DIY Biology: From Basement to Biolab
June 13, 2016 - When you think “Do-it-Yourself” (DIY), you probably think about home renovations, or car repair, or that time your dad tried to fix the leaky kitchen sink and ended up ankle-deep in water while your mom called the plumber. What you probably don’t think is “DIY biology”. Yet, it’s a thing. A very big thing, and it’s growing fast.
Learn about Zika virus, its causes, symptoms, risks, treatment and prevention. Also find information on surveillance and guidance for health professionals.
Minister of Science: New Science Advisor will be the key to evidence-based policy
May 6, 2016 - A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of joining Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on stage when he gave his take on quantum computing. It was an unscheduled science lesson that triggered a wave of applause from the young researchers in front of us at the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo. The internet lit up. I hope the next nine days will be packed full of spectacular science moments as we begin Science Odyssey, a national celebration of Canada's contributions to science and technology. Beyond the events and festivities, however, the week affords us the opportunity to examine our nation's approach to science and research. Canadians have told us they want to see more openness in federal science and they want assurances that science is taken into account when decisions are made. The transparent communication of science and evidence-based policy making are among our government's top priorities. That's why I was tasked in my mandate letter to establish a Chief Science Officer position, which will be key to making that commitment a reality.
Canadian and U.S. officials work together to improve cross-border communications for emergency response
April 28, 2016 – Canada and the United States came together from April 26 to 28, 2016 to assess technologies that can help their respective emergency management officials and responders communicate and exchange information more efficiently during an emergency situation touching both sides of the border. The experiment provided key insights to inform future investments in cross-border communications technologies and the results will be documented in a joint Canada-U.S. after action report.
Government of Canada launches interactive website on clean growth and climate change
April 21, 2016 - A new engagement tool to allow Canadians to share their ideas and solutions on climate change.
Charting Canada's Waters: Government of Canada to Build Seven New Hydrographic Survey Vessels
April 21, 2016 - The Honourable Hunter Tootoo, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, today announced the winning bid for the procurement of seven new survey vessels for the Canadian Hydrographic Service to support the seabed surveying and charting of Canada’s navigable waters.
Government of Canada conducts train derailment exercise to improve collaboration and response capabilities
March 12, 2016 – On March 12 and 13, 2016, Transport Canada and Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC), an agency of the Department of National Defence (DND), will conduct Exercise Vulcan to improve Canada’s response capabilities in the event of an incident involving a train carrying flammable liquids, such as crude oil.
Funding Now Available! Natural Resources Canada’s Science and Technology Internship Program
Are you (or do you know of) an organization, business, university or community college that could benefit from funding to support an internship in the area of natural sciences? Looking for practical experience to support your career development in the natural sciences? The Science and Technology Internship Program (STIP) provides funding to organizations, businesses and institutions to support youth in the natural sciences to gain relevant and meaningful work experience within their field of study. Since 1997, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) has been contributing to approximately 50 to 60 internships annually to assist youth find valuable work experience.
Minister of Science Wraps Up Visit to AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.
February 12, 2016 – Canada's Minister of Science, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, was in Washington, D.C., this week, where she met with important science officials of the United States and moderated a panel discussion on Arctic research and international collaboration. She also participated in the Governor General's round table, meeting with Canadian innovators and education leaders based in the D.C. area.
Canada's Greenhouse Gas Emissions Projections in 2020 and 2030
January 29, 2016 - Canada’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions projections in 2020 and 2030 (figure below) will be part of Canada’s Second Biennial Report on Climate Change that will be submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Environment and Climate Change Canada is currently finalizing the report with the provinces and territories.
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Research has shown that a combination of good nutrition and physical activity can actually help prevent or postpone type 2 diabetes.
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