Nicholas J.C. Bauer, new science communicator Birth occurring before 37 weeks of pregnancy is a leading cause of newborn death, disability, and developmental delays in humans. With 15 million babies worldwide â€“ and eight per cent of babies in Canada â€“ born prematurely each year, early birth is associated with massive healthcare costs and […]
Half of the 16 bat species in B.C. are either vulnerable or threatened, and ecologists and farmers alike worry about how the loss of these voracious pest control experts will affect our natural and agricultural systems. Dr. Glenna McGregor, a pathologist at the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative, is investigating….
Kody Beler, new science communicator About 98 out of 100,000 human patients every year suffer from interstitial lung disease, a broad collection of several lung diseases that manifest as inflammation and scarring of lung tissue and a loss of lung function. Because of the invasiveness of the necessary lung biopsy, however, the diseases are often […]
Hannah Reid, New Science Communicator The wet sand squishes beneath my gumboots as I walk along a beach near Tofino, on the western edge of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Last night’s storm has strewn bull kelp and broken shells across the beach. It has also landed a true ocean oddity: a mermaid’s purse. I pick […]
Vanessa Brown, New Science Communicator Our lungs face a never-ending battle. With every breath, we inhale millions of airborne particles, including many that are potentially harmful. Our bodies must be prepared to defend us from these invaders. Most of us are equipped with immune systems comprised of an army of specialized cells for this particular […]