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Season 2, Episode 2 – Invasive Species (Part 2 of 3)

In this episode, we continue our three-part series on invasive species produced in partnership with the Invasive Species Centre.

We begin with a “coming soon” from 21st Century Pictures. Then our guest reporter Trelle Kolojay tells us about land-based invasive species with the help of experts from the Invasive Species Centre. In our history of science segment, we’ll travel to the year 1992 in Burnaby, British Colombia for the first recorded attempt by creatures with long black and white antennae and six bluish-white legs.

Don’t dump your bait!
The Spongy Moth
The Spotted Lanternfly
Report a sighting
The Sirex Woodwasp
The Asian Longhorned Beetle

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Season 2, Episode 1 – Invasive Species (Part 1 of 3)

In this episode, we begin a three-part series on invasive species produced in partnership with the Invasive Species Centre.

We begin with context – the War of the Worlds! Then our guest reporter Trelle Kolojay tells us about water-based invasive species with the help of experts from the Invasive Species Centre. In our history of science segment, we’ll travel to the recent past and previous centuries to tell the story of two special little goldfish.

Zebra & Quagga Mussels
Asian Carps
Sea Lamprey
Goldfish
Ontario’s feral goldfish population is exploding and climate change may be to blame | CBC News

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Invasive Species Series – Call for Story Ideas

"Invasion of the Alien Species" - the Own the Science Podcast

Do you have a story idea on how invasive species (plant, animal, insects, pathogens) are having an impact on the day-to-day lives of Canadians? We’d like to here all about it here!

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Clear, critical thinking

12,000-year-old footprints, the war in Ukraine, anti-vaxers and the Halifax explosion. Part one of our interview with Dr. Christopher DiCarlo on clear, critical thinking.



Footprints in volcanic ash:

Africa’s biggest collection of ancient human footprints was found | Science News

Dr. Christopher DiCarlo

Dr. Christopher DiCarlo

The Halifax Explosion

The chemistry of the Halifax Explosion (YouTube)

The Canadian Encyclopedia: The Halifax Explosion

The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic: The Halifax Explosion


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Canada’s Permafrost and Over 15 Minutes of Missing Time

In this episode we talk about permafrost and climate change with Peter Morse of the Geological Survey of CanadaPeter MORSE | Research Scientist | Doctor of Philosophy | Natural Resources Canada, Ottawa | NRCan | Geological Survey of Canada (researchgate.net)Peter Morse (@PeterfrostMorse) / Twitter

In our History of Canadian Science segment we talk about a strange case of missing time, the day in the 1880s when the City of Toronto instantly lost 17 minutes. Historicist: The Noiseless Revolution (torontoist.com)OTD: Province of Canada issues world’s pictorial stamp – Canadian Stamp NewsInvention of Standard Time | The Canadian EncyclopediaSir Sandford Fleming | The Canadian Encyclopedia

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AI’s Take Up Farming

What if AIs were not evil masterminds bent on subjugating the human race? What if they are our secret weapon in facing the challenges of a rapidly changing planet?

Our guest: Dr. Nathaniel K. Newlands, Research Scientist

More info on our science history segment:

Canola! Seeds of Innovation | Canada Agriculture and Food Museum (ingeniumcanada.org)

Canola industry in Canada, from farm to global markets (canolacouncil.org)

Canola | The Canadian Encyclopedia

The Canola Story (saskcanola.com)

Canadian Agriculture at a Glance: Canola: a Canadian success story (statcan.gc.ca)

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Coming Soon

The new Own the Science Podcast is currently in production and will launch in November 2021.

We will be the only podcast dedicated to the impact of public sector science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) on Canadians’ day-to-day lives. Our first episode will look at how artificial intelligence is playing a role in the food you eat.

While we work towards our official launch, find out more about us and maybe even pitch a story idea.

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