Arundhati Roy’s activism has made her a longtime target of the Indian government. In this 2002 file photo, Roy celebrates after being released from Tihar Jail in New Delhi. The Supreme Court found Roy guilty of criminal contempt of court and sentenced her to a day of “symbolic imprisonment.” (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Novelist Arundhati Roy’s mission to inspire

Award-winning author Arundhati Roy's activism has made her a longtime target of the Indian government. At a recent Toronto event, she received a standing ovation as she read from her new novel.
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Composer John Burge speaks of his drive to create a musical piece to mark Canada's 150th year of confederation and to capture our collective experiences.
People currently speak 7,000 languages around the globe. Michael Gavin

Why do human beings speak so many languages?

There's little research into origins of the geographic patterns of language diversity. A new model exploring processes that shaped Australia's language diversity provides a template for investigators.
Green is the new Black. Smart is the new sexy. From the Peggy Sue Collection produced in Canada using organic materials and ethical techniques.

Fashion designers respond to environmental crisis

The fashion industry is facing an environmental crisis: Canadian designers have an opportunity to be leaders in a new sustainable fashion movement.
We need a clear understanding of how well immigrant students perform in education systems in order to best serve them. (AP Photo/Christine Armario)

Immigrant youth help to build nations

The future of our country depends on our youth. Many of our youth are immigrant students and we need to understand how to best support them so we can thrive as a nation.
Canada in 2167 could see genetically engineered humans living alongside sentient machines in cities radically altered by ecological change. (Shutterstock)

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Humans in 2167: Internet implants and no sleep

By 2167, genetically designed, digitally enhanced humans with Internet-connected brains will live with intelligent machines in a transformed environment and maybe even among the stars.
Tabatha Bundesen’s pet Tardar Sauce became an Internet sensation known as “Grumpy Cat” for a resting facial appearance that resembles a look of dissatisfaction. Now, scientists are starting to be able to read animal emotions from their expressions. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

Animal emotions stare us in the face

Scientists are beginning to link animal facial expressions to emotions, making it possible for us to understand how they feel.
The border wall between Tijuana, Mexico and San Diego, Calif. Tomascastelazo/Flickr

Border walls: Ineffective, costly and fatal

Deadly, ineffective and generally fated to fall, border walls are multiplying and becoming the new normal in international relations.

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