Radiation on Canada’s west coast: What’s the risk?

Stephanne Taylor and Jared Stang, Physics & Astronomy co-editors In 2011, a massive earthquake struck the east coast of Japan. Both the earthquake itself – and the tsunami that followed – left a wake of destruction, most famously at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Three reactor cores were damaged and began to leak radiation and […]

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Physics and astronomy hit the mainstream: Cosmos reboot

Cosmos: When knowledge conquered fear (Photo Credit: Cosmos photo gallery)

by Stephanne Taylor Physics & Astronomy subject editor Did you watch Cosmos on Sunday? The reboot of Carl Sagan’s 1980 classic hosted by Neil de Grasse Tyson has proven to be enormously popular, drawing millions of viewers every Sunday night. Last Sunday’s episode was the second to last, and the finale airs next week. The […]

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Virtual road trip: Exploring Canada’s major physics labs

Stephanne Taylor, Physics & Astronomy co-editor Collaboration is the backbone of science: without it, the boundaries of scientific knowledge would remain fairly narrow, with various areas of science remaining isolated and unable to transfer ideas back and forth. Like most scientific pursuits, physics is highly collaborative – especially here in Canada. While the United States established […]

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