Global warming has forced us to re-examine what we take for granted in our weather and planetary life and how we think about what matters. But how can we find ways to bring together disparate disciplinary and knowledge approaches and ways of seeing to make better collective choices? Is there a role for wonder?

With help from colleagues on our science and environment desks, I asked a scientist to consider wonderful aspects of snow. Today in The Conversation Canada, Krystopher Chutko of the University of Saskatchewan offers a story of snow, bringing together his science expertise and reflection on life in a northern community.

“It’s remarkable how many memories and emotions can be evoked by a few billion tiny ice crystals,” he writes. His story follows snow crystal growth from high above in the clouds to snow on the ground, in a blanket.

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Susannah Schmidt

Education + Arts Editor

If you catch a snowflake, take a moment to look at it: It’s a formation no one has ever seen before. (Damian McCoig/Unsplash)

How do snowflakes form? Is each snowflake really unique? Why is some snow light and fluffy or heavy? The amazing science of snow

Krystopher Chutko, University of Saskatchewan

Molecule by molecule, a snowflake grows and eventually begins to fall. A scientific look at the amazing nature of snowflakes and snow.

A new act in Canada bans non-citizens, non-permanent residents and foreign commercial enterprises from buying Canadian residential properties. (Shutterstock)

Canada’s ban on foreign homebuyers is unlikely to affect housing affordability

Diana Mok, Western University

Since foreign owners only represent a tiny segment of the housing market, it’s unlikely that Canada’s new ban on foreign homebuyers will make homes more affordable for Canadians.

Bail hearings are underway for the eight teenage girls charged in the murder of a man in Toronto. (Shutterstock)

The youth of girls charged in the swarming death of Toronto man may affect trial outcomes

Joanna Pozzulo, Carleton University; Emily Pica, Austin Peay State University

Eight teen girls are charged in the stabbing death of a homeless man in Toronto. Research shows that jurors tend to respond when the perpetrator of a crime is or appears to be younger.

The rising use of antidepressants has led to a parallel spike in their presence in our ecosystems. (Tammy Rodela)

A fishy problem: How antidepressants may impact the health of our aquatic ecosystems

William Andrew Thompson, McMaster University

Neuroactive compounds in antidepressants enter our wastewater and affect how fish function. Identifying the potential damage to fish is paramount for protecting our aquatic ecosystems.

Canadian food prices have soared over the past year. Higher food costs can affect nutrition decisions and ultimately health. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Inflation bites: How rising food costs affect nutrition and health

Sarah Woodruff, University of Windsor; Paige Coyne, University of Windsor; Sheldon Fetter, University of Windsor

Rapid increases in food prices due to inflation mean many Canadians may be making different food choices. Here are the possible short- and long-term effects of that, and some ways to save money.

La Conversation Canada

Un travailleur de Hope House, une organisation qui parraine l'utilisation des cryptomonnaies sur la plage d'El Zonte, fait un achat dans un petit magasin qui accepte les bitcoins, à Tamanique, au El Salvador, le 9 juin 2021. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez)

Les cryptomonnaies sont en crise, mais elles n'ont pas dit leur dernier mot

Annie Lecompte, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

Les cryptomonnaies sont-elles vraiment là pour rester ou est-ce qu’il ne s’agit que d’un effet de mode ?


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