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Newfoundland fossil shows signs of oldest animal

Posted by Alvina Siddiqui in Wildlife on Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Bedding plane exposure of Haootia. (Photo: Jack Matthews)

Turns out it wasn’t always a simpler time way back when.

A group of British and Canadian scientists have discovered a 560-year-old fossil that shows signs of the oldest known complex muscled animal in the world.

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Earthquake detectors being tested in B.C. schools

Posted by Alvina Siddiqui in Science & Technology on Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Workers install the earthquake detection device in the ground. (Photo: Courtesy of Carlos Ventura/UBC)

No need to get shaken up about it.

New earthquake detectors by the University of British Columbia can warn of an upcoming earthquake before the ground actually starts shaking. Warning time can range from over a minute to five to 10 seconds, depending on the size and location of the epicentre of the earthquake.

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Q&A with Nikki Van Schyndel, author of Becoming Wild

Posted by Emanuela Campanella in Nature on Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Nikki Van Schyndeláwrites in her journal while in a remote rainforest in British Columbia. (Photo:áCaitlin Press)

As a child, Nikki Van Schyndel always knew she wanted to become one with the wilderness. She aspired to be Sam Gribley—a character from a children’s adventure novel that lives off the land. But that dream quickly perished when modern comforts veered her in the opposite direction.

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Mapping the secret lives of cats

Posted by Alvina Siddiqui in Mapping on Monday, September 15, 2014

Screenshot of Donald Fluffypants's secret life, made public by Your Wild Life's ęCat Tracker. (Map data: Google, Movebank, DigitalGlobe, U.S. Geological Survey, USDA Farm Service Agency)

Who let the cat out of the bag? Your Wild Life did, with their latest project — a cat tracker!

Now you can find out what your cat does, where it goes, where it hunts and purr-haps all the germs it brings home. After you fill out a questionnaire, sign a consent form, get a GPS collar (or make one yourself), all that’s left to do is let your cat loose for nine days with the tracker.

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Testing, testing: Inuit hunters and scientists work together to ensure walrus meat safe to eat

Posted by John Bennett in The Polar Blog on Friday, September 12, 2014

(Photo: Canadian Tourism Commission)


Walrus meat — cooked, raw or fermented in cool dry Arctic gravel to make igunaq, which tastes something like blue cheese — is among the local foods enjoyed in many of Canada’s Inuit communities. Like pork though, walrus can occasionally carry the Trichinella parasite. If not cooked thoroughly, infected meat can bring on Trichinellosis, a disease that causes swelling, muscle pain and fever, and chronic gastro-intestinal troubles.

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