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Brittney G. Borowiec

Comparative Physiology

Wilfrid Laurier University

I’m a postdoctoral fellow at Wilfrid Laurier University, where I study how of lamprey-specific pesticides damage fish mitochondria. During my PhD at McMaster University, I studied how killifish cope with periods of low oxygen. Outside the lab, I’m a science writer with work appearing in Nature, PBS Eons, The Conversation, the Canadian Science Publishing Blog, and elsewhere. My first Massive Science article came out in 2017.

Brittney has authored 19 articles

The weird and wonderful world of fish

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A new book tells tales of the life aquatic

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Four facts about Jane Goodall, primatologist, anthropologist, and activist

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Her unorthodox research showed us that chimpanzees are far more human than we thought

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Life is evolving through a hurricane of human pollution

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Animals are adapting to pollutants in surprising and often costly ways

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How to stop catfish from foisting their babies on you

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Fish don’t have a reputation for smarts, but species that co-evolved with catfish know to avoid them

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Humans appear to be worse for animals than radioactive fallout

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Chernobyl's nuclear disaster reveals the unpredictability of evolution

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Elizabeth Rona, the wandering polonium woman, changed radiation science forever

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She survived world wars, anti-Semitism, and decades of exposure to early radiochemistry

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Why the first vertebrates to leave the ocean learned to see before they could walk

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Advanced eyesight might have paved the way for better brains and complex thought

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Life on the savanna is a duel between agility and strength

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Survival of the fittest evolves in the genes

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Goldfish can survive without oxygen for months by basically getting drunk

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"It's bizarre to see this kind of enzyme in anything with a face"

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Drug repurposing gave remdesivir its second, third, and fourth chance

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The antiviral has had a charmed life, failing multiple times but coming back again and again

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How does an electric fish get its charge?

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An accidental genome duplication (or two) created the highest frequency electrical discharge known in animals.

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Meet Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, who figured out what the universe is made of

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Stifled by sexism in Europe, she made foundational discoveries in astronomy after coming to the US

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How to become a galaxy hunter: an interview with Burçin Mutlu-Pakdil

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The University of Chicago astronomer talks about getting a galaxy named after herself and fighting for telescope time

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Meet Vera Rubin, the stargazer who predicted dark matter

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From childhood, she preferred 'to stay up and watch the stars than go to sleep'

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Chameleons do more than change color – their bones glow in the dark

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Famous for camouflage, their visual communication turns out to run even deeper

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When you smell the roses, do they smell you back?

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Scientists have found that plants like Canada goldenrod deploy defenses against insects on scent

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Whale sharks' huge bodies mean they've never really been cold-blooded

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Studying these enormous animals requires close collaboration between scientists and aquariums

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Meet mathematician Emmy Noether, mother of the most beautiful theorem in the world

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She worked out a kink in general relativity and kickstarted the field of abstract algebra

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Tracking the history – and future – of the world's largest penguin breeding colony

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Climate change is upending migration patterns that predate Cleopatra

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Four things you need to know about hurricanes, according to Massive

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Climate change, mental illness, and disease outbreaks

Sanguine glimpses of positive environmental change on pandemic-Twitter

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Homebound humans allow Mother Nature to stretch her legs, but that doesn't mean our current situation is a good thing

Cats are like tiny, judgmental camels

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Hailing from the desert, cats sneer in the face of heatwaves

Unhatched turtle embryos can shape their own sexual destinies

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By moving to cooler areas inside the egg, turtle embryos can influence their own sex, and maybe ward off climate change too

How does Pfizer’s "90% effective" COVID-19 vaccine work?

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Pfizer made a big news splash, but is their mRNA vaccine a silver bullet?

Microscopic worms pee milk on their children as their bodies decompose

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C. elegans turn their aging bodies into food for their children