First Nation Stakes Claim To NS Elvers

Ben Hamill - April 08, 2021

First Nation treaty rights are again under the spotlight following a recent Nova Scotia incident involving federal fishing authorities and Sipekne’katik fishermen’s right to fish for a modern livelihood. Officers a little over...Read More

Coast Guard’s New Tech Protects Whales

Ben Hamill - January 18, 2021

Radar and real-time vessel tracking technology are proving useful tools in an intensified effort to protect British Columbia’s southern resident killer whales from the dangers of vessel strikes, entanglements and marine traffic. The...Read More

Hyperloop May Prove Too Big A Deal For Canada

Ben Hamill - December 19, 2020

2020 witnessed high-speed ground level transportation history in the making when humans for the first time ever travelled at airline speeds in a hyperloop pod across a half-kilometre stretch of Nevada terrain. Success meant that the Virgi...Read More

Glider May Be The Key To Right Whale Survival

Ben Hamill - November 05, 2020

An underwater acoustic glider has proven to be successful at detecting the presence of North Atlantic right whales migrating to and from Canadian waters. The technology, which was developed by the University of New Brunswick in associatio...Read More

Light Source Synchrotron To Upgrade To 2.0

Ben Hamill - October 14, 2020

More than 3,000 experiments have been completed at the Canadian Light Source synchrotron in Saskatoon – experiments that are helping scientists develop everything from cancer treatments to new processes in geology and biochemistry. ...Read More

Carbon-Green Split Creating Issues In Canada

Ben Hamill - October 08, 2020

There’s no disputing the fact that going green is the only way to ensure a sustainable future. at the same time, it’s also true that many Canadian regions and communities derive their livelihoods from the oil and gas sector. A...Read More

Vancouver’s Moth Influx No Cause For Panic

Ben Hamill - September 17, 2020

They’re not exactly butterflies and represent to many people somewhat of an “acquired taste” as far as in-house hospitality goes. And what’s worse – they’re literally all over Vancouver from seemingly o...Read More

Newfoundland Family Find An Ally In Seaweed

Ben Hamill - September 14, 2020

What had originally started out as no more than a business on the side run by Newfoundland family Terrance (49), Courtney (42), and Phoenix (11) Howell, the family now hails the unlikely answer to their financial worries brought about by ...Read More

How Denim Jeans Could Be Polluting Our Water

Ben Hamill - September 07, 2020

A trusted pair of jeans is to many people the ultimate go-to clothing item. Whether the requirement is to dress up or down, given the right accessory or t-shirt, there simply isn’t anything quite like it.  Which is why most pe...Read More

Vegas Dave Offloads Sports Card For Millions

Ben Hamill - August 29, 2020

Controversial sports handicapper Dave Oancea, aka Vegas Dave, has just sold the most valuable baseball card ever offloaded. For nearly $4 million. The often-criticized handicapper managed to pull off the incredible stunt during a recent ...Read More

Microbes Showing Decontamination Promise

Ben Hamill - August 10, 2020

Remediating, or cleaning up, acidic mine waste isn’t easy - nor is it cheap. Which is why researchers from three Nova Scotia maritime universities are hoping that collecting microbes from a lake near an old and abandoned gold mine i...Read More

Bee Shortages Affecting Crops In B.C. & U.S.

Ben Hamill - August 03, 2020

Bees are among the hardest-working creatures on earth, ensuring the reproduction of a variety of wild and cultivated plants by pollination, thereby protecting everything from biodiversity to global food production and security. And accord...Read More

Bill Nye Uses Science To Disqualify Racism

Ben Hamill - July 24, 2020

Bill Nye says since colour is a thing only skin-deep, we had better start treating one another as equals. And yes, it’s the same Bill Nye you’re thinking of. The only Bill Nye. The Bill Nye who knows everything there is to kno...Read More

MLBPA Proposes Extended Season Finish

Ben Hamill - June 03, 2020

The Players Association (MLBPA) on Sunday rejected the league’s proposal involving players taking additional pay cuts necessitated by an extended period of inactivity that resulted from worldwide public health concerns. Instead, th...Read More

Bettman Reveals NHL Season Finale Format

Ben Hamill - May 28, 2020

The NHL’s Gary Bettman has reached an agreement with the Players’ Association (NHLPA) regarding the way forward for a possible season finale. The format will involve a 24-team playoff specifically designed so as to lead up to...Read More

