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New research: We’re on the brink of mass extinction

In the history of the Earth, there have been five mass extinctions when three-quarters (or more) of life on our planet was wiped out. They have all previously been “natural” such as an impact from a large asteroid, or from» 

Animals, Environment, International, Science and Technology

Ecosystems: The importance of habitat connectivity

The climate is changing, and that’s changing the environment. That in turn is changing how various species which have adapted to an environment, act and react to their new and changing environmental conditions. A new study says to help preserve» 

Education, Health, History, International, Lifestyle, Military, Politics, Society

Children of war; happier in conflict than in peace?

It seems a strange situation, children who were happier in a rebel camp at war, than they are after they gain their freedom. These are children who were abducted as child fighters or female sex slaves, and camp workers, and» 

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

Sudden death of world-renowned AIDS/HIV researcher

The world of medical research is mourning the sudden and unexpected loss of of Dr Mark Wainberg. Wainberg, aged 71, died while swimming on vacation in Florida.   While no cause has been confirmed, he had been swimming in rough water» 

Health, International, Science and Technology

When the music doesn’t move you.

For centuries, people have been writing about how music can move and inspire or reflect  the human soul and spirit. Lullabies can soothe, marches can stimulate, waltzes can make you want to dance, as can pop and rock; the blues» 

Education, Health, Lifestyle, Science and Technology, Society

Teens at schools that start later get more sleep: study

There has been much debate in Canada about whether high schools should start later so adolescents can get more sleep. Some people argue that if school started later, teens would just go to bed later. But a new analysis of» 

Education, International, Science and Technology

Canadian research leads to new discovery in head and neck cancers

It’s technically complicated but a research team doing a secondary examination of previous research discovered an important factor in cancer development. Cancer research is often focused on genetic mutation, but this new research looked instead at the process affecting how» 

Environment, International, Science and Technology

A Global water map: new resource for scientific studies

It’s hard to make something when you’re missing the proper tool. In science as well, it’s hard to make accurate judgements and models if you’re missing some information. Water is a critical component for scientists studying global climate and any» 

International, Politics, Society

Police spying on journalists a ‘radical attack on free press’

The outrage over news that police in Quebec province have gathered information from several journalists’ cell phones has grown to the point that the provincial government has mandated a public inquiry. Speaking to an overflow audience of McGill students via» 

Science and Technology, Society

As children age, views on truth and lying change: study

A new study suggests children understand truth and they understand lying, but their evaluation of them change as they get older. Researchers at McGill University studied the behaviour of close to 100 children between the ages of six and 12.»