Science

To ban or not to ban the ‘new DDT’

On Feb. 21, Health Canada was supposed to decide on imposing a phase-out of a neonicotinoid insecticide — imidacloprid — because of its threat to insects and wetland ecosystems. The consultation period was then…

Buoy, oh buoy: UVic engineers get powered up by ocean waves

Grey waves crash against a lone buoy off the coast of Vancouver Island. Pale sunlight glitters across the Pacific and stretches far into the distance — a silver blend of sea and…

UVic chemist teams up with Phillips Brewery for a better brew

What reaction do you get when you combine a UVic chemistry pro- fessor and the quality manager at Phillips Brewery while they sit down and have a beer? A groundbreaking…

UVic Rocketry set for launch to infinity and beyond

For most students at UVic, the focus of their studies remain grounded. But one UVic club — UVic Rocketry — is getting ready for takeoff. And while the team’s ambitions are astronomical, their beginnings…

Inside Batman: Mind, body, and soul

Tonight at 7 p.m., UVic’s Farquhar Auditorium is hosting a panel discussion dedicated to the caped crusader himself, Batman. Yes, really. An Evening with Batman’s Brain is the brain-child of UVic’s own…

Torn on porn: A look at addiction & pornography

Where do we draw the line between overuse and addiction in an internet-obsessed culture? Charlotte Loppie, a UVic Professor in the School of Public Health, Social Policy, and Community-Based Aboriginal…

CULT reinvigorates UVic Astronomy

A group of students at the University of Victoria are determined to change the way we study the stars. The Committee for Upgrading the Learning Telescopes (CULT) may be a…

West Coast prepares for ‘monster’ weather this fall

El Niño “monster” weather has Canada’s West Coast preparing for higher tides, flooding, and erosion, expected to hit this fall and last until winter. Ian Walker, a professor at the…

NASA probe sets sights on Pluto and beyond

On July 14, NASA’s New Horizons probe made its closest approach to Pluto, marking the culmination of years of research, planning, and space flight.  Like sailor’s tales of newly discovered…