From Our Own Borealis Blog

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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Llama drama: Research into the mechanics of llama ovulation reveals a rare tumour

Kylie Hutt, New Science Communicator All it took was one ultrasound image to change all of our plans. I was part of a research team from the University of Saskatchewan’s Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) investigating how llamas ovulate. The season was just gearing up and we were doing the usual reproductive-function exams on […]

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Veterinary researchers seek clues to more effective treatment for deadly dog disease

Nolan Chalifoux, New Science Communicator Taking your adorable new puppy to play at the dog park: priceless. Potential cost of not fully vaccinating your puppy first: several days in the veterinary hospital, thousands of dollars in intensive-care fees… and still no guarantee your puppy will survive. Many new pet owners face this shocking and unfortunate […]

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Lessons learned at the Canadian Science Policy Conference 2018

Stefanie Novakowski, guest contributor From November 7 to 9, government researchers, policy-makers, academics, entrepreneurs, and science communicators met at the 10th annual Canadian Science Policy Conference in Ottawa, ON. This was an opportunity to share and discuss the major challenges and successes in Canada’s science policy landscape. Highlights of the event included talks by the Honourable […]

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Cannabis is NOT a dog’s best friend

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Ainslie Butler, Health, Medicine and Veterinary Sciences editor Now that cannabis has been legalized, Canadians don’t have to hide their stash. But dog owners need to be aware of the dangers that cannabis can pose to their pooches. Research shows that dogs are more sensitive to cannabis than humans. Specifically, dogs are harmed by delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol […]

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