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Queer women in sports is often hidden from history. ‘A Secret Love’ helps illuminate missing pieces. Here, Terry Donahue, fifth from the left in the front row, in the Peoria Redwings team photo in 1947, the same year she met her long-time lover, Pat Henschel. (Netflix)

Revealing the long but hidden history of queer women in sport

The Netflix documentary A Secret Love tells the remarkable story of a decades-long relationship between two gay athletes and opens up a conversation about racism, classism and homophobia in the 50s.
Green hydrogen has unprecedented support from business and political leaders. But several challenges remain. (Shutterstock)

Why green hydrogen — but not grey — could help solve climate change

Hydrogen could replace fossil fuels, but it’s only as clean as the techniques used to produce it. Almost all production comes from high-carbon sources, but new investments could change that.
The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed that the connections between science and policy need to be reconsidered. (Shutterstock)

Canadian ethicists recognize the critical importance of science and research

A new standing committee will ensure that Canadian federal policy is based on science. The committee should consider critical ethical thinking, scholarship and action, as well as legal frameworks and sociocultural values.
Workers lower a a statue of Canada’s first prime minister, John A. Macdonald, onto a truck as a crowd watches in Kingston, Ont., June 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg

Commemoration controversies in classrooms: Canadian history teachers disagree about making ethical judgments

A survey of history teachers in Canada showed the prevalence of the myth of objectivity among history teachers.
Juniper trees, common in Arizona’s Prescott National Forest, have been dying with the drought. Benjamin Roe/USDA Forest Service via AP

Trees are dying of thirst in the Western drought – here’s what’s going on inside their veins

Without enough water, trees can develop embolisms, similar to blockages in human blood vessels, and they’re more likely to die from drought or fires.
The ‘Fast and Furious’ franchise’s focus on kinship allows the films to swerve around narrative logic and whiz past characterization. (Universal Pictures)

Fast & Furious 9: The spectacular melodrama is exactly what a return to cinema needs

The ‘Fast and Furious’ films pay fetishistic attention to the movements, sounds and shiny surfaces of machines. But family is the moral centre of the fanchise.
People wearing masks attend a rally opposing discrimination against Asian communities in Toronto in March 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Why Alberta must rethink its ban on Canada-China university collaborations

Banning research ties with China, as Alberta just did, should be vetoed not only by the academic community but also the general public for its recklessness in fanning the flames of anti-Asian racism.
A tailings pond at an oilsands facility near Fort McMurray, Alta., in July 2012. The estimated cost of reclaiming oilsands mines is almost $31 billion. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

How engineered bacteria could clean up oilsands pollution and mining waste

Solutions to some of the globe’s most daunting environmental challenges may be closer than you think. Scientists are harnessing nature to clean up toxic chemicals and mining waste.
‘An Olympic Dream: The Story of Samia Yusuf Omar’ recounts how the Somali Olympic runner drowned while trying to reach Italy in 2012. (From Reinhard Kleist's 'An Olympic Dream: The Story of Samia Yusuf Omar/SelfMadeHero)

Comics and graphic novels are examining refugee border-crossing experiences

Comics about migrant experiences seek to expose personal perspectives about the global crisis of 80 million individuals and families forcibly displaced worldwide.
Chief commissioner Marion Buller and commissioners Brian Eyolfson, Qajaq Robinson and Michele Audette prepare the final report to give to the government at the closing ceremony for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Two years after the MMIWG report, targeted work must move urgently ahead

The MMIWG Inquiry two years later: What's changed and what still needs to be done?
Cela fait des décennies que les scientifiques tentent de déterminer les causes exactes du déclin de certaines populations de saumons sauvages du Pacifique. (Amy Romer)

Les fermes piscicoles transmettent des virus aux saumons sauvages du Pacifique, une espèce menacée

Le saumon du Pacifique partage ses eaux avec des saumons de l’Atlantique non indigènes élevés pour la consommation. Ils ont été contaminés par un virus introduit par ces derniers.

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