September 2016


Assorted e-cigarettes. (Photo via Wikipedia.)
Sep 29 2016

Bad Habits

Is smoking bad for your health? Of course it is. Everyone knows that. But only one in ten teens believes that using e-cigarettes, or vaping, can be dangerous too. Turns out, what you don’t know can hurt you. E-cigarettes have only been around for about ten years. They...


An undated illustration shows Sir John Franklin's ships, the HMS Erebus and the HMS Terror.
Sep 23 2016

The Terror, Lost and Found

In 1845, Sir John Franklin sailed two ships into the Arctic. The famous British explorer was looking for the Northwest Passage. Britain was eager to find this shortcut through the Arctic Ocean. It would be a much faster trading route from Europe to Asia. Or so...


Sep 16 2016

Mother Teresa, Saint of the Gutters

For years, people have called Mother Teresa “the saint of the gutters.” On September 4, Pope Francis made it official. Sainthood is one of the highest honours in the Roman Catholic Church. The ceremony was held at St. Peter’s Square in Rome. Mother Teresa, friend to…


A plane surveying elephants in Africa. (Photo courtesy the Great Elephant Census website.)
Sep 08 2016

The Great Elephant Census

In 2014, Elephants Without Borders launched the Great Elephant Census. The group’s goal? To count the savanna elephants in Africa. Workers crisscrossed 18 countries in small planes. It took two years and half a million kilometres of flying. It was the largest wildlife...


The Alpha Centauri star system, with Proxima b circled in red. (Wikipedia.)
Sep 02 2016

First Star to the Right

Is there life on other planets? Scientists just got a step closer to finding out.   They’ve discovered an Earth-sized planet in the Alpha Centauri star system. It’s called Proxima b. This planet circles a small red star called Proxima Centauri.   Where did they get the...