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In the heat of the summer, time can sometimes appear like it’s melting away. However, our body clock is there to keep track of the hours gone by. Joseph Jacobs, Shutterstock

Biological clocks: how does our body know that time goes by?

Our bodies are able to perceive time thanks to our internal clocks, which are also used by the other living beings with which we interact.
The colors in this microscope photo of a fruit fly brain show different types of neurons and the cells that surround them in the brain. Sarah DeGenova Ackerman

Astrocyte cells in the fruit fly brain are an on-off switch that controls when neurons can change and grow

Adaptable neurons are tied to learning and memory but also to neurological disorders. By studying fruit flies, researchers found a mechanism that controls neuroplasticity.
Colourized scanning electron micrograph of a cell heavily infected with SARS-CoV-2 virus particles. (The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases/Flickr)

Know your target: Fundamental science will lead us to coronavirus vaccines

Fundamental research has informed what we know about coronaviruses up until the pandemic. With possible future outbreaks, continuing and developing this type of work is crucial.
David Suzuki is an environmental activist, broadcaster and globally recognized geneticist. David Suzuki Foundation

David Suzuki backlash ignores his prize-worthy science

David Suzuki may be best known as an environmental activist and the face of CBC’s ‘The Nature of Things,’ but he’s also a globally recognized scientist.
A scourge of kitchens everywhere, Drosophila melanogaster — the common fruit fly — stares down the electron microscope that captured its image. (Shutterstock)

How to kill fruit flies, according to a scientist

How do you rid your kitchen of pesky fruit flies? A scientist who researches them explains.
Decreasing funding for fruit-fly research will hurt people, not flies. John Tann

Ode to the fruit fly: tiny lab subject crucial to basic research

These insects are so much more than just the scourge of fruit bowls everywhere. They’re a key model system for all kinds of research that teaches us about our own brain and body systems.

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