Alanna Mitchell

(Courtesy of NASA MSFC David Higginbotham)

What the world’s most powerful telescope is teaching us about the universe

The James Webb telescope is allowing astronomers to time-travel into our deep, dark past

The beetle scientist on a mission to name the world’s most beguiling bugs

Pat Bouchard wants to make sure each and every species of Coleoptera is properly identified

Peterson’s (centre) search for her missing daughter Lindsey (left) helped locate Audy (Photo illustration by Natasha Cunningham)

How a grieving mother helped create a DNA database to identify Canada’s missing

After Judy Peterson’s daughter disappeared 27 years ago, she poured herself into a campaign to create the more integrated, country-wide DNA database. Here’s how it led to a Quebec mother finding her son.

Plummer was a leading expert in infectious diseases; his death is a significant loss for Canada as we navigate this pandemic, says Kennelly (John Woods/CP)

Inside Frank Plummer’s brain

The legendary scientist turned to highly experimental deep brain stimulation to treat his own alcoholism. He’d devoted his whole life to science, he joked. Why not his brain, too? The research he took part in is revolutionizing how we treat the world’s most stigmatized illnesses.

Boris Worm in the Fogo Islands. (Nick Hawkins)

What will it take to save the ocean from unrelenting human harm?

One of the world’s most famous marine ecologists dials back his doomsday predictions and tries optimism

This acrylic painting shows the palaeo-environmental conditions that could be reconstructed for the drilling area. The painting was created on the basis of the diverse scientific evidence being obtained from the MeBo drill core PS104_20-2. (Courtesy of James McKay/Alfred-Wegener-Institut under Creative Commons licence CC-BY 4.0)

The lush forests of … Antarctica?

A discovery that shows life 90 million years ago near the South Pole may also point to what lies ahead

Kunimoto’s method of poring through data could help us find proof of extraterrestrial life (Photograph by Alana Paterson)

This young Canadian scientist has found 21 new planets—and counting

Inspired by Star Trek to pursue astronomy, 26-year-old Michelle Kunimoto is one of the whip-smart young scientists who just might help us find the first evidence of extraterrestrial life

A general view of Tomich Winery following a bushfire in December 2019, in Adelaide Hills, Australia January 18, 2020. (Stefica Bikes/Reuters)

How climate change is threatening wine grapes

Climate change patterns show wine-growing regions will become inhospitable to many varieties of grapes

Lucy Maud Montgomery’s agonizing drug addiction

Diaries show the disastrous extent of the ‘Anne of Green Gables’ author’s addiction to prescription drugs, as well as parallels to our modern-day opioid crisis

Why it’s time for Canada to introduce self-testing HIV kits

New cases of HIV are rising dramatically in Canada. And self-testing kits are nearly as easy to use as a home pregnancy test.

Quantum computing could solve problems we don’t even know we have

After decades of experimentation, billions of dollars in investment across the globe and gut-wrenching uncertainty about whether it was even physically possible, we’ve proven a quantum computer can work

Sockeye salmon stocks are crashing. Long-lost notebooks saw it coming.

The detailed field journals, lost for decades, now reveal today’s salmon stocks are in dramatically worse shape than imagined