SMCC Webinar: Water in a Changing Climate

Water is our lifeline and also a humbling force of nature. As the climate changes, the decisions we make today regarding water will determine our country’s success over the coming decades. SMCC in partnership with Environment and Climate Change Canada brought together researchers and policy makers to describe what the future may hold for this essential […]

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More children are diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease in Canada than in most countries in the world

Rates of inflammatory bowel disease in Canadian children are among the highest in the world, and they have risen annually over the past decade. A new study identified children under 16 in five Canadian provinces who were diagnosed with IBD between 1999 to 2010. In those 11 years, cases of IBD in children five and […]

A stream flows through the toe of Kaskawulsh Glacier in Kluane National Park, Yukon. In 2016, this channel allowed the glacier's meltwater to drain in a different direction than normal, resulting in the Slims River water being rerouted to a different river system. (Image by Dan Shugar)

Retreating glacier is making a Yukon river disappear

The melting of a massive glacier is changing the course of a Yukon river, new study finds. Meltwater from the retreating Kaskawulsh Glacier, which used to flow through the Slims River in Kluane National Park, is now flowing through a different river. This is the first modern case of “river piracy,” a phenomenon where the […]

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Coral reef death forces local fish species to learn new behaviours

Death and degradation of coral reefs bring about a major lifestyle change for the entire ecosystem; some local fish are then learn new behaviours from their peers, as results of a new study suggest. Researchers studied six species of damselfish, two of which lived in live coral, two inhabited rubble (dead coral), and others could […]


Fossil leads to recognition of birdlike reptiles that preceded early dinosaurs

Certain physical traits previously thought to be unique to dinosaurs evolved much earlier, a new study suggests. Fossil analysis of a newly described species, named Teleocrater rhadinus, places this carnivorous animal in a new spot on the evolutionary tree, directly after the split between birds and crocodilians. Teleocrater marks the first of an entirely new clade […]

Gentoo penguins climbing slopes to the nesting colony on Ardley Island. (Image by Stephen Roberts)

How gentoo penguins faced extinction three times—and survived

Over the past 7000 years, gentoo penguins on the Antarctic Peninsula have been wiped out to near extinction by a volcanic eruption—not once, but three times, according to new research. The study also suggests it took the colony between 400 and 800 years to recover from each event. Researchers made this startling discovery while analyzing […]

A three-spined stickleback in "blackwater" saturated with tannins at Drizzle lake. (Image by Thomas E. Reimchen)

How distantly-related populations of sticklebacks evolved the same solution to their unique environments

Three-spined stickleback fish have inhabited freshwater lakes in the Haida Gwaii archipelago off the coast of British Columbia for thousands of years. A new study that combines genetic analysis with a 19-year-long selection experiment tells the story of how the sticklebacks evolved to adapt their vision to each of their unique lakewater conditions. Some of […]


Why the internet couldn’t agree on the colours of “The Dress”

The image of a simple dress on a hanger went viral in 2015, with thousands of internet users trying to figure out whether the dress was black with blue stripes or white with gold stripes. Once the owner came forward to settle the question (it was confirmed by the retailer as blue and black), many […]

How ocean dynamics affect deep-sea invertebrates in hydrothermal vents

Distribution of mobile and non-symbiotic species of invertebrates living in hydrothermal vents is affected by ocean tides and winter surface storms, new research suggests. Using a brand new technique, researchers are able to provide first-ever evidence of these populations being affected by ocean dynamics even at deep-sea levels, in habitats over 2 kilometres from the […]

Artist’s illustration of ancient ice age land bridge connecting Britain with France. (Image by Imperial College London/Chase Stone)

The island of Britain was separated from Europe by two glacial lake floods

Britain used to be connected to mainland Europe by a chalk bridge, which extended from southeast England to northwest France. New research suggests that two episodes of erosion created the Dover Strait, as opposed to a single glacial lake spillover, as previously thought. New evidence supports the existing theory of the initial erosion around 450,000 years […]

Size and growth rate for sharks determined by their habitat

How big a young shark grows up to be, and how fast it grows, may depend on where it feeds. Researchers observed a population of juvenile sharks in a nursery that contained both a high-risk habitat (open seagrass beds) and a low-risk one (protected mangroves). Sharks that preferred to feed in the mangroves were generally smaller and grew […]

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