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GPS bike-share program in China credited with reducing gridlock and smog | CBC
CBC | December 12, 2018
Since the beginning of last year, Chinese cities have been awash with 23 million GPS-equipped bicycles, part of a bike share program that has been credited with changing traffic patterns across the country, writes Saša Petricic.
Heads up! Geminid meteor shower peaks this week | CBC
CBC | December 12, 2018
The most active meteor shower of the year, the Geminids, will send dozens of "shooting stars" across the night sky this week.
Asteroid Bennu Had Water! NASA Probe Makes Tantalizing Find | Live Science
Live Science | December 11, 2018
NASA's OSIRIS-REx probe, which just arrived at the asteroid Bennu last week, has already found lots of hydrated minerals on the space rock, mission team members announced today (Dec. 10).
'Miracle' Excavation of 'Little Foot' Skeleton Reveals Mysterious Human Relative | Live Science
Live Science | December 11, 2018
Following an epic 20-year-long excavation in South Africa, researchers have finally recovered and cleaned the nearly-complete skeleton of an ancient human relative.
These Simple Tips May Prevent Holiday Weight Gain,  Study Suggests | Live Science
Live Science | December 11, 2018
Some simple tips, including weighing yourself regularly, can help prevent holiday weight gain, a new study finds.
Arctic breaks records with 5-year heat streak | CBC
CBC | December 11, 2018
Arctic air temperatures for the past five years are the hottest they've been since record keeping started in 1900, and that's being blamed for abnormal weather across North America, Europe and Asia.
Super-Steamy Megalodon May Have Been Too Hot to Avoid Extinction | Live Science
Live Science | December 11, 2018
Why did megalodon go extinct? New research has answers, and the shark's high body temperature likely played a part.
Space station crew inspects mysterious hole during spacewalk | CBC
CBC | December 11, 2018
Two Russian cosmonauts are venturing outside the International Space Station Tuesday to inspect a section where a mysterious leak was discovered.
Status of Huawei CFO's husband questioned as he tries to post bail for wealthy wife | CBC
CBC | December 11, 2018
The embattled CFO of Huawei is expected to learn whether or not she will make bail in Vancouver. The answer may come down to the immigration status of her venture capitalist husband.
Google accelerating demise of Plus after new security flaw affected 52 million | CBC
CBC | December 11, 2018
Google is still having trouble protecting the personal information on its Plus service, prodding the company to accelerate its plans to shut down a little-used social network created to compete against Facebook.
B.C. sea sponges show unique resilience in face of climate change | CBC
CBC | December 11, 2018
Sally Leys, biological sciences professor at the University of Alberta, co-authored recent research on B.C.’s glass sponges that found the animals use very little oxygen compared to sea sponges in other parts of the world — well under 10 per cent of some species.
Pro-pipeline First Nations spar with environmental activists over 'devastating' tanker ban bill | CBC
CBC | December 11, 2018
First Nations chiefs and leaders who say they represent over 200 Indigenous communities in B.C. and Alberta are fighting back against the federal government's plan to ban all oil tanker traffic off the coast of northern B.C. — calling it an "attack" on the energy industry that will...
Google CEO Sundar Pichai faces Congressional questioning on Tuesday after no-show with Senators | CBC
CBC | December 11, 2018
Google's CEO faces a grilling from U.S. lawmakers on how the web search giant handled an alarming data breach and whether it may bend to Chinese government censorship demands.
Couple 'frightened' after Samsung phones fail to connect to 911 on Freedom Mobile | CBC
CBC | December 11, 2018
Samsung is investigating why a Windsor couple couldn't connect to emergency services.
Antares Seen from Washington D.C. Tidal Basin | NASA
NASA | December 11, 2018
​The Northrop Grumman Antares rocket, with Cygnus resupply spacecraft onboard, is seen above the Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC, on Nov. 17, 2018.
Canex warns military personnel to check credit cards after 'malicious attack' | CBC
CBC | December 11, 2018
Canex, a Canadian retailer that caters to military personnel and their families, warns its members to monitor their personal information closely after a "malicious attack" may have exposed credit card numbers and other personal information.
Flooding Along the Nueces River | NASA
NASA | December 11, 2018
On Nov. 1, 2018, the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 captured a false-color view of flooding along the Nueces River in a series of storms that have delivered historic amounts of rain to central Texas.
Newest Crew Launches for the International Space Station | NASA
NASA | December 11, 2018
Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to bring a new crew to begin their six and a half month mission on the International Space Station.
Uncrewed Japanese Vehicle Delivers Supplies to the Space Station | NASA
NASA | December 11, 2018
Viewed from a window inside the cupola, the International Space Station's "window to the world," is the Japanese Exploration Agency's H-II Transfer Vehicle-7.
