Science and Technology

COMMENTARY: ‘CRISPR babies’: What does this mean for science and Canada?

Published: 28Jan2019

In the wake of the announcement in China last November of the first ‘CRISPR babies’, Prof. Bartha Knoppers and researcher Erika Kleiderman from McGill’s Centre of Genomics and Policy (CGP) have...

Men and women remember pain differently

Published: 10Jan2019

Scientists increasingly believe that one of the driving forces in chronic pain—the number one health problem in both prevalence and burden—appears to be the memory of earlier pain. Research...

Evolution, illustrated

Published: 1Feb2019

What do you get when you put together several tons of steel plates, hundreds of mice, a few evolutionary and molecular biologists and a tiny Nebraska town near the South Dakota border?...

A more sustainable way to refine metals

Published: 7Jun2017

A team of chemists in Canada has developed a way to process metals without using toxic solvents and reagents. The system, which also consumes far less energy than conventional techniques, could...

Nuclear pasta, the hardest known substance in the universe

Published: 18Sep2018

A team of scientists has calculated the strength of the material deep inside the crust of neutron stars and found it to be the strongest known material in the universe....

Carbon reserves in Central American soils still affected by ancient Mayan deforestation

Published: 20Aug2018

Deforestation is suspected to have contributed to the mysterious collapse of Mayan civilization more than 1,000 years ago. A new study shows that the forest-clearing also decimated carbon...

“Citizen Science” field observations yield updated predicted distributions for rare species

Published: 8Aug2018

Online “citizen science” data initiatives may be able to help map the distribution of rare species in the wild, according to a study published August 8 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Yifu...

Billion-year-old lake deposit yields clues to Earth’s ancient biosphere

Published: 18Jul2018

A sample of ancient oxygen, teased out of a 1.4 billion-year-old evaporative lake deposit in Ontario, provides fresh evidence of what the Earth’s atmosphere and biosphere were like during the...

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