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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

Going Global: Balancing Power in the South China Sea

Balancing Power in the South China Sea Disputes over naval territory have been a consistent struggle in the South China Sea since the end of the Second World War. For several years, Japan and China have both claimed ownership over a set of islands between the north of Taiwan and the south of Okinawa. The... Continue Reading

Video Game Logic: Shadow of the Colossus

Every industry has its influential outliers that set the course for future endeavors, and for the medium of video games Shadow of the Colossus is definitely one of those. Nearly 10 years old now, the game doesn’t stand on the shoulders of giants—in this case, it is the giant.... Continue Reading

The "F" Word: pro-choice or anti-choice, it's still a woman's issue

Let’s talk about one of the most controversial topics in society—abortion.  This matter seems never-ending because it’s one of those topics that splits society right down the middle. According to, abortion is one of their biggest and most divisive issues, as the poll usually stands at more or less 50 per cent while most... Continue Reading

Going Global: Iran and the bomb, a history

After 12 years of negotiations, the United States mediated a deal with Iran. In exchange for reducing their nuclear capability, numerous sanctions hindering the economy of Iran will be lifted. Shortly after the deal was announced, President Obama said that the guidelines, if fully implemented, would prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. “Iran will... Continue Reading

Video Game Logic: First impressions of Darkest Dungeon

Genre: Turn based dungeon crawler Release: February 2015 (Early Access) Platforms: Windows, PS4 (on completion) Writer’s note: Darkest Dungeon is an early access title and as such its content is continually being tweaked, fixed and expanded upon. What follows are my thoughts on the game in its current state as of March 4, 2015 and... Continue Reading

Going Global: Israel is America’s aircraft carrier in the Middle East

  Israel recently had a national election, with incumbent Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party securing 30 out of 120 seats in the Knesset, more than any other party. Netanyahu’s major foreign policy goal is to nullify Iran as a threat to their national security. However, Netanyahu has been testing the tight U.S.-Israeli relationship, especially after comments... Continue Reading

Fireside Chats with Alan Davis

Academic freedom and freedom of speech. By Samantha Thompson [executive editor] When Alan Davis, president of Kwantlen Polytechnic University, was in graduate school at SFU in the ‘70s, he was using x-ray crystallography to determine the structure of inorganic compounds. He was working under the supervision of Fred Einstein of SFU, and in partnership with... Continue Reading

The "F" Word

Feminism is for everybody. By Aileen Tran [columnist] Trigger warning: article discusses sexual assault. Feminism is not just for women, it is for everyone. However, it is primarily focused on battling against the sexism against women, because they are the oppressed group. Women’s oppression is validated by the fact that it is present in the... Continue Reading

Going Global

The impact of Sykes-Picot in the Middle East. By Tristan Johnston [columnist] “I should like to draw a line from the ‘e’ in Acre to the last ‘k’ in Kirkuk.” – Mark Sykes While there are many factors contributing to the current disorder in the Middle East, there’s an argument to be made that some... Continue Reading