Old science learns new tricks—applications of new technology in the geosciences

By Tanya Samman, Earth and Environmental Science Co-editor In recent years, many areas of the geosciences, including palaeontology, have adopted cutting edge technology and techniques—sometimes in unexpected ways. There are lots of potential applications! Today I’m describing three examples: mapping fossil sites; obtaining soft tissue information from fossils; and armchair geoscience. The first two illustrate […]

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Eight Ways Statistics Canada Goes Beyond the Census

By Mika McKinnon, Math & Statistics Editor Canadians love numbers. We mourned the loss of the long-form census, and celebrated its return by filling it out in record-breaking numbers. But Statistics Canada does a lot more than just the census. Here are eight more ways numbers tell stories about life in Canada.   Spotting migration […]

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“Lies, damn lies, and statistics” (and math)

by Robert Aboukhalil Math & Statistics subject editor Statistics haven’t had it easy ever since Mark Twain’s famous “lies, damned lies and statistics.” But as mathematician Frederick Mosteller would have replied, “while it is easy to lie with statistics, it is even easier to lie without them.” On that note, enjoy my three picks for […]

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