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5G In Canada
In our modern, data-driven society, demand for mobile connectivity is increasing rapidly. Enter 5G, a new wireless communications technology that will not only make mobile phone communications faster, but promises to transform entire industries, such as healthcare and transportation, and improve the efficiency of businesses, from factories to farms. As this new technology begins to roll out, the policy considerations on a number of topics are receiving increasing public attention.Learn more.
The Health Effects of Science Cannabis
Cannabis will be legal in Canada as of October 17, 2018. The change means that adults will be able to grow (in most provinces), buy and possess small amounts of cannabis for recreational use and share it with other adults. Learn More.
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Biodiversity is essential to current and future human well-being. Despite growing public and government commitment to sustainable development, biodiversity continues to decline. Learn More.
The Arctic is a vital part of Canada’s history, economy, and more than 40 per cent of its land territory. About 100,000 Canadians call it home. It is rich with animal life, from large iconic species such as whales, caribou, polar bears and muskoxen, to fish, seals, birds, and tiny ocean plankton. Learn More.
Mapping Animal Distribution and Changes in the Ocean
To guarantee the many benefits Canadians draw from the marine environment, we must understand how plants and animals, including humans, are interconnected (3), and sustainably manage human activities in a way that maintains ocean resources and ecosystems. Learn More.
Wetlands - Resource and Reclamation
Wetlands are sometimes called the kidneys of the planet. And just like kidneys, few people notice wetlands until they stop working. Canada contains a quarter of the world’s wetlands, including the Hudson Plains – the “largest continuous wetland in the world”1 , which stretches from Manitoba to Quebec. Learn More.
Drones and UAV's
They can monitor power lines and pipelines, be used for search and rescue and to spy on enemies. UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES (UAVs), also known as drones, can also help monitor crops and wildlife, assess the environment, patrol the Arctic, supplement news reporting and assist law enforcement. Learn More.
Chemicals and Toxicity
Canadians are flooded with conflicting information about toxic chemicals in food, water and consumer profits. Advances in science and technology are making it possible to measure conce ntrations of chemicals previously too low to detect. Learn More.
Cyber security is the attempt to protect computers and networks from unauthor- ized access. Protecting such systems is es- sential for the security of public, private and online commerce, critical infrastructure and safeguarding personal information. Learn More.
Smart Grids are electricity transmission systems that offer many potential improvements over the exisiting grid system, including increased reliability and reduced energy consuption. Learn More.
Genomics is the study of genomes and their interaction with the environment. This edition of SciencePages will cover the basics of genomics as well as discuss its socio-economic, legal and ethical implications. Learn More.