From Our Own Borealis Blog

How a privately funded space mission sent an archive of human history to the Moon

Sri R. Chauduri, Technology & Engineering Editor Back in August, the world was buzzing with news that thousands of tardigrades, resilient micro-animals often referred to as water bears or moss piglets, had crash-landed on the Moon. But were these ancient Earthlings even supposed to leave our planet and, if not, how did this happen? Until […]

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You’ve finished your PhD – What comes next?

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Maria Giammarco, Science in Society Editor In 2011, the most recent year Statistics Canada collected national statistics on academic employment, aspiring academics faced a dire situation: just under 20% of PhD graduates in Canada worked as university professors. Given all the information available by now on the mismatch between education level and quality of jobs, […]

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Canada’s contributions to the next great space telescope

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Ryan Marciniak, Physics and Astronomy Editor With the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing behind us, it’s important to look toward the future of space exploration. From the science side, the anticipation couldn’t be higher for the instrument that will replace and improve upon the Hubble Space Telescope. Named for the man who was […]

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Wild cats of Canada

photo by Mike Dembeck

Adam Hunter, Nature Conservancy of Canada In honour of International Cat Day, an occasion started by the International Fund for Animal Welfare in 2002 and held earlier this month on August 8, learn about the three wild cat species found in Canada. Bobcat The smallest of Canada’s three wild cat species, the bobcat got its […]

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To mathematical infinity and beyond: The why and how of virtual reality in Canadian classrooms

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Jasleen Grewal, Communications, Education and Outreach co-editor “Melissa Kaplan begins her junior high school day on 4/4/2020 by rolling out of bed and donning her Ultralite TM glasses and gloves. […] she picks up a virtual microscope and dissection instrument […]. A little squeamish, Melissa needs some reassurance and instructions from her Virtual Teacher before […]

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