The official Expedition crew portrait with (from left) NASA astronaut Anne McClain, Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, and astronaut David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency.
Dec 19 2018

David Saint-Jacques Is Out of This World

Move over, Chris Hadfield. There’s a new Canuck on the International Space Station (ISS). David Saint-Jacques is the ninth Canadian to go to space. He and two other astronauts blasted off from Kazakhstan on December 3. They are spending six months aboard the space...


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
Dec 07 2018

Inside the Red Planet

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...


Hans Rosling
Apr 13 2017

The Man Who Made Data Dance

Back in 2005, Dr. Hans Rosling had great news to share. The world had changed. It was getting healthier. It was getting wealthier. And not just developed countries. The poorest countries, too! The Swedish professor had the statistics to prove it.  


Feb 24 2017

How Do You Like Them Apples?

Say goodbye to tired-looking apple slices and ugly bruises. Say hello to the Arctic apple. Its flesh stays white long after you cut it up.   Slice it up and put it in your lunch bag. Take your time eating it. This apple won’t turn brown. Not for days. Not for weeks!  


Jan 20 2017

Partners in Science

The world is fighting climate change. Glaciers are melting, oceans are warming and sea levels are rising. Scientists are working hard to find ways to slow these changes and deal with the challenges they bring. Canada’s Indigenous people are contributing their unique...


Dr. Fred Roots, age 93, during a break in a board meeting of Students on Ice. (Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail)
Nov 12 2016

Polar Roots

Canada lost one of its greatest explorers and scientists last month. Dr. Fred Roots died at age 94.   Most of us have never heard of Dr. Roots. But we’ve all heard of his work. The B.C. geologist was one of the first scientists to confirm global warming…


The Alpha Centauri star system, with Proxima b circled in red. (Wikipedia.)
Sep 02 2016

First Star to the Right

Is there life on other planets? Scientists just got a step closer to finding out.   They’ve discovered an Earth-sized planet in the Alpha Centauri star system. It’s called Proxima b. This planet circles a small red star called Proxima Centauri.   Where did they get the...


Apr 22 2016

People-Powered Research

Some jobs are just too big to tackle alone. Consider the research that scientists do. The more information that they gather – the bigger their sample – the better their data is. But it takes time, manpower and money to gather data. That’s where citizen scientists come...


Aedes aegypti mosquitoes float in a mosquito cage at a laboratory in Cucuta, Colombia, on February 11, 2016. The Aedes aegypti mosquito transmits the Zika virus, as well as two other diseases, dengue and chikungunya. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
Feb 12 2016

Deadly Buzz About Zika

Mosquitoes! Their itchy bites. That annoying whine. The little bloodsuckers can ruin a camping trip. But in many parts of the world, mosquito bites don’t just drive you crazy. They can make you sick. Mosquitoes carry diseases. Malaria. Yellow fever. Dengue. And now the...


Dimetrodon. (Image via Wikimedia Commons.)
Dec 04 2015

A New Name for Old Bones

The year was 1845. A PEI farmer was digging a new well. The old farmer pulled out a big rock. Then something caught his eye. Bones. Teeth. Trapped right in the sandstone. He stared down at it. Was that a fang? Impossible. It was longer than…


Arthur McDonald, a professor at Queen's University, is shown at the university in Kingston, Ontario on October 6, 2015. Professor McDonald is a co-winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on tiny particles known as neutrinos. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand.)
Oct 16 2015

The Case of the Missing Neutrinos

Neutrinos are a mystery. You can’t see them. You can’t feel them. But trillions of these tiny subatomic particles zip through you every second. Scientists are still learning about neutrinos. On October 6, two physicists won a Nobel Prize for unlocking…


Woolly mammoths in a late Pleistocene landscape in northern Spain. (Illustration courtesy of C. Sedwick via Wikimedia Commons.)
Feb 06 2015

One Mammoth Step for Science

What if you could reverse extinction? Would you? Should you? It sounds like a movie trailer for Jurassic Park. But it’s not. Modern technology is catching up to the 1993 film. Scientists can’t bring back T. rex. But they are looking at cloning the woolly mammoth…