Category Archives: Science

Newly discovered type of photosynthesis could aid in the search for alien life

By Marina Wang Scientists have recently discovered a new type of photosynthesis that could change the search for alien life as well as improve engineered crops. Photosynthesis typically occurs using a pigment called chlorophyll a which uses red light to

Rare, ancient mammal named after David Bowie’s alter ego

By: Marina Wang Researchers in Brazil have newly described a species of ancient mammal and named the creature Brasilestes stardusti, after Ziggy Stardust as a tribute to David Bowie’s alter ego. The new species was based on a fossil discovered in

New study finds most supplements have little to no effect on heart health

By: Marina Wang Common belief holds that supplementary vitamins can boost overall health and longevity, but a new study has found that to be largely untrue—at least when it comes to heart health. According to a review published in the

Researchers use genetic algorithm to predict city growth

By Marina Wang Inspired by natural biological systems, researchers are using an evolutionary genetics algorithm to predict the future skylines of cities. The model uses historic and economic data as input and then models the number of buildings as well

Housing eviction a pathway to drug use, Vancouver-based study finds

By Marina Wang Vancouver’s housing crisis may also be fuelling the city’s drug epidemic, according to a new peer reviewed study by a group of Vancouver-based researchers. A longitudinal study published earlier this year found that housing eviction had a

Housing First helps homeless people with mental illness, addiction, Canadian studies confirm

By Marina Wang Studies published over the past year have found the Housing First strategy to be effective across age groups, as well as for persons with substance use disorders and mental illness. The Housing First strategy, first developed in

Andrew Wilkinson: The big tobacco defender demonizing pot

By Drew Penner British Columbia’s Opposition Leader Andrew Wilkinson’s recent comments to the media on the “troublesome” nature of the weed business have raised concerns among some residents excited about the coming public influx of cannabis cash. The BC Liberal

BC Liberal leader batted for big tobacco against BC

By ThinkPol Staff The newly-elected BC Liberal leader once acted for multinational tobacco companies against British Columbia, as the province sought to recover billions of dollars spent out of the public health-care budget to treat people with smoking-related diseases such

Canada lagging behind other countries when it comes to science and technology

At a recent presentation to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance (FINA) the case was presented that Canada’s competitiveness in terms of research and development in science and technology has declined markedly over the past 15 years.

Double check your asthma–you might not have it

By Marina Wang, Ottawa Bureau. A new study found that 33% of Canadians recently diagnosed with asthma did not have an active form of the condition. The study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association earlier this