The list for the weekend of May 18, 2024

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Babies bringing hope, the American elections analyzed and the strong return of nuclear power

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Every Saturday, the editorial team shares its favorites. Podcasts, reports, digital stories: discover the weekend’s list.

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The return of baby lights

Marie-Laure Josselin, Jean-Francois Villeneuve and Sophie Leclerc

Digital Story

>>Elizabeth Bobbish kisses her baby.>>

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The Cree Nation is returning to traditional births on its territory. Each ᐅᔥᑭᐧᐋᔑᔥ (ushkiwaashish, “newborn” in Cree language) that is born means for many a hope, a light that contributes to healing.

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>A New York bridge is lost in a yellow sky.>

Repeated smoky summers, the new reality?

Etienne Leblanc

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>>A New York bridge is lost in a yellow sky.>>

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Thanks to climate change, fire seasons are stretching out and blazes are ravaging ever larger territories. The presence of smoke in our daily lives is set to increase. A public health problem that poses growing challenges.

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>Guide to the 2024 US elections>

Our guide to the American elections

>>Guide to the 2024 US elections>>

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On November 5, 2024, 244 million Americans are called to the polls to elect the next president of the United States. Here’s everything you need to know about these elections.

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>Aerial view of the power station.>

Ontario’s nuclear “renaissance”

>>Aerial view of the power station.>>

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Ontario has embarked on the largest nuclear expansion in Canadian history… and it’s not unanimous.

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Housesitting : she lives in Toronto for free while keeping housing

Sarah Tomlinson

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>>A portrait of Christine Estima.>>2:41

THE housesittingor house sitting, is a growing sector, according to a company dedicated to it.

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>A woman, sitting in front of her computer, looking at a graph.>

Google’s algorithm is changing, content creators are worried

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For several months, searches on Google have made the sites of certain content creators almost impossible to find, in favor of busier commercial platforms and social networks. Small entrepreneurs are seeing their income go up in smoke.

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The thorny underwater fiber optic crossing to Île Verte

Laurence Gallant

Varia

>>The submarine cable which connects Cacouna to Île Verte.>>6:30

In an environment where the fauna and flora are particularly rich and fragile, the installation of high-speed Internet via optical fiber on Île Verte required quite a deployment.

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>Students who are in front of computers in a classroom; one of them points at a screen.>

Artificial intelligence is coming to a school near you

Stephanie Dupuis

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>>Students who are in front of computers in a classroom; one of them points at a screen.>>

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AI tools tailor-made for schools will soon enter the classroom. The promises are great: relieving the teaching staff of a burden while improving academic success.

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>Codebreakers: the podcast.>

War between Google and OpenAI: what consequences?

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>>Codebreakers: the podcast.>>

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This week on the Décrypteurs podcast: OpenAI and Google presented in quick succession their new multimodal voice assistants, ChatGPT-4o and the Astra Project. However, beyond these conversational robots, the two companies have also clarified their vision of the future in terms of artificial intelligence. The team offers its critical look at the strategic aims of these key elements of the industry and the impact that these new technologies will have on our lives.

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>Leigh Joseph in the forest.>

The secrets of plants according to a Squamish ethnobotanist

Delphine Jung

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>>Leigh Joseph in the forest.>>

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Conscious picking, respect for the land, natural recipes, discovery of the spiritual link between the First Nations and the earth… Leigh Joseph’s illustrated guide presents an almost poetic dive into the plant world.

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>These 375 square foot homes face restrictive planning regulations>

Build smaller and smaller to attract buyers

>>These 375 square foot homes face restrictive planning regulations>>

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Faced with soaring prices, American home builders are opting for smaller structures. But the challenges remain great.

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Slacker, slacker: the new words in the Le Robert dictionary

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Le Robert revealed on Monday the new words and expressions which are entering the dictionary. Guy Lafleur receives top honors and we will now be able to score points in Scrabble with the words “déguédiner”, “sapiosexual” or even “climaticide”. The report by Louis-Philippe Ouimet.

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Priscilla Gagné – Fight fear, inspire confidence

Priscilla Gagne

Digital Story

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Judoka Priscilla Gagné has always been reckless despite her visual disability, but she is aware that some people feel fearful and vulnerable. This is what pushed her to offer self-defense classes.

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>A rocket is shown in mid-flight.>

Could our space missions carry pathogens?

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Are we careful not to send terrestrial viruses and bacteria during space missions? Because, as aerospace engineer Farah Alibay points out, “our robots will never be perfectly sterile, it’s impossible”. The columnist talks in particular about a little-known profession: that of planetary protection agents.

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Info in questions: May 18, 2024

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