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Frozen tissue samples at national biodiversity cryobank of canada

Science & Tech

Inside the National Biodiversity Cryobank of Canada, a DNA “library of life”

As its one-year anniversary approaches, the cryobank at the Canadian Museum of Nature is ready to grow its collection of plant and animal tissues

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Icebergs in the Canadian High Arctic

Environment

Microplastics are turning up in Arctic ice

The discovery of microplastics in ice cores from Lancaster Sound highlights plastic pollution’s disturbing reach

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This stunning view from King Creek Ridge, Kananaskis Country, Alberta, tells a story of how fire has changed the mountain landscape. Photo: Mountain Legacy Project.

Environment

Climate change is transforming Canada’s mountains

A new report by Alpine Club of Canada scientists and other experts highlights worrying trends in Canada’s mountain ecosystems

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Coral bleaching at Heron Island in the Great Barrier Reef, February 2016

Environment

Study finds marine heatwaves are becoming more frequent and intense

New Canadian research suggests marine ecosystems are quite literally in hot water as the global climate warms

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Gotsǝ́ mı̨́ “spider web” in sunlight. Photo: Jean Polfus

Environment

What spiders can teach us about ecology

The spider's web is the perfect metaphor for the interconnections between species, people and place

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A bowhead whale in Cumberland Sound, Nunavut

Wildlife

New research offers insight into the skin care routine of bowhead whales

Researchers at the University of British Columbia have found evidence that bowhead whales exfoliate their skin by rubbing against large rocks

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A person in a space suit and helmet stands in front of a rocky, dry landscape on Devon Island

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Now you can virtually explore “Mars on Earth” in Google Street View

A new Google project zeroes in on Canada’s Devon Island, the most Mars-like environment on Earth

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Volcanologists Steve Quane and Alex Wilson get ready to launch a drone to survey a volcanic dam

Science & Tech

What British Columbia’s volcanoes can tell us about climate change past and present

University of British Columbia PhD student Alex Wilson is studying the Garibaldi Volcanic Belt for clues to past climatic shifts

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Courage and Passion: Canadian Women in the Natural Sciences

Science & Tech

Celebrating Canadian women trailblazers in science

Courage and Passion: Canadian Women in the Natural Sciences aims to inspire young women to pursue careers in science

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Shelley Ball with a chinstrap penguin in Antarctica

Science & Tech

How the Homeward Bound expedition program is empowering women in science

As a biologist and photographer, I had long hoped to visit Antarctica — but this journey was much more than a travel dream fulfilled

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Ladybug from tribe Chrysomelini, as identified by iNaturalist

Science & Tech

Citizen science platform iNaturalist is testing artificial intelligence to help with species identification

Can a computer learn to identify species?

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Environment

A retrogressive thaw slump on Qikiqtaruk-Herschel Island

Environment

The big thaw

Arctic permafrost is thawing. What does that mean for the North — and the rest of us? 

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Wildlife

Inside the mysterious decline of Earth’s insects

Insects are by far the most populous species on the planet, but they seem to be disappearing. Why aren’t more people concerned?

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Exploration

Canadian neuroscientist to embark on Antarctic leadership expedition

Dr. Catherine Sorbara is the sole Canadian participating in Homeward Bound 2018, an annual three-week-long expedition in Antarctica aimed at bolstering women leaders in STEMM

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Canada Science and Technology Museum

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Canada Science and Technology Museum reopens after extensive renovations

After 26 months of construction and $80 million in upgrades, the national science and innovation showcase in Ottawa promises to connect the past and the future

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Professor Marek Michalak and graduate student Wen-An (Jennifer) Wang

Science & Tech

Canadian researchers discover surprising connection between calcium and cholesterol

Findings offer new insights into how cholesterol levels are controlled within the body

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Exploration

How scientists solved the mystery of Mount Logan’s true height

In 1992, a team backed by The Royal Canadian Geographical Society became the first to accurately measure the height of Mount Logan, Canada’s highest peak

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