Jan 15 2021

Mob Storms U.S. Capitol Building

On January 6, after attending an incendiary rally by Donald Trump, thousands of pro-Trump extremists marched on the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. to prevent Congress from confirming President Joe Biden. This unparalleled assault on democracy has shaken the country.

News

Jan 08 2021

“They Desire a Better Country”

The Order of Canada is one of our country’s most prestigious civilian honours. It recognizes people whose service shapes our society, whose innovations ignite our imaginations, and whose compassion unites our communities. The Order’s motto is DESIDERANTES MELIOREM...

Health

Dec 18 2020

“Vaccines Are Coming!”

On December 8, Health Canada approved the first vaccine for COVID-19. Canada is the third country to approve the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, after the U.K. and Bahrain. “It has been a difficult year, and we are not out of this crisis yet,” said Prime Minister Trudeau. “...

Science

First cultured meat patty, produced in 2013.
Dec 11 2020

Mock Meat Makes Debut in Singapore

Lab-grown meat was approved for sale for the first time this month. Singapore gave its thumbs up to the chicken nuggets produced by Eat Just Inc. The cultured nuggets may look and taste like chicken, but this meat never had wings or feet or feathers. It doesn’t come...

History

View of Saqqara necropolis, including Djoser's step pyramid (centre), the Pyramid of Unas (left), and the Pyramid of Userkaf (right). (Photo via Wikipedia.)
Dec 04 2020

Digging Up the Past

It’s been an exciting and productive autumn for a team of Egyptian archaeologists. On November 14, Mostafa Waziri, the general director of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, unveiled 100 coffins the team found last month. The archaeologists discovered 59 more in...

Technology

This illustration made available by SpaceX depicts the company's Crew Dragon capsule and Falcon 9 rocket during the uncrewed In-Flight Abort Test for NASA's Commercial Crew Program.
Nov 27 2020

Space Taxi

NASA astronauts don’t need to hitch a ride to the International Space Station anymore. SpaceX will give them a lift. NASA discontinued its space shuttles a decade ago, and started looking for private companies to transport crews and cargo. To bridge the gap, the U.S....

Environment

Nov 20 2020

Mapping a New Coral Reef

In October 2020, a team of Australian scientists stumbled across a mountain no one had ever seen before. This mountain—a living coral reef—lay hidden under the ocean’s surface, just 100 kilometres from northern Australia.

Politics

President-elect Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are joined by family members after Mr. Biden delivered his victory address in Wilmington, Delaware, on November 7, 2020.
Nov 13 2020

A New U.S. President

The United States went to the polls November 3. Four days later, the results were clear. Joe Biden will be the country’s next president. The president-elect brings plenty of experience to the job. He served as a senator for 36 years and vice president to Barack Obama...

Health

Nov 06 2020

A Name Change for Asbestos

Asbestos, Quebec is changing its name. Why? Because it’s named after a mineral that kills 100,000 people a year. That’s not a terrific selling point for a town that’s trying to attract business. “We are losing great business opportunities just because of our name,”...

Indigenous

A Mi'kmaw fisherman hold his son on his boat before heading out to set traps in Saulnierville, Nova Scotia on October 21, 2020.
Oct 30 2020

The Right to Fish

On October 13, several hundred non-Indigenous commercial lobster fishers and their supporters raided two facilities where Mi’kmaw fishers were storing their catches. At a lobster pound in New Edinburgh, rioters set a van on fire, stole lobsters, and damaged the...

News

Oct 23 2020

QAnon

Have you heard about QAnon? It’s a fringe, unfounded conspiracy theory, spreading via social media, that has infected the United States. What are the details of this theory? It sounds like the plot of a new vampire movie: A powerful secret cult of politicians and...

Indigenous

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...

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...