CIHR does an about-face on the value of face-to-face peer review

By Michelle Lavery and Betty Zou, General Science Editors After a peer rebellion among Canadian health researchers, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research has agreed to reinstate face-to-face peer reviews. But what makes face-to-face discussion so vital to the process?   Recent events have sparked concern over the way researchers are awarded government grants. Face-to-face […]

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Highlights from the 2016 Canadian Society of Microbiologists conference

By Betty Zou What do the scientific breakthrough of the year, fecal transplants and pea plants have in common? Microbes! The newest research in these and many other areas was showcased recently at the 66th Canadian Society of Microbiologists (CSM) annual conference, which took place at the University of Toronto on June 12 to 15, […]

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Science on set: science consultants in Hollywood North

By Betty Zou, General Sciences Co-Editor Have you ever watched The Amazing Spiderman and wondered about the physics of a man climbing vertically up a wall? Or maybe you’ve been curious about the chemistry behind homemade crystal methamphetamine as seen on Breaking Bad? Those are the types of questions that occupy the minds of science […]

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