According to research, gamers are well-aware of the artificiality of the fictional video game world.
Do video games increase violent behaviour? A music scholar who has focused on how musical elements contribute to immersion in video games explores the issue.
Rising global temperatures may make many cities too warm to host the Winter Games in the future.
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The Olympic Games are an ideal venue to showcase new ideas to world. In a world where reducing carbon emissions is a priority, could the Olympics be doing more?
Fireworks explode behind the Olympic flame during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea,
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CBC and NBC's theme music that fills our ears before and after commercials and quietly accompanies intimate athlete profiles can actually have an impact on the way we view sports.
The movement away from religion towards “spirituality” reflects a desire to leave behind hierarchical understandings of religion towards a more socially liberal one.
Canada is increasingly moving towards a secular culture. "Spiritual but not religious" has become our new norm -- bringing with it ideas of mutual respect and protection for marginalized identities.
To break down the “math barrier” that has been shown to limit success in school, career and life, all children must learn their times tables.
Parents can teach very young children to "skip count" at the kitchen table, and it will set them up to be successful math learners throughout their secondary and post-secondary education.
Legislative issues around prostitution have the ability to lead the conversation and determine research priorities. Here, Terri-Jean Bedford makes a victory sign with Nikki Thomas, left, and Valerie Scott, right, after the Ontario’s Court of Appeal struck down a ban on brothels in 2012.
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Prostitution is now illegal in Canada. Is prostitution harmful and exploitative? Or is sex work a legitimate form of labour?
Canada needs to introduce policies that will decrease greenhouse gas emissions while its population grows.
Canada's growing population and online shopping habits make meeting our emissions targets a challenge. With some targeted intervention, we can transform our economy, and society, for the better.
The Norman Wells pipeline connects oil fields in the Northwest Territories to Alberta.
There are many debates northerners should have about the future Arctic, but the development of oil and gas is not one of them.
Perhaps the designers of the first Christmas card from 1840 were influenced by Leigh Hunt’s question: Is it right to spend, laugh and revel when there are so many people who live in isolation and poverty? John Calcott Horsely, curator and designer of the card, asked the painter, Sir Henry Cole, to show people being fed and clothed to remind his friends of the needs of the poor during this season.
Leigh Hunt is a nineteenth-century writer who grappled with the question: How can we celebrate and enjoy ourselves at this time of the year when there is so much misery in the world?
Protect the baby boomers in your life when you give them them technology gifts by giving them the gift of time to go along with their new device.
Gifting techno-gadgets to baby boomers may be a good idea but may also put them at risk from sophisticated surveillance technology. To protect them, give the gift of time to go along with the new device.
A scientist works with DNA samples in a New Orleans laboratory in 2011.
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The rapid growth of genetic testing and data-gathering could revolutionize health and medicine if governments work to protect people against privacy and societal risks.
Road salt saves lives but can harm aquatic wildlife.
With frigid temperatures and snow in the forecast, slippery roads can't be far behind. Salt keeps roads safe, but it's harmful to aquatic environments.
We can learn a lot from the business practices and ethical stance of newspaper publishing in the 1830s. This image of a New York City newsroom is from the book, “Industries of to-day.”
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Solutions to fake news and financial support for media may come from newspapers of the early 1800s.
It’s the 200th anniversary of the first publication of Jane Austen’s novel, “Persuasion.” This illustration by artist Liz Monahan depicts Captain Wentworth writing his love letter to Anne.
Prof. Robert Morrison edited Jane Austen's "Persuasion" for Harvard University Press. On the classic's 200th anniversary, he explains how Austen's rhythmic words on loss, love and hope still resonate.
Parents find new methods for learning math challenging, as they are different. But they work for children, building upon what they have learned about numbers and reinforcing the strategy they use for reading.
You may not know it, but the elementary math wars are raging. Our expert explains the 'new math' - why it works for kids, and how to do it.
Rick Sanchez of the animated series Rick and Morty embodies the erroneous popular archetype of the scientist as eccentric lone genius.
The myth of the lone genius, hero scientist is dangerous for science and society. Here's how to fix it.
Increasingly, North American millennials identify as spiritual as opposed to religious. To them, part of this spirituality means being compassionate, empathetic and open-hearted.
Millennial Canadians are identifying themselves as spiritual, but not religious. This entails the desire to develop inner knowledge and to embody the virtues of compassion, empathy and open-heartedness.
In the ongoing strike by college faculty throughout Ontario, the issues on the table include pay, job security for partial-load instructors and the question of academic freedom.
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College faculty in Ontario are going back to work after the longest strike in their history. Here one university professor describes her personal experience of undervalued college teaching work.
Research shows that when parents engage in simple science projects with their kids at home, it boosts their learning in school.
From collecting bugs to using math apps, there are many ways parents can engage in STEM activities with their kids to support their learning.
Using federal funding to hire a student composer for the summer is an innovative idea to help support young creative talent.
The Canada Summer Jobs program allowed the Kingston Chamber Choir to hire a student to write an original composition. Other arts organizations should follow suit to employ students in creative fields.