A moonthly newsletter from Science Borealis
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January 23, 2016

Produced every full moon, the Science Borealis Newsletter brings you a selection of recent posts along with important updates, reminders and story ideas for our members and bloggers.

Editor's Picks

A selection of some of our favourite posts this lunar cycle.
In search of the mighty elf owl – On Dispatches from the Field, guest blogger Alicia Arcidiacono shares stories and photos of her epic quest
Le mystère de la spectaculaire étude sur les enfants et la télé – Sur Maman Éprouvette, Kathleen Couillard remonte aux sources d'un phénomène viral
1.8 billion years in a jar – On Scientist Sees Squirrel, Stephen Heard works out the evolutionary history of his mango chutney
More Featured Posts

Appreciating our volunteers and recruiting for 2016 – Kimberly Moynahan

Hand sanitizer to preserve DNA – Dirk Steinke

It is way too difficult to be physically active – Travis Saunders

Six Reasons (Science) Writers Should Be in Schools – L. E. Carmichael

Look at the little baby dinosaur! – Liz Martin-Silverstone

Cataloging a year of blogging – Artem Kaznatcheev

My 2015 nature year in review – Alistair Taylor

The many names of silicosis – Chris Drudge

How audiobooks can help shelter dogs  Zazie Todd

Our top 5 outreach wins from 2015 – Elizabeth Hand

Five strategies for identifying an audience – Lisa Willemse

Best science books 2015 – John Dupuis

The biggest core – Lucas Kavanagh

21st century science overload – Sarah Boon

Tidying up the edges – Amanda Maxwell

Social engagement in Dino 101 – Victoria Arbour

Frozen spiders – Chris Buddle

Too hot to handle – Betty Zou

Best Reads, Listens & Views of 2015 – Morgan Jackson

Top 10 Borealis Blog Posts of 2015 – Science Borealis

Upcoming Events

Science-y events to watch out for and/or blog about:

February 2, 2016 – World Wetlands Day / Groundhog Day

February 4, 2016World Cancer Day

February 11, 2016 – International Day of Women and Girls in Science

February 12, 2016Charles Darwin's Birthday

February 13, 2016World Radio Day

February 15, 2016Galileo Galilei's Birthday
Cartoon of the Month
-by Ray Nakamura
Spiders in the Great White North (Frozen Spiders, Arthropod Ecology, Jan 5, 2016)
Member News

Updates from — and for — the Science Borealis team

Little help?

Science Borealis is a volunteer organization. Currently, between 25 and 30 people generously donate their time each month to keep it humming along smoothly, but we do have some positions that urgently need to be filled! If you or someone you know seems like a good fit for any of the positions below, please drop us a note at

Editorial Manager – The Editorial Manager is an integral part of the planning and development of the organization. They oversee the Editorial Team, edit the Borealis Blog and develop strategies to keep building our online community.  A small stipend is available. For more information, read the posting online.

Chemistry Editor –  The Chemistry Editor oversees the chemistry channel and writes a new post for the Borealis Blog every few months in accordance with the editorial calendar. For more information, contact us at

Social Media Volunteer — We're looking for someone (or a couple of someones) to help manage our Twitter & Facebook accounts. Commitment is 1-2 hours per week on your schedule. For more info, contact, subject line "Social Media Volunteer"

Scientifically yours,
–The Science Borealis Core Team
Science Borealis is an inclusive digital science salon featuring Canadians blogging about a wide array of scientific disciplines. Science Borealis is a one-stop shop for the public, media, educators, and policy makers to source Canadian science information.

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Newsletter Editor: Tyler Irving

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