Massive Crater Found Under Greenland Ice Sheet

Kai Huang - 2A Computer Engineering
Posted on: November 28, 2018

In 2015, Kurt Kjær, a geologist from Denmark’s Natural History Museum, was studying the contours under Greenland’s colossal ice sheets when he discovered in the topography a hint of a hole underneath the Hiawatha Glacier. He was intrigued at the possibility, but needed further research with radar technology in order to see through more than […]

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Dutch Motivational Writer Tries to Legally Change His Age and Become 20 Years Younger

Stone He - 2A Mechanical Engineering

We all know it’s nearly impossible to make ourselves younger by age physically, even more so legally. But this didn’t stop a Dutchman, who wanted to change his age and ‘become’ younger. Emile Ratelband, a 69-year-old Dutch man, wanted to change his age to 49, citing the fact that his old age led to discrimination […]

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Automated Systems May Have Caused Lion Air Crash

Kai Huang - 2A Computer Engineering

On 29 October, Lion Air Flight 610 plunged into the Pacific Ocean minutes after takeoff from Jakarta, Indonesia. The brand new Boeing 737-8 carried 189 passengers and crew, all of which perished, in the first ever crash of the new model of Boeing’s best-selling short-haul passenger jet. The aircraft involved in the incident – registration […]

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No End in Sight for Gun Violence in America

Beverly Vaz - 2T Software Engineering

On October 27 , an armed assailant opened fire on a peaceful Jewish gathering at the Tree Of Life congregation in Squirrel Hill – a neighborhood with a dominant Jewish population. The accused, Robert D. Bowers, was armed with an AR 15-style assault rifle and at least 3 handguns. Authorities say the accused had no […]

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China Accused of Stealing Research From Canadian Universities for Military Use

Janny Wang - 2A Nanotechnology Engineering

According to a recent report by the Globe and Mail, Canadian universities – including the University of Waterloo – may have been inadvertently collaborating with Chinese scholars with strong military or Party ties. The resultant research oft produces ‘dual-use’ technology, which might be adapted for a knockoff iPhone or a missile control system. A major […]

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US Midterms: The Statistics

Kirsten Ehlers - 1A Biomedical Engineering

Last week Americans headed to the polls in the the US midterms, voting on hundreds of different electoral races across the nation. Typically, midterm elections go without a huge splash, since they occur in the middle of Presidential terms. They are often  sadly underrated events in American politics. However, with the controversy that is the […]

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UWaterloo Rocks World Mining Competition

Gabrielle Klemt - 3N Geological Engineering

15 teams, 36 hours, 1 plan crazy enough to work. Picture this: it’s been more than 24 hours since you left your bed, you’ve been on too many planes, spent way too long in airports, and changed time zones. Yet rather than sleeping, you’re dressed in your business best, rubbing shoulders with teams from across […]

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Canada Post Begins Rotating Strikes

Beverly Vaz - 2T Software Engineering

For those of you expecting a package from Canada Post, there’s some bad news – they’re on a rotating strike, so expect a delay. The strike by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) began on October 22 nd and is yet to halt. The strike started after negotiators failed to reach a deal the […]

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The Woes of the Ontario Cannabis Store

Beverly Vaz - 2T Software Engineering

Since cannabis was legalized in Ontario on October 17, the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) has been the sole supplier of marijuana. This will be the case until April 1, 2019 when brick-and-mortar stores will be allowed to operate. But the OCS has been in the limelight recently due to a multitude of its woes. For […]

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Canada’s Future Warships Selected

Kai Huang - 2A Computer Engineering

    The Canadian Navy’s current surface fleet primarily consists of 12 Halifax-class frigates the entered service in the 1990’s. The Liberal government, in their defense policy review, recognized that the Halifax-class would need a replacement by the 2020’s that improves on wide-area air defense and anti-submarine warfare (ASW), as well as surface combat. Three proposals […]

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A Tribute to Paul Allen

Kai Huang - 2A Computer Engineering

On 15 October 2018, Paul Allen died of septic shock, caused by complications from non-Hodgkin lymphoma at the age of 65. While most know him only as the Co-Founder of Microsoft, he was a man of many interests whose work had a profound lasting impact in a variety of areas.     Allen had an interest […]

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The Anguish of Rankings

Janny Wang - 2A Nanotechnology Engineering

The student body of the University of Waterloo had a collective panic attack at precisely noon on the second of November, which continued for some dozen minutes until WaterlooWorks proceeded to live up to its names. The attack continued, in somewhat abated form, until the following Monday afternoon, when it reawakened with vigour. The search […]

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The Carbon Tax Saga Continues…

Kirsten Ehlers - 1A Biomedical Engineering

I’ve been following this carbon tax story for a while. Honestly, it was starting to seem a little repetitive. Throw in an argument about environment, another about business and then multiply that tenfold. However, a new development occurred last week, not in the progress of resolving this conflict (at this rate, it seems like that […]

