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Monday, January 27, 2020

Strange But True

Espionage can be really crappy work

Q.  Based on the most comprehensive inventory of North American birds ever done, their population is A. increasing slightly  B. remaining steady  C....

That you have a phone number can be traced to the measles

Q.  How did an epidemic of measles lead to the introduction of phone numbers? A.  At one time, all phone calls...

Size not an issue, as moquitoes top list of deadliest predators

Q.  Which of the following is the deadliest predator of people on the planet?  A. sharks   B. lions and other big cats   C. human...

Rats can be trained to drive a car, inviting comparisons

Q.  “Baby face, you’ve got the cutest little baby face,” the song goes.  New science reveals that the power of cuteness goes way beyond...

Just now, crabs are the thing for Christmas … Island

Q.  Christmas Island, a remote 35-square-mile island in the Indian Ocean, is home to about 1,500 people and some 35,000,000 red crabs, reports Dan...

Putting the snurfer to work in order to measure snowfall

Q.  What do the following scientific achievements have in common:  1. Creation of the first computer language compiler, translating English language instructions into machine code;...

Other species’ adapations can be a boon to humankind

Q.  The western painted turtle, the red-eared slider and the wood frog possess superior powers that researchers are trying to copy for the benefit...

Hedy Lamar lit up the silver screen … and radio frequencies

Q.  In the U.S., the lifetime risk of dying in a car accident is 1 in 522, substantially lower than, for example, the...

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Taking the plunge on condos

Necessity may be the mother of invention, but it’s also a prime reason Woolwich councillors this week approved...

Woolwich whittles down tax hike somewhat to 3.9%

Woolwich taxpayers are looking at a 3.9 per cent tax hike as councillors last week made a few...

Catholic teachers join public board on the picket lines

Local Catholic elementary and high school teachers hit the picket lines Tuesday, marching up and down Arthur Street...

Delve deep into Observer archives.

Looking for a previous edition of The Observer? Our online archives extend back to 2008.

Some Maryhill residents among those still dealing with impact of Jan. 11 record downpour

The rain may have let up, replaced by snow, but the large downpour earlier this month continues to...

Water and sewer rates to rise again this year, as Woolwich approves budget

Flush with cash or otherwise, you’ll be paying more again this year for turning on the taps and...

Labour unrest shows spending at odds with the public good

In a week where transit workers are on strike and teachers walked the picket lines in the region,...

The View From Here: January 23, 2020

With the GRT buses parked due to the strike, there's little in the way of feeding...