In storage: The story of seven instruments no longer instrumental

Hayley Rose Reekie, New Science Communicator In a world of ever-evolving technology, scientific equipment constantly becomes outdated. Universities regularly exile old research equipment to storage rooms and then forgot about it. I recently set out on a mission to find some of these relics and to discover their stories. Here are the stories of seven forgotten […]

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Treating mental health virtually

Del Ingvaldson, New Science Communicator Mental health issues are of increasing importance in today’s society. According to Statistics Canada, 11.3 per cent of Canadians suffer from depression. Researchers have found that university students are among those at the highest risk, with approximately 15.6 per cent of undergraduate students suffering from depression or anxiety disorder. Mental […]

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Adapting to change: The challenge of HIV vaccine development

by Emerson Gaglardi, New Science Communicator In 2016, 36.7 million people around the world were living with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) infections. To put this in perspective, that is about the same as the current population of Canada. Without treatment, HIV dramatically reduces the number of infection-fighting white blood cells over a period of about […]

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Did Vancouver Island travel north from Mexico 100 million years ago?

by Miranda Walters, New Science Communicator Imagine what life was like in Canada 100 years ago: World War I was being fought by Canadian soldiers in Europe, inventions like the telephone were becoming more common household items, and the television was in the process of being invented. Now, imagine what life was like in Canada […]

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Method to the madness: Validating spooky action using starlight

By Kaitlin Williams, for the second season of the New Science Communicator series. Two quantum particles in an initial entangled state fly hundreds of thousands of meters apart. A measurement is taken on the first particle, and immediately, the knowledge of the first particle’s measurement has influenced the value of the second particle. This surreal […]

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