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Will eliminating competition at younger ages mean retaining athletes and building strong elite teams? Here, United States’ Megan Rapinoe blows a victory kiss after the U.S. won the final match of the 2019 Women’s World Cup. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

Making youth soccer less competitive: Better skills or a sign of coddled kids?

Changing how a sport runs means appealing to many people who are invested — like coaches, parents and participants — and managing their concerns.
Coverage for essential and effective medications would be the “ounce of prevention” that is worth a pound of cure in our cash-strapped Canadian health-care system. (Shutterstock)

National pharmacare will save money and lives

Some Canadians go without heat and food to buy their medications. Others simply don't take them because they can't afford to. This is why we need a national pharmacare plan.
Toronto Raptors fans sing the Canadian anthem at what’s dubbed “Jurassic Park” before the first game of the NBA Finals. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin

We the North: The Toronto Raptors playoff success represents a shift in Canadian identity

Hockey is often considered Canada's national sport, but with the changing demographics of the country and the rising success of the Toronto Raptors, basketball is also seen as a national sport.
Interdisciplinary programs can help to address Canada’s data deficit gap. Shutterstock

The art and science of analyzing Big Data

Canada's data deficit represents an absence of information; however, just as crucial is the deficit in the skills required to analyze collected data.
An early comics book writer inspired today’s TV writing. The Umbrella Academy (Netflix), based on the comic book by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá, tops binge-worthy TV lists this month. Mary J. Blige plays Cha-Cha, an assassin that can travel through time. Christos Kalohoridis / Netflix

How an X-Men writer inspired binge-worthy, character-driven TV from Buffy to Game of Thrones

Our current golden age of TV storytelling is influenced by comic books, in particular, one writer: Chris Claremont pushed boundaries and gave audiences strong female leads and deeply involved dramas.
Lever de soleil sur Montréal. Quand il s’agit d’urbanisme, la question n’est pas tant de savoir comment planifier physiquement nos villes différemment, mais plutôt comment convaincre le public et les politiciens de réaliser ce changement. Nicolae Rosu/Unsplash

L’existentialisme pour contrer les changements climatiques dans les villes?

La question n’est pas tant de savoir comment planifier physiquement nos villes différemment, mais plutôt comment convaincre le public et les politiciens de réaliser ce changement.
La pub de Stella Artois mettant en vedette deux grosses pointures, lors du Super Bowl. Les pubs ont déçu, car elles n'ont rien brassé. Mais la conversation se poursuit sur la «masculinité toxique». Stella Artois

Les pubs du Super Bowl n'ont rien brassé, mais la discussion se poursuit sur la « masculinité toxique »

Après la pub #MeToo de Gillette, un thérapeute nous dit comment les publicités du Super Bowl l'ont déçu. Mais la conversation se poursuit sur la «masculinité toxique».
Une nouvelle étude révèle que des niveaux élevés de temps d’écran à deux et trois ans prédisent de moins bons résultats chez l’enfant à trois et cinq ans, respectivement. Shutterstock

Le temps d’écran compromet le développement chez l’enfant, affirme une nouvelle recherche

Une nouvelle étude révèle que des niveaux élevés de temps d’écran à deux et trois ans prédisent de moins bons résultats chez l’enfant à trois et cinq ans, respectivement.
Toronto Raptors’ star Kawhi Leonard, who will likely be a free agent soon, is seen in a recent game. NBA salary caps make it difficult for the Raptors to attract elite players. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

How NBA salary caps hurt the Toronto Raptors

The Toronto Raptors have the money to attract the NBA's top players. Here's why the league's salary caps makes that so difficult.
La ministre canadienne du Statut de la femme, Maryam Monsef, dans la bibliothèque de la Colline parlementaire, à Ottawa, le 28 février 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

Plus il y a de femmes au gouvernement, plus la population est en santé

Les femmes au gouvernement font avancer la santé et le bien-être de la population. Elles travaillent aussi davantage en collaboration.
Pemenang Nobel Fisika Donna Strickland menerima penghargaan Nobel dari Raja Swedia Carl Gustaf saat upacara Hadiah Nobel di Stockholm, 10 Desember 2018. (Pontus Lundahl/Pool Photo via AP)

Refleksi dari peraih Nobel Fisika: peneliti butuh waktu untuk menghasilkan penemuan

Pemenang Nobel Fisika 2018 mengatakan bahwa peneliti tidak seharusnya dipaksa untuk melakukan penelitian yang berdampak terhadap industri dan ekonomi. Penelitian demi kepentingan sains lebih penting.
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.

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