Why do we (dis)trust? A look at the science of credibility – ScienceBorealis.ca Blog

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This week, we are highlighting a 2021 post by former Science Borealis author Alice Fleerackers. Written at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, this fascinating read explores how and why we choose which sources of information we trust – and which we don’t. By Alice Fleerackers, Science in Society editor Source: Why do we (dis)trust? […]

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COVID-19 wastewater surveillance in Canada

By Qiaochu Liang, Biology & Life Sciences co-editor Although COVID-related restrictions have eased and the social activities of Canadians have resumed, the pandemic persists, especially with the emergence of SARS-CoV-2 variants. As information gathered from individual testing has decreased, Canadian health authorities have adopted a more effective approach for keeping track of the presence and […]

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Why does getting enough sleep matter?

By Dorottya Harangi, Health, Medicine & Veterinary Science co-editor When I was at university, I had friends who pulled all-nighters before every exam. As someone who loves her sleep and would never dream of skipping a night of rest, it was such a foreign concept to me. What are the consequences of being sleep-deprived and […]

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Planting the seed for the future of vaccine development

By Amanda Scanga, guest contributor One consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic is the accelerated development of new vaccines. Researchers quickly created, tested, manufactured and administered new vaccines, most of them based on messenger RNA (mRNA). mRNA is a knowledge base that has been in development for decades. Many people remain hesitant to get vaccinated for […]

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Low income increases the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic


by Christine Thou, Environmental Sciences editor It’s no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has drastically shifted how Canadians live their lives. Arguably, no one has felt this as keenly as low-income individuals. Their struggles to access important resources and meet financial commitments expose them to stress stimuli that make enduring the pandemic more difficult. Overall, […]

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