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Science North Science Cafés
1 minutes | May 24, 2019
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78 minutes | May 7, 2019
With increased demand for resources, the mining industry continues to search for new deposits, often in new places. These deposits are often much deeper underground than deposits that have historically been mined. However,
88 minutes | May 6, 2019
Cowboy Science: Regulating Research in an Unregulated World
Unfettered experimentation driven by pure curiosity is giving way to a debate over whether to establish “no-go” areas of science—such as using new gene-editing technologies to produce engineered babies,
99 minutes | Apr 1, 2019
Thinking Extinction: Should we try to save all species (and maybe bring some back?)
The current rate of species loss on our planet is alarming, but scientists and conservationists are divided about the best response to this extinction crisis. Is it possible to save all species, and should we even try? What is the value of a species,
96 minutes | Mar 19, 2019
The CSI Effect: What is fact and fiction in forensic science?
TV shows and movies about crime solving have exploded in popularity in recent years, but real-life forensic research is much more complicated, and much more diverse, than what we see on the screen. Is forensic science in the media actually affecting re...
103 minutes | Mar 11, 2019
What's the Perfect Diet?
The beginning of a new year brings with it a flood of new diet and exercise programs promising a new you in the new year. We all want to look better and be healthier, but with this information overload where does one start?
92 minutes | Jan 3, 2019
Science in Canada's North: Who Speaks for Canada's Arctic?
The uncertain future of Canada's Arctic is a matter of pressing public concern, but most Canadians will never experience this changing landscape firsthand. Most of us must rely instead on information sent back to us by researchers,
100 minutes | Jan 2, 2019
Darwin's Legacy: Could we ever see another Darwin?
Charles Darwin's theory of natural selection was so revolutionary that it changed the whole field of natural history and the way we see ourselves. Will we ever see another discovery that shifts our paradigms so dramatically?
99 minutes | Dec 18, 2018
Artificial Intelligence: It's not just for robots anymore
Artificial intelligence (AI) is creeping into our homes and lives and has the potential to change how we live more than any other technology. While artificially intelligent software is able to understand what movies or music you will like or autonomously drive you to work, there are still questions, myths and safety issues with AI that need to be addressed. How is AI improving the safety and efficiency of our every day jobs? How can AI be used in health, politics, and the environment? Will computers take over jobs in the future? How do we ensure that the goals of AI are aligned with our own?
87 minutes | Dec 18, 2018
Are Humans Driving Evolution in Our Backyard Animals?
Cities are relatively recent recent and novel habitats for many animals. Living in an urban environment is not only changing the behaviour of animals but even their core genetic makeup. Habitat fragmentation by roads and highways, the availability of both natural and human foods, the light conditions, and the architecture are all contributing to changes in a range of species.availability of natural foods and human foods, light conditions and architecture are all contributing to changes in different species. What are the risks to biodiversity in urban environments? Are we at risk of increased pests or disease as species evolve? What are the evolutionary consequences for humans living in an urban environment? In partnership with: Laurentian University and the Centre for Evolutionary Ecology and Ethical Conservation.
98 minutes | Dec 13, 2018
Science and Belief: Why does misinformation stick?
Most people, at the core, believe themselves to be rational beings. But when you dig down into the psychology of belief, most of us believe things that we have no scientific support for, or hold on to beliefs that we know have been disproven.
82 minutes | Nov 2, 2018
E-Addiction: Is your cell phone a drug?
Addiction to technology is a growing issue as it infiltrates every point of our lives. We now play hyper-realistic video games, we invest and foster our relationships through social media, and we are expected to be in touch through mobile devices at all times. But when using technology becomes compulsive and interferes with daily life, can we diagnose this as an addiction? E-addiction, like other addictions can cause neurological complications, psychological disturbances, and social problems. How is technology designed to promote prolonged engagement? How does our brain react to technology? Is e-addiction a symptom of other disorders such as anxiety or depression? How do we treat this new and evolving disorder? Panelists: Dr. Aaron LangilleMaster Lecturer. Department of Mathematics & Computer Science, Laurentian University. Dr. Michel LarivierePracticing Clinical Psychologist at Sudbury Psychology;Full Professor, School of Human Kinetics, Laurentian University Danielle WaltenburySenior Scientist, Science North, Parent. Dr. Matias MarianiClinical Psychologist and Neuropsychologist at Mariani and Associates Assistant Professor, Northern Ontario School of Medicine Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychology, Laurentian University.
4 minutes | Nov 2, 2018
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97 minutes | Sep 5, 2018
Regreening Sudbury: How far have we come?
