Jurassic park not the solution, says Carleton professor

Save what we have and don’t try and bring back the dead. That’s the message in a new paper by Joseph Bennett, a professor of environmental science at Carleton, that will be published in the journal of Conservation Nature Ecology & Evolution. In the paper, Bennett argues the “de-extinction” approach to conservation, which involves producing either a clone or a hybrid of an extinct species, actually harms biodiversity as opposed to aiding it. “Say we do successfully bring back a species that was extinct, our biodiversity would go up by one,” Bennett said. “But the limited resources we have could be used much more effectively in other ways to save more species, our numbers suggest you could save three times, eight times, maybe a dozen more species than if you used the […]

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Profile: Ottawa startup GenM

With costs for post-secondary education continuing to rise and job markets becoming increasingly competitive, landing a job can be difficult for students.  GenM, a new Ottawa-based company, seeks to provide a solution by offering free online marketing training to students and millennials and help find them marketing placements with small businesses, according to their website. But some have been critical of the new company.  Carleton University journalism student Hilary Laffrenier, an intern for GenM, said the company was launched last year. GenM recently partnered with Shopify to offer additional training for students, according to Laffrenier. Moe Abbas, founder of GenM, said the company’s online platform helps spread the idea of free education throughout the world. “Our mission is to accelerate the […]

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Women’s basketball clinches trip to OUA Final Four

The Carleton Ravens women’s basketball team sealed their place in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Final Four with a 68-51 win over the Laurier Golden Hawks on Feb. 25. The Ravens will now hit the road to Kingston and take on the McMaster Marauders on Mar. 3 in hopes of clinching a spot in the OUA Gold Medal game the following night. Heading into the game, the Ravens had wrapped up a 18-1 regular season, and hadn’t lost since opening night against the Algoma Thunderbirds. However, Carleton found themselves knotted at 11-11 in the first quarter, and Ravens head coach Taffe Charles said he was frustrated by the performance. “I don’t think we played particularly well in the first quarter, […]

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Windsor U students vote “yes” to pay for new athletic facility

The University of Windsor (U of W) student body voted in a referendum to approve a plan to build a new $73 million athletics centre. According to CBC News, 64 per cent of the student body voted in favour of the new athletics centre. Similar to the student union building put to Carleton students in a referendum, U of W students will see a $125 increase in student fees per year, starting once the facilities are completed in 2019. Mike Havey, the athletics director at the University of Windsor, said the project is still a long way off. “We passed a referendum, but we do not have a formal agreement with the students. It has not yet been to the […]

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Classrooms making use of virtual reality

As the digital age drives technology companies to constantly produce new products, universities are latching onto technology trends that can aim to help students learn course material and conduct research. Virtual reality (VR) is one of those emerging technologies. Often accessed through a headset, VR is an artificial environment experienced through senses such as sight and sound that are produced by a computer. The user can affect the environment they are experiencing through their actions. Several schools are using this technology to immerse students into a new way of learning. 3D Brains and Kidneys: VR at Medical School While companies such as Facebook, Samsung, and Sony are all competing to commercialize VR technology, universities have begun to experiment with the […]

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