Treasure island: The rare gemstones of Baffin Island

Photo by Peter Prokosch, CC BY-NC-SA2.0

Joanie Tian, Chemistry editor   Nowdluk Aqpik of Kimmirut, Baffin Island was riding in an ATV one afternoon when he spotted a blue gleam out of the corner of his eye. He stopped the vehicle, got out, and examined a rock. He went home and told his brother, Seemeega Aqpik, about his find. They got the rocks […]

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Joanie Tian, Chemistry editor

Joanie, a B.Sc. candidate studying biomedical science, became a Science Borealis Chemistry editor early in 2020. She spends her spare time volunteering, writing, or volunteering to write for different non-profit organizations. This includes work supporting those with developmental disabilities, environmental sustainability work, and being a chemistry subject editor for Science Borealis. Outside of that, you […]

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To fingerprint or not to fingerprint? That is the question

Chantal Mustoe, Chemistry co-editor In October 2013, in the case of Regina v. Bornyk, a man was arrested, tried and acquitted of breaking and entering in Surrey, British Columbia. The judge assessed the fingerprint evidence himself and dismissed it due to “unexplained discrepancies” and possible effects of “institutional bias” in fingerprinting and the “subjective certainty” of the […]

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Ethanol: A cocktail drink and a clean and sustainable fuel for your car

Sunitha Chari, Biology & Life Sciences co-editor While horse-drawn carriages are a quaint reminder of Victorian England, the internal combustion engine that powers our automobiles is one of the most significant inventions of the 19th century. There are approximately 34 million motor vehicles in Canada. While some are public or shared transport, it is not uncommon […]

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