Feb 16 2018

To Infinity… and Beyond!

On February 6, Cape Canaveral in Florida held a very special event. SpaceX was test launching the world’s biggest, most powerful rocket. Over 100,000 people came to watch.

For eight years, SpaceX has used the Falcon 9 rocket to send up satellites and take cargo to the International Space Station. Now it is...


Feb 09 2018

Finding the Words

There are at least 60 Indigenous languages used across Canada. They belong to 12 major language families. Most are older than English and French. They all share one common factor. They are in danger of dying. One of those languages is Nak’azdli. Only a handful of...


Feb 02 2018

New Vision

Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s…a flying eye hospital? The Orbis Flying Eye Hospital looks like a plane. It flies like a plane. But inside is a fully-equipped hospital. The plane flies a team of eye specialists to developing countries. They help...


Jan 26 2018

It Takes Two

Excitement is building for the 2018 Winter Olympics. Before the first skate hits the ice, Team Canada will march into the opening ceremony behind the Maple Leaf. For the first time ever, not one – but two – Olympians will carry it. Their names? Tessa Virtue and Scott...


Jan 19 2018

Sporting a New Look

Do you know what a hijab is? It’s a headscarf, worn by some Muslim girls and women. A hijab covers the hair, neck, and chest. It’s often just a square of fabric, pinned in place. Hijabi athletes don’t remove their headscarf to play sports. So a Winnipeg high school has...


Jan 12 2018

To the Rescue!

It was the first day of 2018, bright and early. The temperature in Nova Scotia was a chilly -20° Celsius. A man walking his dog on Rainbow Haven Beach reported a pilot whale, washed up on the sand. It was still alive! The call came in to MARS, the Marine Animal...


Jan 05 2018

Shooting for the Podium

The 2018 Winter Games are on the way! The Winter Olympics and Paralympics are held every four years. This time, they’ll be held in PyeongChang, South Korea. The Olympics come first, from February 9 to 25. Almost 3000 athletes will bring the best of ice and snow sports...


Dec 15 2017

Smelling Out Danger

Who’s the newest star of the animal kingdom? It’s the African giant pouched rat, better known as the HeroRAT. Giant (gulp!) rats? They’re only the size of a cat. But these rodents do big work. They save people from two major killers. Their first job is finding hidden...


The Himalayan brown bear. (Abdullah Khan/Snow Leopard Foundation)
Dec 08 2017

The Abominable Snowbear

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?


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...


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....


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...


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...