January 2016


Single-serve coffee pods for use in the Keurig coffee machines.  (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Jan 28 2016

Trouble’s Brewing

Twenty years ago, John Sylvan came up with a better office coffeemaker. The Keurig was faster and cheaper than running out to the coffee shop. It was easy to use and mess-free. People could pick their own brew. And because it made one cup at a time, it ended arguments...


A man points to an illustration of the Spanish galleon San Jose during a press conference to announce the finding of the shipwreck near Cartagena, Colombia, in December. [Photo courtesy EPA/RICARDO MALDONADO ROZO.]
Jan 22 2016

The Holy Grail of Shipwrecks

Three hundred years ago, the treasure ship San Jose sank in the Caribbean. The Spanish galleon was leading a 17-ship fleet home from the Americas. Its hold was full of gold and jewels from the New World. France and Spain were desperate for…


Bananas. Photo courtesy Steve Hopson, www.stevehopson.com.
Jan 15 2016

Bye-Bye, Bananas

Do you like bananas? Eat them while you can. They’re on their way to extinction. Extinct? The banana? That’s right. The world’s favourite fruit is losing the fight to a fungus. The fungus lives in the soil. It enters through the roots of the banana plant and prevents…


Jan 08 2016

The Force is Strong With This One

Did you see Star Wars: The Force Awakens over the holidays? If so, you weren’t alone. The movie has dominated the box office since it opened on December 17. It rocketed to the top, making its first billion in 12 parsecs—er, days. That’s faster than any other…