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Animals, Science and Technology

New imaging technique allows view inside insects

Until now, scientists had to kill insects to see what was going on inside. But now, biologists and imaging specialists from Western University have teamed up to find a novel way to see their insides while they are alive. It» 

Environment, International, Science and Technology

Insect herbivores: predators and prey in a global study

An international effort for the first time collected coordinated data on  predation patterns at different latitudes and different elevations (altitudes) in a global study. While it was known there is more biodiversity towards the equator and more in valleys than» 

Animals, Environment, Lifestyle, Science and Technology, Society

New film: the wildlife living in your home.

You keep a clean and tidy suburban house, and you’re proud of it. But in spite of that, there’s a whole world of creatures that like your house too. Toronto-based filmmaker Roberto Verdecchia of 52 Media wrote and directed “The» 

Animals, Environment, Society

Plans to phase-out a pesticide harmful to ecosystems

The Canadian government is considering banning one of the widely-used neonicotinoid pesticides saying it is collecting in waterways and harming aquatic insects. Neonicontinoid pesticides, also known as neonics, have been restricted in some jurisdictions because of the risk they pose» 

Animals, Economy, Health, International, Lifestyle

Documentary- Bugs on the Menu

Bugs on the menu?  No it’s not some tiny creature crawling across a menu, the bugs are the menu. Ian Toews, director, cinematographer, co-producer Bugs on the Menu © supplied In a world where the population is growing, and resources to» 

Animals, Economy, Environment, International, Science and Technology

White nose disease of bats reaches west coast

Biologists and conservationists in west coast British Columbia are now very concerned about ‘white nose syndrome” in bats. The disease is actually a whitish fungus that attacks the fleshy portions of bats, around their muzzles near the nose, hence “white» 

Animals, Environment

Canadian study looks at Arctic beetles as climate change markers

The poster boy for climate change in the Arctic is the ferocious but wildly photogenic polar bear. But if Chris Buddle had his say, beetles and other critters we rarely pay attention to would be up there with polar bears» 

Animals, Environment, Health, Lifestyle, Society

Eating bugs in Canada?

The United Nations is encouraging people to eat more insects but it’s not clear Canadians are ready to tuck in. Bugs are nutritious and they are much better for the environment than are animals according to a report by the»