The surgical removal of wisdom teeth is far more common than the problems they cause. (Pixabay)

Bad molars? The origins of wisdom teeth

When they cause problems, wisdom teeth don't seem very smart. But they may have been evolution's answer to a coarse diet.
If it seems too good to be true, maybe it is. szefei/

Numbers in the news? Don’t fall for these tricks

Shrewd media consumers think about these three statistical pitfalls that can be the difference between a world-changing announcement and misleading hype.
Most Canadians have a higher probability of dying of heart disease than winning something in the McDonald’s Monopoly game. THE CONVERSATION CANADA/Scott White

McDonald’s Monopoly: The real odds of winning

McDonald's Canada has brought back its popular Monopoly game. A statistician explains the odds of winning the top prizes and how that compares to the odds we confront in everyday life.
People plus machines will surpass the capabilities of either element alone. metamorworks/

Artificial intelligence will make you smarter

Artificial intelligence techniques like deep learning and reinforcement learning are getting increasingly advanced and capable of helping people with a wide range of complex tasks.
Expansion of the blacklegged and other tick populations across Canada over the last few years mean an increased risk of diseases like Lyme disease. It is wise to do a full body tick check on ourselves and our pets when we come in from the outdoors. (Shutterstock)

How to avoid Lyme disease in the fall

Fall is peak activity time for adult blacklegged ticks, increasing the risk of tick bites on both people and pets.
Stink bug sightings are on the rise. In winter, they tend to move indoors to wait out the cold weather. (John Slaney/Flickr)

Are there tons of stink bugs under your sofa?

With the onset of cooler temperatures and shorter days, some insects pack-up and migrate to warmer climates. Others, including stink bugs, take up residence in our homes.
An inch-long bloodsucker on the hunt for a meal. Ben Seese/Flickr

Giant mosquitoes flourish after hurricanes

Yes, giant mosquitoes are a thing. They're specialized to wait out the dry times only to emerge from their eggs when high water provides the perfect larval environment.
Visible light image of the radio galaxy Hercules A obtained by the Hubble Space Telescope superposed with a radio image taken by the Very Large Array of radio telescopes in New Mexico, USA. NASA

New evidence for supermassive black holes

Merging supermassive black holes would emit gravitational waves, allowing scientists to detect them.
An Atlanta hospital set up a mobile ER to deal with the large number of flu cases. AP Photo/David Goldman

Why the flu vaccine isn’t always a perfect match

Part of the problem was a mismatch between the influenza strains circulating and the vaccine available. Here's how annual flu shots are formulated.
The tomatoes we eat have been carefully bred over generations, but now we can tap into wild varieties. Pixabay/go_see

How to regulate new food crops with tweaked genes

Gene editing of wild plants can help us tap into new sources of food. But we need to make sure it's safe – and that demands some careful regulation.
A promotional photo for the release of Skygge’s first album ‘Hello World.’ Jean Francois Robert

AI’s first pop album ushers in a new era

AI and human musical collaborations have been around since the 60s, but for the first time, we are hearing AI "pop" music: can AI actually create creative and emotionally engaging music?

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