Science Explained: Unsustainable Agriculture

Food for thought   When we think of climate change we tend to think about wasting power, taking long showers, landfills, oil drilling, fracking, and greenhouse gas emissions produced by transportation. There is a misconception that these practices constitute the most significant contributions to our warming planet. Animal agriculture is a controversial topic—the meat and... Continue Reading

Going Global: Burma/Myanmar and the Rohingya

Burma/Myanmar and the Rohingya Burma is a country with two names, calling it by one or the other can be a political statement in itself. Its other name is Myanmar, which it took after a military coup back in 1962. The military continues to rule the country to this day, but its grip may be... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Destructive Interference

Rock, Physics, and Butt Touches: An Interview with Destructive Interference Rock n’ roll and physics don’t usually collide—but they did for Destructive Interference, a four-piece band living on the North Shore. The group got the idea for their name while at practice, thanks to frontman Derek Lionas’ extensive scientific knowledge. “One day we were jamming... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Comfort

Empty Alone, Better Together: An Interview with Mason McMorris of Comfort Mason McMorris lives for the little things. It’s part of what gives Comfort an ambient and immersive sound, along with their signature three-guitar setup. McMorris, Conner Elmes, and Alex Kappel each play electric guitar alongside bassist Tristyn Ginter and drummer Austin Smith-Greaves. By the... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: The Plodes

Burping the Baby: An Interview with The Plodes “Our show is probably a quarter to a third standup comedy,” says Reid Blakely, frontman of Vancouver-based punk rock duo, The Plodes. According to drummer Gemma Goletski, “It’s semi-improvised. Sometimes I’ll just say some garbage and think, ‘Oh, that was okay,’ so I do it six more... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: The Jins

Three-piece guitar-driven rockers bring reinvigoration to Vancouver’s music scene If The Strokes and Nirvana had a one night stand and produced a musical superbaby, you’d get The Jins. Though their recently released, self-titled EP is only six songs long, listening to it guarantees enough raw shouts and body-shaking riffs to satisfy a garage, alternative or... Continue Reading
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Going Global: Viva la Catalonia Libra

Viva la Catalonia Libra Late last month, two pro-separation parties in Catalonia’s regional legislature won a majority of seats, 72 out of 135, but not an outright majority of the popular vote, which was around 48 per cent of the Catalan population. Catalonia, like the rest of Spain, votes with a representative system, meaning popular... Continue Reading

Going Global: Yemen’s Civil War

Yemen’s Civil War Yemen, at this moment, finds itself in a quagmire. In the southern part of the country you have Al-Qaeda, in the west you have Iran-backed Houthis, in the east and the south you have the former government and their loyalists. On top of all of this, you have bombing runs courtesy of... Continue Reading
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The “F” Word: Beyonce and Feminism

Beyonce’s Brand of Feminism The dark stage is suddenly lit. Light pours down towards the massive, capitalized white letters that together spell out “FEMINIST.” A silhouette of a woman stands proudly in front of the sign, locks blowing in the wind. She fiercely, heroically claims a taboo title. It is 2014, and Beyonce Knowles has... Continue Reading
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Science Explained: Aspartame

Parsing the evidence against aspartame Aspartame, the low-calorie sweetener known on food labels as E951, was first approved for Canadian consumption in 1981. Aspartame is found in many products, including diet beverages, processed foods, yogurt and chewing gum. It’s also the main ingredient of the coffee and tea sweeteners Nutrasweet and Equal. In the late-‘90s... Continue Reading

Video Game Logic: The Unfinished Swan

The Unfinished Swan shows, doesn’t tell Genre: First Person Adventure Release: (PS3) October 2012 (PS4 & Vita) October 2014 Platforms: PS4, PS3 and PlayStation Vita Remember when you were a kid, you could become so engrossed in a story you’d begin to imagine yourself as a character inside it? This is exactly what The Unfinished... Continue Reading

Science Explained: Why HIV is difficult to treat

Why HIV is difficult to treat The Human Immunodeficiency Virus HIV fits under a branch of viruses called lentiviruses, and many animals such as cats, cows, horses, and sheep have strains of lentiviruses that typically don’t cause disease. In primates, the lentivirus is called SIV (Simian immunodeficiency virus), and multiple strains exist that are specific... Continue Reading

The "F" Word: Free The Nipple

Free The Nipple All nipples are equal. That’s the message that Lina Esco, activist and producer of the 2013 documentary Free the Nipple, is hoping to communicate through her work. Ever since her best friend’s mother was kicked out of a church for the crime of breastfeeding, Enesco has been dedicated to the Free The... Continue Reading

Going Global: India’s Neighbourhood

India’s Neighbourhood   Early this month, India and Bangladesh have put to rest what was possibly the strangest border dispute in the world. Along their shared border were more than 160 enclaves—small plots of land that belong to one country but are surrounded by another country, and in some cases, surrounded again by another country,... Continue Reading

Video Game Logic: Hydraulic Empire

Hydraulic Empire could have been a simple flash game After two solid hours of slogging through Hydraulic Empire, I’m eight levels in and feeling like I’ve accomplished nothing. The story revolves around you defending(?) your town or country against your own people by attacking(?) areas further and further from the starting point. I use question... Continue Reading