Dutch data on COVID’s learning loss
Education | Opinion

Dutch data on COVID’s learning loss

Many people are wondering about the effects of pandemic-induced school closures. Here in Ontario’s third wave of the pandemic, schools are closed again (with some exceptions for special needs students). It’s possible the year will finish online. While the closures are necessary from a medical standpoint, what effect do they have on our children? Recently,…

Wise men lost?
Church Life | Opinion | Science & Technology

Wise men lost?

From June 29 to July 2 this year, the American Astronomical Society held a virtual conference on satellite constellations’ impact on optical astronomy. The scientists were concerned that satellite deployment, particularly bright satellites in low-Earth orbit, will prevent us from collecting meaningful optical data from the stars. I grew up in Montreal and never realized…

A Modern Prophet
Arts & Culture | Media & Culture

A Modern Prophet

In 2017, Alvin Plantinga, a Christian Reformed philosopher, received the Templeton Prize for his arguments that belief in God can be defended with legitimacy in today’s scientific world. We celebrated this event widely in our circles. This year the Templeton Prize was awarded to Dr. Francis Collins, the current head of the National Institutes of…

Vaccines and Social Media
Health & Wellness | Opinion | Science & Technology

Vaccines and Social Media

In a recent column (“Anti-Vax Reversal?,” June 8), I ended with the hope that a vaccine for COVID-19 might be developed quickly. Scientists are working on many possible vaccines in an amazing time frame. Our government has partnered with multiple companies to make a vaccine available for Canadians, and the Americans have implemented “Operation Warp…

Genius-Level Neurons
Opinion | Science & Technology

Genius-Level Neurons

Teachers lie. It happens more often than you’d think. We don’t want to do it. It’s just that telling the truth is hard. We lie for a few reasons. First, we may not know the complete story. Often, as an individual or a scientific community, we just don’t fully know how something works. It’s hard to teach half-truths, and so we massage the story to make it complete.

Science in Real Time
News | Politics

Science in Real Time

Most of us acquire our science from others either through classes and textbooks or on TV shows We learn about facts that are generally accepted by the scientific community. Then these facts are integrated into theories that explain our world within some overarching framework. This static textbook view of science may include the histories of current theories and the explanations they replaced, but the information is presented as final, accepted truth.