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Hubble Uses Gravitational Lens to Capture Disk Galaxy | NASA | June 23, 2017
NASA | June 23, 2017
By combining the power of a "natural lens" in space with the capability of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers made a surprising discovery—the first example of a compact yet massive, fast-spinning, disk-shaped galaxy that stopped making stars only a few billion years after the big bang.
Astronomer who built advanced telescopes has died | CBC | June 22, 2017
CBC | June 22, 2017
Jerry Nelson, an astronomer who designed telescopes that helped scientists glimpse far reaches of the universe, and to measure the black hole at the centre of the Milky Way, has die...
Research into exoskeleton walking devices big leap forward for human-robot interactions | CBC | June 22, 2017
CBC | June 22, 2017
Researchers at Carnegie Melon University in the U.S. have developed a new system for human assistance with robotic devices known as exoskeletons that could have widespread impact on...
The White Cliffs of 'Rover' | NASA | June 22, 2017
NASA | June 22, 2017
This image was acquired by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on April 18, 2017, at 14:04 local Mars time. It reminded the HiRI...
Could a levy on ISPs help promote Canadian content in the new digital world? | CBC | June 22, 2017
CBC | June 22, 2017
While the "internet tax" proposed by the Commons heritage committee was criticized for piling more fees onto consumers, many in the media industry feel it had the right intention, w...
Heat wave suffocates American Southwest on 1st day of summer | CBC | June 21, 2017
CBC | June 21, 2017
Stifling heat descended across much of the Southwest this week, grounding planes and posing health concerns for both people and animals.
Crack in Antarctic ice shelf ready to produce giant iceberg | CBC | June 21, 2017
CBC | June 21, 2017
One of the biggest icebergs on record is like a "niggling tooth" about to snap off Antarctica and will be an extra hazard for ships around the frozen continent as it breaks up, scie...
Visualization of the August 21, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse | NASA | June 21, 2017
NASA | June 21, 2017
On August 21, 2017, the Earth will cross the shadow of the moon, creating a total solar eclipse. Eclipses happen about every six months, but this one is special. For the first time in almost 40 yea...
Intel looks to Israel for the next big thing in cybersecurity | CBC | June 21, 2017
CBC | June 21, 2017
The chipmaker is partnering with Israeli incubator Team8, which creates new cybersecurity companies designed to tackle some of the hardest problems facing the industry.
Coffee crops at risk from climate change: higher prices ahead? | CBC | June 21, 2017
CBC | June 21, 2017
Your morning cup of coffee could be threatened by climate change. More than half of Ethiopia's coffee production could be wiped out unless farmers move their crops to higher ground.
How cats managed to take over the world (it's our fault) | CBC | June 20, 2017
CBC | June 20, 2017
Cats have mounted a silent takeover of the world. They're in backyards, on T-shirts and motivational posters — and let's not even talk about the internet. Now, a new study from a te...
Google's anti-terrorism plan creates a game of whack-a-mole | CBC | June 20, 2017
CBC | June 20, 2017
For years, online video has been be a powerful recruitment tool for violent extremists. Now, online giant Google has announced a new plan to combat terrorist content online. But wil...
Deployment of the Space Station's Roll Out Solar Array Experiment | NASA | June 20, 2017
NASA | June 20, 2017
Over the weekend of June 17-18, engineers on the ground remotely operated the International Space Station's Canadarm2 to extract the Roll Out Solar Array experiment from the SpaceX Dragon resupply ...
Personal info of nearly 200 million U.S. voters sat exposed on a public server for 12 days | CBC | June 19, 2017
CBC | June 19, 2017
Personal information belonging to 198 million American voters was exposed for more than week this month, publicly accessible from a "misconfigured database" — if you knew where to l...
Millions of tropical sea creatures invade waters off B.C. coast | CBC | June 19, 2017
CBC | June 19, 2017
Millions of translucent, sea cucumber-shaped pyrosomes have invaded northern waters. Local scientists know little about them and say it's unclear how long the tropical creatures wil...
