When children test their own boundaries in thrilling play, they develop self-confidence, resilience and risk management skills
Did you know there has never been a safer time to be a child in Canada? Research shows that kids need freedom outdoors to explore exhilaration and fear, and discover their own limits.
British Columbia Premier John Horgan gives a thumbs up after being sworn in earlier this month. Horgan’s coalition government has pledged to make education a priority.
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The new British Columbia government wants the province to shed its status as a laggard on education funding and poverty reduction. If it succeeds, B.C. will be a safer place to live.
This photograph taken in Paris Friday Dec. 2, 2016 shows stories from USA Daily News 24, a fake news site registered in Veles, Macedonia. USA Daily News 24 is one of roughly 200 U.S.-oriented sites registered in Veles. Both stories shown here are bogus.
(AP Photo/Raphael Satter)
News consumers don't often believe fake news. But it's nonetheless critical that they learn to gauge the legitimacy of news sources and become aware of their own biases.
Large nuclear reactors could fade into history, proponents of small modular nuclear reactors argue. The reality may be more complex.
Nuclear industry players tout small modular reactors as an "inherently safe," cost-effective source of electricity. The reality may be less attractive.
Up to 30 per cent of young children suffer from sleep problems.
Children's sleep problems can affect not only their own wellbeing, but that of their parents. Helping parents manage these problems can also reduce their own risk of depression.
A child walks past Mongolians holding up banners at a protest against offshore account holders in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, in March.
(AP Photo/Ganbat Namjilsangarav)
While democracy is struggling globally and especially in Asia, Mongolians continue to vote and engage.
Drug-resistant strains of gonorrhoea, once easily dispatched with penicillin, are spreading across the globe resulting in chronic pain and sterility.
Without leading edge innovations and coordination, Canadians will die from the epidemic of antibiotic resistant infections.
The modern medical system is built on a one-on-one relationship between patient and physician.
(AP Photo/Jeff Barnard, File)
Cancer care is often impersonal, industrial and needlessly stressful. Allowing patients to witness personal introductions between their physicians would help ease their anxiety and build trust.
Water levels in Cape Town fell to 20% of their capacity.
Building resilience in Cape Town's water sector will require addressing risks like climate change, drought and flooding. Stormwater and groundwater are tipped as potential solutions.
A photo entitled “Apprehension” is part of the Still Here project at the University of British Columbia’s Men’s Health Research Program. The project uses photos to engage gay and bisexual men who have previously struggled with suicide.
Pride Month: It's time to talk about the shockingly high rate of suicide among gay and bisexual men. Photos and stories in the Still Here project document the complex reasons.
There has been a proliferation of free online information globally.
Co-founders Mary Lynn Young and Alfred Hermida explain how The Conversation Canada contributes to re-working what journalism can and should do.
A medical cannabis grower.
Scientists have never found a medicine to help crack users who want to decrease their consumption. Canadian researchers think cannabis might be the answer.
A new study shows that adding an energy drink to alcohol increases risk-taking among young people – but the effect is imagined rather than real.
Le mélange alcool et boisson énergisante lève les inhibitions, selon une nouvelle étude française. Un effet qui ne serait pas physiologique mais fantasmé.
Une nouvelle étude française montre qu’ajouter une boisson énergisante à l’alcool augmente la prise de risques chez les jeunes. Surprise : l’effet désinhibant n’est pas réel, mais fantasmé !
Looks good, tastes good, but can it feed the world?
Is organic produce better for you? Can organic farming feed the world? Those might be the wrong questions.
Mothers and children handlining for fish in the evening in Kavieng, Papua New Guinea.
Coastal indigenous peoples consume nearly four times more seafood per capita than the world average and have strong cultural ties to the sea. Global ocean policies should preserve these connections.
Give a little?
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Research suggests the answer, surprisingly, may be no, but behavioral science offers a few ways to encourage the wealthy to open their wallets a little wider.
The US election has highlighted the waning influence of evidence-based journalism.
À M’Bour au Sénégal.
Les pêcheries artisanales font vivre des millions d’Africains de l’Ouest, mais leur rôle est clairement sous-estimé et la pêche illégale les menace.
An illegal fishing vessel caught off the coast of Sierra Leone, a region where illegal fishing is a serious problem.
The fisheries sector in West Africa is beset with serious challenges including over-fishing and, in particular, illegal fishing.