Three lessons about nature from your old Christmas tree

Dan Kraus, Nature Conservancy of Canada, guest contributor People living in the Northern Hemisphere have brought trees and boughs into their homes during the winter for thousands of years. The evergreens that we decorate with during Christmas can represent a celebration of holidays and a reminder that spring will come again. I’m a Christmas tree […]

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A walk in the park? Teaching kids to think like scientists

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Katrina Vera Wong, Multimedia co-editor When I was 14, I was asked to mix some chemicals together for an exam. The result was a beaker full of dazzling, golden glitter. Until then, chemistry had been an interesting but purely academic subject. But once I saw that first sparkle, I appreciated it on a deeper level. […]

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Who’s there when disaster strikes in Canada?

By Josh Silberg, Policy and Politics Editor Be prepared. Between scouts and the Lion King, this motto was heavily emphasized during my younger years. And yet, “make earthquake emergency kit” has remained unchecked on my to-do list for months. Since I live on a major fault line, my former scout leader—my dad—would not be pleased. My […]

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Canadian Science and Art Mix It Up in the Annual #SciArt Tweet Storm

By Liz Martin-Silverstone, Multimedia Editor & Outreach Team If you have been watching the Science Borealis Twitter stream for the last few days you may have wondered what this #SciArt tweet storm was all about. The group over at Scientific American’s Symbiartic  started the #SciArt tweet storm last year, in hopes of connecting scientific artists […]

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Why is there error in statistics?

By Auriel M.V. Fournier and Andrew MacDonald Math and Statistics Editors A common misconception is that statistics can make precise predictions about future events. But most of the time there is error associated with a prediction; that is, the prediction falls within a range of values. For instance a meteorologist might predict that Quebec City […]

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