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Science Literacy Week: Oceans and Us, Part 2

Today (September 16th) marks the first day of Science Literacy Week which is a week long celebration of science. This year’s theme is Oceans. Oceans are immensely important to our planet’s weather, as an ecosystem...

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Why do mosquito bites itch?

It is one of those “rights of passage” of summer: mosquito bites.  We have all had (or have) them and they can be quite annoying. Ever wonder why they itch so much? Before we...

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Drifter’s 15 Years at Science North

Today (June 7, 2019) marks a very important milestone for one of our oldest animals at Science North: Drifter the beaver. We received Drifter on June 7, 2004, making this year his 15th year...

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Hands-only CPR

Did you know that the survival rate in Sudbury for individuals that suffer a cardiac arrest is less than 5%? Two physicians from Health Sciences North want to improve these odds and have launched an...

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How does THC affect the brain?

THC, also known as Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, is one of the active ingredients in cannabis that give users the sense of pleasure or of being “high”.  Different parts of your body such as the lungs, digestive...

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What is an ACL?

You’ve probably  heard the term ACL when an athlete gets injured or worse, when you or someone you know has had a knee injury.  So you might be wondering, what is an ACL and...

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Baaaby Foxsnakes…(doo, doo, doo doo doo doo)

We have baby foxsnakes! These very special snakelets hatched at the beginning of March, after a 60-day incubation period.  Our male and female foxsnakes, Fan and Femur, had been spotted mating, but we never...

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Troglobites, Troglophiles, and Trogloxenes…Oh my!

Troglobites, troglophiles, and trogloxenes are three types of really cool animals that make up a big group of creatures called troglofauna. Troglofauna are air-breathing terrestrial animals that live in caves. Cave life is not...