The only winning move is not to play.
Somebody call Matthew Broderick; there's an unbeatable AI on the Internet that wants to play a game with you. Luckily for the safety of the world, that game is poker.Read More
Hold on to your butts—oh, wait. I guess you can't.
Just wait until you see it move.Read More
I hope it's as easy as becoming a minister online.
If you hate back to school time, we've got a bit of good news: This year brings with it the opportunity to study dinosaurs online for free. University of Alberta has an online course in paleobiology that anyone can join as long as their relationship with computers is better than Dr. Grant's.Read More
So that's where kaiju come from.
What mysteries lie beneath the Earth's surface? Some theories are awesome (Journey to the Center of the Earth); some are terrifyingly awesome (Pacific Rim); and some we just want to forget about entirely (The Core). But a team of scientists from the University of Alberta think they have proof that, deep below us, there's a giant, subterranean ocean.Read More
It turns out some plants survive being frozen for a few centuries, and will regrow once they're thawed out.
In a story that is basically Encino Man but with Canadian plants, scientists have revived some once-frozen 400-year-old plants from the Canadian arctic. Bringing these plants back to life shows that certain varieties of plants may be more able to withstand extreme conditions than once thought. Keeping with the Encino Man theme, the next step will be to figure out how the scientists can use the revived plants to help pick up girls at the mall.Read More
Life in the wilderness is no bowl of cherries, and animals aren't exactly known for graciously sharing their food. One exception, though, may be Canadian pikas. A recent study from the University of Alberta shows that the little mammals actually prefer leftovers sometimes, choosing to dine on patches of vegetation that have already been grazed on -- and thus also pooped on -- by caterpillars. Exactly why isn't understood yet, but researchers suspect that the caterpillars' leavings may act as a sort of seasoning for the plants.Read More
A new study done by a team at the University of Alberta shows that the increased activity around beaver dams helps create conditions more favorable for Canada geese mating. Essentially, the busier beavers are, the busier geese get.Read More
There's a reason why, despite even the best of efforts, us human males egregiously fail at trying to attract the attention of our female counterparts -- and evolution's to blame. Lacking the colorful and hypnotic menagerie of feathers that our avian friends are fortunate to be sporting, humanity's male population has only succeeded in sealing its own fate in unrequited love, while birds continue to rub this sad fact in our faces on a regular basis. As if our situation couldn't get any worse than it is now, recent fossil evidence has shown that feathered dinosaurs known as Oviraptors -- hailing from Mongolia -- had nearly the same kind of tail end plumage akin to their modern cousins, even going as far as having the ability to shake them about and get a potential mate to notice the exotic dance number. Great, now even dinosaurs are starting to get a superiority complex.Read More
First Freshwater Mosasaur Discovered, Was Basically A 20-Foot Long, Terrifying Reptilian River Dolphin
What a total hipster -- but a hipster for science. University of Alberta student Josh Le had a pair of skinny jeans that he liked. So he wore them for 15 months to see what would happen. So, what happened? Both predictable and unpredictable things!Read More
The Winter Olympics in Vancouver may be hogging the Canadian sporting limelight, but we shouldn't overlook this accomplishment of 1,200 University of Alberta students: shattering the world record for the biggest dodgeball game ever.Read More