This Week in Canadian Science 2018-09-09

By Scott Douglas Jacobsen

“New research suggests Canadian oil is among the world’s most carbon-heavy, but Canada’s industry also has rules that could make a big dent in global greenhouse gas emissions if they were adopted worldwide.

Joule Bergerson of the University of Calgary said if oil-producing countries adopted regulations similar to Canada’s that limit the amount of gas flared or vented into the air, it could cut greenhouse gas emissions from oil production by almost a quarter.

“It could make quite a bit of difference,” said Bergerson, a co-author of a paper published in the journal Science which was funded by Canada’s Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council.”

Source: https://globalnews.ca/news/4427014/oil-industry-greenhouse-gas-emissions-canada-science/.

““It (cannabis) is not really a big part of my life outside of the science,” says Caplan, who earned his doctoral degree from the University of Guelph in late August.

“There is a need for the science and there is a market and there are people that are growing it and they are going to have to grow it safely and make money … and they can’t just make it all up themselves.”

As the country prepares to open up a multibillion dollar cannabis market Oct. 17, the newly minted pot doctor knows he’s taking his degree into the business at the perfect time.”

Source: https://www.thestar.com/news/cannabis/2018/09/05/cannabis-phd-takes-higher-education-to-a-new-level.html.

“Smart technology and artificial intelligence could be used to improve detection of sepsis in children in Canada, write authors of a commentary in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journalhttp://www.cmaj.ca/lookup/doi/10.1503/cmaj.180434.

Canadian physicians do not often encounter children with sepsis, because pediatric sepsis in Canada is uncommon, unlike in developing countries. However, several recent deaths highlight the need for reliable, fast identification of early sepsis, as the condition can be lethal if not treated quickly.

“The optimal sepsis trigger tool needs to be rapid, objective, accurate and low cost; must easily integrate into the current workflow of a busy clinical setting; should require minimal training and require minimal additional effort; and offer a clear clinical benefit, particularly in community settings where the prevalence and clinical experience with sepsis is likely to be low,” writes Mark Ansermino, University of British Columbia and BC Children’s Hospital, Vancouver, BC, with coauthors.”

Source: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-09/cmaj-stt090418.php.

Science Literacy Week highlights Canada’s outstanding scientists and science communicators from coast-to-coast. From September 16-23, libraries, universities and other partners across the country will showcase the excellence and diversity of Canadian science.

There will be family fun activities and events happening across Newfoundland and Labrador, including a meet and greet with the province’s first astronaut candidate Bethany Downer. For a full calendar of events and activities in your community, please visit the Science Literacy Week website.”

Source: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/events/science-literacy-week-2018-1.4816848.

Scott Douglas Jacobsen is the Founder of In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal and In-Sight Publishing. He authored/co-authored some e-books, free or low-cost. If you want to contact Scott: Scott.D.Jacobsen@Gmail.com.

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