Opinion

Dolly’s Legacy: In Support of Fundamental Research

Every year, Science names one discovery or advancement as the “Breakthrough of the Year.” Sometimes the discovery or advancement contributes to biology or medicine, while other times it tackles questions about physics or outer space. Back in 1997, Science named Dolly the sheep as the Breakthrough of the Year after scientists successfully cloned her, the …

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For the People in the Back: We Need SciComm and We Need it Now!

If only there had been effective science communication, the Canadian government could have issued an early warning about the COVID-19 pandemic to the global community. Part of Canada’s Public Health Agency, the Global Public Health Intelligence Network (GPHIN), is an early detection system designed to catch possible pandemics and issue warnings to help stop the spread of …

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The Intersection of Art & Science: Past, Present, Future

“Art is very important for communicating, because it evokes empathy and feelings of relatability in its audience,” says illustrator and the president of U of T’s Science Communication Club (SCC), Amy Zhang. “Art elicits this sense of awe that science is amazing, and science can be explored and understood by everyone.” So, on #NationalSTEAMDay, let’s …

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How to Brew Your Own Magic Potion (and Learn Some Chemistry on the Side)

Pull out your cauldrons and put on your witch hats, it’s time for some science-based sorcery! Just in time for Halloween, you can pick up some delicious Magic Potion tea from David’s Tea. This whimsical tea blend contains a special ingredient which makes it change from deep blue to purple with a couple drops of …

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Uniting Toronto Science Communicators: U of T Alumni, Students Attend First-Ever SciCommTO Conference

Science communicators from across the GTA gathered in Toronto from February 21–22 at the first ever SciCommTO science communication conference. There, attendees gathered to discuss, argue, challenge, and debate both the state of science communication and its future direction. The event showcased Toronto’s science communication (scicomm) network, and featured journalists, podcasters, artists, and other content …

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