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Indexing the information age

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Over a weekend in 1995, a small group gathered in Ohio to unleash the power of the internet by making it navigable

- by Monica Westin

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Ed Broadbent, former NDP leader, dead at 87

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A man wearing glasses stands in front of a microphone with one of his hands in the air.

Longtime New Democratic Party leader Ed Broadbent, who moved the party further to the left and up in the polls, has died at 87. Over his 20-plus years in federal politics, he helped to establish the NDP as a viable option for voters disenchanted after years of Liberal and Conservative governments.

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43 days ago
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The key to fighting pseudoscience isn’t mockery—it’s empathy

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The key to fighting pseudoscience isn’t mockery—it’s empathy

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As a scientist heavily engaged in science communication, I’ve seen it all.

People have come to my public talks to argue with me that the Big Bang never happened. People have sent me handwritten letters explaining how dark matter means that ghosts are real. People have asked me for my scientific opinion about homeopathy—and scoffed when they didn’t like my answer. People have told me, to my face, that what they just learned on a TV show proves that aliens built the pyramids and that I didn’t understand the science.

People have left comments on my YouTube videos saying… well, let’s not even go there.

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jchalifour
45 days ago
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Happy Public Domain Day 2024!

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Each January 1st is Public Domain Day, when a new crop of works have their copyrights expire and become free to share and reuse for any purpose. Here's our highlights for 2024.

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54 days ago
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Want to hear the wonder of deep space? This music is made from NASA's telescope data

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An image of the centre of the Milky Way galaxy, star systems and other space phenomena are rendered in colours of red, purple and blue.

A Montreal composer has collaborated with NASA to translate scientific data from deep space into music.

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77 days ago
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Psychosis and psychedelics

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A yellow orchid flower in a vase is lit by sunlight from a side window in a living room. The background is out of focus

In the 1960s, psychedelic research was driven underground. Now it’s re-emerging – with lessons for the study of psychosis

- by Phoebe Friesen

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93 days ago
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