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Video of the Week: Chipmunk has priceless reaction to being caught at birdfeeder

Posted by Sabrina Doyle in Wildlife on Friday, May 27, 2016

Try this at your next dinner party.

In a recently-uploaded YouTube video, a cameraman sneaks up on a chipmunk that is in the process of marauding his bird feeder. Caught red-handed (or rather, full-cheeked?), the chipmunk freezes. It then proceeds to spit out all the seeds it had crammed into the expandable grocery bags attached to its face — which turn out to be astonishingly capacious.

It's a talent the animal is known for. A chipmunk's cheeks can stretch to be three times larger than its ...

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Q&A with Julie Payette

Posted by Thomas Hall in Science & Technology on Friday, May 27, 2016

Julie Payette looks through an overhead window while operating the Canadarm controls on the aft flight deck of Space Shuttle Endeavour. (Photo: NASA Shuttle Mission Imagery/Wikimedia Commons)

There are few things on earth as captivating as the night sky. Yet only a handful of humans have ever ventured off what Carl Sagan called a pale blue dot into that inky beyond. Julie Payette is one of them.

Today marks the 17th anniversary of the Canadian astronaut’s first mission into space. On that mission she was part of the first shuttle crew to dock with the International Space Station (ISS), and became the first Canadian to board the ISS.

Payette was recently named one of Canadian ...

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Half of Canadians consider water most important resource: study

Posted by Vanessa Hrvatin in Nature on Friday, May 27, 2016

How do Canadians feel about the water they use? An RBC study exposes a contradiction.

We use it every day, yet many Canadians don't know where the water that flows through their home comes from.

That's according to the recently released RBC Canadian Water Attitudes Study, which surveyed more than 2000 Canadians in an effort to determine how Canadians feel about water, and learn how the country can advance water conservation efforts.

Robert Sandford, EPCOR chair, Water & Climate Security, United Nations University, spoke to Canadian Geographic about the ninth annual report. ...

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Throwback Thursday: Montreal's multicultural "main" street

Posted by Thomas Hall in History on Thursday, May 26, 2016

(Photo: Canadian Geographic Archives)

“The Main,” as St. Laurent Blvd is known to Montrealers, is not the longest street in the city, nor is it the oldest, but there is no better place to take the pulse of the bustling metropolis.

The Main, as St. Laurent is known to Montrealers, bisects the city both literally (addresses increase to the east and west from it) and figuratively as the divide between the English and French speaking communities of the city. In the April/May 1981 issue of Canadian Geographic, writer Jennifer Harper ...

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Exploring Philadelphia's public art hotspots

Posted by Michela Rosano in Travel on Thursday, May 26, 2016

(Photo: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia™)

Walking west on Market Street towards Philadelphia’s City Hall, my eye is drawn to the statue of William Penn perched atop the tower, watching over the city he founded. The bronze statue by Scottish-American sculptor Alexander Milne Calder looks small compared to the soaring skyscrapers around it, but when it was installed at the tower’s apex in 1894, the 11-metre tall, 24-ton Penn made city hall the tallest building in Philadelphia. It remains one of the city’s most prominent landmarks and, along ...

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