Cash is on the way out, so what’s in your wallet?

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By Sri Ray-Chauduri, Technology and Engineering Editor With the holiday season just around the corner, merchants are already enticing customers with the promise of deep discounts during sales such as Black Friday. Last year, more than 90 billion dollars were injected into the Canadian economy from retail sales in November and December alone. However, with […]

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Is extinction really forever?

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By Robert Gooding-Townsend, Science in Society co-editor Can biotechnology bring back extinct species? If it can, should it? In her new book Rise of the Necrofauna, Britt Wray chronicles the nascent movement to bring back extinct species. She calls these resurrected creatures “necrofauna”, conjuring images of undead mammoths, passenger pigeons, and more. As compelling as the […]

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Fold it right there: The mathematical art of paper folding

The 2007 CSAIL puzzle created by Erik and Martin Demaine. Reproduced with permission. 

By Malgosia Ip, Mathematics and Statistics Editor “I really don’t think it’s possible,” I say again, unfolding the rumpled sheet of paper. I have been trying to solve one of Erik Demaine’s folding puzzles for a few hours now. Some of the creases have been folded so many times that the paper is starting to […]

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Volkswagen looks to leave the Dieselgate debacle in the dust

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Sri Ray-Chauduri, Technology and Engineering Editor  Earlier this year Volkswagen dealers in Canada and the US began selling retrofitted updates of select diesel car models that had been implicated in the company’s 2015 emissions scandal. There was a time when the word Volkswagen evoked images of playing punch-buggy on long family road trips, or brightly […]

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Old science learns new tricks—applications of new technology in the geosciences

By Tanya Samman, Earth and Environmental Science Co-editor In recent years, many areas of the geosciences, including palaeontology, have adopted cutting edge technology and techniques—sometimes in unexpected ways. There are lots of potential applications! Today I’m describing three examples: mapping fossil sites; obtaining soft tissue information from fossils; and armchair geoscience. The first two illustrate […]

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