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Prepping the Parker Solar Probe for Space | NASA
NASA | January 19, 2018
At NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, the Parker Solar Probe is lowered into the 40-foot-tall thermal vacuum chamber. The thermal vacuum chamber simulates the harsh conditions that the spacecraft will experience on its journey through space, including near-vacuum conditions and severe hot and cold temperatures.
Taxpayers pick up $100,000+ tab for ministerial tweets | CBC
CBC | January 19, 2018
Canada's health minister launched her official Twitter account last summer, and after five months posted about 250 tweets. CBC News has learned that the account requires the equivalent of 1.5 staff members to run, with at least $6,500 in overtime costs so far.
China's Quantum-Key Network, the Largest Ever, Is Officially Online | Live Science
Live Science | January 19, 2018
The Chinese satellite Micius has once again shattered records, this time enabling practical quantum encryption between Beijing and Austria.
Surprise! California Man Finds Huge Tapeworm in His Gut | Live Science
Live Science | January 19, 2018
A California man pulled a shockingly large tapeworm from his body, which he may have contracted from eating sushi, according to his doctors.
This Spiny Plant Is Sending People to the Emergency Room | Live Science
Live Science | January 19, 2018
The sharp, spiny leaves of the yucca - a trendy plant found in gardens the world over - has caused serious ear injuries that have sent more than two dozen people to the emergency room, a new report from Australia finds.
Melted nuclear fuel seen inside second Fukushima reactor | CBC
CBC | January 19, 2018
The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant said Friday that a long telescopic probe successfully captured images of what is most likely melted fuel inside one of its three damaged reactors, providing limited but crucial information for its cleanup.
His and Her Hookworm: Same Rash Strikes Couple on the Rear | Live Science
Live Science | January 19, 2018
A husband and wife returned home from a Caribbean cruise with identical souvenirs from their vacation: parasitic infections that caused itchy, red rashes on the couple's backsides.
Stand Back, Way Back: Flu Virus Can Be Spread Just by Breathing | Live Science
Live Science | January 19, 2018
Simply standing back when someone coughs or sneezes won't necessarily protect you from the flu — the virus can spread just by breathing.
U.S. border guards can search your phone: here are some details on how | CBC
CBC | January 19, 2018
U.S. Customs and Border Protection issued a new directive that sets new limits on border agents accessing travellers' phones, establishing criteria for when they can demand passwords, conduct extensive searches, like downloading documents stored in the cloud, or uploading files into a storage drive for analysis.
Boy's Strange Choking Episode: What Is Eosinophilic Esophagitis? | Live Science
Live Science | January 19, 2018
A 14-year old boy in Missouri who appeared to choke on a ham and cheese sandwich turned out to have a rare immune condition that can injure the esophagus.
Huawei's latest attempt to enter U.S. worries lawmakers — but Canada doesn't share its concern | CBC
CBC | January 19, 2018
Two of America's closest partners have embraced the Chinese phone maker, making national security claims hard to gauge.
What if a nuclear missile really were headed our way? | CBC
CBC | January 19, 2018
How would Canada respond to a nuclear strike? CBC News spoke to public safety officials and experts about what would unfold if a ballistic missile was barrelling our way.
What really happens to old clothes dropped in those in-store recycling bins | CBC
CBC | January 19, 2018
There’s a new clothing donation bin in town, competing with charities for your unwanted clothes. Some of the biggest brands in fashion have launched take-back programs with messages about reusing and recycling your unwanted textiles. But what are the odds your old clothes will actually be transformed into new threads?
In world first, drone rescues 2 swimmers off Australian beach | CBC
CBC | January 18, 2018
A drone rescued two swimmers off an Australian beach on Thursday, a world first for the fast-developing technology that seems perfectly suited to saving lives at sea, authorities said.
A Space Magnet, Hunting Dark Matter, Turns Up Juicy Secrets of Cosmic Rays | Live Science
Live Science | January 18, 2018
An experiment based on the International Space Station has turned up new results about the shape and character of mysterious cosmic rays.
2017 was 2nd-warmest across the globe since 1880, NASA says | CBC
CBC | January 18, 2018
According to NASA, the global surface temperature average was 0.90 C warmer than the 1951–1980 mean, making it the second-warmest since 1880, behind only to 2016.
