Category Archives: Science

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

Toiletries containing microbeads no longer for sale

By Marina Wang On Canada Day Environment Minister Catherine McKenna announced that the “final step” in banning microbeads was in effect. McKenna tweeted that microbeads “would no longer be for sale in toiletries as of today”. Microbeads, also known as

Increased arctic shipping traffic to have largest influence on narwhals, new study finds

By Marina Wang Amid melting sea ice and increased shipping traffic, researchers from the University of Washington have projected which arctic marine mammal populations are most at risk. Along the fabled Northwest Passage and Northern Sea Route, narwhals turned out

Users of genetic ancestry tests tend to “cherry pick” races they identify with, UBC study finds

By Marina Wang A new study has found that users of genetic ancestry tests such as ancestry.ca or MyHeritage tend to select which races to identify with based on preconceived biases. “People often buy these genetic ancestry tests because they’re

Loneliness associated with doubled mortality risk in heart disease patients, new study finds

By Marina Wang A new study has further confirmed the adverse health effects that feeling lonely can have. Of patients with heart disease, loneliness was associated with doubled mortality risk in women and nearly doubled in men. A growing body

UBC study finds a quarter of seafood in Vancouver mislabelled

By Marina Wang The next time you dole out for some pricey red snapper at a restaurant, there’s a strong possibility that you’re actually paying for cheaper tilapia.  A new study from UBC has found that an average 25 per