Science and Technology

Creating New Energy Through Old Sources

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A town in Alberta is hoping to create new energy sources from abandoned oil and gas wells that surround the area. Hinton, is located west of Edmonton on the edge of the Rocky Mountains, their plan is to be Canada's first to install a geothermal heating system in its downtown.

Genetically-modified Salmon Plant Environmental Assessment Flawed

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                The news article I chose (Yarr, 2017) had two purposes to it; the first was to inform the public about the questionable actions of the salmon producing company AquaBounty where they hadn't followed proper procedure with environmental assessments to make process of approval for their new facility easier. The second purpose was to inform the public on how the government dealt with the conflict and repercussions placed on the company. The main parties involved were the Coalition for the Protection of P.E.I.

Our Culture of Convenience and its effect on the Health of Kids

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In our modern times, society has strived to develop more and more technology designed to simplify our lives. In Canada, a highly visible negative consequence of this pursuit of convenience is the drastic reduction in the amount of physical activity in which citizen take part in, especially in the kids of the newest generation. This includes all manners of their lives, whether that be in gym class, on the playground, while travelling to and from school; physical activity in general has been replaced by a more efficient or more attractive medium.

New Zealand on the Hunt for a Veritable “Pied Piper”

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On May 11, 2017, an article in the Toronto Star by Nick Perry outlined New Zealand’s ambitious goal to eradicate the country’s invasive rodents in a massive conservation effort to protect unique bird species. Perry writes that a passionate speech by leading scientist Sir Paul Callaghan rallied national pride in New Zealand’s bird diversity and created momentum for his dream of exterminating all invasive rats, opossums, and stoats that endanger many of New Zealand’s native bird species.

Drone, Drone Bring Me Some Drugs

 

(Photo Illustration: Diana Quach) 

Forest diseases and pest infections

Balance is what keeps the earth together. As David Suzuki said, our survival is based on an interaction, an equilibrium, between air, water, land and the living. However, for the past decades, climate change started to disturb this natural balance and causing impacts on every aspect of one’s life. For instance, forests have been big victims of those impacts. In fact, for many years, Canadian forests have been living in harmony with the forest pathogens, each one having a positive impact on the other.

Climate Denial in Canadian Politics

Matthew Hill

Umrick Singh

Luka Guenette Larocque

Climate Denial in Canadian Politics

 

An Anti-Age Solution

 

Everything that lived will always died, this concept of life has always been deeply anchored in our mind. Without questioning what is the purpose of our life, we lived knowing that we will be burry 6 feet under ground, one day. But if I told you this common knowledge may not exist in the future.

Review on the "Biological Warfare in Syria: The Silent Weapon" article.

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When we think about biology, we automatically link it to life; to living beings, evolution, genetics and we realize how much complex and interesting life can be. However, there is branches of biology which are rarely discussed like the use of biology for the human interest. Biology is for sure fascinating but with the technological advances this science has been transformed to a dangerous weapon. Effectively, a new kind of war could possibly occur in the near future: The Biological Warfare.

Everything you need to know about species conservation

           The Society for Conservation Biology has published a very nice article that goes through every relevant aspect of species conservation. This article will lead you through the basic concepts of what is conservation of the biodiversity, why it is important and how it can be achieved. It also shows using statistics some background information to argue that the problem the planet faces with the loss of species is natural, but that it is greatly enhanced by human behaviour. They explain how that is and when it happened without omitting what are the causes.