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Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques in spacewalk training at NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory in Houston, Texas.

Science & Tech

How to train your astronaut

From enduring extreme isolation and psychological strain to operating high-tech robotics and undergoing an intense physical fitness regimen, here’s a glimpse at what it takes to head to space

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Exploration

Excerpt from Canadarm and Collaboration: How Canada’s Astronauts and Space Robots Explore New Worlds

With interviews from Chris Hadfield, Marc Garneau, Roberta Bondar, and more, Canadarm and Collaboration is the tale of Canada’s involvement in international space exploration from the 1960s to the present day

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People & Culture

Astronauts attending the RCGS Fellows Dinner

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Canadian astronauts pose inside the Living in Space Exhibition

Exploration

Canadian Space Agency astronaut profiles

The men and women that have become part of Canada’s space team

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Astronauts David Saint-Jacques and Jeremy Hansen

Exploration

Space medicine

The health issues astronauts face as they journey beyond the Earth’s surface

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Defying Limits, by astronaut Dave Williams

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Sneak preview: Defying Limits, by astronaut Dave Williams

A new memoir that unpacks the life of one of Canada’s most accomplished astronauts, who’s also an aquanaut, doctor, CEO and cancer survivor 

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Wildlife

A wolf walks in front of a forest

Wildlife

The mysterious 500-kilometre, 20-year odyssey of Wolf 57

Plus: a caribou’s dinner, avian “flyways,” what astronauts can learn from squirrels — and blue whale tongue-eating orcas

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Ederney Gonzales, one of the people who discovered Red Rockette

Wildlife

Tracking sea turtles

International grassroots organizations unite over turtle conservation

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Wildlife

Alberta app to track moose population across the province

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A purple martin silhouetted in flight against a blue sky

Wildlife

Migration in the time of climate change

New technology is helping researchers understand how birds time their migrations when the seasons send mixed signals

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A bowhead whale in Cumberland Sound, Nunavut

Wildlife

New research offers insight into the skin care routine of bowhead whales

Researchers at the University of British Columbia have found evidence that bowhead whales exfoliate their skin by rubbing against large rocks

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People & Culture

Environment

Ten years after the release of her seminal book Sea Sick, Alanna Mitchell again plumbs the depths of the latest research on the health of the world’s oceans — and comes up gasping

Environment

“There’s no coming back from this:” Why the global ocean crisis threatens us all

Ten years after the release of her seminal book Sea Sick, Alanna Mitchell again plumbs the depths of the latest research on the health of the world’s oceans — and comes up gasping

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Ground control to Commander Feustel

A conversation with Drew Feustel, the most recent commander of the International Space Station and a dual U.S.-Canadian citizen, who returned to Earth in October after more than six months in orbit 

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Inside your smartphone: analyzing the rare-earth elements

How so-called rare earth elements are powering our modern tech — and where to find them

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Wildlife

“Whale superhighway” map marks World Whale Day

Plus: Marathon hare migrations, increasingly efficient wolves, wandering basking sharks and homemaking bees

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A cougar sits in a tree

Wildlife

The cat came back: Canada’s cougar comeback

Why Canada’s cougars are on the rise — and what that means for us

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North Atlantic right whale in Gulf

Wildlife

Federal government announces new measures to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales

Following a deadly summer for the endangered whales, Fisheries and Oceans Canada is tightening regulations for crab fishers in the Gulf of St. Lawrence

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Kids

London, Ont., student crowned Canadian Geographic Challenge champion

Grade 10 student Ben Woodward took home the nation’s top geography prize 

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Two caribou silhouetted against a dark, rainy landscape

Wildlife

Caribou are vanishing at an alarming rate. Is it too late to save them?

After more than a million years on Earth, the caribou is under threat of global extinction. The precipitous decline of the once mighty herds is a tragedy that is hard to watch — and even harder to reverse.

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People & Culture

Geography’s new groove: Celebrating 90 years of the RCGS

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society has teamed up with Roots Canada to produce limited edition jackets featuring the expedition patches of notable explorers.

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Wildlife

How citizen scientists solved a migration mystery

No one knew golden eagles in the Yukon and Alaska migrated along the Rockies’ front ranges, until an avid birder noticed something strange

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Many Colville Lake locals spend their time in and around trapping cabins, preparing the pelts they’ve collected.

People & Culture

Traditional trapping in the North

Once a traditional way of life across Canada, trapping survives and even thrives in communities throughout the North, including Colville Lake, N.W.T.

