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Zebra finches choose nest materials based on past experience, new research shows
Zebra finches choose nest materials based on past experience, new research shows
April 21, 2021
When building a nest, previous experience raising chicks will influence the choices birds make, according to a new study by University of Alberta scientists.

UBC chemist helps create new compostable coffee pod
UBC chemist helps create new compostable coffee pod
April 6, 2021
Dr. Zac Hudson believes your morning cup of coffee should be strong and guilt-free.

UCalgary scientists produce new canola type for potentially higher crop yield
UCalgary scientists produce new canola type for potentially higher crop yield
March 23, 2021
Canola is one of Canada’s most important cash crops, but there’s only so much suitable cropland where the plants can be grown.

Nasal spray breakthrough delivers antipsychotic drugs straight to the brain
Nasal spray breakthrough delivers antipsychotic drugs straight to the brain
March 9, 2021
A team of neuroscientists and engineers at McMaster University has created a nasal spray to deliver antipsychotic medication directly to the brain instead of having it pass through the body.

The bright future of infectious diseases testing
The bright future of infectious diseases testing
February 16, 2021
When Dr. Peter Unrau of Simon Fraser University (SFU) decided to shift his academic focus from theoretical physics to molecular biology in 1996, it became abundantly clear to him that ribonucleic acid (RNA) would be an increasingly important molecule in his field.

Coral recovery during a prolonged heatwave offers new hope
Coral recovery during a prolonged heatwave offers new hope
January 14, 2021
University of Victoria biologists have discovered how some corals managed to survive a globally unprecedented heatwave, in a first-ever study that provides new hope for the long-term survival of coral reefs in the face of climate change.