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La lauréate Donna Strickland reçoit le prix du roi Carl Gustaf de Suède lors de la cérémonie de remise du prix Nobel à Stockholm, le 10 décembre 2018. (Pontus Lundahl/Pool Photo via AP)

Réflexions d’une lauréate du Nobel : les scientifiques ont besoin de temps pour faire des découvertes

Une lauréate du prix Nobel de physique en 2018 estime que les scientifiques ne devraient pas se sentir obligés de faire de la recherche qui a des ramifications économiques ou commerciales.
Ceremonia de entrega del Premio Nobel de Física 2018 a Donna Strickland. © Nobel Media AB 2018. Photo: Alexander Mahmoud.

Reflexiones de una premio Nobel: “Hay que dar tiempo y recursos a la ciencia básica”

La ganadora del Nobel de Física 2018, Donna Strickland, defiende en este artículo la ciencia básica y dice que los investigadores no deben sentirse presionados para realizar trabajos que tengan consecuencias económicas o comerciales. La ciencia por la ciencia es más importante.
Women in totalitarian states are among those particularly at risk by government’s use of Big Data to spy on its citizens. Matthew Henry/Unsplash

How governments use Big Data to violate human rights

If left unchecked, invasions of privacy enabled by technology could put every human right at risk, and on a scale that would be truly terrifying.
Physics laureate Donna Strickland receives the prize from King Carl Gustaf of Sweden during the Nobel Prize award ceremony in Stockholm on Dec. 10, 2018. (Pontus Lundahl/Pool Photo via AP)

Reflections from a Nobel winner: Scientists need time to make discoveries

The winner of the 2018 Nobel Prize in physics says scientists shouldn't feel pressured to do research that has economic or commercial ramifications. Science for the sake of science is more important.
Canada’s Minister of the Status of Women Maryam Monsef is pictured in the Library of Parliament on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa on Feb. 28, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

The more women in government, the healthier a population

New research shows that female politicians spend more on health and education, improving the well-being of a population.
When it comes to urban planning, the question is not so much how to physically plan our cities differently. Rather, the question is how to convince both the public and our politicians to implement change. Patrick Tomasso /Unsplash

Existentialism: A guiding philosophy for tackling climate change in cities?

City planners and politicians have pitched carbon emission reduction as an individual choice but this leads to green gentrification and fails to make broad changes. We need a new guiding philosophy.
Actors in a theatre of the oppressed show invite the audience to weigh in on events and change the script. edwin andrade/unsplash

Acting out: theatre class where students rehearse for change

Not just for would-be actors: Theatre of the Oppressed is a unique genre of drama education through which students learn how to analyze social problems and change typical outcomes.
Migrants begin their day inside a former concert venue serving as a shelter, in Tijuana, Mexico, Dec. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

The challenge of parenting in a migrant caravan

The psychological health of migrant children will be deeply impacted by their flight from gang violence, and the experience of crowded unhygienic conditions and tear gas at the U.S. border.
Left to right: Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair, Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe, Conservative Leader Stephen Harper and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau pose before the start of the French-language leaders’ debate in Montreal in September 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS

A new debates commission is the electoral reform Canadians need

The creation of a new debate commission in Canada should ensure televised showdowns between party leaders amid federal election campaigns are transparent and a boon to democracy.
In this combo photo, German Chancellor Angela Merkel leads the weekly cabinet meeting of her government at the chancellery in Berlin. Merkel has been at the helm of the German government since 2005 but she has announced she won’t run for the party’s leadership again. (AP Photos/Markus Schreiber, file)

What’s next for Germany after Angela Merkel

Germany's long-time Angela Merkel era is coming to an end. But is it the end of one person’s dominance of the political scene, or does it forebode more fundamental changes to German society?
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: A statistician explains 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.
Christine Blasey Ford testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

Trauma 101 in the aftermath of the Ford-Kavanaugh saga

If the Ford-Kavanaugh saga had any positive impact, it at least clearly highlighted several lessons from traumatology and the complex consequences of traumatic events across society.
The lynch-pin of the marketing for the new ‘Titans’ TV series is a line in which Robin says “F@#k Batman!” Warner Bros. Television

Titans on TV: The life-changing magic of ‘F@#k Batman!’

In the trailer for the new DC TV series, Robin answers 'F@#k Batman!' when the bad guys ask about the Caped Crusader. This is a hopeful move to necessary character changes in superhero storytelling.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks at a news conference in Ottawa in June 2018. A United Nations housing watchdog has criticized the Liberals over what it sees as their about-face on a promise to put a human rights lens on its housing strategy. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Canada’s complicated relationship with international human rights law

If the liberal international order is to survive, countries like Canada will need to defend international human rights law.
A fisherman checks his fish corral nets in the Cau Hai lagoon, Vietnam. Mark Andrachuk

Lessons for sustainable fisheries are hiding in plain sight

When it comes to small-scale fisheries, there is no one route to sustainability. Finding success stories can help map those paths.
Actors Laura Harrier and John David Washington humorously and believably drive home the film’s strong racial irony.

‘BlacKkKlansman’ – a deadly serious comedy

BlacKkKlansman is more than a good story: it expertly weaves together comedy with serious drama to bring the story of past racism to illuminate our present day issues.
A For Sale sign is shown outside a house under construction in a new subdivision in Beckwith, Ont., in January 2018. Conventional wisdom suggests urban-dwelling millennials don’t want to live in the suburbs and don’t want to raise children in a two-bedroom downtown condo. Is it really true? THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Challenging the myths about millennials and housing

If it's true millennials are being squeezed out of the housing market in some of Canada's biggest cities, here's what we can, and should, do about it.
Flood waters rise in the Montreal neighbourhood of Cartierville in May 2017. (Fred/flickr)

Urban floods: We can pay now or later

The risk of urban flooding is rising. Overall, residents and municipalities are ill prepared, but there are steps homeowners can take to protect themselves.

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