From biotech to climate change, advances in technology raise significant moral questions. To engage responsibly, our next generation of scientists need training in the arts and ethics.
Universities must train scientists to engage with the ethics of emerging technologies, rather than functioning as cogs in the engine of economic development. Integrating the arts into STEM can help.
Jodie Foster portraying Dr. Ellie Arroway in the film “Contact.”
(Warner Bros. 1997)
An online collective, the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search, crunched numbers for days on end to discover a new prime number in December 2017. Here's why it's so important.
Eighteen survivors battled it out for their chance to claim the million dollar prize in the season finale of
Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers. Here, a mathematician uses network science to predict the winner.
Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers has its season finale this week. Here a mathematician predicts the winner based on a network science study.
Can you prove Santa Claus exists using mathematical logic?
How do you prove Santa Claus exists using mathematical logic? A review of Fry and Evan's book on the mathematics of Christmas.
Canadians often mourn the loss of their local newspaper. But there’s a disconnect, because few Canadians actually pay for a local news subscription.
(THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
The love Canadians profess for their local newspapers isn't quite what it seems. Few pay for a subscription, and many say they can get their news elsewhere if their local paper shuts down.
“The Shape of Water” film is a beautiful allegory about accepting differences.
The Shape of Water is an entertaining movie, but it also has a timely, allegorical message about the challenges we may face with new scientific discoveries, and our willingness to accept difference.
Canada’s pension plans are failing to divest of fossil fuels. But today’s pensioners, and those of the future, will benefit from pension plans choosing ethical and sustainable investments.
Canada's biggest pension plans are failing to divest of fossil fuels. Climate change demands pension plans start to invest in sustainable industries that benefit Canadians.
Clinics in Toronto serving refugees and the uninsured indicate that 20 per cent of all visits are for pregnancy-related issues.
About 20 per cent of refugees to Canada are pregnant. Many of them are medically uninsured. It's not only morally correct to provide prenatal care, but also cheaper for Canada's system to do so.
Hidden Figures, the movie, showcased the importance of Black women in mathematics.
(Twentieth Century Fox)
Mathematics departments in Canada have a poor record on equity, diversity and inclusivity says a gay mathematics professor. Here he speaks about the hopeful changes he sees coming.
Ian Hanomansing, left, and Adrienne Arsenault are part of a new four-person anchor format that will be used by The National newscast on CBC.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
The CBC has unveiled its revamped flagship news show, "The National," with a brand new four-anchor format. The role of the news anchor has changed dramatically over the last 20 years.
Who will emerge as the leader on climate change following the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris agreement?
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Canada ratified the Paris agreement on climate change, but it hasn't yet filled the leadership void left by the United States. Time is running out.
A unique collaborative journalism project revealed industry and government officials in Saskatchewan were aware of significant public safety hazards from potentially deadly hydrogen sulphide gas.
Canadian newspapers are in trouble, and there are no philanthropic efforts afoot to rescue them. The National Student Investigative Reporting Network, or NSIRN, is aiming to make a difference.
Demonstrators at a 2010 Toronto rally protesting the mercury contamination of the Wabigoon-English waterway in northwestern Ontario carry long blue banners meant to represent a river.
(THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young)
The declared end of Flint, Mich., contaminated water crisis echoes similar claims worldwide. Evidence shows victims of past and ongoing water crises, especially Indigenous people, continue to suffer.
L’actrice britannique Emma Watson ne porte sur les tapis rouges que des vêtements durables.
La version américaine du magazine Marie Claire a sorti un numéro spécial dédié à la « mode durable ». Un vrai pas en avant, qui passe cependant à côté de l’essentiel.
Michael Shannon and Michael Stuhlbarg in the film “The Shape of Water.”
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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.
British actress Emma Watson was featured in Marie Claire’s sustainability issue: She wears only sustainable clothing on the red carpet.
(AP Photo/Michel Euler)
Climate change needs to be front and centre in fashion, which is one of the most polluting industries. Fashion magazines can help consumers to embrace more sustainable lifestyles.
Protesters demonstrate on the University of Washington campus where far-right commentator Milo Yiannopoulos was giving a speech in Seattle on the same day Donald Trump was sworn in as president.
(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Differences of opinion are the lifeblood of universities and essential to advancing knowledge. But some universities are giving in to intimidation by cancelling events with controversial speakers.
A reveller performs in the Grand Parade at the Caribbean Carnival in Toronto on Aug. 5, 2017.
(THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov)
Fifty years of the Caribbean Carnival in Toronto has had a significant impact on Canada's cultural institutions. It's also helped educate Canadians about Black history.
McDonald’s unexpectedly ended its worldwide sponsorship of the Olympics last month. Here Canadian gold medallist Alexandre Bilodeau gets a snack at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games.
(THE CANADIAN PRESS/Scott White)
McDonald's recently ended a 40-year relationship with the Olympics. Was the decision based on the tarnished Olympic brand or were there other reasons?
Green is the new Black. Smart is the new sexy. From the Peggy Sue Collection produced in Canada using organic materials and ethical techniques.
The fashion industry is facing an environmental crisis: Canadian designers have an opportunity to be leaders in a new sustainable fashion movement.