America may not like it but pipelines are crucial

Are we prepared for the economic consequences of shutting them down?

America may not like it but pipelines are crucialBy Mark Milke and Lennie Kaplan Canadian Energy Centre There’s nothing like real life as a corrective to Disney-like musings, where fantasies are concocted absent any connection to reality. The newest example comes from a recent ransomware attack directed against Georgia-based Colonial Pipeline. The American pipeline company, which ships 100 million gallons of refined fuel…

Universal daycare anti-mother social engineering

And a slap in the face to homemakers

Universal daycare anti-mother social engineeringThere’s a new entry to Canada’s list of bad ideas promoted during the COVID-19 outbreak: a literal nanny state. Aspirant recipients and allies are seizing on panic to invoke a policy monstrosity that would be a blow to children and families. In September’s throne speech, the former governor general said: “We have long understood that…

Bears that mark more trees more successful in mating

Brown bears that rub against trees more often tend to have more offspring and more mates

Bears that mark more trees more successful in matingBrown bears that are more inclined to grate and rub against trees have more offspring and more mates, according to a University of Alberta study. The results suggest there might be a fitness component to the poorly understood behaviour. “As far as we know, all bears do this dance, rubbing their back up against the…

Attention-seeking behaviour is dysfunctional, toxic

If you see yourself in any of the following common examples, it’s time to make a change

Attention-seeking behaviour is dysfunctional, toxicFaith Wood knows how to resolve conflict. Her years in front-line law enforcement taught her how to effectively de-escalate any situation to a successful conclusion. Faith will use her knowledge of conflict management to guide you through the often stressful experiences you may encounter in your personal or professional life. Her Conflict Coach column appears…

Quebec, France poised to reject diversity, pluralism

Freedom of religious expression is a human right

Quebec, France poised to reject diversity, pluralismAccording to the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practise, worship…

How a much-needed oral antiviral drug confuses Covid-19

How a much-needed oral antiviral drug confuses Covid-19A University of Alberta virology lab has uncovered how an oral antiviral drug works to attack the SARS-CoV-2 virus, in findings published May 10 in the Journal of Biological Chemistry. SARS-CoV-2 is the official name of the Covid-19 virus. The researchers demonstrated the underlying mechanism of action by which the antiviral drug molnupiravir changes the viral genome, a…

Science gone bad: the pursuit of human-animal hybrids

Fraught with ethical problems, some of which have already been demonstrated

Science gone bad: the pursuit of human-animal hybridsThe Book of Genesis says God made the animals each “according to their kinds,” then humanity in the divine image. Of course, not everyone believes in a sacred creation. Some scientists would rather play god and mix the animal and human species. This endeavour is fraught with ethical problems, some of which have already been…

Artificial intelligence innovator named to Royal Society

U of A computing scientist Rich Sutton honoured by world’s oldest national scientific institution

Artificial intelligence innovator named to Royal SocietyRich Sutton, a University of Alberta computing science professor, a fellow and Canada CIFAR AI Chair at the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii), and one of the founders of modern computational reinforcement learning, has been elected as a fellow of the venerable Royal Society, the world’s oldest national scientific institution. Sutton, who joined the U of A’s Faculty…

How successful people start their day

How successful people start their day

How successful people start their dayWouldn’t it feel great to start your day motivated and organized? You’d know what you were doing, that everything was sorted, and you’d feel brilliant. Surprisingly, it wouldn’t take much to get a great start every day. You just need to create a morning routine that motivates and organizes you for success – every day.…

Unique cardiac rehabilitation program gives cancer patients hope

Helps cancer patients who also face heart damage due to their treatment

Unique cardiac rehabilitation program gives cancer patients hopeAsk Paul Guenard how he’s doing, and he’ll tell you, “Not bad for a guy who’s supposed to be dead!” While he laughs as he says it, Guenard did indeed face death six years ago when he underwent a stem cell transplant to treat mantle cell lymphoma. Afterwards, he said, he felt so weak he…