How Many Drinks Could You Have If Blood Alcohol Limit Is Lowered? | Live Science
Live Science | January 18, 2018
To help combat drunk-driving deaths, the legal limit for a person's blood alcohol level while driving should be lowered, according to new recommendations.
Billion-dollar nitrogen reduction efforts may have minimal impact on toxic algae blooms: study | CBC
CBC | January 18, 2018
Costly efforts to reduce toxic algae blooms on Lake Winnipeg by controlling nitrogen flowing into the water could have little to no impact, according to results of a decades-long study.
Why the UK Just Appointed a Minister of Loneliness | Live Science
Live Science | January 18, 2018
There's a new minister in the United Kingdom, and the position's theme song might as well be The Beatles' hit song "Eleanor Rigby," which implores the public to "look at all the lonely people."
Why some fracking wells are prone to triggering earthquakes | CBC
CBC | January 18, 2018
Why does fracking cause earthquakes in some places and not others? Alberta scientists say they’ve figured out some factors that make certain wells prone to triggering earthquakes.
This Otherworldly Maze Is Now the World's Longest Underwater Cave | Live Science
Live Science | January 18, 2018
A labyrinth of underwater passageways lined with chandelier-like rocky features and lit by sparse sunrays is the world's largest flooded cave system.
NASA tests nuclear power system for future astronauts on Mars | CBC
CBC | January 18, 2018
When humans make it to Mars, they're going to need a source of power. That's why NASA is working on a compact nuclear power system which, they say, passed its first rounds of tests.
Jupiter’s Swirling South Pole | NASA
NASA | January 18, 2018
This image of Jupiter’s swirling south polar region was captured by NASA’s Juno spacecraft as it neared completion of its tenth close flyby of the gas giant planet.
Apple to release software update to resolve iPhone slowdown: CEO Tim Cook | CBC
CBC | January 18, 2018
Apple Inc. will release a software update that will allow users to turn off a feature that slows down iPhones when batteries are low on charge, chief executive Tim Cook told ABC News.
Mystery Solved: Here's What Caused a Massive Epidemic in Colonial Mexico | Live Science
Live Science | January 18, 2018
Researchers have cracked a nearly 500-year-old mystery about the germ that caused the so-called cocoliztli outbreak, an epidemic that killed countless indigenous people in Mesoamerica shortly after the Spaniards arrived in the New World.
Day Zero: Cape Town Could Become 1st Major City To Run Out of Water | Live Science
Live Science | January 18, 2018
Cape Town authorities are pleading with residents to save water, warning that the city's taps could go dry by April.
How to kill a lobster before you cook it | CBC
CBC | January 18, 2018
A researcher in animal behaviour recommends people kill their lobsters before cooking them, after extensive research suggests crustaceans can feel pain.
Facebook's newsfeed changes mean political parties need to adapt — or pay up | CBC
CBC | January 18, 2018
Facebook's new emphasis on content from friends and family will force political parties to make more engaging content and spend more on advertisements to reach voters.
Hawaii's false alarm should prompt talk about what to do if there's a nuclear attack: expert | CBC
CBC | January 18, 2018
A generation of Americans knew just what to do in the event of a nuclear attack, or during a major false alarm like the one over the weekend in Hawaii: take cover in a building with a fallout shelter symbol. But these days that might not be the best option, or even an option at all.
Protest planned in Ottawa to oppose nuclear licence renewal for Chalk River nuclear labs | CBC
CBC | January 18, 2018
Ole Hendrickson will be among the concerned citizens, Indigenous leaders, environmentalists and former nuclear scientists marching in Ottawa on Thursday, as they deliver their objection to the 10-year licence renewal for Chalk River Laboratories.
Rare Snowfall in Sahara Desert Seen from Space | Live Science
Live Science | January 18, 2018
Stunning views show the snow-covered dunes on the edge of the Sahara Desert — an area known to be one of the hottest places on Earth.
Watch This Bottle of Water Freeze Over in the Blink of an Eye | Live Science
Live Science | January 18, 2018
A way-cool clip posted on Reddit shows the strange phenomenon of a "snap freeze."