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A photo of Ottawa from orbit

Places

This is what 50 Sussex looks like from orbit

Canadian NASA astronaut tweets Canada Day greetings with a photo of Ottawa 

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People & Culture

Presenting the 2019 RCGS award winners

In celebration of its 90th year, the RCGS handed out awards to a diverse and star-studded roster of honourees

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Wildlife

The erosion of Ontario’s Endangered Species Act threatens iconic Algonquin wolf

Algonquin wolves face an uncertain future primarily because they can be legally shot and trapped in many parts of Ontario

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Humpback whale in the broughton archipelago, bc

Wildlife

Giants of the Broughtons

Whales are beginning to return to B.C. waters — but will they find a safe haven?

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Wildlife

Bison to return to Banff National Park

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Wildlife

Shark tag finds its way home

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People & Culture

Welcome to Flat Earth 101*

*Do your own research

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Roberta Bondar with camera on Banks Island

People & Culture

Roberta Bondar made Companion of Order of Canada

The highest level within the Order of Canada recognizes national pre-eminence or achievement 

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People & Culture

Chris Hadfield’s favourite place in Canada

The former commander of the International Space Station loves the unstructured simplicity of life on Stag Island, Ont.

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People & Culture

Roberta Bondar on career challenges and advice to young women

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People & Culture

Photographing Toronto’s diversity

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People & Culture

Trans Canada Trail and AccessNow unite: New partnership creates greater accessibility

Canadian Paralympians and Para athletes join the mission to increase trail accessibility across Canada

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People & Culture

Canadians share their love for museums with selfies

#MuseumSelfie trended on Twitter January 20th as people the world over shared their snaps.

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Environment

How much warmer than normal was your city in 2015?

Now there's a way to visualize exactly what a record warm year globally meant in your city

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Environment

Eco-friendly paper

Five eco-friendly products used around the world to create paper

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Exploration

Canadian Mark Pathy headed to space on private mission

The investor and philanthropist will be Canada’s 11th astronaut

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Roberta Bondar on space shuttle discovery

Exploration

Canada’s 90 Greatest Explorers: Vital insights

Part of our roundup of 90 of Canada’s greatest explorers, these 17 explorers made major contributions to our understanding of Canada’s history and geography

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Exploration

Smaller companies helping shoot for the moon in new Canadian Space Agency push

CSA astronaut Jeremy Hansen says space exploration represents a major economic opportunity for Canada

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Places

Chris Cran’s EXPLORE exhibit opens at 50 Sussex

A major portrait series by the acclaimed contemporary artist is now part of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s permanent collection

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Kids

Meet the 2017 Can Geo Challenge National Finalists

Twenty students from across Canada will also get to meet Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques, who will be hosting the final competition

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Mapping

Quiz: Identify Canadian cities in astronaut Chris Hadfield’s photos

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Mapping

Mapping the future of sustainable agriculture

This online map platform displays hundreds of stories on ecological farming issues from around the world

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Science & Tech

Antarctic research could help NASA limit risks to astronaut health

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Julie Payette looks through an overhead window while operating the Canadarm controls on the aft flight deck of Space Shuttle Endeavour

Science & Tech

Q&A with Julie Payette

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Nigel Hussey prepares to tag a Greenland shark in Scott Inlet in 2013. (Photo courtesy of Steven Fields)

Science & Tech

Following Greenland Sharks in Canada’s Arctic

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Excerpt: The Day the World Stops Shopping

From economy to ecology, J.B. MacKinnon's creative work of non-fiction explores what the world would look like if we could just stop shopping  

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Researchers explore the Tunnunik impact crater in Canada's Arctic

Science & Tech

Exposing the secrets of the largest Arctic meteorite crater found in a decade

A new way of mapping impact craters could even change how astronauts prepare for the moon and Mars

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Science & Tech

International Space Station to get new Canadian-made vision system

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Researchers explore the Tunnunik impact crater in Canada's Arctic

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Le plus grand cratère météorique découvert en dix ans révèle ses secrets

Une nouvelle méthode de cartographie des cratères d’impact pourrait même changer le mode de préparation des astronautes pour la lune et Mars

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Science & Tech

Canadian Geographic kicks off World Space Week with Bill Nye

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History

The Canadarm comes home

Highlights from the illustrious career of the original Canadarm

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A full moon shines above boats decked out with holiday lights in Port de Grave, Nfld.

History

15 things that have happened in Canada since the last ‘Christmas Moon’

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Science & Tech

Ten reasons why we love Chris Hadfield

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Science & Tech

How artificial intelligence can help crisis managers respond during extreme weather events

Artificial intelligence combines with social-media analysis to inform first responders and scientists

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Science & Tech

Tracking the Greenland shark’s Arctic movements

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History

Operation Husky: Reflections on a forgotten story

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Science & Tech

The Arctic voyages of the intrepid ringed seal

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Science & Tech

Testing, testing: Inuit hunters and scientists work together to ensure walrus meat safe to eat

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