New licencing bylaw drops short-term rental postings down by 47 per cent

By Staff Writer A bylaw implemented to reign in Vancouver’s short term housing market seems to be effective, according to the City of Vancouver. Listings for short term rentals on sites such as Airbnb, Expedia, and Kijiji have dropped from

Inland B.C. rainforest park reveals trove of 2,400 plant species

By Staff Writer Researchers have been able to describe a bounty of around 2,400 plant species—many of them newly discovered—in British Columbia’s newest provincial park, Ancient Forest/Chun T’oh Whudujut Provincial Park. Chun T’oh Whudujut Provincial Park, located around 113 kilometres

Black bear wanders into Ottawa downtown

By Staff Writer Last week Thursday Ottawa locals were surprised, and some delighted, by a juvenile male black bear that had wandered into the Byward Market, a popular downtown neighborhood filled with bars and restaurants. “Not again,” thought Daniel Konioukhov,

New off-campus housing market opens for students that can’t get into residence

By Staff Writer Many new students to British Columbia that are short of making it on the SFU or UBC housing list are being forced to find accommodation off-campus, and a handful of new agencies have sprung on the opportunity

Vancouver bus stop tops list in “Sorry Bus Stops” contest

By Staff Writer Locals hoping to catch the 701 or 791 busses on the Lougheed Highway near Old Dewdney Trunk Road will have to either stand uncomfortably close to oncoming traffic or behind a concrete barrier blocking access to the

Gene editing successfully cures muscular dystrophy in dogs—humans could be next

By Marina Wang Researchers have successfully been able to cease the progression of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) in dogs using gene editing technology. The new study, published in Science, will hopefully pave the way for life-saving gene therapy to be

Soft-bodied robotic “spiders” could pave the way for microsurgery

By Marina Wang Draw up an image of a robot, and you’d probably get the likes of boxy R2D2 or C3PO, but a team of researchers are creating tiny, soft-bodied, spider-shaped robots. The team, from Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired

Snapchat Dysmorphia: Surgeons report that patients are trying to look more like their filters

By Marina Wang Forget Megan Fox’s nose or Angelina Jolie’s lips. The new plastic surgery trend is to look like the glossy-eyed filtered version of yourself from Snapchat, according to a recent paper published in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery. “Usually

Wildfires ignite “smoke war” between Canada and United States

By Marina Wang Caleb Moon, a resident of Spokane, Wash., was tired of the heavy air pollution caused by the forest fires in British Columbia. In a humorous jest, he took to Facebook and created an event titled “Blow Spokane’s

BC Real Estate Association predicts 21% drop in residential property sales

By Marina Wang According to a housing forecast update from the British Columbia Real Estate Association, residential sales are predicted to fall 21 per cent by the end of the year, from 103,768 last year to 82,000 this year. The