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Tax reforms will hurt family businesses

Election posters in Frankfurt tout German Chancellor Angela Merkel and request votes for her CDU party. German elections will be held on Sunday but, as usual, the action begins after the race is over. The slogan reads “Successful for Germany” (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

German elections could bring a new wave of extremism

Surgeons at the University of Saskatchewan use a 3D printed human brain to plan complex neurosurgical procedures for patients with movement disorders.

3D printers: Revolution in space, earth medicine

From cheap prosthetic arms for landmine victims in Sudan to the promise of surgery on astronauts in space — 3D printing is sparking a healthcare revolution.
Canada’s former prime minister, Stephen Harper, is greeted by a Maori warrior in New Zealand in November 2014. New Zealand’s electoral system allows for far greater Indigenous involvement than Canada’s. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Why Canada should be more like New Zealand

As New Zealanders head to the polls this week, there are lessons for Canada in the country's electoral system — in particular how it gives Indigenous people a greater role in governing.
Trump talks tough at the U.N. General Assembly. Reuters/Lucas Jackson

Trump speaks at the UN: 5 takeaways

The president threatened North Korea and decried the decimation of the American middle class – but didn’t have much praise for the work of the United Nations.
Sea ice trapped atmospheric carbon dioxide in the last ice age. Pearse Buchanan

Uncertain future: Ice-age CO₂ trapped in oceans

The last ice age locked atmospheric carbon dioxide into oceans, which has major implications for how the oceans and carbon dioxide may be linked in the future.
Grizzly trophy-hunting is at the heart of a ferocious debate in North America. (Shutterstock)

Fierce debate roars over grizzly bear hunt

A bitter debate has erupted over the British Columbia government's recent decision to end grizzly bear trophy hunting. Here are the pros and cons of stopping the hunt.
Research shows that night waking in infancy is associated with behavioural control challenges at three and four years of age. (Shutterstock)

Children and sleep: How much do they really need?

Poor sleep in infants and children has been linked to an array of problems, from aggression to poor school performance to diabetes, obesity and suicide. Our expert reviews the science.
In this April 15, 2017, file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves during a military parade in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

Will China do the right thing about North Korea?

China could win unprecedented global credibility by emerging as the champion of an international effort that fixes the North Korea problem once and for all. Does it have the moxie?
Thousands of copper nails representing thousands of Indigenous children who died in Canada’s residential schools were hammered into the Reconciliation Pole before its raising at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, B.C., on April 1, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Why most teachers need Indigenous coaches

Many Canadian teachers worry about how to incorporate Indigenous content into the classroom. For one sociology professor, finding Indigenous mentorship was richly rewarding.
Though British officials have foiled far more terrorist plots than they’ve missed, the United Kingdom is on edge after its fifth terrorist attack this year alone. Reuters/Kevin Coombs

London bombing: Why is Europe being attacked?

The September 15 London train bombing that injured 30 was the UK's fifth terror attack this year. A security expert looks at why Europe has been seeing more frequent and bloodier jihadist assaults.
Ford and Dominos have teamed up to deliver pizza by driverless cars in a public test in Michigan. Handout

Robot cars deliver pizza and big questions

Domino's Pizza and Ford have teamed up to offer pizza delivery via driverless cars in Michigan. Is it the way of the future?
The one-metre long relatives of this snappy croc at the Koorana Crocodile Farm, near Rockhampton, helped test the betting risks of potential gamblers. Flickr/Michael Gorey

Ig Nobel prize: Crocodile research loses gamble

Research that studied the pokie risks gamblers were prepared to take after they held a live crocodile has been awarded one of this year's Ig Nobel prizes.
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.
Cannabis is the most widely available and most used illegal substance in the world, and Canadian youth are among the top users. Parents and their kids need to prepare for the day it becomes legal in Canada in 2018. (Shutterstock)

Legal weed: What your kids need to know

Parents can help protect their kids from cannabis abuse by openly discussing the health risks, the pleasures and the responsible ways to use the drug.
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

Back to School

How video game methods can help students learn

Making education more like playing a game could dramatically improve learning.

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