Meat glue: The tricky, sticky, and sometimes icky world of food science writing

Chicken-thigh-terrine-bound-with-transglutaminase

Amanda Maxwell, Science Borealis editorial coordinator Writing about science is a great way to explore new subject areas and make cool discoveries. Often, you follow what interests you and get to tell everybody else what’s so fascinating about it. But sometimes, you find out things that aren’t so great. For example, who wants to learn […]

Continue reading


Weeding out invasive plant species once and floral


Photo by Liz West CC BY 2.0

Jenna Finley, Biology & Life Science co-editor  Invasive plants have been a source of frustration to Canadians for decades. These species pose a threat to our environment by “choking out” native plants and decreasing biodiversity, and are a threat to our economy. The federal government estimates that invasive species cost us about $30 billion annually (research, monitoring, management, […]

Continue reading


Something’s fishy: A whirlwind of a problem

by Raechel Bonomo, guest contributor As I spend most of my free time outdoors, I’ve been fortunate enough to see many great examples of Canadian nature. I have watched a family of deer feeding by a stream in Alberta, seen tracks of several elusive mammal species, such as porcupine and white-tailed deer, hiding in the […]

Continue reading


Ajuster la recette de la sécurité alimentaire au Canada

Le système de sécurité alimentaire du Canada devrait empêcher les aliments dangereux de parvenir à nos bouches. Mais est-ce suffisant de partager l’information avec le public? Un expert nous donne son opinion. Ainslie Butler et Lindsay Jolivet, co-éditrices, Santé, médecine et science vétérinaire Des bactéries au plastique, en passant par des noix bien camouflées, la […]

Continue reading


Tweaking the recipe for food safety in Canada

Canada’s food safety system is supposed to keep dangerous food away from our mouths. But is it sharing with the public enough to keep us informed? One expert weighs in. Ainslie Butler and Lindsay Jolivet, Health, Medicine & Veterinary Science co-editors From bacteria to plastic to hidden nuts, the list of contaminants that could be lurking […]

Continue reading