MLB Considering A Spring Training Return

Ben Hamill - May 26, 2020

is feverishly trying to suss out ways in which the 2020 season can take place given bans on air travel and large gatherings. One idea that seems to be sticking somewhat more effectively than most others is the idea of playing in spring t...Read More

CFL Talks About Season, Grey Cup Changes

Ben Hamill - May 24, 2020

The (CFL), not unlike the majority of leagues the world over, is eager to the point of desperate to salvage as much of the remainder of the current season as possible. CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie in an official statement sent to seas...Read More

Old Alberta Wells May Become Energy Hotspots

Ben Hamill - May 09, 2020

Alberta isn’t at all happy to allow its redundant and old out-of-use crude oil wells to simply sit there now that they’re no longer in action. And since there are literally tens of thousands of these sites sprinkled all over t...Read More

Science Reports Biggest Supernova Ever Seen

Ben Hamill - April 16, 2020

have just discovered the biggest supernova ever detected, and one radiating nearly five times the amount of explosion energy released by a typical supernova. This in itself is an unprecedented occurrence when considering that the amount o...Read More

Jay Bouwmeester On The Mend Says Blues Cap

Ben Hamill - April 02, 2020

When St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester collapsed on the bench early in February during a game against the Anaheim Ducks, many feared for the worst. But according to Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo, Bouwmeester appears to be out of...Read More

Woodbine Makes Changes Following Covid-19

Ben Hamill - March 13, 2020

Some 37 cases of the have now been reported and confirmed in Ontario, with at least one of those cases in Sudbury. And so, following growing concerns about the spread and impact of the virus on the province and its people, Woodbine Entert...Read More

Home-Based Search For Alien Life On A Break

Ben Hamill - March 12, 2020

For the past 21 years [email protected] has been relying on personal users and their personal computers (at home!) to collect chunks of data hoping to ultimately prove; or disprove as it were; the existence of extra-terrestrial intelligent alien ...Read More

Plans for Toronto Smart City Ignite Privacy Concerns

Ben Hamill - March 03, 2020

Various privacy concerns have been raised ever since Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs (a sister-company to Google) first announced its plans for creating a “smart city” along ’s eastern waterfront area back in October of 2...Read More

New Tyrannosaurus Found in Canada

Ben Hamill - February 15, 2020

Two fossilised skulls on Canadian soil proved a charm to researchers trying to figure out what one of the infamous Tyrannosaurus Rex’s cousins must have looked like when having first prowled the badlands of Alberta. Not that the gu...Read More

Climate Chaos to Blame For Bumblebee Decline

Ben Hamill - February 11, 2020

Bumblebees face an uncertain future. And according to a new study led by climate change and specifically region-specific heat waves, are to blame. Bumblebees are less abundant in areas that have become hotter in recent times and research...Read More

Canada To Officially Ban Single-Use Plastics

Ben Hamill - February 04, 2020

Canadians are all about keeping it clean. During a time when the rest of the world; for the most part at least; are jabbering on and on about what to do about the horrible after-effects of climate change and ; Canada’s federal gover...Read More

BC Telescope Provides Insight Into FRBs

Ben Hamill - February 01, 2020

Trying to figure out the exact nature of what they are and where they originate from is not all that different to a celestial game of Clue. Astrophysicists all around the world have been playing a cosmic game of cat and mouse ever since f...Read More

Malindi Elmore May Be Headed For Tokyo

Ben Hamill - February 01, 2020

B.C. native Malindi Elmore made her Olympic debut some 16 years ago. The year was 2004 and Elmore had qualified to run the 1,500 at the Olympic Games that was hosted by the city of Athens that year. But Elmore missed qualifying for the se...Read More

Scientists Date Dust Older Than The Sun

Ben Hamill - January 23, 2020

Whatever your personal belief system about how Earth was made or came to be, scientists believe that the material discovered inside the meteorite that crashed into Australia’s rural outlands back in 1969, is older still. So old in f...Read More

4 Rovers Set for 2020 Mars Missions

Ben Hamill - January 08, 2020

For many of us, the imminent arrival of 2020 meant one thing and one thing only: getting to fly around in inner city space in our very own flying car. Complete with UFO-style sunroof of course. This was what had been p...Read More

