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The keeper of hundreds of Kwakwaka’wakw songs, Kwaksistalla Wathl’thla (Clan Chief Adam Dick), chanting at a feast (qui’las) with Mayanilh (Dr. Daisy Sewid-Smith). (Bert Crowfoot)

Indigenous song keepers reveal traditional ecological knowledge in music

Ancestral Indigenous songs often encode territorial responsibilities and rights, such as in relationship with 'lokiwey' (coastal clam gardens) on the Pacific Northwest Coast.
Who is responsible for protecting consumer data? Data breaches are now a regular occurrence, and governments are stepping in. (Shutterstock)

Growth in data breaches shows need for government regulations

Failure of corporations to protect data means that government regulation is required to ensure corporation compliance.
Working out where Aboriginal remains came from will in take researchers from several disciplines working together. Michael Westaway

Returning to country: we should use genetics, geology and more to repatriate Aboriginal remains

It's not always easy to work out where Aboriginal remains came from, but science can help.
Santé Canada impose des normes parmi les plus restrictives au monde sur le plomb, mais elles sont inefficaces sans procédures de tests et un programme de remplacement des canalisations. Shutterstock

Eau contaminée au plomb : comment s’assurer que nos maisons, nos écoles et nos lieux de travail soient sécuritaires

Une enquête a montré que les niveaux de plomb dans l’eau de cinq villes canadiennes étaient comparables à ceux de Flint, au Michigan, au pire du scandale de l'eau contaminée.
Health Canada has some of the strongest limits on lead in the world, but they can’t be effective without testing and a plan to replace pipes. (Shutterstock)

Lead-tainted water: How to keep homes, schools, daycares and workplaces safe

An investigation showed that five Canadian cities had lead levels in their water on par with those in Flint, Mich. during its peak period of water contamination.
The U.S. incarcerates more people than any other place in the world. Warehousing people in prison is costly and unsustainable. Shutterstock

Prisons are not the answer to preventing crime

Putting more people in prison is not the answer to reducing crime. New fair and bias free assessment tools may help.
La nouvelle étude révèle toujours que la réduction de la consommation de viande rouge non transformée de trois portions par semaine est associée à une réduction d'environ huit pour cent du risque à vie de maladies cardiaques, de cancer et de décès précoce. Shutterstock

Dois-je manger de la viande rouge ? Des études sèment la confusion et minent la confiance dans la science de la nutrition

De nouvelles études affirment que les gens n'ont pas besoin de réduire leur consommation de viande rouge ou transformée, ce qui en dit plus sur la recherche que sur la viande bovine.
The new study still finds that reducing unprocessed red meat consumption by three servings in a week is associated with an an approximately eight per cent lower lifetime risk of heart disease, cancer and early death. (Shutterstock)

Should I eat red meat? Confusing studies diminish trust in nutrition science

New research claiming that people do not need to reduce their consumption of red and processed meat says more about the conduct and evaluation of research than it does about beef.
A farmer who installed solar panels to power his irrigation systems on the family farm walks by the panels near Claresholm, Alta., in June 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Drop the doom and gloom: Climate journalism is about empowerment

Climate journalism can play an important role in painting the picture of a post-carbon economy. It should start by encouraging collective action and a sense of empowerment for everyday people.
The choice of flavor may be up to you, but the number of scoops will depend on what your companion gets. Rasanya terserah Anda, tapi jumlah sendoknya tergantung berapa yang teman Anda dapat Zamurovic Photography/

Bagaimana dan mengapa kita meniru pilihan orang lain?

Penelitian baru tentang perilaku konsumen menunjukkan bahwa kita cenderung meniru pilihan orang di sekitar kita.
La recherche montre qu'aussi peu que 20 minutes de marche rapide par jour peuvent entraîner une réduction de 20 pour cent de la mortalité précoce sur une période de sept ans. Shutterstock

Quel est le meilleur moment pour commencer à faire de l'activité physique? Maintenant.

Peu importe la quantité d'activité physique faite dans votre jeunesse, selon la science, ce qui compte vraiment, c'est la quantité d'exercice que vous faites maintenant.
Research shows that as little as 20 minutes of brisk walking per day can result in a 20 per cent reduction in early death over seven years. (Shutterstock)

Downsizing to an early death? Why exercise is so important as you age

It doesn't matter much how much you exercised in your youth, according to the science. What really matters is how much you exercise now.

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