By: David P. Ball Metro Published on Thu Dec 07 2017 It would be preposterous to imagine a river, tree or orca hiring a lawyer, if only because of their lack of opposable thumbs or access to a retainer budget. But it’s not actually such a wild idea for one University of British Columbia […]

An interesting article discussing the viewpoint that nature needs to ...


We often say the same sweet, nonsensical things to our dogs that we say to our babies—and in almost the same slow, high-pitched voice. Now, scientists have shown that puppies find our pooch-directed speech exciting, whereas older dogs are somewhat indifferent. The findings show, for the first time, that young […]

What dogs hear when we talk to them


The Beautiful Relationship Between Physics and Jazz Stephon Alexander is a theoretical physicist, but he’s also a jazz fanatic whose musical obsession has helped him better understand the world of cosmology, quantum gravity and particle physics. Watch Video:  https://www.wired.com/video/physics-of-jazz/

The fascinating ways in which jazz and physics are alike.



The beauty of Vancouver’s first major snowfall of the season has been well documented on social media — but the ensuing cold snap is proving treacherous for Vancouverites with mobility issues. Wet snow on Tuesday gave way to rain in the afternoon, but temperatures dropped overnight, resulting in icy streets and sidewalks […]

Mobility challenged Vancouverites struggle with icy aftermath of Tuesday snow


LAST WEDNESDAY, AT 3:45 pm, scientists from the Breakthrough Listen project trained the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia on ‘Oumuamua—the mysterious, oblong space-rock which last month became the first known object to enter our solar system from elsewhere in the universe—and scanned it for signs of intelligent life. For six hours, […]

The fascinating asteroid that is shaped like a space vessel.


We’ve all experienced “phantom traffic jams” that arise without any apparent cause. Researchers recently showed that we’d have fewer if we made one small change to how we drive: no more tailgating. Read Article:  https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/12/171214092319.htm

Another reason not to tailgate: it doesn’t get you there ...



Watch an informative and entertaining video about this ancient and fascinating multicultural game. Watch Video:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUwv_Fj_4gI

The History of Chess


In intelligent persons, some brain regions interact more closely, while others de-couple themselves Date: November 22, 2017 Source: Goethe University Frankfurt Summary: Differences in intelligence have so far mostly been attributed to differences in specific brain regions. However, are smart people’s brains also wired differently to those of less intelligent persons? A new study supports […]

Research shows that people with high intelligence actually have differences ...


The BC Green Party wants it. The BC Liberal Party wants it. The B.C. tech community really, really wants it. The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade wants it. And according to polls, 70% of Vancouverites want it. So why is the BC NDP government dragging its feet on ride- sharing […]

Your Uber driver will arrive … some time in 2018



On Wednesday, the supreme court will consider whether the government must obtain a warrant before accessing the rich trove of data that cellphone providers collect about cellphone users’ movements. Among scholars and campaigners, there is broad agreement that the case could yield the most consequential privacy ruling in a generation. […]

An interesting US Supreme court case about privacy and cellular ...