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Will escaped Atlantic salmon survive — and thrive — in B.C. waters? | CBC
CBC | August 24, 2017
The question isn’t why did the salmon leave the net, but what happens now that thousands of fish have escaped a Washington state salmon farm and swum off into the Pacific Ocean. There is no consensus about what the impact will be.
Telescope captures most detailed image of any star beyond the sun | CBC
CBC | August 24, 2017
For the first time, astronomers have gotten a glimpse of the surface and atmosphere of a star outside our solar system.
Scientists uncover what killed crew of Civil War sub H.L. Hunley | CBC
CBC | August 23, 2017
Scientists say they've solved a longstanding mystery about what killed the crew of the first combat submarine ever to take down an enemy ship.
Here's the Galaxy Note 8, Samsung's newest big-screen phone | CBC
CBC | August 23, 2017
It has a new screen, dual cameras on the back — and a hefty $1,299 price tag.
The Eclipse 2017 Umbra Viewed from Space | NASA
NASA | August 23, 2017
As millions of people across the United States experienced a total eclipse as the umbra, or moon’s shadow passed over them, only six people witnessed the umbra from space. The space station crossed the path of the eclipse three times as it orbited above the continental United States at an altitude of 250 miles.
Extreme rubbernecking: live streaming crash scenes a bid for online popularity | CBC
CBC | August 23, 2017
People may think they're being citizen journalists when they stop to take photos or videos at collision scenes, but one digital media researcher says they may just want to appear to be more interesting.
With eclipse 2017 complete, get ready for eclipse 2024 | CBC
CBC | August 23, 2017
A solar eclipse will be viewable from North America on April 8, 2024. Here are some tips if you want to get ready now.
Researcher tracks grizzly behaviour with a little help from a can of WD-40 | CBC
CBC | August 23, 2017
A wildlife biologist studied the impact of feeding roadkill to grizzly bears at 12 sites throughout southwest Alberta and whether it might prevent them from killing cattle during the spring calving season.
Try Dora, not Pooh: Storybooks with human characters instead of animals better for learning, study finds | CBC
CBC | August 23, 2017
University of Toronto researchers found realistic stories are better for promoting young children's pro-social behavior — things like sharing with their peers, for instance.
New magnet strength record broken by U.S. lab | CBC
CBC | August 23, 2017
A U.S. lab has reclaimed its status as home to the world's strongest resistive magnet after previously losing the record to China.
Walmart partners with Google on voice-activated shopping | CBC
CBC | August 23, 2017
The world's largest retailer said Wednesday it's working with Google to offer hundreds of thousands of items from laundry detergent to Legos for voice shopping through Google Assistant. The capability will be available in late September.
Hundreds of dead geese wash up on Cambridge Bay shore, Environment Canada investigating | CBC
CBC | August 23, 2017
Hundreds of dead snow geese have washed up on the shores near Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, and it may be some time before officials figure out what caused them to die.
Thousands of Atlantic salmon escape fish farm near Victoria after nets damaged | CBC
CBC | August 23, 2017
Thousands of Atlantic salmon have escaped into Pacific waters east of Victoria after the nets ripped at a U.S. fish farm in the San Juan Islands.
Federal advertising 'blacklist' of websites includes far-right outlets | CBC
CBC | August 23, 2017
CBC News has obtained the federal government's blacklist of websites that are barred from carrying its ads.
Brazen bear punched after breaking into home on B.C.'s Sunshine Coast | CBC
CBC | August 22, 2017
RCMP say conservation officers later put down the bear after determining it lacked a fear of humans.
After Lollipop. Marshmallow and Nougat, here comes Oreo | CBC
CBC | August 22, 2017
Google has offered a taste of the upcoming version of its Android software for mobile devices, which will be nicknamed 'Oreo.'
Farming has changed climate almost as much as deforestation | CBC
CBC | August 22, 2017
Agriculture has moved more than a billion tonnes of carbon from the top two metres of soil into the atmosphere, contributing heavily to climate change, a new study shows.
