When mountains collapse: New-tech geodatabase helps geologists assess landslide hazard and risk

Jesse Mysiorek, New Science Communicator Early in the morning of August 2, 2014, part of a mountain collapsed in Jure, Nepal, about 70 kilometres northeast of Kathmandu. Some 5.5 million cubic metres of rock and debris — equal to the size of Grouse Mountain, north of Vancouver, BC — tumbled down into the Sunkoshi Valley, […]

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How a privately funded space mission sent an archive of human history to the Moon

Sri R. Chauduri, Technology & Engineering Editor Back in August, the world was buzzing with news that thousands of tardigrades, resilient micro-animals often referred to as water bears or moss piglets, had crash-landed on the Moon. But were these ancient Earthlings even supposed to leave our planet and, if not, how did this happen? Until […]

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Canada’s contributions to the next great space telescope

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Ryan Marciniak, Physics and Astronomy Editor With the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing behind us, it’s important to look toward the future of space exploration. From the science side, the anticipation couldn’t be higher for the instrument that will replace and improve upon the Hubble Space Telescope. Named for the man who was […]

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To mathematical infinity and beyond: The why and how of virtual reality in Canadian classrooms

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Jasleen Grewal, Communications, Education and Outreach co-editor “Melissa Kaplan begins her junior high school day on 4/4/2020 by rolling out of bed and donning her Ultralite TM glasses and gloves. […] she picks up a virtual microscope and dissection instrument […]. A little squeamish, Melissa needs some reassurance and instructions from her Virtual Teacher before […]

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Technology that puts the “access” in accessibility

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Sri Ray-Chauduri, Technology & Engineering editor Canadians have been front-and-centre in contributing to technological advances in accessibility for people with disabilities. In the 1950s, Canadian engineer George Klein invented the first electric wheelchairwhile working at the National Research Council. Since then, the digital revolution has not only changed the types of innovations needed to improve […]

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