Fire in the sky: Albertans report fireball over province | CBC
CBC | January 18, 2018
Dozens of Albertans took to social media Wednesday evening to report seeing a large fireball in the sky over the northern part of the province.
Toronto makes cut of top 20 cities vying to be Amazon's 2nd headquarters | CBC
CBC | January 18, 2018
Toronto is the only Canadian city to make the list of the top 20 cities that Amazon is considering for its second headquarters.
Protest in Ottawa to oppose Chalk River nuclear licence renewal | CBC
CBC | January 18, 2018
Concerned citizens, Indigenous leaders, environmentalists and former nuclear scientists are marching in Ottawa as they deliver their objection to the 10-year licence renewal for Chalk River Laboratories.
'Inflammatory Diet' May Boost Colorectal Cancer Risk | Live Science
Live Science | January 18, 2018
An "inflammatory diet" may increase a person's risk of colorectal cancer, a new study suggests.
'Castle Cloud' Caught in Spectacular Astronaut Photo | Live Science
Live Science | January 17, 2018
It looks like a ghostly medieval tower — like something out of "Game of Thrones" — looming over the crystal-blue Caribbean waters of the Bahamas.
Even in the Desert | NASA
NASA | January 17, 2018
For the second time in three years, snow has accumulated in the desert near the northern Algerian town of Aïn Séfra.
YouTube pulls ads from more channels over offensive content | CBC
CBC | January 17, 2018
​Alphabet Inc's Google is making its second attempt in less than a year to protect advertisers on its YouTube user channels from being associated with videos featuring violence, gore or bad language.
Gene Location for Paranoia Found | Live Science
Live Science | January 17, 2018
Researchers identified a genetic location linked to paranoia by studying a rare neurogenetic disorder.
Lobsters 'very likely' feel pain when boiled alive, researcher says | CBC
CBC | January 17, 2018
The Swiss government's recent ban on boiling lobsters alive may have had some Maritimers chuckling, but one researcher said there's merit to the move, and it's "very likely" lobsters feel pain.
If you fish for these invasive crabs, you can't sell them - you need to give them away free | CBC
CBC | January 17, 2018
A Newfoundland fisherman wants to make money off an invasive species that's destroying the ocean habitat where he lives and works, but DFO is cautious about issuing a commercial licence.
Wildlife rescuers say Ontario ministry is bullying them, not helping | CBC
CBC | January 17, 2018
Some wildlife rescuers in Ontario say they're being bullied and harassed by Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry enforcement officers who know little about wildlife and are too heavy-handed with the rules.
Mini 'Gamma Ray Burst' Created in Lab for 1st Time | Live Science
Live Science | January 17, 2018
Gamma ray bursts, intense explosions of light, are the brightest events ever observed in the universe – lasting no longer than seconds or minutes.
Genetic pot-pourri: Why cannabis strains don't all live up to their billing | CBC
CBC | January 17, 2018
Strains of cannabis may have fancy names and come with promises of tantalizing effects, but many buds have a mixed-up genetic lineage and don't always match what's advertised, plant experts caution.
4,000-Year-Old Mummies Are Half Brothers, DNA Analysis Shows | Live Science
Live Science | January 17, 2018
The finding settles a 111-year-old mystery that began when excavators exhumed the two mummies in Deir Rifeh.
Hidden black hole caught flinging star back and forth in distant cluster | CBC
CBC | January 17, 2018
Astronomers using an observatory in Chile have revealed a star in a cluster that is being flung hundreds of thousands of kilometres back and forth because of a nearby black hole.
New Threat to Extremely Endangered Cat: Deadly Dog Virus | Live Science
Live Science | January 17, 2018
A critically endangered Amur leopard turned up along the side of a road suffering from canine distemper virus (CDV) — a disease that typically infects domestic dogs.
Amoebae Give Black Death Bacteria a Safe Place to Hide | Live Science
Live Science | January 17, 2018
The simple amoeba — a single-celled organism found in the water and soil — may provide a safe haven for the deadly bacteria that cause the plague, a new study finds.
Surgeon Left Scalpel in Veteran's Abdomen, Lawsuit Claims | Live Science
Live Science | January 17, 2018
A veteran in Connecticut is suing a Veterans Affair Hospital, claiming that someone left a scalpel handle inside of his abdomen after surgery, according to news reports.