Genetics and Genomics: Where does Newfoundland fit in?

Monday, October 20th, 2014

A conversation with Memorial researcher Dr. Steven Carr The future of genomics and biotechnology embarrasses science fiction in its ingenuity. Genetic researchers are literally unlocking the codes for a massive breadth of human disease, tracking our ancestry, providing predictions of our disease susceptibility, and revolutionizing the medical profession to render it amazingly more proficient. The […]


First they came for the celebrities…

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

iCloud Photo Leaks represent turning point in how we look at online security and privacy The two dominant mobile operating systems now in use are Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. Starting around the time the iPhone was released in 2007, devices have begun to hold more and more of our personal information. The phones we […]


New cell phone case designed to prevent sexual assault

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

 A Kickstarter campaign has recently been launched for a new cell phone case called Whistl. The case works in tandem with a smartphone app and is designed to protect users from potential security threats and sexual assaults. The design is simple: if a user feels like they are in danger, they can click two buttons […]


Ello, world?: New social network picks up steam with anti-Facebook pitch

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

The new social media upstart, Ello, is taking a clear stance against the money-grabbing practices of other mega social networks. The message in Ello’s manifesto is simple: Ello does not sell your data and it never will. Though the manifesto does not explicitly mention other companies, it is obvious they are throwing shade at companies […]


David Suzuki brings Blue Dot Tour to St. Johns.

Friday, October 3rd, 2014
DavidSuzuki_CMYK_The David Suzuki Foundation

Canadian icon launches campaign to enshrine environmental rights in the Canadian constitution  On September 24, the David Suzuki-led Blue Dot Tour started its nationwide campaign at the Holy Heart Theatre in St. Johns. The tour aims to raise awareness in support of a national mandate for the fundamental rights to breathe fresh air, drink clean […]


A hook-up app for cuddling: Cuddlr

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Tired of hook-ups and starved for hugs? Now you can find platonic physical intimacy at the touch of a screen with Cuddlr: an app for cuddling. Cuddlr allows users to find people nearby who want to cuddle—not date or have sex—just cuddle. “Our culture doesn’t have a space for closeness without pressure,” said Cuddlr developers […]


Ozone hole shows signs of shrinking

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

New report presents positive news for environmental advocates The first comprehensive update on the status of the ozone layer in four years is showing good news: the ozone layer is showing signs of future recovery. The encouraging new report, Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion 2014, was released jointly on September 10 by the United Nations […]


POP SCIENCE: Modern medicine and 3D printing

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

3 mind-blowing medical applications for adaptive manufacturing Additive manufacturing – or 3D printing – is one of the most promising new technologies of the last 20 years (though the processes involved have been in development since the 1980’s). If you haven’t heard of it, it involves using an electronic model and a piece of manufacturing […]


What’s so super about the supermoon?

Friday, September 5th, 2014
SuperMoon_CMYK_Brian Carey

For those across Newfoundland who were not drowning in rain or fog on August 10, a lucky few may have caught a glimpse of a phenomenon that has not taken place for nearly twenty years. At 6:10pm for 26 minutes, the moon was in its full stage and was closer to us than it had […]


How to push through tough days without the caffeine

Friday, September 5th, 2014

In an ideal world, we’d all have eight to ten hours of sleep a night, and rise from bed in the morning without a second thought to face our nine am lecture. Unfortunately, few of us reach that lofty goal each and every night. For many, a caffeine stimulant is the only solution to tired […]