On first looking into the Large Hadron Collider


by Jamieson Findlay, guest contributor The European home for big-horizon science is, fittingly, surrounded by an impressive mountainscape. To the north is the Swiss range of the Jura Mountains; to the south, the French Alps. On a clear day, you can see the radiant face of Mont Blanc, Europe’s highest peak, beckoning to tourists and […]

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Link between traffic and dementia points to urban planning challenges ahead

Ainslie Butler and Lindsay Jolivet, Health, Medicine & Veterinary co-editors Growing up across the street from the Queen Elizabeth Way, a busy highway outside of Toronto, Ainslie Butler’s mother often worried that the noise and pollution would affect her family’s health. Highway dust, as her family called it, left its grungy mark on their patio […]

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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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Highlights from the 2016 Canadian Society of Microbiologists conference

By Betty Zou What do the scientific breakthrough of the year, fecal transplants and pea plants have in common? Microbes! The newest research in these and many other areas was showcased recently at the 66th Canadian Society of Microbiologists (CSM) annual conference, which took place at the University of Toronto on June 12 to 15, […]

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Science Rendezvous: Interactive Science Fun!


by Bertha Chan, Science Rendezvous 2016 Marketing Coordinator Science Rendezvous began in 2008 as a joint program between the University of Toronto, Ryerson University, York University, and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Since then, it has grown into the largest annual Canada-wide science festival, suitable for all ages and interests. In 2015, more […]

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