Dr Owens reading about marine biology to her students, against a backdrop of colourful underwater coral.

Turning the Tide for Black Women in STEM

Joan Murrell Owens is known best for her contributions to the discovery and classification of coral in marine biology, as well as for being a life-long educator. However, her path has not always been so straight-forward.

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Dr. Maydianne Andrade

Black widow spiders are a group of venomous spider species. Their venom contains a dangerous neurotoxin called latrotoxin that, while not fatal, can cause pain, cramps and vomiting in humans. While most of us would be nervous about working with these spiders, Dr. Andrade has been studying them since she obtained her Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree at the University of Toronto Mississauga.

Illustration of bottled water containing microplastics.

Bon Appétit, Barbie

We like to think that we’re aware of what we’re putting in our bodies, picking out organic, lactose- and allergen-free food. But what if I told you that we each unknowingly eat a credit card’s weight of plastic every week?

An illustration of Bayon temple of Angkor wat, emerging from pulses of light generated by the LiDAR device.

Shining a Light on the Khmer Heartland

Hidden within the jungles of Cambodia, just a few kilometres away from bustling city of Siem Reap, you can find the remains of majestic sandstone temples and walled fortresses. These are all that’s left of the magnificent city of Angkor, the lost capital of the Khmer Empire—or so we thought.

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The Floating Flower

Our world is full of fascinating plant life—and the flower Dendrophylax lindenii, more commonly known as the ghost orchid, is no exception.

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Sticky Situations

Glue, marshmallows, post-it notes, blue sticky tack, and tape; what do all of these have in common? Make the science stick as we give you the rundown in this article.

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TikTok Science Communication

With more than one billion users, TikTok has become one of the widest-reaching social media platforms worldwide. How are science communicators using this platform to reach new audiences?

The stereotypical “mad scientist” wearing a beret and holding paint brushes.

How the Field of Scientific Illustration Has Picked up STEAM

Mona Li is a full-time freelance medical illustrator and visual designer who specializes mostly in human health and anatomy. This interview takes a closer look at how scientific illustrations play a crucial role in communicating science to a broad and diverse audience in visual, artsy ways.

Dr. Sam Illingworth in a science lab creating poetry through the integration of scientific ideas. Words in the image summarize key points of the interview (science meets art, unity, consilience, vulnerability, esotericism, dissemination, poetry, artists, collaboration, science communication, journal).

Where Science Meets Poetry: An Interview with Dr. Sam Illingworth

A creator of numerous poems touching on diverse scientific topics, Sam Illingworth is devoted to exploring the intersections between laboratory and lyric. Learn about his process and explore the value and beauty of communicating science through poetry in this Specials Week article.