A staff-wielding Arcstrider character takes on foes in Destiny 2. The video game by Bungie studio, published by Activision, makes use of badges and other achievements to spur on players — a technique that can be applied to education. Handout

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While office workers often worry they sit too long while on the job, research suggests standing at work increases the risk of heart disease. (Shutterstock)

Standing for work can double heart disease risk

Annoyed you don't have a sit-stand desk? Spare a thought for those workers who have to stand all day: Standing may double the risk of heart disease.
This picture of a reconstruction of a hominin skull is one of a variety of multimedia that can be experienced in the Origins Virtual Reality experience. Wits University

Virtual reality breathes life into African fossils

Bringing the past into a digital space creates so much more overt space for interpretation and different narratives.
Metropoles like Shanghai have survived and thrived in large part because of their massive populations. But what happens when people start to become a liability rather than an asset? Reuters/Aly Song

Can megacities survive the digital age?

Research shows that technology disrupts economies of scale, turning megacities' huge populations from strength to liability. To survive, megacities, like companies, must adapt.
As the iPhone X rolls out, there are plenty of security expectations and concerns waiting to be verified by users and researchers. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

Security issues in new iPhone X, FaceID, iOS 11

While security researchers are yet to perform a thorough analysis of iOS 11 and Face ID, past issues with the hardware and software of the iPhone point to areas of potential concern.
Michael Shannon and Michael Stuhlbarg in the film “The Shape of Water.” (Kerry Hayes /Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved)

TIFF 2017: Movie magic from math and science

This year's Toronto International Film Festival is a further example of how science, technology, engineering and math illuminate movies – and, in the process, our minds.
A recent research project about the 2015 Canadian election showed social media is no substitute for local news coverage. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power

Twitter is no substitute for local news: study

Local news is as important to communities as clean air, but the failing business model of traditional journalism has left the local news industry in rapid decline.
Canadian companies say there’s a shortage of skilled workers, but are they investing in training? (Shutterstock)

Is the skills gap real or is industry at fault?

Canadian firms say there's a dire shortage of skilled workers. But recent studies suggest they're not investing in training, apparently expecting universities to train their employees for them.
Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the CTBTO at a press briefing following the recent suspected nuclear test in North Korea. CTBTO

North Korea tests bomb & global nuclear monitoring

A former member of the Australian delegation to the Committee on Disarmament in Geneva explains how the CTBTO monitoring system detects nuclear tests.
Smart home technology, such as cameras, could be used as part of domestic violence. Vasin Lee/Shutterstock

Smart home could worsen domestic abuse

Can we use smart home data to better identify and report abusers, while protecting victims of domestic and family violence?
Almost 10 per cent of Canadian 15-year-olds do not have the science proficiency level required to participate fully in society. (Shutterstock)

Why Canada fails to be an education superpower

Canada's educational performance internationally has remained stagnant over the past decade. Students' science and math proficiency is especially worrying.
As genes are favored or phased out, human evolution continues. ktsdesign/Shutterstock.com

Natural selection happening today

Comparing genomes of more than 200,000 people, researchers identified genetic variants that are less common in older people, suggesting natural selection continues to weed out disadvantageous traits.
General anesthetics affect cellular proteins to knock us out. Some do so better than others, especially the noble gas Xenon. (Shutterstock)

How anesthetics work & why xenon’s perfect

How do anesthetics work, and what makes for an ideal anesthetic? It's not as mysterious as once believed, and there's a gas that ticks all the boxes for a perfect anesthetic: xenon.

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