Retro Shows on Science from the CBC, and more!

By Paula JohansonSummer is here, and a lot of people are out of school for months. Though it's time to be outdoors doing fun things like gardening and kayaking, nobody wants to turn their brains off for an entire summer. There's plenty of science to learn -- but where?One of the things that works for science learning in the summer is finding free videos and audio recordings and podcasts to play when needed. Quiet evenings…

Continue reading


A Two-hour Marathon

Breaking the four minute mile. Roger Bannister: 3 minutes, 59.4 secondsIn 1954 Roger Bannister electrified the world by breaking the the four-minute mile barrier. This video of the historic run is narrated by Bannister himself: Four minute mile Many had believed that running a mile in under four minutes was beyond the capability of the human body. Once that psychological barrier had been broken, new records were set steadily. Bannister's record stood for  less than…

Continue reading


Beneath an Arctic Sea – Volcanoes Spewing Mud

By Claire EamerNormally, you wouldn’t expect the Beaufort Sea to be a hotbed of volcanic action. It’s covered with ice for much of the year. And during the short spell when the ice is gone, it’s a vast expanse of cold, featureless ocean that washes up on the northern coasts of Alaska, the Yukon, and the western Northwest Territories.An underwater mud volcano as seen by the research ship's scanners. Credit: Natural Resources CanadaBut beneath that…

Continue reading


Three Men in a Canoe – A Fossil Legacy

By Larry VerstraeteOver the phone, Don Bell is matter-of-fact and modest, as if just about anyone could have accomplished what he, Henry Isaak, and David Lumgair did. But others didn't - at least not initially, nor to the same degree - and you don't have to look far to find proof of their legacy. It's a floor below the indoor hockey rink in Morden, Manitoba, in a sprawling space called the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre…

Continue reading


Three Men in a Canoe – A Fossil Legacy

By Larry VerstraeteOver the phone, Don Bell is matter-of-fact and modest, as if just about anyone could have accomplished what he, Henry Isaak, and David Lumgair did. But others didn't - at least not initially, nor to the same degree - and you don't have to look far to find proof of their legacy. It's a floor below the indoor hockey rink in Morden, Manitoba, in a sprawling space called the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre…

Continue reading


Whose Remains are These?

by Helen MasonBattle of Vimy RidgeThis year, Canadians celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada's birth as a nation. In April, many also celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. During that battle, four Canadian fighting divisions surged up the steep slope to attack German forces at the top. Only one of those divisions failed to meet all its objectives that first day. By April 12, Canadian soldiers and their allies held the…

Continue reading


Whose Remains are These?

by Helen MasonBattle of Vimy RidgeThis year, Canadians celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada's birth as a nation. In April, many also celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. During that battle, four Canadian fighting divisions surged up the steep slope to attack German forces at the top. Only one of those divisions failed to meet all its objectives that first day. By April 12, Canadian soldiers and their allies held the…

Continue reading


New Books, New Awards, New Ways to Get Pumped About Science

by L. E. CarmichaelIt's spring and the Sci/Why writers are celebrating. Check out these latest and award-winning books by our team of bloggers! Simon ShapiroSimon's book, Faster Higher Smarter (Annick Press) just won the Science Writers and Communicators of Canada Youth Book Award! It takes a lot of talent, skill, and hard work to become a world-class athlete. But it takes even more to make a sport better: it takes smarts! And whether innovators are…

Continue reading


New Books, New Awards, New Ways to Get Pumped About Science

by L. E. CarmichaelIt's spring and the Sci/Why writers are celebrating. Check out these latest and award-winning books by our team of bloggers! Simon ShapiroSimon's book, Faster Higher Smarter (Annick Press) just won the Science Writers and Communicators of Canada Youth Book Award! It takes a lot of talent, skill, and hard work to become a world-class athlete. But it takes even more to make a sport better: it takes smarts! And whether innovators are…

Continue reading