Ask a Scientist: Greenhouse Gases
I have always wondered why greenhouse gases from natural sources like rotting vegetation and ruminant animals are seen as contributing to global warming when they are just cycling carbon that is already in the system. It seems to me that the carbon in petroleum is more of a problem because it is being brought back into the ecosystem after being locked away for millions of years and that is where the excess carbon comes from. Is this so or not?
Harper Government Invests in New Surveillance System to Document Canadian Honey Bee Health
July 15, 2014 - Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz today announced an investment of $1 million to the Beekeepers Commission of Alberta to initiate a four-year-nation-wide surveillance project to document the health profile of honey bee colonies in Canada. The aim of the project is to record the nature, extent and prevalence of diseases, pest organisms and chemical residues in Canadian apiaries.
Harper Government opens Asian Carp Science Lab
July 7, 2014 - State-of-the-art facility joins fight to prevent Asian Carp from entering the Great Lakes
Government of Canada supports over 3,500 science and engineering researchers, students in Canada
June 26, 2014 - New grants and scholarships will drive scientific discovery; create jobs and prosperity for Canadians
Seizing on the potential of new technologies can move Canada toward a sustainable future
June 17th, 2014 – A new expert panel report, Enabling Sustainability in an Interconnected World outlines the opportunities to achieve sustainability through information and communication technologies (ICTs) but cautions that Canada is a long way from realizing their full potential. The report, released today by the Council of Canadian Academies, finds Canada at a crossroads.
Ask a Scientist: Diabetes
I have two questions regarding diabetes, since my friend was just diagnosed with type 1 a couple months ago. 1. What problems are created by using the lancet to collect blood (if there are any), especially in developing countries like Africa and India 2. Are there any technologies/research teams that have discovered a way to measure blood glucose levels without penetrating the skin to collect blood?
Open Access Consultation Results Now Available
June 9, 2014 – Last fall, NSERC and SSHRC held an online consultation on a draft Tri-Agency Open Access Policy. We received 201 submissions from various individuals and groups from the research community, scholarly associations, non-governmental organizations, publishers and journals. A summary of the consultation findings is now available. We would like to thank everyone who provided their feedback. It will be instrumental in shaping the new policy and its implementation. The Agencies anticipate announcing the final version of the Open Access policy in fall 2014.
Boosting diamond mining in Canada’s north
June 3, 2014 - Geochemist Graham Pearson reveals the science behind prospecting for this precious resource.
Ask a Scientist: Motion in a vacuum
In a vacuum, if the applied force and the frictional force on an object is the same will the object keep moving for ever?
Dextre becomes the first robot to repair itself in space
May 22, 2014 - Over the next 7 days, Dextre, the Canadian Space Agency's (CSA) robotic handyman aboard the International Space Station (ISS), will perform the first robotic self-repair in space. Dextre will replace two cameras on Canadarm2 and the mobile base, which together form the three main components of Canada's Mobile Servicing System. The operations, including preparation and replacement of the cameras, can be followed live on Twitter and Ustream. They will take place between May 22-29, with the main work scheduled for May 23 and May 27.
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