Music Bringing Coral Reefs Back to Life

Ben Hamill - December 15, 2019

Underwater speakers are being used to nurse the Great Barrier Reef back to healthy life. As marine biologist Tim Gordon explained, the bustling noise of a functional reef is essential to attract more life. In turn, thi...Read More

New App Leverages Indigenous Inuit Knowledge

Ben Hamill - December 14, 2019

As apps become more commonplace it is time, in the words of Nunavut elder and former MLA Peter Kattuk, for “the harpoon and the computer to work together”. The late hunter, who also previously served as Sanikiluaq...Read More

Indigenous Tribe Turns Solar Into Success

Ben Hamill - December 11, 2019

The members of a small BC First Nations community are “doing it for themselves”. Members of the Yunesit’in community just to the west of Williams Lake in the region of Chilcotin, BC, have set in motion the making...Read More

Canadian Football League Faces Off-Season Challenges

Ben Hamill - December 10, 2019

It’s that time of the year again: the Canadian Football League off-season. A time when nothing and everything of significance happens all at once. The current off-season poses a number of interesting challenges and s...Read More

Communities Are Choosing Greener Energy

Ben Hamill - December 09, 2019

There’s nothing quite like those icy Canadian winter months to cultivate anew a precious appreciation for any conceivable device able to generate heat. Heaters and furnaces and boilers become our new best friends, equipment we re...Read More

Kombucha’s Health Benefits Applauded

Ben Hamill - December 08, 2019

What’s in a name really? A whole lot of confusion apparently, especially when that name is kombucha. The problem with the fermented tea beverage and the cause of all the confusion is that the name of the tea, when tr...Read More

Local Schools No Longer Dissecting Animals

Ben Hamill - December 06, 2019

The nightmarish practise of dissecting real animals at school level is one that haunts many people well into adulthood. Its inhumane, it’s particularly disturbing and according to the Windsor Essex Catholic District ...Read More

Science On Music Being A Universal Language

Ben Hamill - November 30, 2019

You don’t have to speak German to enjoy a composition by Schumann. This seems reasonable. But to claim that music is indeed a universal language understood across divisions by culture and race and creed is a weighted...Read More

Blue Light Paranoia May Be Exactly That

Ben Hamill - November 25, 2019

The eye-experts have spoken and its official: there’s no actual science-based evidence suggesting that the blue light radiated by digital screens is actually harmful to our eyes. In fact, according to ophthalmology e...Read More

Canadian Pharmacist Wins Prestigious Award

Ben Hamill - November 17, 2019

Canada has long been one of the nations at the forefront of the world’s scientific discoveries and advancements. Most recently, a local pharmacist has been honoured with a prestigious international award for his effo...Read More

Project Understood Improves Google Accessibility

Ben Hamill - November 15, 2019

By 2020, 50% of all Internet searches are expected to be undertaken with voice commands alone. To date an estimated 52 million Google Home devices have been sold but just 4 years from now, in 2023, it’s expected that...Read More

Sabre-Toothed Cat May Have Trudged Canadian Soil

Ben Hamill - October 10, 2019

A recent find by young scientists associated with the University of Toronto and the Royal Ontario Museum indicates the existence of a very special pre-historic cat in the region residents of Alberta now call home. The ...Read More

NASA And ESA Want To Nudge An Asteroid

Ben Hamill - October 08, 2019

A “planetary defence” mission is no longer a thing of Star Trek fiction. Planet Earth last year only just barely escaped a disastrous encounter with an asteroid the size of a football field. Had an actual near miss...Read More

Mattress Mack MLB Bet May Be Biggest Ever

Ben Hamill - October 07, 2019

So convinced is Houston businessman and owner of the Gallery Furniture chain Jim McIngvale that the Houston Astros will this year perform a repeat stunt of their 2017 MLB World Series Win, that he has wagered what may ...Read More

Musk Reveals Human Space Travel Time-Frame

Ben Hamill - October 04, 2019

Elon Musk may put the human space travel naysayers to shame yet. On September 28 the tech-entrepreneur updated the world on the latest SpaceX Starship developments as well as the projected T minus time frame to actual ...Read More

War On Climate Change Is A Losing Battle

Ben Hamill - September 20, 2019

The war on climate change is in many ways a war on self. Instead of fighting some external enemy, combatting climate change requires a change of lifestyle; a challenge that has proved itself to be exponentially more da...Read More

