Category Archives: Science

COVID-19 twice as contagious as previously thought – CDC study

A person with COVID-19 could infect up to 6 others – not 2 or 3 as previously thought – making measures to control the pandemic ever more critical, according to a new CDC study. Los Alamos National Laboratory in New

Misinformation spreading faster than coronavirus, researcher warns

Misinformation and conspiracy theories are spreading faster than the coronavirus, and malicious actors are exploring the theories for political gain and to commit fraud, warns a Swedish researcher. Sweden’s Malmö University researcher Johan Farkas explains that falsehoods, rumours and conspiracy

Realtor peddles supplements claiming to help protect against COVID-19 as the pandemic slows down real estate market activity

A Vancouver-area realtor is peddling “immune boosting” supplements touted as helping protect against COVID-19 as the coronavirus pandemic slows down activity in Lower Mainland’s hot housing market. “We call our IMMUNE-TAMIN the next level of immune system boosters,” Melissa Wu’s

Australia rolls out COVID-19 vaccine trial for healthcare workers

Australia will roll out a randomized clinical trial of a vaccine aimed at protecting healthcare workers from the COVID-19 coronavirus, Melbourne researchers announced on Wednesday. Professor Kathryn North AC, Director of the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in Melbourne, announced its

Nearly half a million sign petition calling for WHO head’s resignation for kowtowing to China and bungling COVID-19 response

Nearly half a million people have signed a petition demanding the resignation of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) director-general accusing Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of kowtowing to China and mishandling the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response. Torontonian hair stylist Osuka Yip started

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