May 07 2021

Miracle Material

Mycelium leather. (Photo by Lindsey Filowitz, courtesy of MycoWorks)

Biotech companies have found an eco-friendly alternative to make leather. Mylo is sustainable. It’s biodegradable. It’s fast and easy to make.

Where does this miracle material come from? The humble mushroom.

It’s not made from the part that you eat. That’s the fruit of the fungus. It’s grown from...

News

Apr 30 2021

Stand Up and Be Counted

More than 38 million people live in Canada. How does the government know how many people live here, where they live, and who needs help? How does it know what to build and where to build it?   It gets those answers from the census. A government agency called Statistics...

News

Apr 23 2021

“We’re Not the Virus”

Anti-Asian racism is on the rise in Canada. People of Chinese descent reported 1150 racist incidents between March 2020 and February 2021. The data was gathered by the Chinese Canadian National Council (CCNC). Forty-four percent of the incidents happened in B.C. Forty...

News

Apr 16 2021

Prince Philip, Dead at 99

On April 9, Buckingham Palace posted sad news. “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.” Prince Philip and the Queen were married for 73 years. He met his...

History

A view of a chariot that was found in Civita Giuliana, north of Pompeii. (Parco Archeologico di Pompei/The Associated Press)
Apr 09 2021

Buried Treasure

In January, archaeologists discovered a Roman chariot near Naples, Italy. The large four-wheeled chariot was almost 2000 years old, but it was intact and beautifully decorated. How did it survive? Why is it in such perfect condition? It was found in Pompeii under...

Animals

Apr 01 2021

Sick of Eating Garbage

What wild animal looks like a dog, can live in the city, and yips at night? If you guessed a coyote, you’re right. You may never have seen an urban coyote. These shy members of the dog family usually avoid people. The prefer the wild side of the city – parks and wooded...

Technology

Mar 12 2021

When the Chips are Down

Hoping to get a PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X? Good luck! The new gaming systems launched in November, but they’re not landing in many homes. They are in short supply around the world. Why are they so hard to get? There’s a global computer chip shortage. Computer...

Science

Mar 05 2021

Roving Around on Mars

“I’m safe on Mars” isn’t a tweet you see every day. The good news came from Perseverance, the new Mars rover. The Mars mission left Earth last July. Eight months and 472 million kilometres later, the spacecraft arrived at Mars. The landing was scheduled for February 18...

Sports

Feb 26 2021

Playing for a Cure

The World’s Longest Hockey Game has set a new world record. The puck dropped February 4 at an outdoor rink near Edmonton. The two teams played nonstop for 252 hours in -40 to -55°C cold. It was so cold that skate blades broke. Hockey sticks and more than 50 pucks...

Culture

Feb 19 2021

Building a Technicolour Bookshelf

Sofia Rathjen loves to read. But the Alberta Grade 8 student noticed something missing from the books at her school library. Not many characters look like her. Sofia is part European, part Latina, and part Afro-Colombian. She’s read lots of books about people of colour...

Sports

Feb 12 2021

Shooting Star

It’s been an unusual year for the Toronto Raptors. Thanks to the pandemic, the NBA season started two months late. It’s ten games shorter than usual, too.  The Toronto franchise has had its highs and lows so far. The first blow was learning the team couldn’t play in...

Environment

Feb 05 2021

Mount Merapi Erupts

Mount Merapi, Indonesia’s most active volcano, erupted January 27. The blast could be heard 30 kilometres away. For four hours, the volcano spat out red-hot rock and ash. A hot cloud of gas rushed down the slope, coating everything in grey ash. Lava spilled out of the...

Technology

Jan 29 2021

Gaming the Pandemic

Canadians have spent a lot of time and money on video games during the pandemic. That’s not surprising. When businesses and schools shut down last March, many of us were left with extra free time. We couldn’t play or watch sports. We couldn’t go to shows or concerts or...