Rethinking rights of way landscapes to benefit important pollinator species

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Silvie Harder, Policy & Politics editor My kids lie quietly on their bellies in the grass. They are watching a monarch butterfly flutter from flower to flower, daintily sipping the nectar with its straw-like proboscis. Watching its breezy movements in a backyard garden in Montreal, you could forget the herculean journey from the oyamel fir […]

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The genesis of Genome Alberta

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Geoff Geddes, for Genome Alberta Tracing your roots is all the rage these days, and if humans can do it, why can’t organizations follow suit? As Genome Alberta continues to evolve, a glimpse of its past may say a lot about where it is today and what the future holds. In the beginning… The history […]

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Synthesizing photosynthesis: A new method for turning carbon dioxide into methanol

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Joanie Tian, Chemistry editor Given our ever-increasing demands for energy, it is more imperative than ever to find sustainable energy sources. Traditional methods of burning fossil fuels release greenhouse gases, specifically carbon dioxide, into the atmosphere. Greenhouse gases trap heat in the atmosphere, which leads to rising global temperatures resulting in rising sea levels and […]

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How does stress make you sick?

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Michael Limmena, Health, Medicine, and Veterinary Science editor Restless nights. Late night snack binges. Pounding headaches. The ticking clock screams every second, increasing my already sky-high level of irritation. I’m very stressed out. Stress is a physiological response to a psychologically or physically challenging situation. Many Canadians are feeling stressed. In 2015, Statistics Canada surveyed […]

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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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