Edmonton’s TELUS World Of Science To Expand

Ben Hamill - September 03, 2019

Edmonton’s TELUS World of Science will soon be in a position to offer even more to its visitors thanks to funding allocated to the centre by Canada’s federal government. The funding is earmarked for expansion and a...Read More

CA Pledges $15M To Amazon Fire Fight

Ben Hamill - August 29, 2019

Raging fires are ripping through South America’s Amazon forests and, says Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, it would be completely unrealistic of anyone to assume that this particular occurrence is exclusively ...Read More

Arctic Discovery Shines New Light On ET Life

Ben Hamill - August 07, 2019

The latest Arctic research now suggests that instead of trudging around on the surfaces of the Moon and Mars, the answers to many of our questions may have been locked up in our own back yard all along. Life on other planets, so say a tea...Read More

CA Government To Invest $20M In Health Tech

Ben Hamill - August 05, 2019

Canada is moving along swiftly in a committed attempt to ensure a leading role in the medical-tech marketplace of the future. And government is doing all it can to ensure that the country remains relevant and prepared to assume this role,...Read More

Playtech Breaks Wimbledon Bets Record

Ben Hamill - July 30, 2019

Fansof tennis the world over weren’t the only ones revelling in the theatre of sports that was the epic Wimbledon finale between the legend that is Roger Federer and the 2019 men’s final winner, namely Novak Djokovic. Top iGa...Read More

Canada Brain Gain About Much More Than Trump

Ben Hamill - July 29, 2019

The Trump administration is making it increasingly more difficult for foreign nationals to obtain the H1-B visa necessary to apply for tech-based employment in the US. Many US companies rely heavily on outside expertise to fill the US tec...Read More

How Seabin Makes For A Clean Toronto Marina

Ben Hamill - July 28, 2019

Low-cost floating garbage cans may seem too simple and good a solution to be true, but considering the fact that Toronto’s Outer Harbour Marina is now visibly cleaner than ever before, the proof appears to be in the pudding after a...Read More

DeBues-Stafford Shatters 34-Year Record

Ben Hamill - July 23, 2019

Canadian track and field champion Gabriela DeBues-Stafford isn’t only super fast out of the staring blocks, but she also has what it takes to keep up the pace, and for all of 1,500 metres to boot. The athlete recently ran the dista...Read More

Interactive eSports Experience A First

Ben Hamill - July 09, 2019

The worlds of gaming and music are connected by an entire sub-sector of mutual fans. And its this passionately shared interest that has sparked a brand new interactive cross-activity collaboration that is being driven by a partnership bet...Read More

Why Salal Is Nature’s Best Kept Non-Secret

Ben Hamill - July 06, 2019

The cancer-preventing, anti-ageing powerhouse properties of the salal berry may be the latest big-news heart-health reveal responsible for currently populating medical health headlines, but as it turns out, its heavenly properties aren&rs...Read More

Local Tech-Corp May Win The Hyperloop Race

Ben Hamill - July 02, 2019

Hyperloop technology has been a hot but also very controversial topic of debate for quite some time. Tech-companies have been running the race with vigour, hoping to be the first to come up with the technology needed t...Read More

Saskatchewan Centre Creates “Joy” Exhibition

Ben Hamill - June 17, 2019

It’s a modern-day dilemma that would not have been understood by our ancestors. If a selfie isn’t part of an event, did that event actually happen? We have grown (some would take issue with this particular term) into a people ...Read More

MLS Gets Approval For NS Rocket-Launch Site

Ben Hamill - June 14, 2019

Nova Scotia may be Canada’s second-smallest province, but it’s also the planned location for the construction of a new rocket-launching facility near Canso. Now that Maritime Launch Services (MLS) has obtained the necessary p...Read More

Science Says Beware The Neuro-Wearable

Ben Hamill - June 04, 2019

Use with caution. Such is the nature of the message preached by neuroscientists following a broad-based overview of some of the wildly fantastic claims made by the manufacturers of wearable “neuro-devices”.  Neuro...Read More

Blue Jays Unhappy About Victoria Day

Ben Hamill - May 31, 2019

To say that Blue Jays fans took a benched Vladimir Guerrero Jr. on Victoria Day in their stride would be a complete lie. In fact, quite the opposite had ended up playing itself out. A scheduled rest day certainly wasn’t what fans h...Read More

