Science Blog: Shining a light on dark matter

Understanding the nature of dark matter is one of the most important unsolved problems in physics. Maybe you’ve heard about it in the news. I’ve found personally that the general public is completely unaware of what it is. When I learned about the Science Blog, it struck me as a great opportunity to bring this topic to a wider audience.   The story of dark matter began in 1933, when a physicist named Fritz Zwicky was looking at a galaxy cluster. A galaxy cluster is simply a group of many galaxies bound together by gravity. In the same way that gravity causes planets to rotate around the sun, it causes these galaxies to rotate around a point somewhere in the […]

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Letter: Leaders must be educated on basics of climate change

The recent wave of unusually low temperatures affecting the East Coast has compelled U.S. President Donald Trump yet again to take to Twitter and perpetuate misconceptions concerning our changing climate. On Dec. 28, Trump managed to simultaneously dismiss the existence of climate change, accuse the rest of the world of insufficient economic commitment, and suggest that a little global warming would provide relief against the cold—all in a single tweet. Aside from his steady stream of inflammatory comments, this president consistently aims to do as much damage as he can to the legal mechanisms designed to prevent environmental abuses. His decision to reduce the size of land protected under the Bears Ears National Monument, and America’s withdrawal from the Paris […]

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The Nutcracker brings joyful experience to the NAC

As winter descended on Ottawa over the past week, nothing could bring more holiday cheer than the magic of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, performed by Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet. In the sold out opening night performance, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet brought light and warmth to the cold winter night. It was a dazzling show of lights, laughter, and truly wonderful dancing as choreographer Galina Yordanova brought Tchaikovsky’s musical composition to life. Despite the traditional setting being in Russia, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet brought this classic tale home to Canada as they incorporated many aspects of Canadian culture into the plot and choreography. The ballet opened with a scene of Clara (Sophia Lee), the lead character, and her family, playing hockey in […]

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Science Blog: Tube-ular cell research

As I labeled my 180th microcentrifuge tube of the morning, I wondered what the scene looked like to anyone passing by. It might have resembled another one of those images of a person in a lab coat surrounded by unfamiliar lab equipment doing some sort of tedious task. I’d like to tell you the story of my own experience in research in my three years in science at Carleton to hopefully flesh out this picture a bit more. Over the past three years, I have learned a great deal about the fascinating biological processes that govern our lives. Two summer research grants have given me an opportunity to extend my knowledge beyond the classroom in an immunology lab. Immunology is […]

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