German prosecutors open homicide case after hacker attack on hospital leaves woman dead
News/Technology & Science: German prosecutors opened a homicide investigation on Friday into the case of a patient who died after a hospital in the western city of Duesseldorf was unable to admit her because its systems had been knocked out by a cyber attack.
World's largest fish are females
News/Technology & Science: Male and female whale sharks — filter-feeding marine behemoths — grow at different rates, with females doing so more slowly but getting much larger than the guys, according to research that offers deeper insight into the biology of Earth's largest fish.
New ROM exhibit digitally unravels inner remains of Egyptian mummies
News/Canada/Toronto: An exhibit opens this weekend at the ROM that will give you a whole new picture of the inner lives of Egyptian mummies. Researchers used high-tech imaging techniques to make startling new discoveries.
The boom in household waste and what our garbage tells us about the COVID economy
Radio/Cost of Living: Some of Canada’s biggest cities are seeing a surge in household waste, and it's thanks to a combination of COVID-related trends such as more online shopping, disposable goods and home renovations.
A huge wetland is burning in Brazil, and the fires are far bigger than California's
News/World: The world's largest tropical wetland is not supposed to burn. And yet, Brazil's Pantanal is on fire. Some 25,000 square kilometres have already been destroyed, and experts say it's going to get worse.
Why birds migrate through cities — and how you can help them succeed
News/Technology & Science: In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at ways to help birds migrate through Canadian cities, Arctic sea ice loss and how wildfires far away can have a physical and mental effect on us.
COVID-19 swish, gargle and spit test coming for school aged children in B.C.
News/Canada/British Columbia: British Columbia is introducing a new mouth rinse test for students from kindergarten to Grade 12 to help make it easier for children and teenagers to check whether they have COVID-19.
NASA may prioritize Venus missions after recent discovery of possible life
News/Technology & Science: NASA is considering approving by next April up to two planetary science missions from four proposals under review, including one to Venus that scientists involved in the project said could help determine whether or not that planet harbours life.
The climate crisis is still a massive threat — even in the middle of a pandemic
News/Politics: Questions are being asked now about how quickly or enthusiastically the Liberals should turn their focus back from the pandemic to the threat of runaway climate change. It doesn't have to be a binary choice.
Air quality in New Westminster, B.C., worse than New Delhi as pier fire adds to wildfire smoke
News/Canada/British Columbia: For the past three days smoke blowing into southern B.C. has been so bad it landed Vancouver in the top three spots on a list of major cities that have the worst air quality in the world.
Canada not yet ready to deploy rapid COVID testing devices, says health minister
News/Politics: Health Minister Patty Hajdu said today that Health Canada is not yet satisfied with any of the options it has been reviewing for rapid COVID-19 testing devices — and they will not be deployed across the country until regulators are satisfied they work to a certain standard.
Researchers dig into Canadian North to understand carbon storage in permafrost
News/Canada/North: Researchers analyzed core samples from nine different regions across northern Canada. They found carbon isn’t just being released in thawing permafrost soil, it’s also ending up in water, potentially ending up in lakes and rivers, where it breaks down faster into carbon dioxide.
Retired biologist takes a stand against cormorant 'slaughter'
News/Canada/Ottawa: It's early on an overcast Tuesday morning, and retired biologist Buzz Boles stands perched on the branch of a dead tree on an island in the middle of Big Rideau Lake. A sign below beseeches, "Don't Shoot! Protect the Big Rideau Lake cormorant colony."