Oct 16 2020

What’s in a Name?

Naming traditions vary widely from culture to culture. Children may take their father’s surname, their mother’s surname, both, or neither, depending on local laws and customs. They may be named for family members, religious figures, their birth order, appearance – even a favourite pop star. 

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Technology

Oct 09 2020

Atlantic Loop to Energize the Maritimes

On September 23, the federal government announced plans for the Atlantic Loop, a large regional power grid that would supply the Maritimes with clean, green electricity. Electricity is often generated far from the place it’s used. It is transmitted from source to...

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks at Amherst College in Amherst, Mass., on October 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
Oct 02 2020

R.I.P. R.B.G.

America has lost an outspoken advocate for equal rights. U.S. Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, also known as the Notorious RBG, lost her fifth battle with cancer September 18. She was 87. Ruth Bader Ginsburg was born in 1933. She grew up during the Great...

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A forest burns as the Bobcat Fire grows, out of control, near Wrightwood, California, on September 18, 2020. [EPA/DAVID MCNEW]
Sep 25 2020

On Fire

Wildfires are scorching the west coast of the United States from Mexico to the Canadian border. Almost 27,000 square kilometres of California, Oregon, and Washington state have gone up in flames over the past month, an area half as big as Nova Scotia. California was...

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Sep 18 2020

Banned Nerve Poison Fells Russian Activi...

One of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s harshest critics has been poisoned. Alexei Navalny, a 44-year-old political activist, collapsed on a flight to Moscow on August 20. Traces of Novichok, a Russian military-grade nerve poison, were found in his blood. The Kremlin...

Sports

Sep 11 2020

The Trouble with Team Names

A growing outcry against controversial Indigenous team names, logos, and mascots has persuaded three pro sports teams to consider rebranding. The CFL’s Edmonton Eskimos, Washington’s NFL team, and baseball’s Cleveland Indians have rejected pressure for many years. In...

Animals

Aug 26 2020

Sea Otters Bring Back the Balance

A species that nearly disappeared from B.C. is back. Sea otters are frolicking off the B.C. coastline in numbers that haven’t been seen in almost 200 years. The return of this fuzzy, playful critter has brought unexpected benefits. It’s repairing the entire marine...

History

Aug 21 2020

From Museum to Mosque

Hagia Sophia is Turkey’s biggest tourist attraction, attracting almost four million visitors a year. For the past 86 years, this iconic Istanbul landmark has been a museum. In July, however, the Turkish government converted Hagia Sophia back into a mosque. That...

Environment

Plastic pollution in Ghana in 2018. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons.)
Aug 18 2020

Turning Off the Tap on Plastic

Plastic is everywhere, from clothing, cars, and computers to single-use products like bags and bottles. We produce 11 million tonnes of plastic a year, and throw away about 40 percent of it. Plastic doesn’t decompose like natural materials: it just breaks into smaller...

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Aug 13 2020

Fighting the Good Fight

The United States lost a hero of the civil rights movement in July. Congressman John Lewis devoted his life to social justice. From a young age, he led marches and nonviolent protests against segregation and systemic racism…