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Rediscovered fossil suggests surprising origin for human ancestors

In the News   |   May 23, 2017

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In the summer of 1944, workers digging a bunker in Nazi-occupied Athens came across a fossilized lower jaw with badly damaged teeth. The jaw was shown to a geologist named Bruno von Freyberg who brought... read more

bookmark Astronomers discover musical link to survival of newly discovered solar system
Astronomers discover musical link to survival of newly discovered solar system

In the News   |   May 11, 2017

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Some 2,500 years ago, the ancient Greek thinker Pythagoras pondered the “music of the spheres” – the notion that the orbital periods of celestial objects like the moon and the planets represent a mathematical harmony... read more

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Sidney Crosby’s concussion puts NHL rules in spotlight

In the News   |   May 3, 2017

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The scene was repeated on television networks all day long: The NHL’s best player, Sidney Crosby, is mauled by a pair of Washington Capitals players as he attacks the goal. Crosby is slashed by the... read more

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Maritimers, Quebeckers denounce CBC series as historically inaccurate

In the News   |   April 5, 2017

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Canada’s public broadcaster is facing a growing backlash over a much-vaunted historical series that has angered politicians in the Maritimes, insulted Acadians and been denounced as anglo-centric and offensive in Quebec. Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly... read more

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Astronomers close in on first direct view of a black hole

Articles of Interest   |   April 5, 2017

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If Avery Broderick’s wishes come true, the next 10 days will bring something new to humanity’s view of the universe. For the first time, the University of Waterloo physicist says, there could be “visceral, direct... read more

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Reaction to NHL’s decision to skip Olympics was predictable, but is it really that bad?

In the News   |   April 4, 2017

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A few weeks ago, in a conversation with Sean Burke, who played goal for Canada’s men’s Olympic hockey team during the so-called “amateur” era, I had a change of heart about the 2018 Olympics in... read more

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Big screw-up, sure, but Hollywood really does seem to have changed

In the News   |   February 27, 2017

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It may not have been the biggest upset in Oscar history but it certainly was the biggest screw-up. As the creators of La La Land, the movie much favoured to win best picture at Sunday’s Academy... read more

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Red Dwarf and the Seven Worlds: Astronomers excited by bonanza of Earth-sized planets nearby

In the News   |   February 23, 2017

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About 39 light-years away, there’s a tiny red sun with several planets in a habitable zone where liquid water could exist. Ivan Semeniuk explains how scientists discovered this and what it means. Two centuries ago,... read more

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How the Canadarm changed spaceflight

In the News   |   February 6, 2017

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This story is part of a series about people, products and discoveries that changed the world. During a recent meeting at Canadian Space Agency headquarters in Longueuil, Que., Ken Podwalski put up a picture that... read more

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Scientists see aurora borealis as tool for discovery

Articles of Interest   |   January 24, 2017

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It’s hard to witness a vivid display of northern lights dancing across the night sky and not be transfixed by a natural effect that seems almost supernaturally mysterious and beautiful. But when Eric Donovan looks... read more

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Big science receives $328-million boost from Ottawa

In the News   |   January 10, 2017

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Some of Canada’s largest and most unique science labs and initiatives will share a $328-million top-up, federal Science Minister Kirsty Duncan announced on Monday. The funding, awarded through the Canada Foundation for Innovation, is intended... read more

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Game changer: How the goalie mask transformed the face of hockey

In the News   |   January 9, 2017

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A series about people, products and discoveries that changed the world. The thing about hockey is that it’s endlessly debatable. Who’s the best player? What’s the best team? Where is the birthplace of hockey –... read more

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CRTC rules high-speed Internet a basic service, sets targets

In the News   |   December 22, 2016

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Everyone in Canada should be able to access high-speed Internet, the country’s telecom regulator has declared, setting bold targets for speeds and establishing a new fund that will invest up to $750-million over five years... read more

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Canadians solve key puzzle for future of encryption

Articles of Interest   |   December 21, 2016

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By his own admission, Christopher Pugh is not one for thrill rides. Even a regular commercial flight can make him a bit queasy. But on a moonlit night last September, Mr. Pugh found himself strapped... read more

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Kelly: Penny Oleksiak’s magic is that she’s just like us

In the News   |   December 14, 2016

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Just one national news outlet was prescient enough to include Penny Oleksiak in a long list of Canadians to watch in Rio. They ran her bio next to a picture of a different swimmer. She... read more

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