August 13, 2019 | SMCC Heads Up

Pollution emphysema | Ancient, deep-Earth rocks | August 13, 2019 | SMCC Heads Up – Embargoed and recently published research with a Canadian focus, curated by SMCC for science journalists. Read more>

 July 30, 2019 | SMCC Heads Up

Creepy spider guys | New Cambrian-aged predator | High-tech harbour seal topknots | July 30, 2019 | SMCC Heads Up – Embargoed and recently published research with a Canadian focus, curated by SMCC for science journalists. Read more>

First results from New Horizons space mission: Untouched for 4.5 billion years

Science Published  May 16, 2019 | 14:00 EDT (Summary by AAAS) The first results from the New Horizons spacecraft’s flyby of Kuiper Belt object MU69, or Ultima Thule, show it is an ancient relic that has remained largely untouched – even by the heat of the Sun – since its formation roughly 4.5 billion years […]

City greenscapes could help species displaced by climate change

Ecology Published May 14, 2019 | 17:00 EDT (News release from Tufts University) This study shows that animals move quickly through low-quality habitats to reach high-quality breeding areas, providing new insight into how conservationists and city planners could manage urban landscapes to help species shift ranges in response to climate change. Suburban and urban green […]

Peering into the past, scientists discover bacteria transformed a viral threat to survive

Current Biology Published May 9, 2019 | 11:00 EDT (News release from Indiana University) Researchers report a previously unknown way that bacteria develop new genes to evolve and adapt to threats, insight that could help advance efforts against superbugs. Researchers describe the first known evidence of bacteria stealing genetic material from their worst enemies – […]

Rural lifestyles drive obesity

Nature Published May 8, 2019 | 13:00 EDT (News release from Nature Research Press) The global rise in body-mass index (BMI) seen over the last 30 years is due largely to increases in the BMI of rural populations. This study is the most comprehensive analysis to date of how BMI is changing in rural and […]

Decline in river
threatens ecosystems and eco-services

Nature Published May 8, 2019 | 13:00 EDT (News release from Nature Research Press) Only one-third of the world’s longest rivers (over 1,000 kilometres in length) remain free of dams and reservoirs, and these are restricted to remote regions in the Arctic and the Amazon and Congo basins. The findings demonstrate how human activity disrupts […]

Pre-pregnancy weight linked to worse outcomes

JAMA Published May 7, 2019 | 11:00 EDT (News release from JAMA Network) Analysis of the results of 25 studies of nearly 197,000 women suggests a mother’s body mass index before pregnancy may increase risk of adverse maternal and infant outcomes more than the amount of weight gained during pregnancy does. Canadian co-authors: Myriam Doyon, […]

Le cannabis sous l’angle de la science et des effets sur la santé

LE CANNABIS SERA LÉGAL AU CANADA À COMPTER DU 17 OCTOBRE 2018. À la suite de ce changement, les adultes pourront cultiver (dans la plupart des provinces), acheter et posséder de petites quantités de cannabis à usage récréatif et les partager avec d’autres adultes. Le gouvernement fédéral a fixé à 18 ans l’âge minimal pour […]

Une mutation génétique à l’origine d’une maladie rare qui frappe les Inuits au Québec

Des chercheurs ont identifié la mutation génétique responsable d’une maladie rare qui frappe 1 Inuits sur 2500 dans le nord du Québec. Cette maladie nommée glycogénose type IIIa cause des hypoglycémies et des retards de croissance tout en s’attaquant aux muscles et au foie. Pour ce faire, les auteurs ont séquencé le génome de 5 enfants inuits et ont identifié […]

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