NASA telescope finds 10 more Earth-sized, potentially habitable planets | CBC | June 19, 2017
CBC | June 19, 2017
NASA says its planet-hunting telescope has found 10 new planets outside our solar system that are likely the right size and temperature to potentially have life on them.
Webb Telescope Set for Testing in Space Simulation Chamber | NASA | June 19, 2017
NASA | June 19, 2017
NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope sits in front of the door to Chamber A, a giant thermal vacuum chamber located at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. The telescope will soon be moved into the chamber, ...
Smart prosthetics aim to improve mobility for stroke patients, amputees | CBC | June 19, 2017
CBC | June 19, 2017
University of Calgary kineseology professor Art Kuo is examining how to use sensors, similar to those found in activity trackers, to better capture and release energy that would oth...
Virtual reality a 'teacher's dream' but high cost keeps it largely out of schools | CBC | June 19, 2017
CBC | June 19, 2017
Virtual reality is slowly being adopted by schools in Canada, as high costs and a complicated set up remains an obstacle.
Google steps up fight against online extremism | CBC | June 19, 2017
CBC | June 19, 2017
Google is intensifying its campaign against online extremism, saying it will put more resources toward identifying and removing videos related to terrorism and hate groups.
Millions of tropical sea creatures 'blooming' off B.C. coast | CBC | June 18, 2017
CBC | June 18, 2017
Millions of translucent, sea cucumber-shaped pyrosomes have "invaded" northern waters. Local scientists know little about them and say it's unclear how long the tropical creatures w...
'Hack-proof' quantum internet networks closer to reality, studies say | CBC | June 18, 2017
CBC | June 18, 2017
The pursuit of a quantum internet that's impervious to hacking is a little closer to reality thanks to breakthroughs outlined in two new studies this week, but an expert warns a sup...
Rise of Trump, global unrest mean even video games becoming political | CBC | June 18, 2017
CBC | June 18, 2017
From the floor of the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, a new trend is emerging: real world politics and social issues being baked right into make-believe video games.
'Tell people not to panic': Experts say Canada's caterpillar and worm infestation will end | CBC | June 17, 2017
CBC | June 17, 2017
You may have had them rain down on your table on a Toronto patio. Or maybe you crunched them under your feet walking out to your garage in Saskatoon. Caterpillars. They seem to be e...
Apple and Google say goodbye to auto-play video ads | CBC | June 16, 2017
CBC | June 16, 2017
The days of annoying auto-play video ads may be numbered. Google and Apple have announced ad-blocking features that will likely be rolled out in the next year.
Antarctic ice melt tied to El Nino warming | CBC | June 16, 2017
CBC | June 16, 2017
Researchers from Ohio State University have linked the El Nino weather phenomenon with a massive surface melt on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, raising alarm bells about the stabilit...
A two-headed worm is changing what we know about survival in space | CBC | June 16, 2017
CBC | June 16, 2017
A worm has given researchers insights into how regeneration works and how space flight could affect human biology.
Canadian democracy 'not immune' to cyber threats, spy agency warns | CBC | June 16, 2017
CBC | June 16, 2017
The federal government believes Canadian democracy is "not immune" from cyber threats, and today outlined its plan to ensure the electoral system is secure.
Lake Ontario levels unleash a flood of cross-border bickering | CBC | June 16, 2017
CBC | June 16, 2017
An international experiment spurred by a soaked spring has quickly become a blame game as Canada and the United States figure out what to do about Lake Ontario and its precariously ...
Youth is no defence when it comes to shameful online posts | CBC | June 16, 2017
CBC | June 16, 2017
Public figures face their fair share of scrutiny when it comes to online posts, but it is average teens that seem to bear the brunt in this perilous landscape, Ramona Pringle writes.
Casinos, mining companies hit by criminal hackers | CBC | June 16, 2017
CBC | June 16, 2017
They stole data, demanded payment in bitcoin, and disabled computer systems if the victims didn't pay up.