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False Signs of Life on Alien Worlds

Added on: April 30, 2014

Call it the cosmic version of fool’s gold. What was once considered a sure-fire sign of life on distant planets may not be so sure-fire after all, a new study suggests. Instead, it may simply be the artifact of a lifeless world and its equally lifeless moon. read more

Reading Pain in a Human Face

Added on: April 29, 2014

How well can computers interact with humans? Certainly computers play a mean game of chess, which requires strategy and logic, and “Jeopardy!,” in which they must process language to understand the clues read by Alex Trebek (and buzz in with the correct question). But in recent years, scientists have striven for an even more complex… MoreMore arrow

This is your brain on great literature

Added on: April 28, 2014

Research shows that reading rich narratives and metaphors activates areas of our brain outside of language, and frequent fiction reading is correlated with empathy. read more

Why morning people are happier than night owls

Added on: April 25, 2014

Night owls often wake up for work or school with a scowl on their faces and wishing for an IV drip of coffee, while morning people come skipping in 15 minutes early. However, morning people aren’t chipper just as the sun is coming up; they are happier and more satisfied with life overall, a new… MoreMore arrow

Whales lose threatened status, are less protected

Added on: April 24, 2014

Controversy has erupted over a government decision to change the status of North Pacific humpback whales from a species which is “threatened” to one of “special concern.” The downgrade reduces the level of protection afforded the massive mammals. read more

Canadian scientists urge more research into safety of wireless technology, saying recent report downgrades cancer risk

Added on: April 16, 2014

A recent report giving a conditional stamp of approval to Canada’s guidelines for radiofrequency waves failed to give enough weight to research suggesting a link between wireless devices and cancer, two scientists argued Monday. read more

Your Brain Has No Idea Where It’s Going

Added on: April 15, 2014

The direction you’re moving can play tricks with your mind. That can mean trouble not only for travel but for human relations too. read more

One woman’s fight to shed light on seniors and suicide

Added on: April 14, 2014

Avery Haines shares the story of an 80-year-old woman whose own brush with death has triggered a mission to raise awareness about seniors and suicide. continue

Canada Council for the Arts Awards the 2014 Killam Prize to Canada’s Top Scholars and Scientists

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The Canada Council for the Arts has recently awarded the Killiam Prize to five Canadian Scholars and Scientists who have pushed boundaries in their respected fields.  Each winner has been awarded $100,000, made possible through the Killiam Trust fund. This fund, among other scholarly contributions, awards those prominent Canadian scholars and scientists that are actively… MoreMore arrow

Toronto Killam Prize winners trap the light elastic

Added on: April 10, 2014

Two University of Toronto professors are leading a scientific charge of the light brigade. That’s why their pioneering work in photonics — the science of light, its detection, distribution and uses — has earned them both a prestigious Killam Prize this year. read more