Category Archives: Science

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

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