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College is an Irony-Free Zone: "So you want to date a T.A." Edition

5 days agoNews : Reason

Via he great site Inside Higher Ed comes word of a campus controversy at Canada's Western University in Ontario. As part of its "Frosh Special Issue 2014," the student publication The Gazette published an article titled "So you want to date a teaching assistant?" It features such advice as: 1. Do your research. Facebook stalk and get to know your TA. Show More Summary

Upson-Saia et al. (eds.), Dressing Judeans and Christians in Antiquity

NEW BOOK FROM ASHGATE: Dressing Judeans and Christians in Antiquity Edited by Kristi Upson-Saia, Occidental College, USA, Carly Daniel-Hughes, Concordia University, Canada and Alicia J. Batten, Conrad Grebel University College, Canada The past two decades have witnessed a proliferation of scholarship on dress in the ancient world. Show More Summary

Hitchhiking robot reaches journey's end in Canada

HitchBot, assembled from household odds and ends by university professors Frauke Zeller and David Smith, was to reunite with its creators at an art gallery in Victoria, British Columbia

A Startup Just Raised $3 Million After Inventing This Smart Cup That Can Tell You What's Inside It

For the past seven years, Mark One CEO Justin Lee has been fascinated with the concept of putting computers into everyday objects. As a biomedical computing student at Queens University in Ontario, Canada, Lee worked in a laboratory brimming with inventions like computerized glasses and all sorts of smart household objects. Show More Summary

Gel that wards off superbugs may arrive soon

A team of researchers from the School of Pharmacy at Queen's University in Canada has made a breakthrough in the war on hospital superbugs, have used natural proteins to develop an innovative antibacterial gel that kills the dreaded Pseudomonas aeruginosa, staphylococci and E.coli.

This Webcomic Profile Of Canada's Royalty Is Fake—But Still Fascinating

last weekGenres / Sci Fi : io9

In an alternate universe, Canada has its own royal family, one whose tradition subjects its members to grotesque rituals and incarcerating fashions. This short faux anthropological comic by Michael DeForge may describe a people who don't exist, but who are so bizarre we can't look away. Read more...

Hemp-derived carbon nanosheets help build cheap, high-performance supercapacitors

Using waste hemp fibers as the starting material, researchers at the University of Alberta in Canada have developed a high-performance electrode material for supercapacitors at one thousandth the cost of the more commonly used graphene. Show More Summary

HitchBOT Shows That Robots Can Trust Humans With Cross-Canada Journey

A project cosponsored by a group of Canadian universities, startups and Microsoft Azure has resulted in a robot named HitchBOT successfully making its way across Canada, beginning its journey in Halifax on the country’s eastern coast and ending in Victoria, British Columbia on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. Show More Summary

Another Chilling Read from the Arctic

Destination: Canada, The Arctic Circle Book:  The Bone Seeker, An Edie Kiglatuk Mystery, by M. J. McGrath (NEW 2014) “The boundaries of murder were unlimited.  Like some far distant universe, every individual act of killing was dark and vast and unknowable.” From The Bone Seeker by M. Show More Summary

Bumming rides, hitchhiking robot completes Canadian journey

A hitchhiking robot has completed a 3,700-mile journey across Canada Sunday, capping off a research project that explores the relationship between robots and humans. A team of researchers from a group of Canadian universities created...Show More Summary

Vince Young returns to Texas

Unable to get an NFL job and unwilling to show what he can (or can’t) do in Canada, Vince Young finally has decided to hang it up.  He’ll now return to the place from which he came. The University of Texas has announced that Young will return to the school, with a job in its…

Synthetic protein offers new hope for male infertility

A research team from Queen's University in Canada, led by Richard Oko, has indentified a method of inducing fertilization using a synthetic version of the protein PAWP found in sperm cells.

Can fiction stories make us more empathetic?

Empathy is important for navigating complex social situations, and is considered a highly desirable trait. Raymond Mar, a psychologist at York University in Canada, discussed how exposure to narrative fiction may improve our abilityShow More Summary

New Study On Whether Ghosts Can Communicate Through Electronics

Dr. Imants Barušs from the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada, had once embarked on a mission to validate the concept of afterlife in science, and thus launched a two-part research where he employed...

Google Maps Street View adds imagery of 36 more university campuses in the U.S. and Canada

Google Maps is expanding its Street View database to include walkthrough imagery of 36 more popular universities across the U.S. and Canada, just in time for the back-to-school season. Google highlights imagery from Georgetown, University of Miami and University of Regina in its post, along with 33 more well-known learning institutions.

Google adds 36 university campuses across the US and Canada to Street View

Google today announced it has added 36 new university campuses across the US and Canada to Street View in Google Maps. Want to go on a tour of a school without actually driving there and you know, walking? Done. The addition will beShow More Summary

Study: arctic mammals can metabolize some pesticides, limits human exposure

Fortunately, you are not always what you eat – at least in Canada's Arctic. New research from the University of Guelph reveals that arctic mammals such as caribou can metabolize some current-use pesticides (CUPs) ingested in vegetation. This limits exposures in animals that consume the caribou – including humans. read more

Canada’s Evangelical News Story of the Year

It’s only August, but I’m prepared to call it; I’m just not able to better report it. The short version is that Canada’s Tyndale University College and Seminary announced in the spring of 2011 its intention to “buy the house next door;” that is, to purchase the former Sisters of St. Joseph Convent, a rather […]

One Way It’s Cheaper To Be Poor In America

Here’s an interesting tidbit: A bachelor’s degree from a public university costs 40 percent more in the US than in Canada, but American financial aid policies mean that poor US students wind up paying a lower net tuition than their counterparts north of the border. Christopher Flavelle wonders why, given that fact, low-income Canadians are […]

Sylvie Daigneault

Sylvie Daigneault is an illustrator based in Toronto. Her clients include Tetley Tea, The Royal Canadian Mint, Publix, American Express, Bell Canada, MTA, The National Ballet of Canada, UTF University of Toronto, Harlequin, MacMillan/McGraw-Hill and Harper Collins. Show More Summary

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