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Penny Park

In Memoriam: Penny Park

  Penny Park – founder, first Executive Director, and guiding light of the SMCC – passed away this past weekend. Penny was one of Canada’s leading science journalists, a passionate defender of free speech for both journalists and scientists, and a proud promoter of Canadian research. Penny began her science journalism journey in 1980 at […]

Swimming speed affects benefits of schooling

Royal Society Open Science Published February 20, 2019 17:01 ET (Brief from the Royal Society) As groups of fish swam faster, they form more elongated and more linearly aligned groups. Information flow between individuals increased at faster speeds and when individuals were more aligned within the linear group formations, supporting the group’s collective functioning and energy […]

Fish find food best by watching others

Royal Society Open Science Published February 20, 2019 17:01 ET (Brief from the Royal Society) Analyzing behaviour of different stickleback species to determine when the fishes’ use of social information evolved, how it develops, what it is used for and how it works, the researchers found each species differed in its ability to use social information […]

February 19, 2019 | SMCC Heads Up

Speedy schooling | Socially informed fish | Women’s heart health | February 19, 2019 | SMCC Heads Up – Embargoed and recently published research with a Canadian focus, curated by SMCC for science journalists. Read more>

Oral antifungal drug increases risk of miscarriage

Canadian Medical Association Journal Published February 19, 2019 00:15 ET (News release from Canadian Medical Association) Researchers linked data on 441,949 pregnancies from the Quebec Pregnancy Cohort between 1998 and 2015 to filled prescriptions listed in the Quebec Prescription Drug Insurance database. They found that taking oral fluconazole, a medication commonly used to treat vaginal yeast infections, […]

Climate change may increase food-poisoning incidents

Royal Society Open Science Published February 13, 2019 17:01 ET (Brief from the Royal Society) Due to changes in fly-population sizes, the spread of campylobacter and incidences of food poisoning may more than double by 2080. Campylobacter is one of the leading causes of foodborne illness worldwide. Researchers used an infectious disease transmission model describing Campylobacter […]

Breast pumps deplete human milk microbiome

Cell Host & Microbe Published February 13, 2019 (News release from Cell Press) A large-scale analysis in humans reveals that indirect breastfeeding using pumped milk is linked to depletion of oral bacteria and a higher abundance of potential pathogens, compared with direct breastfeeding at the breast. The findings suggest that milk microbiota is affected by bacteria […]

City heat: Contemporary climate comparisons for North American cities in 2080

Nature Communications Published February 12, 2019 11:00 ET (News release from Nature Research Press) If emissions continue to rise throughout the 21st century, the climate in 540 North American cities – including 10 Canadian cities – will become, on average, most like the climate found today in locations 850 kilometres away and generally to the south by […]

February 12, 2019 | SMCC Heads Up

City heat | Food poisoning prospects | Breast-pump microbiome | February 12, 2019 | SMCC Heads Up – Embargoed and recently published research with a Canadian focus, curated by SMCC for science journalists. Read more>

Gender diversity improvements at top US, UK, and Canadian universities fail to match promises

The Lancet special issue  Published February 7, 2019 18:30 ET (News release from The Lancet) This analysis of the 15 highest-ranked social sciences and public health universities in the U.S., U.K. and Canada show gender and ethnic disparities remain at senior academic levels, despite diversity policies and action plans. Lead author: Helena Legido-Quigley, London School of […]

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