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Two Atlantic Canada sites recognized as UNESCO Global Geoparks

The Canadian Commission of UNESCO announced today that two sites in Atlantic Canada, the Cliffs of Fundy in Nova Scotia, and Discovery in Newfoundland and Labrador, are being recognized as UNESCO Global Geoparks for their exceptional geological heritage. The Cliffs »

Arts & Entertainment, Society

Rhinos and turtles once roamed Yukon lands

The Yukon, a territory located in northwestern Canada, was once home to ancient rhinos and turtles, a recent analysis of fossils discovered in 1973 shows. 8 to 9 million years ago, these rhinos were about two metres high and three »

Internet, Science & Technology

Canadian telescope helps study first-ever interstellar comet

In 2017, astronomers made a remarkable discovery by locating and studying the very first interstellar object, a strange space rock called ‘Oumuamua. Now, a second object from another solar system has recently been located by the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope. But this »

Environment & Animal Life, Society

Ancient hyenas used to roam Canadian Arctic: study

When we think of hyenas, we usually picture them in the savannah or in a dry environment surrounded by lions or elephants, but this has not always been the case. Thanks to new research, we now know with certainty that »

The research involved mouse brains in development, here showing over 62,000 individual cells of the cerebellum. Being able to locate and target the individual cells which can become “cells of lineage” for tumours means the ability to eventually develop treatment. Here the mouse cerebellum cells are shown in development pre- and post birth. (Maria Vladoui, Ibrahim El-Hamami, Laura Donovan)

Health, Internet, Science & Technology

Canadian research into childhood brain cancer- new discovery

Brain tumours are the leading cause of non-accidental death in children. Tragically there is little that can be done once the cancer begins such that a majority of cases are fatal. Unfortunately as well, little is known about these cancers »

Using mouse models and human cadaver spines, new research in Canada advances knowledge of a spinal disease "DISH" (University of Western Ontario)

Health, International, Internet, Science & Technology

 Canadian research toward unlocking a common back pain disease

If you’re a man over age 50, you have about a one in four chance of developing a particular type of spinal condition resulting in stiffness, reduced movement, and moderate to severe back pain. Professor Cheryle Séguin (PhD) is assistant »

Health, Internet, Science & Technology

Encephalitis: Researchers discover previously unknown cause

The disease is basically an inflammation of the brain wcich can be caused by a number of things from bacteria to viral infections to auto-immune response.  It can often be successfully treated but sometimes still proves fatal. In spite of »

Environment & Animal Life, International, Internet, Science & Technology

Fossil of one of the world’s oldest fish species reveals new insight

66-100 million year old fossil The hagfish is a bottom dweller feeding on things like dead marine life.  The eel-like fish is an ancient survivor from millions of years ago. Besides being ugly, they have the unique defence mechanism of »

Environment & Animal Life, Internet, Science & Technology

A new previously unknown branch on the tree of life discovered

Canadian researchers have discovered an entirely new organism that is like no other. The microbe is a single, but complex cell organism, and is like no other previously known organism. Therefore it has its own unique branch on the tree »

Internet, Science & Technology

Dinosaurs, sea monsters, and ancient insects

The University of British Columbia now has a rare ancient sea monster to amaze visitors to its Pacific Museum of the Earth. The 13 metre long creature lived in what was known as the Western Interior Seaway, a giant sea »