Canadian Science: Forward or Still?

Is government-funded Canadian science moving forward or stagnant?
By Rahman Mohamed

Orion is now more than just an archer in the sky with a famous three star belt.  It’s blast closer to taking humans to Mars.  Dawn of 5 December 2014 NASA successfully launched a new rocket in Cape Canaveral Florida for a test flight.  Mark Geyer, Orion’s program manager says “Orion is the exploration spacecraft for NASA, and paired with the Space Launch System, or SLS, rocket it will allow us to explore the solar system.”  Orion is being planned to take humans to asteroids and Mars.

Canadians might be some of these astronauts.  The Canadian government reports that it is investing more into science.

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Bad Air, Bad Health

The effects of pollution on health and how it can be avoided
By Rahman Mohamed

Today global attention is focused on war and international relations.  But on November 20 CBC reported that a study by the McKinsey Global Institute revealed that obesity is costing the world’s economy almost $2 trillion, “nearly as much as smoking or the combined impact of armed violence, war and terrorism”.  According to The Guardian obesity costs the United Kingdom £47 billion a year, more than armed violence, and terrorism, but second in cost to smoking.

Factors for obesity include an unhealthy diet and lack of physical exercise.  In an article published 10 November, WebMD reported that in addition to lung cancer air pollution plays a role in many more health problems than lung cancer and can be just as bad as obesity.

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Assyrian Chaldean Syriac Students Raising funds for Mesopotamian Refugees

York students raising funds and awareness for refugees in Iraq and Syria
By Rahman Mohamed

A movement across Ontario, Life of a Mesopotamian Refugee, built a campaign to raise awareness and funds for refugees in Syria and Iraq, former Mesopotamia, to display the conditions refugees face to local students last week.. This movement was led by the Assyrian Chaldean Syriac Student Union (ACSSU). ACSSU has branches at McMaster University in Hamilton, and York, Brock and Ryerson Universities in Toronto. All three played a role in Life of a Mesopotamian Refugee.

Retrieved from Assyrian Chaldean Syriac Student Union on 17 November 2014

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