October 2017


Workers can use insecticide to try to stop outbreaks of the plague. [Photo via BBC Science Library]
Oct 27 2017


Madagascar is fighting a deadly disease. Plague has already killed almost 100 people in the African nation since August. Plague is caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis. It’s really a rodent disease, transmitted to humans in fleabites. Plague killed 50 million people...


Oct 20 2017

Au Revoir to Gassing Up

Paris is tired of air pollution. The French city is solving the problem at the source—internal combustion engines. That’s the engine found in most cars and trucks. Internal combustion engines burn gas or diesel fuel. But fossil fuels are dirty. The exhaust fumes...


Inuvik elder Lillian Elias takes part in a ceremony at the National Gathering of Elders, held in Edmonton between September 11 and 14, 2017. (Laurie Buffalo)
Oct 13 2017

Listen to Your Elders

Last month, First Nation, Métis, and Inuit elders held a big event in Edmonton. It was the first-ever National Gathering of Elders. Elders preserve an Indigenous community’s culture and traditions. Some have special skills and talents. Elders can be storytellers....


Oct 06 2017

I Am Invictus

War can break a soldier, body and soul. Just ask Prince Harry. The queen’s grandson, who was a captain in the British army, served two tours of duty in Afghanistan. He experienced the scars it left behind on his friends and colleagues. On him. “The way I viewed service...