International, Politics

China reiterates warnings over South China Sea

At a recent academic conference, two Chinese officials repeated warnings about incursions into the South China Sea, a region over which it claims jurisdiction. The warning was aimed specifically at the United States which insists, as the U.N has said,» 

Environment, Internet, Science and Technology

Canadian developed technology moving toward zero waste in smart phones

Electronics manufacturers are constantly exhorting people to buy new model mobile phones, and age also takes its toll on batteries, forcing people to buy new. As for old phones, these are to some extent taken apart manually to get at» 

Environment, Internet, Science and Technology

A new way to predict forest wildfires developed

Researchers at the University of British Columbia have come up with a new way to predict when and where fires caused by humans are most likely to occur in the spring. Between the time that the snow melts and plants» 

Arts and Entertainment, Economy, International, Internet, Science and Technology, Society

Mannequins perfect bodies: bad for clothing sales?

When shopping for clothes, you’ll see examples of various styles draped onto mannequins.  It’s a time honoured practice, but in recent years, those female mannequins have become idealized, with perfect busts, thin waists, and long slender legs while male mannequins » 

Environment, International, Internet, 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» 

Economy, Internet, Science and Technology

Do not disturb, my red light is on.

You’re in the middle of a job, busily concentrating and deep in your thoughts and ideas when….someone comes to your work station and interrupts you. It takes time to get back in the groove. Now a UBC professor has come» 


Black history month, Important? Yes, but…

February is Black History Month in Canada, but while advocates say it’s important to highlight blacks contributions to the country, it’s also time to think that it shouldn’t be relegated to just one month Annette Henry PhD is a professor» 

Arts and Entertainment, Society

(book) Capturing Hill 70-Major First World War victory forgotten.

In 1917, a normally unimpressive bump in the landscape in northern France near the then coal mining centre of Lens was known to the Allies as Hill 70. It became however a vicious battle for the Canadian troops assigned to» 

Environment, International, Internet, Science and Technology

Technology gives new insight into whale behaviour

We know a little about whales, but often have more questions than answers. Traditional observation done by following whales and pods in boats, gives only limited knowledge of behaviour at the surface and may in fact disturb them thereby possibly» 

Environment, Internet, Science and Technology

Can trees adapt to climate change? Perhaps not easily

Some suprising new research shows trees in the same environment have developed shared genes, though they are different species. What researchers have long thought is that genetic solutions to deal with climate change would be complex, involving genetic differences and»