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12 big cities sign 'fossil-fuel-free streets' declaration | CBC
CBC | October 23, 2017
Twelve major cities including Vancouver, London and Paris, promised on Monday to buy only zero-emissions buses from 2025 and to make major areas free of fossil fuel emissions by 2030 to protect the environment.
The Grace of Saturn | NASA
NASA | October 23, 2017
Saturn's graceful lanes of orbiting ice -- its iconic rings -- wind their way around the planet to pass beyond the horizon in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Environment Canada scales back climate measurements at Alert due to staff shortage | CBC
CBC | October 23, 2017
Canada’s northernmost federal weather and research station is scaling back some environmental measurements and may suspend others for six months due to a staff shortage, CBC News has learned. Scientists say that will leave a permanent gap in records needed to understand global climate change.
'No threat': Civil liberties groups support Chelsea Manning's bid to cross Canadian border | CBC
CBC | October 23, 2017
A Canadian lawyer representing Chelsea Manning has formally requested the Canadian government rethink its decision to block the whistleblower from entering the country.
Right whales could be 20 years away from certain extinction, say scientists | CBC
CBC | October 23, 2017
Scientists at an annual meeting for North Atlantic right whales estimate the species has a little over two decades left to survive unless changes are made immediately.
EPA keeps agency scientists from speaking on climate change at conference | CBC
CBC | October 23, 2017
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency kept three scientists from speaking at a Monday event in a move condemned by researchers and Democratic members of Congress as an attempt by the agency to silence a discussion of climate change.
Walmart ramps up self-checkout by letting customers ring in items while shopping | CBC
CBC | October 22, 2017
New scan-and-go technology being rolled out at Walmart stores allows shoppers to scan and bag their items while they shop, and it may lead to customers bypassing checkout altogether.
Germany's new facial recognition technology reminiscent of Cold War surveillance for some | CBC
CBC | October 22, 2017
Germany is testing out facial-recognition technology at a Berlin train station. The goal is to improve security, but for those who remember the Cold War, it has shades of life under East Germany's notorious secret police, known as the Stasi.
Q & A | Teens search for way to improve magnetic resonance images | CBC
CBC | October 22, 2017
MRI scans provide information about the body without actually touching it. Now two Toronto teens are trying to adapt that approach to search for what is in someone's blood noninvasively.
Loosening offshore drilling rules is a risky proposal | CBC
CBC | October 21, 2017
The Trump administration is proposing a bill to roll back restrictions on oil drilling in offshore waters along its coast. That includes the Arctic, where a spill could be devastating, Quirks & Quarks host Bob McDonald warns.
When stars collide: How 4,000 scientists converged for an epic kilonova cram session | CBC
CBC | October 21, 2017
The never-before-seen collision of two dead stars led to an unprecedented astronomical collaboration and interrupted a day at the spa.
Hubble Unravels a Twisted Cosmic Knot | NASA
NASA | October 20, 2017
This Hubble image shows what happens when two galaxies become one. The twisted cosmic knot seen here is NGC 2623 — or Arp 243 — and is located about 250 million light-years away in the constellation of Cancer (The Crab).
Reports of cellphone trackers near Parliament Hill caused concern at Supreme Court, CRA: documents | CBC
CBC | October 20, 2017
The Supreme Court of Canada and a senior executive with the Canada Revenue Agency anxiously reached out to Canada's communications spy agency for help after a CBC story revealed cellphone tracking technology was being used near Parliament Hill.
Rogers Communications sees 'anemic' iPhone 8 demand | CBC
CBC | October 19, 2017
The CEO of Rogers Communications says he is seeing little demand for Apple's iPhone 8, adding to concerns about prospects for sales of the device.
Canadian cities in the hunt for Amazon's HQ2 — but is it worth the shot? | CBC
CBC | October 19, 2017
The possibility of a Canadian city turning into the next Seattle — Amazon's existing home — is tempting, but experts say it's a risky proposition that comes with some drawbacks, like making operations more challenging for local technology companies.
How a Canadian astrophysics star aims to find life on exoplanets | CBC
CBC | October 19, 2017
Sara Seager, an award-winning Canadian astrophysicist, has pledged to spend the rest of her life hunting for 'another Earth' outside our solar system. Here's why she thinks finding life on other planets is within reach, and how she thinks we can find it.
A 'monster' discovery: Tiny translucent crustacean a 1st in Canada's Arctic | CBC
CBC | October 19, 2017
What has eight hairy legs, one eye, no mouth and haunts the frigid waters below the frozen ocean? A speck of a creature you'd never know exists in Canada's Arctic, were it not for one researcher's accidental discovery off the shores of Cambridge Bay, Nunavut.
Oil company proposes Arctic drilling from artificial island | CBC
CBC | October 19, 2017
Within a few years, America could be extracting oil from federal waters in the Arctic Ocean, but it won't be from a remote drilling platform.
Disabled Chinese space lab likely to crash to Earth in coming months | CBC
CBC | October 19, 2017
A defunct, yacht-sized Chinese space lab is expected to fall out of orbit and crash to Earth in coming months.
