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Sciences, Publics, Politics: A Reckoning for Canadian Oil Sands

From its earliest days, Canada has maintained a resource extraction economy built on trapping, logging, and fishing. Over the past half-century, its wealth has depended heavily on the oil deposits found in the bituminous sands of the western province of Alberta. Read More

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  • Not All Vaping News Is Bad

    September 20, 2019

    As vaping-related illnesses make headlines and prompt bans on e-cigarettes, some observers worry about regulatory overkill that would reverse some of the gains that have been made against traditional smoking. In Issues, a public health specialist argues that vaping should be regulated with a “harm reduction” approach that mitigates the dangers of the habit while moving people away from more dangerous cigarette addictions.

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  • Space Venture Risks and Rewards

    September 20, 2019

    Space ventures are involving more countries and more private companies than ever, and the US government must adjust accordingly, an analyst recently noted in Issues. NASA is responding by upping its support for companies pursing diverse space activities, in an effort to tap into projected innovations and cost savings. But progress is not always smooth, as officials of a small Pittsburgh-based start-up developing a lunar lander observed in a live-stream broadcast of India’s last-minute failure to land a spacecraft safely on the moon.

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