A moonthly newsletter from Science Borealis
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October 24, 2018
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.

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Fun Moon Fact ☽

What do Alexander the Great, Omar Khayyám, Charles Darwin, Marie Curie, Lise Meitner and have in common? They all have craters on the moon named after them.

Editors' Picks

A selection of some of our favourite posts this lunar cycle.
Biogas: A pungent power solution — On the Borealis Blog, General Science editor Kirsten Grant explores the power of anaerobic digesters.
Another Drop in the Bucket of Ridiculous Fads — On Research2Reality, Barry O'Sullivan dives into the murky world of 'raw water'.
The birds and the bees — On Dispatches from the Field, Allanah Gallo dishes on Operation Pollinator.
How we remember: The intriguing case of HM — On the Borealis Blog, Robert Gooding-Townsend remembers the patient who enabled landmark studies in how new memories are formed.
More featured posts from our network:

How animals judge distance
— Logan Salm

The eight creepiest bug specimens at UBC
— Koby Michaels

Twitter and your Research Program: tweeting your publications
— Alex Smith

L'Everest, le toit du monde
— Yvan Dutil

In Search Of . . . a straight answer
— Alina Fisher

Fantastic Beasts and How to Fake Them
— Jasmine Janes

Cosmos at the Glenbow
— Gerry Ward

An entry in the Journal of Unpublished Results
— Genome Alberta

7 science apps that you need on your phone
— Natasha Parkinson

10 fascinating facts about wild turkeys
— Adam Hunter

Cultural memory and being queer in STEM
— Alex Bond

Donna Strickland, first female Nobel Prize in Physics winner in 55 years
— Maryse de la Giroday

Are sedentary kids less physically literate?
— Travis Saunders
Upcoming Events

November 5 – 8International Data Week

November 7 – 9 Canadian Science Policy Conference 2018 (Ottawa)

December 1World AIDS Day

December 4Wildlife Conservation Day

December 11International Mountain Day

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News and Announcements

Updates from the Science Borealis team

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The results of our second annual awards program, presented in partnership with Science Writers and Communicators of Canada, are out!

The Marine Detective, by Jackie Hildering, is Canada's Favourite Science Site

Scientist Sees Squirrel, by Stephen Heard, is Canada's Favourite Science Blog.

See the full list of winners and the runners-up, and congratulations once again to all the nominees!
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Making Knowledge Public

In Vancouver? Check out this free lecture series from the Scholarly Communications Lab and Simon Fraser University. Topics include Calling Bullshit on Fake News and Citizen Science. Most lectures will take place at SFU's Burnaby campus, with some on the Vancouver campus. Each lecture will be followed by a networking session. Learn more and register on the colloquium website.

Call for Volunteer Resource Manager

We are looking for a Volunteer Resource Manager to serve as the first point of contact for the 30-40 Science Borealis volunteers. The Volunteer Resource Manager is responsible for recruitment, onboarding, renewals, support and offboarding of all volunteers. See the job description here for details.

Call for Social Media Volunteer

We are also looking for someone to help generate Social Media content that promotes and showcases our team and members of our blogging network. The time commitment would be 2-3 hours per week. See the job description for more details.

Call for Borealis Blog Subject Editors

We are looking for new Borealis Blog Subject Editors. These volunteers write for the Borealis Blog and oversee our syndicated feed for the 12 subject categories that Science Borealis covers.

We have openings in: 
  • Communications, Education & Outreach
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Science in Society
  • Technology and Engineering
Interested? See the job descriptions here. Then email us at  and tell us a bit about yourself.

Register for CSPC

The 10th Canadian Science Policy Conference, CSPC 2018, will take place November 7 - 9 at the Delta Hotel in Ottawa. Register today. Registration includes 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches and several receptions.

Welcomes & Farewells 

Fond farewells to Erin Zimmerman, our Science in Society co-editor since 2016, and Erin Bedford, our Technology & Engineering co-editor since April 2018. We thank them for all their work and wish them both all the best in their future endeavours.

Please welcome Ryan Marciniak, recently joined us as a Physics and Astronomy co-editor, and Tamara Rosner, our new Health, Medicine and Veterinary Sciences co-editor.

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Newsletter Team: Tyler Irving, Maggie Middleton, Raymond Nakamura, Ainslie Butler

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