Archive for the ‘Right Turn’ Category

Right Turn: Colour your way to better health with regenerative medicine

Author: Laine Jaremey, 06/09/17

You may have heard of the adult colouring trend. In recent years, people have been reigniting their childhood passion of using markers, crayons and pencil crayons to “stay within the lines” while bringing colouring books and sheets to life. In response to this trend, a new industry of adult-oriented colouring books has emerged. These images…Read more

Right Turn: Stem cell “gun” for wound healing

Author: Stacey Johnson, 06/02/17

It has been said that the pen is mightier than the sword. Where, then, does the gun factor in? I was amazed, last year, when I learned of the “biopen,” a medical device that draws stem cells to repair damaged or worn cartilage and then the cartilage heals itself with its own cells. From what…Read more

Right Turn: Eventual relief for those suffering from Crohn’s?

Author: Stacey Johnson, 05/26/17

Recently, a friend posted on Facebook the news about her teenage son who, a year ago, had been suffering from an undiagnosed condition. Her son’s doctor didn’t treat the symptoms very seriously until the mother insisted something was wrong and implored him to identify the cause. Finally, her son was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. Along…Read more

Right Turn: FFB is funding and keeping an eye on vision research

Author: Stacey Johnson, 05/19/17

Dr. Mary Sunderland is quite at ease talking to a video camera. The Director of Research & Education for the Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) has been hosting Facebook Live sessions on a variety of topics related to vision research for the past six months. If she was nervous when she began these public outreach sessions…Read more

Right Turn: ‘Bad Project’ is good time waster that amuses millions

Author: Stacey Johnson, 05/12/17

It’s been quite a while since Signals has featured a parody video (here’s another one). But with students busy preparing year-end assignments, cramming for exams or finishing their theses, the time just feels right. (And even those of us in the workforce appreciate the occasional distraction.) The Zheng Lab at Baylor College of Medicine focuses…Read more

Right Turn: Toronto’s ‘Willy Wonka’ Could Have Worked at CCRM

Author: Stacey Johnson, 05/05/17

Everyone has a story of how they ended up in their career. My lightbulb moment happened when I was in fourth year at university, thankfully, which gave me a plan upon graduation. I was thinking about this yesterday when a large group of NSERC CREATE students (and some profs) visited CCRM to learn what we…Read more

Right Turn: Lessons about science communications from a six-year-old podcaster

Author: Laine Jaremey, 04/28/17

What were you doing when you were six years old? When I was six, I was building forts with couch cushions and playing with toys. A six-year-old named Nate from Illinois, USA, achieves much more in his free time than I did when I was a child. Nate started his own podcast called “The Show…Read more

Right Turn: Health care solutions on demand through 3D printing

Author: Stacey Johnson, 04/21/17

3D printing is a topic we’ve covered before at Signals. It’s still hot and trendy, and still making the cut on top technology lists. Back in 2012, Chris Anderson, the former editor-in-chief of Wired, predicted that 3D printing “will be bigger than the web.” Given that good 3D printers are now cheap enough (US$150) to…Read more

Right Turn: Sightings of innovation in Canada

Author: Stacey Johnson, 04/14/17

If you are a knowledge worker, it may seem as though “innovation” is on everyone’s lips these days. First, Canadians saw Industry Canada renamed Innovation, Science and Economic Development when Prime Minister Trudeau unveiled his first cabinet. Then, Budget 2017, titled “building a strong middle class” could have had “the innovation budget” as its working…Read more

Right Turn: Best summer jobs for science students

Author: Stacey Johnson, 04/07/17

Remember back in 2013 when Tourism Australia launched the “Best jobs in the world” global youth campaign? Well, the Waag Society in Amsterdam may just have the “coolest science summer job” around! (Yes, Waag Society, you can quote me on this.) The Waag Society, an “institute for art, science and technology,” needs a science bus…Read more