Superhydrophobicity, from leaf to lab

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Esme Symons, Technology & Engineering editor When we’re outside in the rain, we use raincoats and umbrellas to keep us dry. They are made of  waterproof materials that have surface chemistries that are unfriendly to water. It takes less energy for the water molecules to be attracted to each than to the waterproof surface, so […]

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The psychology of healthcare wearables

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Smruthi Venkateshan, guest contributor, in collaboration with the Science Borealis Blog editors The wearable technology industry is projected to grow to $54 billion USD by 2023, with a compound annual growth rate of 19 per cent, according to Global Data forecasts. A subset of the wearable technology industry is known as healthcare wearables. These fall […]

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Data-sharing in the time of COVID-19

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Katie Compton, Policy and Politics editor As the COVID-19 pandemic has upended our lives, we’ve all become health-data seekers. Each day, we scan our newsfeeds for information about whether we’re flattening the curve, wonder what the #NewNormal will look like, and search hopefully for any news about treatments or vaccines. Answering the questions foremost on […]

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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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Flashback to some quirky science stories from the last decade

Jasleen Grewal, Communication, Education and Outreach editor This decade is undeniably off to a scary start, what with the Australian bushfires, the Persian Gulf crisis escalation, and now, the COVID-19 pandemic. We thought it would be a nice break from current events to look back at the last decade and collate some of the popular […]

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