Rats are part of the urban ecosystem and an urban ecology approach to managing their populations may involve learning to share the city. Mert Guller/Unsplash

Living with rats in the city

The now-extinct giant beaver once lived from Florida to Alaska. It weighed as much as 100 kilograms, roughly the same as a small black bear. Illustrated by Luke Dickey/Western University

Why giant human-sized beavers died out

Drones - and other innovative technologies - can be effective in detecting methane leaks. Shutterstock

Finding fugitive methane leaks

New technologies can help locate large methane leaks in a faster and more effective manner.
Helium is a vital element in several industries, and a global shortage could have devastating effects. Shutterstock

Could Western Canada solve helium shortage?

Renewed helium exploration in Western Canada may provide new sources to address the global shortage.
The global water crisis means scientists face urgent decisions on how to foster water managers’ care. Here, the North Saskatchewan River with the Rocky Mountains, Banff National Park. (Shutterstock)

Water experiment suggests people put their own survival first

Imagining how to increase water managers’ empathy for others in a holistic way is critical for our human and planetary future.
An intelligent approach to cities is a reflexive and responsive way to address urban challenges. Shutterstock

Intelligent - rather than smart - cities can address urban challenges

Cities need to focus on intelligent, collaborative and community-oriented approaches to smart city planning. This is important when it comes to addressing the roots of urban challenges.
Soil carbon can play a role in tackling climate change. Shutterstock

How soil carbon can help tackle climate change

Carbon in soil can help with tackling climate change. Maintaining soil quality by supporting farmers through economic incentives and technical approaches is important.
The memories retained by soil contain countless records, including a history of human encounters with the land. Shutterstock

Soil is the key to our planet’s future

Understanding the different facets of soil reveals a complex and fascinating cultural and evolutionary history.
As police face greater obstacles with encryption, courts are divided on whether compelling people to reveal their passwords is legal. Shutterstock

The password problem for police, courts

In a recent Canadian court case, defence and prosecution argued over whether a suspect was required to provide his password to allow for a search warrant to be executed on his phone.
When crimes are committed against animals, their bodies become evidence. Dominik Qn/ Unsplash

Painstaking veterinary forensics help combat animal abuse

Forensic veterinarians are helping to combat crimes against animals -- and since animal abuse often occurs alongside violence against women and children, they are helping to protect people, too.
Smart city planning will need to address data collection and protecting the privacy of minors in public space. Shutterstock

Protecting children’s data privacy in the smart city

The history of how Alphabet Inc. and its subsidiaries manage children and data is a troubling one. How will Sidewalk Labs address concerns about minors and privacy in Toronto's Quayside project?
There is no cure for polio, and the vaccine remains the most effective way to combat the disease. Shutterstock

The taming of polio and the challenge of the flu

The polio vaccination successfully eradicated the disease in Canada. Can the same happen with other diseases?

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