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8 of our favourite Canadian museums


Posted by Alexandra Pope in History on Wednesday, May 18, 2016



How do you choose a favourite museum? The Museum of Nature in Ottawa, Ont., pictured, is popular with Canadian Geographic's editors. Read on for more of our picks! (Photo: Monica Healy/Can Geo Photo Club)

Each year on May 18th, museums and galleries around the world celebrate International Museum Day.

Started in 1977 by the International Council of Museums, International Museum Day is a movement aimed at encouraging people to spend more time exploring the vast realms of history, culture, art and science.

In honour of Museum Day 2016 — the theme of which is "Museums and Cultural Landscapes" — the editors of Canadian Geographic have shared their favourite museums in Canada. Tweet us your picks ...

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Scientists discover how monarch butterflies navigate


Posted by Rachael Kelly in Nature on Friday, April 15, 2016



Monarch butterflies in their winter refuge in Morelia, Mexico. (Photo: gailfisher/Wikimedia Commons)

Scientists, biologists and mathematicians have built a model circuit to simulate the internal compass mechanisms monarch butterflies use to navigate the 4,000 km journey from Canada to Mexico each year. The model takes into account the two cues butterflies use for migratory navigation: the horizontal position of the sun and time of day.

In June 2014, scientists at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Worcester Polytechnic Institute identified a sort of solar compass in the antennas ...

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Q&A with Jane Goodall


Posted by John Geiger in Nature on Tuesday, April 12, 2016



Jane Goodall holds "Mr. H," her travelling mascot of 28 years. (Photo: Jessica Finn/Canadian Geographic)

It’s been more than 50 years since Jane Goodall rocketed to global fame after National Geographic profiled her research with chimpanzees in what is now Tanzania. Today, the conservationist travels the world with her message about the urgent need for each of us to take action to protect the planet.

Goodall’s gruelling schedule, which keeps her on the road more than 300 days a year, yesterday took her to Ottawa, where she met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, then later spoke to a sold out house ...

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Richard Louv on the importance of reconnecting with nature


Posted by Amanda Pereira in Nature on Monday, April 4, 2016



Richard Louv's new book aims to address nature-deficit disorder and reconnect kids with the natural world. (Photo, left: Silver Eight/Can Geo Photo Club)

In 2005, Richard Louv published Last Child in the Woods, introducing the world to nature-deficit disorder — the idea that a lack of nature in a child’s life is directly tied to health and behavioural problems such as an increase in obesity, attention disorders and depression.

Now Louv is helping people reverse the trend. In his new book, Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature Rich Life, to be released April 12, explores ways that adults and children can reconnect with and immerse themselves ...

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How GPS is killing navigation, and why schools need to fix it


Posted by Sabrina Doyle in Science & Technology on Wednesday, March 30, 2016



If your GPS device died in an unfamiliar place, could you navigate your way out? (Photo: Paul Downey/Wikimedia Commons)

Has your GPS device ever died, leaving you with no clue how to get home? You’re not alone.

Despite the fact that 80 per cent of the world’s adult population will own a smartphone by 2020, satellite navigation is fallible and our ubiquitous reliance on it is eroding our natural wayfinding abilities.

So argues Roger McKinlay, a satellite communication consultant and former president of the Royal Institute of Navigation. In an article published March 30 in the science journal Nature, he writes ...

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