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Canadians' Science Literacy Ranks 1st Among 35 Countries

A new expert panel report, Science Culture: Where Canada Stands, released last week by the Council of Canadian Academies, helps to paint the clearest picture of Canada's science culture and science culture support system in 25 years.

The report found that 42 per cent of Canadians have a basic level of scientific literacy necessary to understand media reports about science, putting Canada first among 35 countries with similar available data.

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Take Heed: Here's How Any Old Office Job Can Shorten Your Lifespan

As we transitioned from factory and farming jobs to knowledge work in cubicle labyrinths, we'd like to think we did away with much of the danger associated with work. No one in a desk job was ever obliterated by an out-of-control wheat thresher or stirred into a giant vat of boiling industrial cleaning product. The sense of security we have in our safe and sanitized office jobs is misplaced, however.

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