Dec 07 2018

Inside the Red Planet

This image from InSight's robotic-arm mounted Instrument Deployment Camera shows the instruments on the spacecraft's deck, with the Martian surface of Elysium Planitia in the background. The image was received on December 4, 2018 (Sol 8). Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

November 26 was a big day for NASA. The InSight spacecraft, which left Earth in May, was ready to land on Mars. Mission control at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory was packed with people.

As InSight entered the atmosphere, everyone watched the monitors. Scientists were waiting for the answer to one big...

Environment

Nov 30 2018

Oil Spill in the Atlantic

On November 16, an offshore oil platform dumped 250,000 litres of crude oil off the coast of Newfoundland. It’s the worst spill in the history of the province. The oil leaked from the SeaRose, an FPSO operated by Husky Energy. FPSOs are huge ships. They’re used as...

Animals

Nov 23 2018

Mountain Gorilla Population Climbs

Good news for the mountain gorilla! It recently moved from “critically endangered” to “endangered” on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. When so many species are going extinct, mountain gorillas are slowly bouncing back. In 1997, just 624 lived in the wild. By...

History

Nov 16 2018

The Beaucours Ramparts

In October, a Quebec City construction crew dug up something strange. They found an old piece of wood sticking out of the ground. What’s so strange about that? That old wood is part of a 20-metre wall.  And why is that so special? The wall is 325 years old! Quebec City...

Culture

Ivy Manouchehri and Kristal Daniels performing for residents at Oakcrossing Retirement Home in London, Ontario. (Photo by Abby Plener via cbc.ca)
Nov 09 2018

A “Grand-New” Idea

Cara Duncan, 23, is a student at McMaster University. Last year, she found a housemate using Symbiosis. It’s a housing program the university was piloting. The program asked her questions about her habits and personality. Then, she met her match – Lesly Adamson. Cara...

Entertainment

Nov 02 2018

Bye-bye, Big Bird

Caroll Spinney can tell you how to get to Sesame Street. He’s been a regular on the show since the day it aired. Technically, he’s been two regulars. You see, Mr. Spinney is the puppeteer that brought both Big Bird and Oscar to life. After almost 50 years, Mr. Spinney...

Culture

Oct 26 2018

Super-Size Me!

Pumpkins come in all shapes and sizes. Small ones make good pies. Big ones make great jack-o’-lanterns. But what about super-gigantic ones? They’re the perfect size for giant pumpkin contests. These contests are held at fall fairs across Canada and around the world....

History

Oct 19 2018

The Sword Maiden of Sweden

Have you ever hunted for treasure at the beach, looking for stones to skip or pretty shells? Last summer, eight-year-old Saga Vanacek found more than she expected. She discovered a 1500-year-old sword. Saga was wading in Lake Vidöstern, Sweden. The water was only knee-...

Animals

Oct 12 2018

Bat Rescue

Scientists in Nova Scotia are on an undercover mission. They’re staking out a secret spot. Who are they spying on? Bats. But not just any bats. This colony of flying mammals has survived white nose syndrome (WNS). WNS is like the zombie apocalypse. It has killed seven...

Indigenous

Oct 05 2018

Building Lookout Hill

Carcross/Tagish First Nation got its first skatepark in September. This tiny Yukon community sits between Whitehorse and the B.C. border. With a population of 300, Carcross isn’t very big. But it brought big plans to life. There weren’t enough activities to keep kids...

Environment

The Polo Farms neighborhood in South Carolina is largely underwater on September 24, 2018, due to Hurricane Florence. (Jason Lee/The Sun News via AP)
Sep 28 2018

Super Storms

September was a bad month for bad storms. First, Hurricane Florence whomped the U.S. East Coast. This slow-moving giant caused terrible floods. It dumped at least 30 trillion litres of water on the region. Florence killed more than 30 people in three states. A few days...

Environment

Sep 21 2018

Food of the Future

A new food is creeping into our diet. Can you guess what it is? It’s good for you and easy on the Earth. You can bake it into protein bars and whirl it into smoothies. Top a pizza or make a burger. Fry it up or cover it in chocolate. Here’s a hint. The idea might “bug...

Indigenous

Sep 14 2018

Wear Orange on Orange Shirt Day

How did you feel on the first day of school this year? Were you happy? Nervous? Excited? Phyllis Webstad remembers her first day of school like it was yesterday. The year was 1973. She was six, living at Dog Lake Reserve in B.C. She was so excited to start school. To...