Nov 17 2017

A sKan for Skin Cancer

The sKan, a skin cancer detection device. (Photo courtesy James Dyson Award.)

Four engineering grads from McMaster University in Ontario have come up with a cool idea. It’s a handheld sensor that spots skin cancer. They call it the sKan.

The team sent their design for the sKan to the 2017 James Dyson Award.

Students around the world entered this contest. They sent in a thousand...


Nov 10 2017

Extra, Extra, Read All About It!

A team of archaeologists has discovered the world’s oldest paper. These scraps of Egyptian papyrus helped answer an important question. How were the pyramids built? It’s a mystery that’s puzzled people for years. Who knew they’d find the key in an old diary? Ancient...


Nov 03 2017

Picture This

Picture Day. You know how it works. A company comes to your school. Your class lines up. The photographer says, “Smile.” Then, click! An envelope goes home. The payment goes back. And picture day is over for another year. This year, the three schools in Lac Seul First...


Workers can use insecticide to try to stop outbreaks of the plague. [Photo via BBC Science Library]
Oct 27 2017


Madagascar is fighting a deadly disease. Plague has already killed almost 100 people in the African nation since August. Plague is caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis. It’s really a rodent disease, transmitted to humans in fleabites. Plague killed 50 million people...


Oct 20 2017

Au Revoir to Gassing Up

Paris is tired of air pollution. The French city is solving the problem at the source—internal combustion engines. That’s the engine found in most cars and trucks. Internal combustion engines burn gas or diesel fuel. But fossil fuels are dirty. The exhaust fumes...


Inuvik elder Lillian Elias takes part in a ceremony at the National Gathering of Elders, held in Edmonton between September 11 and 14, 2017. (Laurie Buffalo)
Oct 13 2017

Listen to Your Elders

Last month, First Nation, Métis, and Inuit elders held a big event in Edmonton. It was the first-ever National Gathering of Elders. Elders preserve an Indigenous community’s culture and traditions. Some have special skills and talents. Elders can be storytellers....


Oct 06 2017

I Am Invictus

War can break a soldier, body and soul. Just ask Prince Harry. The queen’s grandson, who was a captain in the British army, served two tours of duty in Afghanistan. He experienced the scars it left behind on his friends and colleagues. On him. “The way I viewed service...


Sep 29 2017

“Becca Told Me To”

If you knew cancer would cut your life short, how would you like to be remembered? That’s the question 18-year-old Becca Schofield faced last year. Just before Christmas, doctors told the New Brunswick teen that her brain cancer was back. It was incurable. She had...


Sep 22 2017

A Whale of a Tale

Talk about beginner’s luck! Last month, an Inuk teen harpooned a bowhead whale on her very first hunt. Adult bowheads grow to 18 metres. They weigh up to 100 tonnes. That’s twice as long as a school bus and seven times as heavy! Aboriginal people living in Canada’s Far...


Sep 15 2017

Two Hundred Years on Two Wheels

The bicycle turns 200 this year. Karl Drais, a German inventor, came up with the two-wheeler to solve a transportation problem. Before bikes were invented, there were no cars or trucks. For most folks, the only way to travel and carry goods was on foot. Some people...


Horses are rescued from dangerous floodwaters caused by Hurricane Harvey on August 31, 2017 in Houston, Texas.
Sep 08 2017

Hurricane Harvey Hits Houston

A powerful hurricane struck southeast Texas in late August. By the time it blew itself out, Hurricane Harvey caused an estimated $180 billion of damage and killed at least 60 people. People knew Harvey was coming. Meteorologists tracked the tropical storm. It sucked up...


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looks on as former astronaut and Governor General designate, Julie Payette, talks to reporters in Ottawa on July 13, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand)
Sep 01 2017

Countdown to Our New Governor General

Canada gets a new governor general this fall. It’s a great honour to be the Queen’s representative. You meet with royalty and presidents. You sign laws and give out medals and awards. You swear in the prime minister and his cabinet, and open and close Parliament. You’...


The sun is obscured by smoke from wildfires in the distance behind burnt trees in Williams Lake, B.C., on Sunday, July 30, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
Aug 28 2017

Fighting Fires in B.C.

Summer is fire season in British Columbia. This summer was the worst in B.C.’s history. The B.C. Wildfire Service knew it was coming. The spring was cool and wet. But by early July, the weather was blazing hot. Temperatures soared into the 30s. There had been no rain...