Women have contributed to some of the biggest discoveries in the life sciences, but remain under-acknowledged. Shutterstock

Closing the gender gap in the life sciences is an uphill struggle

Women have made life-changing research discoveries in the life sciences. Their achievements need to be recognized in order to increase future discoveries by women scientists.
Feb. 26 is World Spay Day, and spaying or neutering pets has many benefits. Shutterstock

The importance of fixing our pets

Neutering or spaying pets has additional benefits beyond population control; these benefits include extending their lifespan, improving their health and reducing risk of certain diseases.
Scientists conduct research in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park to practice for Mars landings. Shutterstock

Rehearsing for the Mars landings in Hawaii and Idaho

To prepare for future Mars missions, scientists collect samples and simulate communications conditions from volcano parks on Earth.
Steatoda grossa, also known as the false black widow spider, poses little threat to humans. True black widows only bite when they are disturbed. Mike Hrabar

Get ‘inspidered’ – from fear to fascination

Our fear of spiders is driven by a lack of information, but these fascinating creatures are often more harmless than harmful.
Mature women students face additional barriers when enrolling in STEM programs. Shutterstock

Supporting mature female students in STEM programs

With changing student demographics, STEM programs need to provide different supports to accommodate the needs of women returning to education after a break.
Today’s young people don’t play outside as much as their predecessors and are heavy users of electronics. (Shutterstock)

Screen time linked to myopia epidemic

Myopia is a major risk factor for serious eye diseases. It has become epidemic among children, particularly because of their heavy use of electronic devices.
Smaller research teams conduct more disruptive research; a new study could change research funding allocations. Shutterstock

Want disruptive research? Go small instead of big

A new study in Nature finds that large research teams develop recent ideas, while small teams conduct more disruptive and innovative research.
The TV show Star Trek contains lessons for sustainable and inclusive innovation. Shutterstock

Star Trek’s formula for urban innovation

The Star Trek formula for sustainable urban innovation: collaborate, share, use technology for the greater good and invest in people.
Moving beyond pesticides to control the destructive Varroa mite that’s killing honeybees is appealing, but requires more research. Shutterstock

Mite vs mite: The search for honeybee saviours

Bee colonies are threatened by a mite. However, a different mite has been evaluated for its potential to address this threat.
The Gender Tracker Tool is used to see how well Canadian media is representing women’s voices. This stock photo depicts an example of journalists interviewing a female source. Shutterstock

Tracking the gender gap in Canadian media

The Gender Gap Tracker uses computational linguistics techniques to analyze how women are mentioned and quoted in Canadian media.
Feedback loops in algorithms amplify chosen content, to the exclusion of others. Shutterstock

How algorithms amplify viewpoints

Algorithms used by social media networks expose users to divisive content separating them into bubbles. But the ways in which they are trained amplifies the effects of the filter bubble.
Currently only half of people with depression access potentially adequate treatment, according to one research study. Digital devices could help. (Unsplash/boudewijn huysmans)

Why the future of psychiatry promises to be digital

Using smartphones and wearable devices to identify mental health symptoms and deliver psychotherapy will allow more people to access quality care, according to one psychiatrist.

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