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Science: March 2013 Archives

Creamy, dark Guinness beer for St Patrick's Day

It's not green outside yet, but everything will be green  today in honour of St Patrick's Day. The annual parades in Montreal and Richmond will begin later this afternoon. And the beer will be flowing later too.
Green beer notwithstanding, this holiday's most iconic beer is Guinness. A creamy, dark pint of Guinness is famous for those bubbles that sink and the floating widgets in their cans. 

So, in celebration of St Paddy's, Sonali Karnick speaks with professional beer taster and judge Mirella Amato about the science behind those high-end suds.

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Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium aims for the stars

Planetarium exterior.jpgThe largest natural sciences museum complex in Canada is in Montreal. And it just got bigger.

The Montreal Space for Life includes the Botanical Garden, Insectarium, Biodome and now a striking new Planetarium.

The Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium is located right next to the Biodome in the east end of the city, dominated by two large silver silos pointing like telescopes at the sky. Besides this distinctive, environmentally friendly architecture, the planetarium takes a unique approach to space, linking not only earth and sky, but also science, art and poetry.

Planetarium interior 2.jpgThe $48-million dollar planetarium opens on April 6th, but there's an open house for the public today.

We invited in the executive director of the Montreal Space for Life, Charles-Matthieu Brunelle, to tell us more.

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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 GrĂ©goire 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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