Canada Spends $1.14M On Garbage Shipment

Ben Hamill - May 30, 2019

69 containers of rotting garbage, some of them more than 5 years old, will be brought back to Canada from the Philippines at a cost of no less than $1.14 million – and Canada is paying for it. The trash has been a contentious issue...Read More

Raptor Kawhi Leonard Beats The Game 7 Buzzer

Ben Hamill - May 22, 2019

Wise old folk often say that too much of a good thing is no longer any good. We’re taking the liberty of adding: unless your name is Kawhi Leonard. The Toronto Raptors forward recently proved that the legacy of the f...Read More

Toronto’s Travis Dermott Out For 6 Months

Ben Hamill - May 20, 2019

Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Travis Dermott is headed towards a 6-months no-play break as a result of his having had to undergo surgery to his shoulder. What this means is that the defenseman will not be available to play until at least...Read More

Toronto’s Travis Dermott Out For 6 Months

Ben Hamill - May 20, 2019

Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Travis Dermott is headed towards a 6-months no-play break as a result of his having had to undergo surgery to his shoulder. What this means is that the defenseman will not be available to...Read More

TOR Scientist Wins Gerhard Herzberg Award

Ben Hamill - May 12, 2019

The discovery and study of what is referred to as ancient Earth water may seem perplexing to some, but the world of science knows full well that understanding our own planet’s oldest resources is only way to unlockin...Read More

Trump Puts A Damper On Canadian Space Dream

Ben Hamill - May 07, 2019

When Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on 28 February that Canada was about to go to the moon thanks to its involvement with NASA’s Lunar Gateway Project, many people celebrated what they deemed to be ...Read More

Minister Outraged By Caster Semenya’s CAS Ruling

Ben Hamill - May 07, 2019

Canada’s Minister of Sport and Science has lashed out at a controversial decision made by the Court of Arbitration for Sport regarding South African runner and athlete Caster Semenya. The court has denied an appeal l...Read More

Big Bang Molecule Finally Proven To Exist

Ben Hamill - April 25, 2019

Ever since the theory of the natural existence of the molecule thought to have been formed in the immediate aftermath of the Big Bang was formulated in the early 70’s, scientists have been searching for signs of a na...Read More

First Image Of Super Black Hole Is Released

Ben Hamill - April 23, 2019

To most earthlings, trying to fathom the enormity of our sun is difficult enough as it is; let alone allowing our imaginations to venture to a place of having to imagine something 6 billion times the size of it! It appears we now may have...Read More

Canada’s Role In The Event Horizon Telescope

Ben Hamill - April 22, 2019

The world is abuzz with electric excitement after science finally managed to capture the very first image of an actual black hole. Due to the nature of the gravitational force contained by a black hole, literally anyth...Read More

Study Finds Significant Tech Pay Gap

Ben Hamill - January 28, 2019

According to a recent study, women in tech jobs in Canada holding a bachelor’s degree or higher are earning an average of $20,000 per year less than their male peers. This pay gap also seems to be just as pronounced for indigenous ...Read More

Research Receives A Massive Cash Injection

Ben Hamill - December 13, 2018

We knew this all along, but it’s always nice to be reminded of the fact: Canadians know how to step up to the plate and rise to any challenge considered worth the effort. Thanks to this being a trait that is present amongst the este...Read More

Runners plunged into darkness

Ben Hamill - November 04, 2018

For professional track athletes, a successful career is all about utilising every ounce of ability. That in turn means staying alive to the latest training developments. So how might any runner feel about training thei...Read More

The Truth About Bioplastics

Ben Hamill - October 02, 2018

A Vancouver-based expert on plastics is vying for greater public education about the different kinds of plastics on the market following Ottawa’s recently revealed plans to eliminate all single-use plastic in its governmental operatio...Read More

Study Reveals Brain’s Risk-Taking Center

Ben Hamill - September 28, 2018

Experiments performed on two monkeys have helped scientists to pinpoint a small part of the brain that plays a crucial role in decision-making processes. The area could also be responsible for the control of risk-ta...Read More

NFL Titans Star Tackles Bingo

Ben Hamill - August 07, 2018

Laurence Gibson, Offensive Tackle for the NFL’s Tennessee Titans, does not have much experience with Bingo. But he nonetheless delighted the residents of Landon Ridge, an Assisted Living and Memory-Care facility in Kingwood, Texas, ...Read More