Phoenix tracks: Edmonton palaeontologist retraces the stone footsteps of dinosaurs | CBC
CBC | October 19, 2017
An Edmonton palaeontologist is relying on ancient folklore to retrace the stone footprints of giant dinosaurs.
'It's disgusting': Alberta woman targeted by revenge porn breaks silence | CBC
CBC | October 19, 2017
Alberta resident Michelle Brown lives in fear that her children will discover an explicit photograph of her that she can’t erase from the internet.
Getting the gear: With cod making a comeback, N.L. looks to Iceland for best ways to catch it | CBC
CBC | October 19, 2017
Iceland is seen as a world leader in the seafood industry, and fish harvesters from this province are checking out some of the innovative gear. Part 1 in a series from Jane Adey of The Broadcast.
Canada's 'super secret spy agency' is releasing a malware-fighting tool to the public | CBC
CBC | October 19, 2017
The Communications Security Establishment acknowledges it needs to do a better job of explaining to Canadians what it does.
Watch a human paraglide through a starling-filled sky | CBC
CBC | October 18, 2017
Spanish paraglider Horacio Llorens flies with the 'Black Sun' - a biannual gathering of up to a million starlings that swoop together through the skies of Denmark.
N.S. community prepares for economic liftoff from proposed spaceport | CBC
CBC | October 18, 2017
Some residents are already making plans to cash in on proposed $100-million satellite launch facility.
Twitter vows to crack down on nude photos tweeted without consent | CBC
CBC | October 18, 2017
Twitter says it's making policy changes to crack down on sexual harassment, including 'creep shots' taken without consent. It will also target hate and tweets that glorify or condone violence.
What Lurks Below NASA’s Chamber A? | NASA
NASA | October 18, 2017
Hidden beneath Chamber A at the Johnson Space Center is an area engineers used to test critical contamination control technology that has helped keep our James Webb Space Telescope clean during cryogenic testing.
U.S. Democrats slam Arctic drilling plan as 'polar payout' to Big Oil | CBC
CBC | October 18, 2017
Democrats and environmental groups denounced a Republican plan to allow oil and gas drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, saying it would defile a crown jewel of U.S. wilderness to promote oil exports to China and other nations.
Angler nearly dies after swallowing fish he was trying to kiss | CBC
CBC | October 18, 2017
Sam Quilliam tried to kiss a fish but it jumped down his throat and sent him into cardiac arrest. He tells us about his near-death experience and his quick-thinking friends who helped save his life.
Researchers say it's time to crack open AI 'black boxes' and look for the biases inside | CBC
CBC | October 18, 2017
As algorithms make more critical decisions affecting our lives, it has become more difficult to understand and challenge how those decisions are made, a new report says.
A dog called Odin survives California wildfires after refusing to abandon his goats | CBC
CBC | October 17, 2017
Roland Hendel fought back tears as he described leaving behind his beloved family dog Odin as raging wildfires approached his home.
Secret Microsoft database of unfixed vulnerabilities hacked in 2013 | CBC
CBC | October 17, 2017
Hackers broke into a secret Microsoft database containing information about critical and unfixed vulnerabilities in Windows and other popular software in 2013, former employees tell Reuters.
'If we thought it was bad, it's worse:' Alberta methane releases underestimated | CBC
CBC | October 17, 2017
New research suggests industry and government are badly underestimating Alberta's emissions of one of the most potent greenhouse gases.
Self-driving cars could ease traffic, but increase sprawl | CBC
CBC | October 17, 2017
A new study inspired by Boston's early experiments with self-driving cars finds that the technology could ease congestion, but might also lead to more cars on the road and further encourage urban sprawl.
Puerto Rico From the Space Station | NASA
NASA | October 17, 2017
NASA astronaut Joe Acaba photographed Puerto Rico from the cupola of the International Space Station on Oct. 12, 2017. Sharing the image with his followers on social media, he wrote, "Finally a chance to see the beautiful island of Puerto Rico from @Space_Station. Continued thoughts throughout the recovery process."
Why seeing a star crash is a 'watershed moment in astrophysics' | CBC
CBC | October 17, 2017
Gravitational waves have led scientists to something they’ve never seen before — the collision of two exotic objects called neutron stars. Here are some amazing things about that discovery.
Google sister company makes 'bold bet' with new tech-focused neighbourhood 'Sidewalk Toronto' | CBC
CBC | October 17, 2017
Waterfront Toronto has announced that Sidewalk Labs, Google’s city-building sister company, will be its partner in creating a new tech-focused neighbourhood on the eastern Toronto waterfront.
Apollo 7 Launches on October 11, 1968 | NASA
NASA | October 16, 2017
The Apollo 7 Saturn IB launched from the Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 34 at 11:03 a.m. October 11, 1968. This image show the tracking antenna on the left and a pad service structure on the right.
Mass die-off of Antarctic penguin chicks alarms researchers | CBC
CBC | October 16, 2017
Thousands of chicks from a large Adelie penguin colony in the eastern Antarctic died of starvation last summer.
Astronomers see gravitational waves in visible light for 1st time | CBC
CBC | October 16, 2017
A never-before-seen explosion from the merger of two dense astral bodies known as neutron stars has been viewed with telescopes for the first time.