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

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

What’s in a name? Study criticizes planning of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside by examining place names

By Marina Wang A new study uses critical toponymy, or the historical and political implications of place-naming, as a lens to critique Vancouver Downtown Eastside’s Local Area Planning Process (LAPP). The study examined how various naming conventions around the neighborhood

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

Ontario election: Progressive Conservatives take majority government

By Marina Wang Within 15 minutes of the polls closing, Doug Ford, leader of the Progressive Conservatives, was projected to be the next premier of Ontario. Six minutes later, the Progressive Conservatives were declared a majority government. The Progressive Conservatives,

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

BC gaming industry says it’s ready for money laundering crackdown

By Drew Penner If you talk to the guys behind gambling and scratch tickets in British Columbia they’ll proudly point out they pad the provincial government with more revenue than the gas tax, forestry or natural gas does. But they’re

Ontario election: Some voters can actually choose “None of the Above” in upcoming election

By Marina Wang Voters in the Thornhill riding in the Greater Toronto Area can look to the bottom of the candidate list and check off a square marked “Above, Znoneofthe” for the June 7 election. A 48-year-old man has legally