Canadian Science News

Clue to origins of life in Sudbury, Ontario
Scientists have discovered a possible clue to the origins of life. A “team headed by Dublin’s Trinity College in Ireland have found geological clues in Sudbury, Ont. that may help unlock more secrets of life’s origins.”

PhD student Edel O’Sullivan studied the Sudbury crater to understand it. The meteor impact was from 1.8 billion years ago. The research team studied the crater and extracted samples to “view chemistry sequences” within the geology of the region, and it is believed that the impact may create local conditions that allow for new life to form.

O’Sullivan hopes other scientists ? biologists, geneticists and environmentalists ? notice the work on the crater. O’Sullivan said, “there’s a really, really strong interest in the origin of life.”

Body Worlds coupling specimen 1st city in Canada is Calgary
Body Worlds will present its first human specimens coupled together in Calgary. That will be the first city in Canada for the display. The cadavers are preserved through plastination, which is a process where water and fat is replaced by certain kinds of plastics, preventing decay and odor.

Body Worlds has visited over 100 cities. The coupling specimen is part of a collection human health and wellness called Body Worlds Vital. According to Ali White, Telus Spark staff, the bodies came as a surprise.

Museums don’t get lists with too many details about the incoming specimens. The Calgary coupling specimens do not feature a “fully erect penis,” but the women is gently stroking the man’s cheek while the “pair are embracing.”

Climate Change/Global Warming and agricultural emissions
Bob McDonald of the CBC reported that to tackle climate change/global warming the focus needs to be on agriculture. According to Natasha Gilbert, agricultural emissions account for 1/3 of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.

According to McDonald, we need to reduce greenhouse emissions while increasing production because there are “more and more mouths to feed.” He says, ” the demands on food production are rising, and the world is not making any more land.”

A native British Columbian, Scott Douglas Jacobsen is an AU undergrad and AUSU Councillor. He researches and runs In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal, and In-Sight Publishing.

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