistry editors The world is on fire. From British Columbia to Greece, the growing effects of climate change have become impossible to ignore. In its latest report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) stated that “it is unequivocal that human influence has warmed the atmosphere, ocean and land.” So, […]

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