Over the past 120 years, the Sudbury landscape has experienced two dramatic transformations: first from deforestation and pollution and more recently through an ambitious regreening effort. How far have we come towards transforming our city into a sust...
96 minutes | Sep 5, 2018
Foreign Aid Projects: Are their impacts sustainable and effective?
Do well-meaning foreign aid NGO projects really have a long-lasting positive impact in the communities they are trying to help? What are the factors behind successful projects, and how can you ensure that your aid is really helping? Come hear the stories of local representatives of foreign aid initiatives, and join the discussion of what works to effect change. Panelists included: Carissa MacLennanDirector of Education and Youth Engagement, Jane Goodall Institute of Canada Jason VaillancourtStudent and active member of the Health Promotion project, Laurentian University David WiwcharTeacher and vice-principal, Lively Secondary School Lori AdamsCoordinator, Sudbury Minga for Masaai Moderator: Ashley LaroseStaff Scientist, Science North
85 minutes | Sep 5, 2018
Closing Environmental Research Stations: What's the Impact?
Headlines have been dominated by recent announcements of the closing and withdrawal of funding of several of Canada’s leading environmental research stations, including the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA) and Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Lab (PEARL). What is the public value of these research stations? What is the impact that these closures will have on the future of environmental science and policy in Canada? Panelists included: Zen MarianiPhD Candidate, University of TorontoResearch conducted at PEARL Heidi Swanson, PhDPostdoctoral Fellow, University of AlbertaFounding Director of Save ELA John Gunn, PhDDirector, Living With Lakes Centre, Laurentian UniversityCanada Research Chair in Stressed Aquatic Ecosystems Moderator: Amy HensonStaff Scientist, Science North
82 minutes | Sep 5, 2018
Truth in Science
Scientific research pushes the boundaries of what we know and uncovers new truths about the world around us. But how is scientific truth established? With sometimes contradictory findings in the news, how do we know what to believe? And since mistakes sometimes slip by the peer-review system, would involving non-scientists boost the integrity of new research? Panelists included: Charles RamcharanAssociate Professor, Department of Biology and Cooperative Freshwater Biology Unit, Laurentian University Chantal BarriaultSenior Scientist, Research and Evaluation, Science NorthCo-Director, Science Communication Graduate Program, Laurentian University Moderator: Dana MurchisonStaff Scientist, Science North
86 minutes | Sep 5, 2018
Diabetes and Depression
Depression is a serious mental health concern that not only affects brain and behavior—it affects the entire body. While depression is a common mental illness among the general population, it is even more likely to occur in those with type 2 diabetes. There is evidence that depression is both a risk factor for the development of type 2 diabetes and a risk factor for developing serious complications in people with type 2 diabetes. Doctors and researchers are realizing that physical health and mental health are more interconnected than we ever thought. But are we aware enough of the effects of mental illness on the whole body? Are we doing enough to prevent those who are dealing with illness from developing depression? And would a better understanding of the physical aspects of mental illness help to break down the stigma that still surrounds it? Discuss these questions and more with experts at this event. Panelists included: Dr. Norbert SchmitzAssociate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Associate Member, Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics & Occupational Health, McGill University Discussant: Gary PetingolaDiabetes Social Worker, Sudbury Outpatient Centre, Health Moderator: Dana MurchisonStaff Scientist, Science North
110 minutes | Sep 5, 2018
Science in Canada's North
One of the most identifying and unifying features of the Arctic is ice, and the properties of ice and the ecosystems it supports are fundamental to understanding the Arctic now and in the future. The area of the Arctic that is covered by ice year round has dropped from nearly half to about 20%, with potentially grave consequences for the global climate. This event was part of the Science in Canada's North Café Scientifique Series. Science North gratefully acknowledges the support of the W. Garfield Weston Foundation and the Canadian Association of Science Centres for their support of this event. Panelists for the evening included: Neil Comer, Ph.D.Research Climatologist, Climate Collaborating Initiatives, University of Prince Edward Island Gerard Courtin, Ph.D.Professor Emeritus, Adjunct Professor, Department of Forensic Science, Laurentian University Adrienne White, M.Sc. CandidateLaboratory for Cryospheric Research, Department of Geography, University of Ottawa Moderator: Franco MariottiStaff Scientist, Science North
96 minutes | Sep 5, 2018
Who owns your body?
The BODY WORLDS family of exhibitions exists because individuals choose to donate their bodies for plastination. This may seem extraordinary, but we all make decisions that require us to consider the "ownership" of our bodies.
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