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Some scientists seek to revive Pluto’s status as a planet

In 2006, Pluto lost its status as a planet and now some NASA scientists want to redefine the term “planet” so that Pluto would again be considered to be one. The debate over this is fraught. Artists’ renditions of the» 

Animals, Economy, Environment, International, Science and Technology, Society

First bee listed as “endangered” across North America

The rusty-patched bumble bee was once a common summer sight throughout the mid and eastern US states and well into southern Ontario and Quebec. It was a very important wild pollinator of crops, flowers, and fruit trees. By the start» 

Environment, International, Science and Technology, Society

February was second hottest on record, NOAA

The earth experienced the second hottest February on record in 2017 in spite of the fact that there was no El Nino effect warming the planet’s waters. Calculations by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration indicate that the temperature» 

Arts and Entertainment, Lifestyle, Politics, Science and Technology, Society

New laws for recreational drone use

The small recreational drones have experienced rapid development and equally rapid popularity. In Canada, as elsewhere, there have been a number of incidents and accidents that have caused concern. People have been using them to spy into apartment buildings and» 

Economy, International, Science and Technology, Society

Innovation budget for Canada, the time has come

Innovation is one of those buzz words these days, and your reaction to it may depend which side of it you’re on; are you the employee being hired, or the employee who is now redundant? “Historically we’ve seen new jobs» 

Arts and Entertainment, Education, International, Science and Technology

Pi Day at the University of Waterloo

Pi Day, is being celebrated in many math departments and scientific institutions around the world today. It’s a great opportunity to bring attention to the mathematical constant Pi, represented by the Greek letter π. The first three digits are 3.14,» 

Economy, International, Science and Technology

Update:Canada chosen for new spaceport

It’s official Canada has been chosen for development of a new spaceport. An official press release today states, “Maritime Launch Services (MLS) Ltd., established in Halifax, is pleased to announce it has committed to a launch site location following a» 

Health, Lifestyle, Science and Technology, Society

Anti-smoking drug could help recovering alcoholics

A new study suggests that a drug that is widely used to help smokers quit could also help stop former alcoholics from relapsing. Researchers at Concordia University in Montreal used rats, getting them to drinks lots of alcohol, then recover» 

Animals, Economy, Environment, Immigration & Refuge, Indigenous, International, Politics, Science and Technology, Society

Update: Seismic oil and gas exploration in Arctic waters postponed again

It has been controversial since it was first proposed by a consortium of oil and gas companies in 2011.  The consortium wants to conduct seismic exploration off the coast of Baffin Island but have faced strong opposition to the plan.» 

Education, Environment, Health, Lifestyle, Science and Technology, Society

TV viewing and early school readiness.

A new study looks again at the question of young children, tv viewing time, and how that affects their performance as they enter kindergarten and grade-1. But it also looks at whether there’s a difference between children from low-income families,»