We'll wear masks after the pandemic, researchers predict, and they're trying to make them better

We'll wear masks after the pandemic, researchers predict, and they're trying to make them better

Anesthesiologists recently came to Ravi Selvaganapathy and his colleagues at McMaster University with a problem. They needed a superior face shield that would protect them from the coronavirus but didn’t require a mask to be worn underneath and wouldn’t fog up.  Selvaganapathy and the team at McMaster’s Centre of Excellence in Protective Equipment and Materials (CEPEM) ended […]

Pandemic isolation sees booming demand for pets — and for businesses that cater to them

Pandemic isolation sees booming demand for pets — and for businesses that cater to them

All those new pet photos you’ve been seeing on social media don’t lie. The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted booming demand for pets from Canadians feeling isolated after months of social distancing. And that’s meant big opportunities for a slew of Canadian companies that cater to that craving for companionship. Daniela Amorim and Arlin Lincoln of Toronto are among […]

Rays’ Kiermaier: `They don’t like us, we don’t like them’

Rays’ Kiermaier: `They don’t like us, we don’t like them’

SAN DIEGO – After losing eight of 10 games in a contentious regular-season series, the New York Yankees just can’t shake the AL East rival Tampa Bay Rays. Not only will the Bronx Bombers face the Rays in the AL Division Series at Petco Park in one of MLB’s bubbles, but the teams that have […]

Amazon hurt them. The lockdown hurt them. Now there’s a painful loss in court. Canada’s book biz — authors, publishers, retailers — is hunting for a new business model

Amazon hurt them. The lockdown hurt them. Now there’s a painful loss in court. Canada’s book biz — authors, publishers, retailers — is hunting for a new business model

If there were ever a perfect storm for the publishing industry in Canada, this is it. Bricks-and-mortar stores have shut down, leaving booksellers, large and small, scrambling to do business online; they’re beginning to send unsold books back to publishers, putting pressure on their bottom line; and a legal decision has come down that affects […]

Astronomers want you to help them count the stars this Valentine's Day

Astronomers want you to help them count the stars this Valentine's Day

In an effort to better understand the loss of the night sky due to light pollution, astronomers are calling on star-lovers and romantics to enjoy a night under the stars — and give them a helping hand. Each year, a group of astronomers, headed by Connie Walker at the National Science Foundation’s National Optical-Infrared Astronomy […]