Dec 08 2017

The Abominable Snowbear

The Himalayan brown bear. (Abdullah Khan/Snow Leopard Foundation)

Quick! What’s wild and shaggy and lives in the Himalayas?

Did you guess the yeti? Legends say this man-beast hides out in the mountains between Tibet and Nepal. Folks claim they’ve seen one or spotted its tracks. Some have even snapped pictures.

But are yetis real?

News

Dec 01 2017

Levi’s Levidromes

Have you ever heard of a “levidrome”? A boy from Victoria, B.C. invented the word. It’s so new, you won’t find it in the dictionary. Not yet, at least. Levi Budd is six. He loves to play with words. When he was four, he noticed something cool about Snakey Bob, his...

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The Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk Highway. (Photo courtesy the Northwest Territories government).
Nov 24 2017

Highway to the Arctic

A new highway opened last week. The Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk Highway is short, just 137 kilometres long. But it’s important. It’s the first year-round road connecting Canada to the Arctic Ocean. The two-lane gravel road is built on permafrost. It took four years to build....

Technology

The sKan, a skin cancer detection device. (Photo courtesy James Dyson Award.)
Nov 17 2017

A sKan for Skin Cancer

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...

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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...

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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...

Health

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

Outbreak!

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...

Technology

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...

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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....

Sports

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...

News

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...

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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...

Technology

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...