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LU Let's Talk getting students 'AMP'-ed for science
May 10, 2014

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.That’s what the occasional Friday morning of a Laurentian University Let’s...

Survival of the nicest
November 06, 2013

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...

The dark truth about indoor tanning
March 20, 2013

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,...

Putting the feather in the fossil - Grace Hunter
March 14, 2013

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,...

Putting the feather in the fossil
March 06, 2013

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...

Face transplants: Real life science fiction
January 31, 2013

By Teresa Branch-SmithEight years after Nicolas Cage changed his identity with a face transplant in the 1997 movie Face Off, life began to imitate art. The results are truly remarkable...

The unforgettable science of building memories
January 30, 2013

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...

Like something out of a horror movie
January 04, 2013

“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.Three Ministry of Natural Resources biologists didn’t...

Don’t get your taus in a tangle
December 18, 2012

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...

No two snowflakes are the same - or are they?
December 05, 2012

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,...

What’s in a name?
November 21, 2012

What do David Bowie, Spongebob Squarepants and the Eye of Sauron from the Lord of the Rings have in common?Weird though it may seem, all three had the honour —...

Living in space can be a drag - Erica Sawula
October 25, 2012

You’ve grown by the height of a coffee cup, your face is puffed, your heart is shrinking and yet you’re exercising for more than two hours a day! Who are...

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