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The Foldscope would replace microscopes such as these. Image: Thelmadatter

Paper Microscopes Will Make Science More Accessible

Manu Prakash, a scientist and professor at Stanford University in California, thinks all kids should have a chance to study science.

His new invention – an inexpensive paper microscope called the Foldscope – just might make that possible.

by · June 26, 2014 · News, Science, Technology
The map shows how much warmer temperatures were in 2000-2009 compared to average temperatures recorded between 1951 and 1980. The most extreme warming, shown in red, was in the Arctic. Image: NASA

Ancient Beetle Fossils Helping Scientists Understand Global Warming

Beetle fossils found in an ancient lake bed in British Columbia are helping scientists to understand global warming in the past and the present.

Fossilized palm bruchine beetles were discovered at the McAbee fossil site near Cache Creek, B.C., by scientists from Simon Fraser University.

by · June 23, 2014 · Animals, Environment, News, Science
Big Bend Power Station. Image: Wknight94

Obama Wants Tough New Anti-Pollution Law

Coal plants in the United States will have to cut their production of carbon dioxide (known as “carbon emissions”) by 30 per cent by the year 2030.

by · June 4, 2014 · Environment, News, Science
Blue Whale skeleton, Canadian Museum of Nature. Image: D. Gordon E. Robertson

Blue Whale Carcass Will Help Scientific Research

When the carcasses of nine blue whales were spotted in sea ice off the coast of Newfoundland in April, it was an environmental tragedy. Blue whales are endangered all over the world, and only about 240 now live in the western Atlantic Ocean near Canada.

by · May 25, 2014 · Animals, News, Science
A reconstructed skeleton of Argentinosaurus huinculensis, which is in the Titanosaur group. Image: Eva K.

World’s Biggest Dinosaur Found

Scientists have uncovered the fossilized bones of what may be the largest dinosaur that ever existed.

by · May 22, 2014 · Animals, News
Ancient Egyptian Sarcophagus; Image: Buffalo Museum of Science

Canadian Scientist Loves Mummies

Heather Gill-Frerking is a Canadian scientist who loves working with mummies.

Mummies are the preserved bodies of humans and animals.

Gill-Frerking is the director of science and education for the “Mummies of the World” exhibition at the Buffalo Museum of Science.

by · April 22, 2014 · News
Image: André Karwath

Why Do Zebras Have Stripes?

A new study answers a question people have long asked themselves about the animal kingdom: Why do zebras have stripes?

If you want to try guessing the answer, stop reading now.

Have you guessed? OK, start reading again.

According to a new study, a zebra’s stripes most likely help to keep annoying, biting flies off them.

Scientists have thought that might be the reason.

However, they also had other theories: that the stripes provide camouflage to help them hide from enemies; to confuse their enemies; to help them stay cool; or for a social reason such as to attract a mate.

by · April 9, 2014 · Animals, Science
Image of the solar system. Image: NASA

Scientists Detect Light Patterns From First Moments Of Universe

A team of researchers announced March 17 that they have detected light patterns in space that could be relics of the earliest moments of the universe.

by · April 6, 2014 · News, Science
Atom diagram. Image: Fastfission

Scientists One Step Closer To Harnessing Energy From “Nuclear Fusion”

A group of scientists in the United States has come one step closer to harnessing a source of energy that would be clean, safe and nearly unlimited.

The scientists, who work at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, are trying to find a way to generate energy efficiently using a process called nuclear fusion.

by · March 19, 2014 · News, Science
A map od the Great Lakes. Image: brian0918

Great Lakes Almost Frozen Over This Year

The Great Lakes were almost completely frozen over by March 2, with 90.5 per cent of their total surface covered in ice.

The five connected lakes are located on the border between Canada and the United States, in northeastern North America.

Although some sections of the lakes freeze each winter, usually only about 50 per cent of the water is covered with ice.

In 2012-2013, only about 38 per cent of the lakes was frozen over, and just 13 per cent was covered with ice in the winter of 2011-2012.

by · March 5, 2014 · Environment, News, Science