Chief Science Advisor: A step towards ensuring a voice for science

Stephanne Taylor, Physics & Astronomy co-editor On Monday, Dec. 5, the Minister of Science, the Honorable Kirsty Duncan announced the search for the Chief Science Advisor (CSA) for Canada.  The announcement has been a long time coming — Prime Minister Trudeau promised to create a Chief Science Officer post as part of the Liberal platform for […]

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New astronauts for an evolving space program

Stephanne Taylor, Physics & Astronomy co-editor The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is in the process of selecting its fourth class of Canadian astronauts from over 3700 applicants from across the country. Canada has been on the leading edge of aerospace engineering for decades, and Canadian astronauts and technology have played critical roles in international missions […]

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Ursula Franklin: 1921–2016

Stephanne Taylor, Physics & Astronomy co-editor Ursula Franklin held many titles, including physicist, activist, trailblazer, pacifist, feminist, Fellow of the Royal Society, member of the Order of Ontario, and Companion of the Order of Canada. Her cross-disciplinary work spans decades and departments, and she carved a path for both herself and other women through the […]

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A New Wave of Astronomy

By Stephanne Taylor, Physics & Astronomy Editor Just over two weeks ago, physicists at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, or LIGO, announced that they had, for the first time, directly observed a gravitational wave, dubbed GW150914. The physics community promptly exploded in giddy excitement. The first directly detected gravitational wave. Figure 1 from Observation of […]

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