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LU Let's Talk getting students 'AMP'-ed for science

LU Let's Talk getting students 'AMP'-ed for science

Beeeeeep. Beeeeeep. Beeeeeep. Slap. Snooze? No time. It’s early Friday morning and time to wake up. And not 8:30 a.m.-class early, even earlier.

Survival of the nicest

In this brief lull between taking down ghoulish Halloween decorations and putting up cheery Christmas lights, let’s take a moment to wonder — why? Why give candy to each child who knocks? Why buy presents for friends and family, including every last
The dark truth about indoor tanning

The dark truth about indoor tanning

By Erica Sawula Would you purposely expose yourself to arsenic, radium or asbestos, knowing that all of these substances cause cancer? Indoor tanning beds are just as likely to cause cancer, yet more than a million Canadians visit tanning salons ever

Putting the feather in the fossil - Grace Hunter

Picture an animal about the size of a crow, that walks on two legs, and is covered in black, shiny plumage. Long, aerodynamic plumes cover the animal’s arms and legs, giving it, in effect, two sets of wings.

Putting the feather in the fossil

By Grace Hunter Picture an animal about the size of a crow, that walks on two legs, and is covered in black, shiny plumage. Long, aerodynamic plumes cover the animal's arms and legs, giving it two sets of wings.
Face transplants: Real life science fiction

Face transplants: Real life science fiction

By Teresa Branch-Smith Eight years after Nicolas Cage changed his identity with a face transplant in the 1997 movie Face Off, life began to imitate art.
The unforgettable science of building memories

The unforgettable science of building memories

By Lucas Tessaro Cramming for an exam. A long night of last-minute learning. We’ve all been there. Many of us even scraped through the exam, but did we really learn anything? Probably not.
Like something out of a horror movie

Like something out of a horror movie

“It sure had lots of teeth,” said a 12-year-old girl about the 38-centimetre-long fish she caught in the Otonabee river near Peterborough in 1998.

Don’t get your taus in a tangle

Hours after Derek Boogaard was found dead, a researcher from Boston called his parents to ask for the hockey enforcer's brain. Boogaard, a notorious fighter and enforcer, played first for the Minnesota Wild and then the New York Rangers.
No two snowflakes are the same - or are they?

No two snowflakes are the same - or are they?

We all curse it, many enjoy it, but few of us think about it. Snow has been puzzling physicists for generations and if you pay attention to it this winter, you’ll begin to understand why.