No, This Hill In Canada Isn't Using Magnetic Force To Pull Cars Uphill

There's a hill in New Brunswick, Canada, where something extraordinary happens. If you park your car at the foot of it, and throw it into neutral, your car seemingly starts to roll (completely unassisted!) uphill. Yes, it's real, and, no, it's not for the reason many people think. » 3/25/15 4:20pm 3/25/15 4:20pm

The Historical Snub Hidden In Canada's Map

Maps seem like the most utilitarian of objects, but hidden in between all that functional information there are some strange stories. Here's how a 19th-century postal service bureaucrat hid a snub against France that's still in Canada's modern map. » 3/17/15 4:20pm 3/17/15 4:20pm

A Suprisingly Clear Photo of an Explosion's Shock Wave

Defence Research and Development Canada's (DRDC) experimental proving ground is a piece of land over 470 square kilometers — and its isolated, clear, and moderate weather makes the location perfect for scientists and researchers to do defense work. Like this explosion. » 3/16/15 2:30am 3/16/15 2:30am

No, It's Not Illegal To "Spock" Your Fives In Canada

In the wake of Leonard Nimoy's death, a number of Canadians have taken to the practice of converting the portrait of Prime Minister Sir Wilfred Laurier on the Canadian $5 bill into the iconic image of Mr. Spock. According to the Bank of Canada, defacing bills is not illegal — but it's not without consequences. » 3/03/15 6:20am 3/03/15 6:20am

Canada's "Spocking Fives" Phenomenon Surges In Tribute To Leonard Nimoy

Doodle-driven Canadians have been cleverly defacing their five dollar bills for years, turning the portrait of former Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier into the pop-culture figures he eerily resembles: Spock (seen here) and Harry Potter's Severus Snape. » 2/28/15 8:30am 2/28/15 8:30am

Watch The Trailer For The Best Valentine's Day Slasher Movie Ever Made

"It's a bad time, this time of year" ... especially if you live in Valentine Bluffs, setting for 1981 seasonal classic My Bloody Valentine. Come for the freaky miners, marvel at the gore, and stay for the excellent end-credits music. » 2/14/15 11:00am 2/14/15 11:00am

Live Your Fairy-Tale Dreams By Moving Into This Magical Amusement Park

"Aggressively priced" at just over $2.1 million: the awesomely retro Enchanted Forest, located in an actual old-growth forest in British Columbia. The owners, who built up the park in the 1950s and 60s, are retiring ... which means this is your chance to take over (pet dragon included). » 2/09/15 12:30pm 2/09/15 12:30pm

Canada Caves on Copyright

You may recall reading that James Bond, as envisioned by Sir Ian Fleming, had entered public domain in Canada. Canada, and a few other countries, differ on the length of copyright protection – 50 years from the death of the creator, compared to 70 in the US and elsewhere. » 2/05/15 3:40pm 2/05/15 3:40pm

Canada May Have Just Set A Fracking Earthquake World Record 

Late last month, a 4.4 magnitude earthquake shook the town of Fox Creek, Alberta. The province's energy regulator is pointing the finger at hydraulic fracturing which, if confirmed, would make it the largest earthquake ever to have been induced by the method. » 2/02/15 1:20pm 2/02/15 1:20pm

What Does It Mean That James Bond's In the Public Domain In Canada?

On January 1st, 2015, the works of Ian Fleming entered the public domain in a number of countries. That means that the character of James Bond is no longer copyrighted in those countries, just like Sherlock Holmes has been for a while. But it doesn't mean that it's suddenly open season on that character. » 1/08/15 1:45am 1/08/15 1:45am

How One Of History’s Worst Taxidermy Jobs Became A Victorian Sensation

Take a look at this walrus. This is what happens when a taxidermist is taxed with mounting an animal he's never seen before. With no idea that real walruses have copious wrinkles and folds, this Victorian just kept stuffing it and studding it until it looked smooth. Whoops. » 12/17/14 3:00am 12/17/14 3:00am

How Many Scifi References Can You Catch At The Nerd Poetry Slam?

On January 15, the Vancouver Poetry House Society held its annual Nerd Poetry Slam. Matt Loeb's came in fifth, but I really feel like "Sci Lingo We Ride" deserves a ton of accolades. The references fly thick and fast in this poem. » 11/26/14 11:15pm 11/26/14 11:15pm

Implausibly Visible Logo On The Canadarm Triggers Parliamentary Query

Canadian Family Finds 102 Snakes Seeking Refuge In Their Home

Call it "snakes on the plains." A Canadian wildlife rescue group recently collected — get this — 102 garter snakes from a single Regina, Saskatchewan home after the serpents sought shelter there for the winter. The largest snake was about three feet long — and there are still more inside the house. » 10/22/14 7:30am 10/22/14 7:30am

We Demand The Return of Scientific Freedom In Canada!

In an open letter written to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, some 800 scientists from around the world are calling for an end to "burdensome restrictions on scientific communication and collaboration faced by Canadian government scientists." » 10/21/14 6:00pm 10/21/14 6:00pm

The World's First Clean Coal Commercial Plant Just Opened In Canada

Canada switched on its Boundary Dam Carbon-Dioxide Capture and Storage (CCS) Project yesterday. In doing so, it has become the only country on Earth with a commercial-scale, coal-fired power plant capable of harvesting its own CO2 and sulfur dioxide emissions. » 10/03/14 9:30am 10/03/14 9:30am

Ebola Vaccine Delay May Be Due To An Intellectual Property Dispute

For the past six weeks, about 800 to 1,000 doses of an experimental ebola vaccine have been sitting in a Canadian laboratory instead of being dispensed to West Africa. The delay, it would now appear, may be on account of an intellectual property spat. » 10/03/14 9:20am 10/03/14 9:20am

The Real Story Behind Canada's Sudden Interest In Arctic Archaeology

Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper was absolutely gushing yesterday when he announced the discovery of one of the lost ships from the doomed Franklin expedition. But this anti-science government doesn't actually care for archaeology. Rather, it plans to use the find as a way to make a territorial claim on the… » 9/10/14 9:30am 9/10/14 9:30am

Smoke From Canada's Copious Wildfires As Seen From Space

Canada is currently experiencing one of its worst wildfire seasons ever. The active fires blazing in British Columbia, the Northwest Territories, and Alberta are spewing tremendous amounts of smoke into the atmosphere, affecting weather patterns in both Canada and the United States. » 7/11/14 6:00pm 7/11/14 6:00pm