Category Archives: Science

Pest control reports larger and more spiders in metro Vancouver

By Staff Writer Longer, warmer summers have led to both an increase in size and occurrence of spiders in metro Vancouver, according to a pest control specialist. “Spiders are huge right now, larger than I’ve ever seen before,” Randy Bilsky,

Researchers gain rare insight from unusually abundant beluga harvest

By Staff Writer Local Inuit hunters in the hamlet of Ulukhaktok, Northwest Territitories, seldom have the opportunity to hunt beluga, with usually one whale hunted every few years, but the summer of 2014 gave a bounty of over 30 whales.

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

Millennials drive the push towards vegetarianism

By Marina Wang A&W restaurants recently launched its Beyond Meat Burger, “made 100% by plant-based protein”, while Aroma Espresso Bar adds a new veggie patty to their menu. Meanwhile, Earl’s unveils a new vegan menu. The surge of vegetarian and

Hold on to your EpiPens: epinephrine injector may be in short supply in August

By Marina Wang Pfizer, the company that makes EpiPens, has said that the emergency medical injectors will be in “very limited” supply across Canada in August. “We understand and regret the challenges this situation continues to pose to patients. Ensuring

Victoria woman calls out “fat-shaming” medical negligence in obituary

By Marina Wang A woman from Victoria has used her obituary to call-out health care professionals that overlook serious medical problems in overweight women due to their size. Ellen Maud Bennett, 64, died of cancer in May this year. Her

Liquid water finally discovered on Mars

By Marina Wang For the first time, radar measurements taken from the Mars Express Orbiter have provided astronomers with convincing evidence of liquid water on Mars. The newly detected reservoir is around 12 miles wide, located near Mars’s South Pole

Scientists accidentally discover 12 new moons of Jupiter, one of which is a on a detectable crash course

By Marina Wang Researchers from the Carnegie Institute of Science have “serendipitously” stumbled upon 12 new moons of Jupiter, one was which was described as an “oddball”. The “oddball” moon could collide with one of Jupiter’s 79 other moons in

Spending time in nature is good for your health, new study confirms

By Marina Wang “We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and