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The Socialist Fightback Club

Janny Wang - 2A Nanotechnology Engineering

The Socialist Fightback meeting had a disturbing lack of red flags. It was a simple, ordinary affair in an unused classroom, hosted by four or five organizers. The demographics of the group were evident; they were all young men, somewhere in their mid-twenties, with a few charming accents of indeterminate European origin. In lieu of […]

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PCP: For All Halloween Costumes

Steven Du - 1A Software Engineering

Halloween has changed a lot – even from the time when I was a kid. Halloween was once an ancient Celtic festival where participants would don costumes to ward off scary ghosts; but now, the holiday has become a much more frightening battleground for political correctness. Instead of making a list of possible costumes, many […]

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PCP: Keep Halloween Costumes Politically Correct

Kirsten Ehlers - 1A Biomedical Engineering

Halloween is rapidly approaching and, of course, the debate about politically correct costumes comes up again. Next time you enter  a costume store, consider your options. Jamaican bobsled team? Anna Rexia? Indian? Sexy geisha?  Tequila Bandito? Honestly, how is this still an issue for people? Politically correct costumes are just a matter of human decency. […]

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Merger Monday

Parul Arora - 3B Computer Engineering

Mondays are not special for everyone, but the one a few weeks ago made headlines when announcements of two very distinct acquisitions were made in fashion and in music. While broadcasting company Sirius XM Holdings bought music streaming service Pandora for $3.5 billion dollars, fashion brand Michael Kors announced their acquisition of Italian fashion house […]

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PCP: Gender-Exclusive Events are Important

Beverly Vaz - 2B Software Engineering

I believe that at present, in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math, it is desirable to have gender-exclusive events. In the past women have been undermined in these fields and having such events would benefit them by creating a fair and level playing ground. However, I am in no way suggesting that such events should […]

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Self-Driving Cars: A Discussion

Selina Hsu - 1A Mechatronics Engineering

Forget about jet packs and flying cars; the future, today, is more drones and self-driving cars. Google put their first driver-less car on a public road in 2015. It had no steering wheel, no pedals, and was unaccompanied by police. It captivated the public, sparking new questions, new discussions, and new ideas about what the […]

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PCP: It’s Time to End Gender-Specific Events

Janny Wang - 2A Nanotechnology Engineering

Women in Engineering is a praiseworthy organization; I would not mar their good name, for I know them as providers of free food and that is a virtue which amnesties all sins. There is a plethora of similar sisterhoods on campus, ranging from sponsors of women-only networking events to ‘inclusive’ sponsors of caffeine and tea. […]

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Coming Soon to a Classroom Near You….

Engineering Society -

Hello there everyone! It’s that time of the term: Course Critiques are almost here! Once again, they will be taking place on https://evaluate.uwaterloo.ca for the majority of the population. Electronic submission for Course Critiques is great because it helps save us over 22,000 sheets of paper each term. That’s almost three trees per term! Saving […]

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Meet the Rising Tide

Selina Hsu - 1A Mechatronics Engineering

When we think about long-term climate change, we often look only towards the end of our current century. The conversation is about what will happen by the year 2100 – which cities will be underwater, what the global temperature will be, how different the world will look. It leads to a bias that lets us […]

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A Series of Fortunate Events

Parul Arora - 3B Computer Engineering

If a company can be thought of like a plant, its growth is fueled by rounds of funding provided at multiple strategic stages. Investors must be cautious in cherry-picking companies to make up their portfolios but also need to weather storms of competition. Of course, in an economically Darwinian fashion, the fittest (and most well […]

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The Story of the Least Successful Assassination in History

Janny Wang - 2A Nanotechnology Engineering

In belated honour of the release of Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, I would like to take a moment to commemorate possibly the least successful assassination known to history. The protagonists are Emma Goldman and her boyfriend, Alexander Berkman. Both of them would go on to be fairly well known political activists in America and Europe. For […]

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Wheel Of Time

Janny Wang - 2A Nanotechnology Engineering

One of the downsides of being an engineering student is having entirely too much time on your hands. When one has four assignments and three pre labs due within the next two days and an entire unit of electromagnetism which is more or less a complete mystery, there is nothing half as soothing as an […]

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An Unaffiliated, Freelance Comrade’s Take on the Events in Xinjiang

Janny Wang - 2A Nanotechnology Engineering

Amidst the general state of disaster of modern affairs, China – with it’s glitzy industrializing wealth and famously polite tourists – looks to be having a sort of golden age. Xi Jinping’s quiet, politely dictatorial manner seems noble and pleasant compared with Trump’s irascible tweeting and Putin’s habit of poisoning all and sundry. It is […]

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