Workshop on Nature Watch is on the way

Sunday, April 6th, 2014
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On April 24, MUN Botanical Garden is hosting a workshop on PlantWatch; a part of the national NatureWatch series of volunteer monitoring programs designed to help identify ecological changes that may be affecting the environment. The principal aim of the workshop is to let people get acquainted with the program and how they can participate […]

 

Pop Science: First tangible evidence of the Big Bang discovered

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

On March 17 a team of astrophysicists working on the Background Imaging of the Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization (BICEP2) experiment announced the discovery of gravitational waves. These waves are, as their name suggests, ripples in space-time caused by gravity that propagates outwards from a source. Until now, gravitational waves were considered a theoretical concept, originally predicted […]

 

Petition aims to bring computer science courses to high schools

Sunday, April 6th, 2014
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No matter what field you go into, you’re likely going to have to work on a computer at some point. We live in a digital age, and computer science jobs are on the rise. But the Newfoundland and Labrador high school curriculum only offers one computer science course, and a petition has been started to […]

 

Food security at MUN

Sunday, April 6th, 2014
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Many students will agree that the food available on campus may not be the best. To address this issue, a group of graduate students have started a Campus Food Sustainability Project at MUN. The group informally surveyed students and found out that most students are having issues with unhealthy, non-locally sourced, expensive, and not easily […]

 

To infinity and beyond!—MUN student to do astronomy research at Yale

Monday, March 31st, 2014
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This summer one MUN student will be reaching for the stars. Anna O’Grady, a second year joint physics and math student, was awarded the Hoffleit Undergraduate Astronomy Research Scholarship. The scholarship will provide her with the opportunity to work as an intern at Yale with astronomy research for six weeks this summer. “I’m going to […]

 

Get science right town hall to speak of cuts to science research

Monday, March 31st, 2014

EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER. A new date will be posted on the “Get Science Right” – St. John’s Facebook event. Get Science Right? What does that mean? What’s wrong with science? The Get Science Right town hall meeting happening this Monday, March 31 aims to target the “serious crisis in science and research […]

 

Mercury shrinking—Is it something new?

Monday, March 31st, 2014
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According to an article in the journal Nature Geoscience, Mercury has been found to be contracting by 7 km in diameter over its lifetime. This reality is opposed to what scientists predicted to be around 0.7-3 km. The recent pictures of Mercury sent by the spacecraft Messenger revealed a greater number and variety of structures […]

 

Sport Science: Technology at the Paralympics

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
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Skiing is no easy feat. Speeding down a slippery slope, making sharp turns, and negotiating a potential uneven surface. Now imagine you are in a race against a host of other competitors, and that you are also blind. This is just one of the many obstacles facing Paralympic athletes, like those who competed in the […]

 

Pop Science: Diamond Planet—Why not?

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
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55 Cancri e (diamond earth’s scientific name) has a mass that is eight times that of Earth, whereas its volume is only twice of Earth, making it one of the densest planets ever found. In 2011, the planet was first identified to orbit its parent star in a mere 18 hours. As a result, it […]

 

Visiting Professor to give talk on changing oil landscape

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

The modern world’s ever increasing demand for oil continues to push humanity to find more and more unconventional sources to feed our habit. On the evening of Thursday, March 27, Gavin Bridge, a Professor of Economic Geography at England’s Durham University, will give a talk at the Bruneau Centre called Oil’s Unconventional Future. “The nature […]