Parker Solar Probe Looks Back at Earth | NASA
NASA | December 11, 2018
On Sept. 25, 2018, Parker Solar Probe captured a view of Earth as it sped toward the first Venus gravity assist of the mission. Earth is the bright, round object visible in the right side of this image.
Newborn Stars Blow Bubbles in the Cat's Paw Nebula | NASA
NASA | December 11, 2018
This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the Cat's Paw Nebula, so named for the large, round features that create the impression of a feline footprint. The nebula is a star-forming region in the Milky Way galaxy, located in the constellation Scorpius.
Hubble’s Galaxies With Knots, Bursts | NASA
NASA | December 11, 2018
In the northern constellation of Coma Berenices lies the impressive Coma Cluster — a structure of over a thousand galaxies bound together by gravity.
Orion’s European Service Module to Arrive for First Mission | NASA
NASA | December 11, 2018
The Airbus team poses with the European Service Module during preparations for shipment to NASA's Kennedy Space Center.
Juno Captures Elusive 'Brown Barge' | NASA
NASA | December 11, 2018
A long, brown oval known as a "brown barge" in Jupiter's South Equatorial Belt is captured in this color-enhanced image from NASA's Juno spacecraft.
ICESat-2 Reveals Profile of Ice Sheets | NASA
NASA | December 11, 2018
Less than three months into its mission, NASA’s Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2, or ICESat-2, is already exceeding scientists’ expectations.
It's Official! NASA's Famed Voyager 2 Spacecraft Reaches Interstellar Space | Live Science
Live Science | December 10, 2018
It's time to say goodbye to one of the most storied explorers of our age: Voyager 2 has entered interstellar space.
How Rising Temperatures Suffocated 96 Percent of Sea Life in Earth's Biggest Extinction | Live Science
Live Science | December 10, 2018
Here's the horrifying way these sea creatures met their end more than 250 million years ago.
Humpback has whale of a time playing with log off Vancouver Island | CBC
CBC | December 10, 2018
An ecology group says the four-year-old whale, named Lorax, played with the log off Comox, B.C., for 45 minutes on Dec. 2.
How to Survive the 'Game of Thrones,' According to Science | Live Science
Live Science | December 10, 2018
If you want to survive the "Game of Thrones," it pays to be noble, female and flexible about the concept of loyalty.
Regulator halts fracking operations in northeastern B.C. while investigating earthquakes | CBC
CBC | December 10, 2018
The B.C. Oil and Gas Commission says seismic events measuring between 3.4 and 4.5 magnitude took place near hydraulic fracturing operations being conducted about 20 kilometres southeast of Fort St. John by Calgary-based Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.
Earth's Mysterious 'Deep Biosphere' Is Home to Millions of Undiscovered Species, Scientists Say | Live Science
Live Science | December 10, 2018
Should we search for life on other planets, or begin searching deep inside our own?
The Most Interesting Science News Articles of the Week | Live Science
Live Science | December 10, 2018
Here are the most interesting, amazing and unusual things that happened in the world of science this week. A recap of Live Science's best.
16 of the Most Interesting Ancient Board and Dice Games | Live Science
Live Science | December 10, 2018
From the forerunner to backgammon to a Norse strategy game called Viking chess, here's a look at the fascinating games played in our very distant past.
Amazing Images: The Best Science Photos of the Week | Live Science
Live Science | December 10, 2018
Here are the stories behind the most amazing images in the world of science this week. A recap of the coolest photos featured on Live Science.
On space station, David Saint-Jacques takes questions from media | CBC
CBC | December 10, 2018
David Saint-Jacques, Canada's newest astronaut, is speaking with the media from the International Space Station at 10 a.m. ET today.
Rapper 2 Milly on why he's suing makers of video game Fortnite over dance moves | CBC
CBC | December 10, 2018
Rapper 2 Milly's lawsuit against the makers of the wildly popular video game Fortnite is raising questions about whether unique dance moves can be copyrighted.
BlackBerry unveils secure smart-city service as CEO opens up about big tech | CBC
CBC | December 10, 2018
BlackBerry Inc. is making a play to integrate itself into smart cities and vehicles, announcing Monday that it has built a new service to provide infrastructure for vehicles and traffic lights to exchange information securely.
Federal funding changes send Halifax ocean program into uncharted waters | CBC
CBC | December 10, 2018
For years, the Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response Network has received funding under the federal Network of Centres of Excellence program. Now that 30-year-old program is being phased out.
U.S. customs searching more travellers' electronic devices, watchdog finds | CBC
CBC | December 10, 2018
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers are searching the electronic devices of travellers more often, and do not always follow proper protocol, a new watchdog report has found.
National security 'comes first' on Huawei 5G review: infrastructure minister | CBC
CBC | December 10, 2018
​Infrastructure Minister Franç​ois-Philippe Champagne says national security must come first in deciding whether to allow Huawei Technologies to take part in developing Canada's 5G telecommunications network.