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Philae Spacecraft Wakes Up

Philae is a spacecraft that was sent on an important mission by scientists at the European Space Agency (ESA) about 10 years ago. It took a decade to reach its destination, an icy comet known as 67P.

by · June 22, 2015 · News, Science
Making Glue Less Sticky

Making Glue Less Sticky

Getting that last drop of glue out of the bottle will soon be easier, thanks to a new lubricant called LiquiGlide.
A lubricant is a substance that reduces friction between two surfaces. LiquiGlide reduces the friction between the walls of a container and the liquid it holds so the contents will slide out more easily.

by · June 14, 2015 · Health, Science, Technology
Image: Airman 1st Class Alystria Maurer

Scientists Make Batteries From Packing Peanuts

A team of researchers from Purdue University in the United States has found a way to use pesky packing peanuts to make rechargeable batteries.

by · April 19, 2015 · News, Science
Only 200 Spirit bears are left in existence. Image: Wikipedia

Orphaned Spirit Bear Gets New Home

When a young spirit bear named Clover wakes up from his winter hibernation, he will have a new home waiting for him. Clover, who is almost three years old, lives at the B.C. Wildlife Park near Kamloops, British Columbia.

by · February 2, 2015 · Animals, News, Science
Lobster dinner. Image: Benson Kua

North American Lobsters Invading British Waters

Some unwelcome visitors from North America have been turning up in the waters off the coast of Great Britain.
North American lobsters have been found in lobster traps in the North Sea, far from their native habitat.

by · January 25, 2015 · Animals, Environment, News
Mastadon skeleton. Image: Kevin Saff

Climate Change, Not Hunting, Killed Off Mastodons

Mastodons in Canada’s north were probably wiped out by the start of a new Ice Age, and not by human hunters, according to a new scientific study.
Early humans have commonly been blamed for hunting mastodons to extinction in North America.

by · December 17, 2014 · Animals, Environment, News
A Western Screech Owl. Image: Randy R. Magnuson

And A Partridge In A Pear Tree… Check!

The 115th Christmas Bird Count is officially underway.
The count is an annual census of local and migratory birds and it’s organized by the National Audubon Society. From December 14 to January 5, volunteers will gather in more than 2,000 locations in North, Central and South America to count the birds in their area.

by · December 16, 2014 · Animals, News, Science
Rosetta Space Probe Raises Water Questions

Rosetta Space Probe Raises Water Questions

Scientists have made some surprising discoveries in space recently.
The European Space Agency (ESA) sent a probe, called Rosetta, six billion kilometres into space to meet up with a comet known as 67/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

by · December 15, 2014 · News, Science
A Beluga Whale in Quebec, Canada. Image: Luca Galuzzi

The Number Of Endangered Species In Canada Growing

The number of endangered species in Canada is growing. Five new animal species and five types of plants were declared endangered in November by a committee of wildlife experts.

by · December 10, 2014 · Animals, Environment, News
The countdown clock. Image: NASA

Time For A Change As NASA Upgrades Its Launch Clock

There are some pretty famous clocks in the world: London’s Big Ben, and the clock on the Peace Tower in Ottawa, to name just two.
But the most watched clock in the world may be NASA’s launch clock.

by · December 4, 2014 · News, Science, Technology