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Green/environmental: March 2013 Archives

McGill students use crickets for a business model

McGill crickets.JPGA group of McGill students hope their plan to breed crickets for use as a viable food source will  be a million-dollar idea. The five students will be up against teams from Harvard, MIT and Yale as well as other teams from around the world.

The McGill team has already won the the regional final of the Hult Prize and will compete for the top spot in the fall. The Hult Prize is considered to be the Nobel prize of business competitions. Sonali Karnick spoke with two of the members of the McGill team. 

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How to make a butterfly garden

Butterfly Monarch.JPGEvery winter the Montreal Botanical Gardens turns into an oasis for little winged creatures and for people looking to escape the snow and slush outside.  Butterflies Go Free features butterflies from around the world, indoors. There are plenty of live butterflies, special flowers, a giant caterpillar you can climb onto and furniture created by the Cirque du Soliel's costume designer. 

The exhibit also features a very special garden that you can plant at home, when the snow melts.  Sonali Karnick went to  the Montreal Botanical Gardens and met scientist-interpreter Magali Grégoire to find out what goes into a monarch-friendly garden and why we need more of them.

(Photo by Sonali Karnick)

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