February 2013


Cloud trail left behind after the Russian meteor event.
Feb 28 2013

Meteor Slams into Russia

On February 15 at 9:20 am, a meteor the size of a school bus punched a hole through Earth’s atmosphere. The 10-tonne fireball rocketed toward Russia at 30 kilometres per second. In Chelyabinsk, the sun was shining. Cars motored along the streets. Students sat…


Pope Benedict XVI
Feb 16 2013

Pope Benedict XVI Retires

Catholics around the world got a big surprise on February 11. Pope Benedict XVI, leader of the Roman Catholic Church, announced he is retiring February 28. He will spend his final years in a Vatican monastery. The German pontiff is 85. His health is poor…


Giant squid
Feb 12 2013

Eye-to-Eye With the Kraken

Meet Architeuthis, the chief squid. Known to olden-days sailors as the ship-crunching Kraken. Known today as the giant squid. Does the giant squid attack and sink ships? That’s probably a myth. But the giant squid wrestles with sperm whales, and it…


Feb 10 2013

Richard III

Five hundred years ago, King Richard III of England was killed in the Battle of Bosworth Field. His naked body was thrown over the back of a horse and paraded through Leicester. No one knew where he was buried. Until now. Old records claim that…


Baltimore Ravens' Ray Lewis celebrates his team's Super Bowl win, February 3, 2013. Photo by Rex Features [2005], all rights reserved.
Feb 04 2013

Baltimore Ravens Win Super Bowl

The Baltimore Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers 34 to 31 to win the Super Bowl on February 3. The Super Bowl is the championship game of the National Football League (NFL). It takes place once a year on ‘Super Bowl Sunday’ – usually the first Sunday in February…


Ontario Liberal leadership candidates
Feb 02 2013

Ontario Gets Its First Female Premier

On January 26, Kathleen Wynne made history. At a leadership convention at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, she was chosen to become Ontario’s first female premier. When Premier Dalton McGuinty stepped down last October, the provincial Liberal party…