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The Sacred and the Profane’ is a classic book on the history of religion. Find out how it reveals the Universe, Nature and Humanity as our connections to the sacred.

I had a happy childhood and very caring parents. I grew up in a very easy-going household. Like many adults of their generation, my mom and dad were fans of the permissive parenting guru Dr. Benjamin Spock.

My family was devoutly religious, but not in the rigid, dogmatic style of Evangelical Christians. …


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‘Making Peace with Nature’ is the title of a new report from the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). Find out how it lays out a blueprint for solving our climate, biodiversity and pollution challenges.

The year that I landed my first real job, my family bought me an unusual Christmas present. It was a set of blueprints and all of the building materials I would need to build my own wooden sailboat.

It was a sailboat class called a Topper, an 11-foot dinghy with a single sail. We worked together as a family to built it, which was challenging because…


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Mars was made the news three times this week as three countries arrived there within days of each other. Find out the objectives of each mission and their plans to learn about the Red Planet.

The first images were spellbinding. The Viking 1 Lander sent back the first panoramic views of Mars on July 20, 1976.

It was the first time I gave any real thought to Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. Mars was so far away that nobody knew if it had landed successfully for nineteen minutes.

Even at the speed of light, that was how long it took for…


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The View From The Center Of The Universe: Discovering Our Extraordinary Place In The Cosmos is part of a sub-genre of interpretations of Thomas Berry’s essay, The New Story. Find out why the authors believe our current thinking needs a drastic change.

There’s a new movement afoot. Its roots go back a few decades, but it started catching on in 2011 and took off into the mainstream about four years ago.

The worldview doesn’t have an official name yet. It’s based on the teachings of an obscure scholar of world religions and Roman Catholic priest named Thomas Berry.

Berry wrote…


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Food waste is getting out of hand as consumers reject items with minor imperfections. Find out what’s behind our food choices and how we can improve our decision making.

Being born on a farm gave me a different perspective on a lot of topics. Naturally, a lot of that perspective had to do with how we produce food.

I knew a lot about that, even before I went to school. I can remember climbing ladders and picking apples from the trees planted on our family’s original homestead in the 1850s. That’s the kind of thing my mind associates with food.

I can remember one of my elementary school teachers, who grew up in the city, coming to me with questions about agriculture. …


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The Square Kilometre Array Observatory has received international approval. Find out why this megaproject signals an inspiring new era in global astronomy.

Back in 1992, I learned a new Latin phrase from the Queen. She referred to the cluster of setbacks that she and the Royal Family endured that year as an annus horibilus.

This past year, 2020, has been an annus horibilus for us all, with the global pandemic and various other misfortunes. This included the astronomy community, which was devastated by the sudden collapse of the iconic radio telescope at Arecibo in Puerto Rico.

We’ve covered that accident a couple of times in these pages, but now we can share a good news story instead. …


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Human tolerance sets us apart from other animals. Find out how a computer simulation shows that harsh conditions drove our ancestors’ self-domestication process.

Back in the 60s, there was a short-lived TV show called It’s About Time. It was made by Sherwood Schwartz and his team, the same production company that brought us Gilligan’s Island.

It’s About Time was filmed on the same location and was similar to Gilligan’s Island. Sadly, it lacked the sophisticated humour of the seven stranded castaways on that uncharted isle.

I have fond memories of watching it on our black and white TV in my parents’ quirky old house. Although it was a farce, I feel that it deserved better than to be cancelled after only one season.

It’s About Time Deserved Better than to Be Cancelled


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Animal movement changes are the result of human disruption of ecosystems. Find out why these changes pose a threat to species survival and to global biodiversity.

A few years ago, a mother fox moved in under our storage shed at the cottage. She must have done this early in the spring before we started heading up there for the tourist season.

We didn’t mind. In fact, we enjoyed discretely peeking under the shed to see how the little family was progressing. Our dog, Lucky, however much too curious.

He didn’t mean any harm, but he started working most of his body into their den entrance and barking at them. …


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The Last Journey Simulation used Mira, one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers, to model how mass flows through our Universe. Find out how it breaks ground for future cosmological studies.

One of the most perplexing things about our current understanding of the Universe is that Scientists hardly understand any of it. Oh, they grasp ordinary matter well enough.

The matter we’re used to living and working with, like my writing desk and chair, isn’t the issue. We know that matter is made of atoms, what atoms are made, and the elementary particles beyond that.

Unfortunately, in recent years, we’ve come to realize that ordinary matter only makes up about 5% of our Universe. The rest consists of dark energy (68%) and dark matter (27%).

Cosmologists Don’t Know What Dark Energy…


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The Last Journey Simulation used Mira, one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers, to model how mass flows through our Universe. Find out how it breaks ground for future cosmological studies.

One of the most perplexing things about our current understanding of the Universe is that Scientists hardly understand any of it. Oh, they grasp ordinary matter well enough.

The matter we’re used to living and working with, like my writing desk and chair, isn’t the issue. We know that matter is made of atoms, what atoms are made, and the elementary particles beyond that.

Unfortunately, in recent years, we’ve come to realize that ordinary matter only makes up about 5% of our Universe. The rest consists of dark energy (68%) and dark matter (27%).

Cosmologists Don’t Know What Dark Energy…

David Morton Rintoul

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