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Largest Chinook salmon disappearing

The largest and oldest Chinook salmon have mostly disappeared along the West Coast, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed nearly 40 years of data from hatchery and wild Chinook populations from California to Alaska. Canadian co-author: Daniel E Schindler, University of Washington – Original paper published February 27, 2018

Stress affects songbirds’ ability to understand changes in songs

Songbirds living near oil and gas fields in Canada’s prairies adapt to noise by changing the pitch and volume of notes in their calls, but stress affects how well other birds in the species understand them. In this first study to look at the interaction between stress and behaviour in birds at oil wells, researchers […]

Local pollution affects gene expression

Pollution beats genetic ancestry when it comes to turning genes on or off. Researchers assessed environmental exposures, health, gene expression, and whole-genome variation in 1,000 Quebec residents. They found environmental factors had greater affect on gene expression profiles in blood samples than genetic backgrounds did. Local air pollution controls genes for heart, metabolic, and respiratory […]

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Technique brings objects hidden around corners into focus

An efficient image-processing algorithm developed in part by a Canadian researcher advances the field for producing images of objects hidden from view. Processing light pulses that reflect off surfaces around corners and back again, the algorithm untangles the paths of the captured photons and reconstructs sharper images. The system is ready to be integrated with […]

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Diamond reveals Earth’s inner secrets

  A diamond containing a never-before-seen form of calcium silicate (CaSi03) and traces of titanium sheds light on the composition and dynamics of the Earth’s inner workings. Although scientists have theorized that this form of CaSi03 is widespread within the planet, the mineral remains stable at only extremely high pressures—such as those found at depths […]

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Sparrows’ song might help determine health of potential mates and compatibility

Complexity of a male bird’s song can help attract the most compatible mate, new research suggests. Researchers investigated whether song repertoire and complexity advertises the singer’s genetic dissimilarity to others in the population — something that could help a couple raise the most viable young. A male bird’s health influences how well it can learn […]

How climate change alters competition for food in the Arctic

Competition between belugas and Greenland halibut in Cumberland Sound in the Arctic has changed with the climate. Belugas and halibut are considered intraguild predators, i.e. predators that feed on one another to reduce competition for resources. Researchers have tracked predation between the two species over a 30-year period. Their findings show that the belugas consume […]

New method uses over 200 years of data to track early bloomers

There’s now a tool to find out whether your flowers are blooming unusually early in the season. Thanks to scores of data recorded by both researchers and citizen scientists, the new statistical estimator contrasts the time a flower bloomed over the past two centuries to observation in the present day. Study authors say that their […]

Exercise can prevent falls in the elderly

Regular exercise and consistent vision treatment in elderly patients can help prevent falls, which are the leading cause of injury among this age group. These findings come from a meta-analysis of 54 randomized clinical trials involving almost 42,000 people and 39 interventions. The data suggest that gentle exercise, such as tai chi, can decrease the […]

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