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Aboriginal Day in photos

Posted by Guest Blogger in Community on Thursday, June 25, 2015

Click on this photo to see a slideshow of Hans Tammemagi's photos from the Aboriginal Day festivities in Victoria, BC.

By Hans Tammemagi

The beat of drums pulsed around the inner harbour. It was National Aboriginal Day, and nowhere was it celebrated with more fervour than in Victoria, BC.

Under a brilliant blue sky, more than 30,000 people enjoyed a continuous pageant of stage shows featuring dance groups and performers from around Vancouver Island and the mainland acting out traditional stories involving real and mythical creatures depicted by raven, orca, bear, and thunderbird masks.

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Footprints found in B.C. may be North America's oldest

Posted by Carys Mills in Science & Technology on Wednesday, June 24, 2015

One of the footprints being prepared for transportation. (Photo: Joanne McSporran)

Footprints found on a remote British Columbia island might be the oldest ones ever discovered in North America.

If the footprints found on Calvert Island are conclusively dated to 13,200 years ago, they would also be the second oldest in the Americas, after the Monte Verde site in Chile, the Hakai Institute said in a statement.

Archaeologists Daryl Fedje and Duncan McLaren, from the institute and the University of Victoria, excavated an area just below the tideline. They were digging for prehistoric ...

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Lobster larvae show effects of climate change

Posted by Harry Wilson in Wildlife on Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Lobster larvae. (Photo: Jesica Waller)

A University of Maine marine biology graduate student whose preliminary research has shown that the growth of lobster larvae slows in warmer and more acidic waters will travel to Prince Edward Island in the fall to study climate-change related genetic changes in the crustacean.

“We’ll be looking at differences in gene expression — which genes are turned on or off — in larvae raised in the conditions they would expect today and the conditions they would experience in 2100,” Jesica Waller said. ...

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Famous arctic fossil returns to Canada

Posted by Carys Mills in Science & Technology on Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The fossil of Tiktaalik roseae. (Photo: Roger Bull/Canadian Museum of Nature)

Tiktaalik, a famous 375-million-year-old fish fossil, was welcomed back to Canada this week.

Discovered on Ellesmere Island in 2004, the fossil made international headlines because it offers an indication of when fish first began evolving into land animals.

About 60 specimens of Tiktaalik roseae and 120 other specimens from the High Arctic were returned to Canada this week. They were studied for a decade in the labs of co-discoverers Neil Shubin, from the University of Chicago, and Ted Daeschler, ...

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Governor General announces new Polar Medal

Posted by Carys Mills on Tuesday, June 23, 2015

An image of Canada's new Polar Medal.

A new honour, called the Polar Medal, was announced by the Governor General on Tuesday as a way to celebrate Canada’s Northern heritage and recognize those promoting a greater understanding of Northern communities and people.

The call for nominations will start this fall for the Polar Medal, which replaces the Governor General’s Northern Medal that was created in 2005.

“The creation of the Polar Medal emphasizes the importance that our country places on strengthening our understanding of and ...

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