Life on the extreme edge: Microbes in astrobiology

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Nada Salem, Chemistry editor Our most resilient organisms, emerging from the coldest reaches of the Earth, are essential avenues of research in astrobiology. They model what life might look like in the harshest corners of the solar system and allow us to test the survival limits of terrestrial life. How do these fascinating organisms help […]

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Time travel is possible, but it’s a one-way ticket

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Chenoa van den Boogaard, Physics and Astronomy editor The ability to travel through time, whether it is to fix a mistake in the past or gain insight into the future, has long been embraced by science fiction and debated by theoretical physicists. While the debate continues over whether travelling into the past is possible, physicists […]

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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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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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