Saturn-lit Tethys | NASA
NASA | August 22, 2017
Cassini gazes across the icy rings of Saturn toward the icy moon Tethys, whose night side is illuminated by Saturnshine, or sunlight reflected by the planet.
Hundreds of firefighters battling largest wildfire ever recorded in B.C. | CBC
CBC | August 22, 2017
Hundreds of firefighters and dozens of aircraft are working to contain the largest wildfire ever recorded in British Columbia's history, and it could take weeks to get it under control.
Canada's new astronauts take tips from veterans in space | CBC
CBC | August 22, 2017
Canada's two new astronaut recruits chat with the astronauts currently aboard the space station and speak publicly for the last time before dedicating themselves to two years of intensive basic training. Watch LIVE starting 12:45 p.m. ET.
Rain, clouds don't dampen eclipse excitement in Missouri | CBC
CBC | August 22, 2017
It was an unusually overcast day in St. Joseph, Mo., but that didn't matter to people who chased the eclipse from all over the world.
U.S. government backs down on request for visitor logs of Trump protest website | CBC
CBC | August 22, 2017
Prosecutors said they had 'no interest' in the records, and have dropped them from a revised warrant.
Researchers harness human waste to make products in space | CBC
CBC | August 22, 2017
Scientists are working to find ways to reduce the amount of supplies and costly shipments astronauts need on missions by making use of what's already on hand, including human waste.
Water down your whisky for better flavour: scientists | CBC
CBC | August 22, 2017
On the rocks, neat or with water? Ask whisky fans and you’ll find it’s a contentious topic. However, Swedish scientists say mixing your scotch with water is the best way to maximize its flavour.
How to tell if you have eye damage from the eclipse | CBC
CBC | August 22, 2017
Some optometrists are reporting a spike in calls from people who looked at the sun during the solar eclipse.
Woman's torso found in ocean after Danish inventor's amateur submarine sinks | CBC
CBC | August 22, 2017
The body of a woman has been found in the Baltic Sea near where a missing Swedish journalist is believed to have died on a privately built submarine, Danish police said late Monday.
Climate change 'sleeping giant' challenge for fishery, says ocean researcher | CBC
CBC | August 22, 2017
An ocean scientist says climate change is altering the chemistry of the oceans, which makes food webs and fishery management much more unpredictable.
'Substantial increase' in grizzly-human encounters in southwestern Alberta, says report | CBC
CBC | August 22, 2017
Newly published research suggests conflict between humans and grizzlies in the mountains and foothills of southwestern Alberta has been growing for more than a decade.
Millions prepare to watch rare total solar eclipse | CBC
CBC | August 21, 2017
For a few moments on Monday, millions will experience a rare total eclipse across the continental U.S., and millions more in Canada will get a chance to witness a partial eclipse.
While millions watch the eclipse from Earth, NASA observes from the sky | CBC
CBC | August 21, 2017
While millions watch the eclipse from Earth, NASA will be watching from the sky. Data gleamed from the eclipse may help us understand and predict solar weather patterns.
Glory of the Heavens | NASA
NASA | August 21, 2017
This composite image shows the progression of a partial solar eclipse over Ross Lake, in Northern Cascades National Park, Washington on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017.
Guelph researcher turning 'Back to the Future' fuel into reality | CBC
CBC | August 21, 2017
Professor Animesh Dutta has never seen the movie Back to The Future, but his latest project bears a striking resemblance to the film. The University of Guelph engineer is finding a way to turn food waste into fuel.
As trees age, their climate benefit grows | CBC
CBC | August 21, 2017
Trees play an important role in the fight against climate change, capturing and storing carbon in their biomass. According to new European research, when it comes to a tree’s climate benefit, as a tree get older it also stores more carbon.
Airlines rush to capitalize on eclipse interest with special flights | CBC
CBC | August 21, 2017
Airlines are just some of the businesses cashing in on the flurry of interest from sky-watchers for a first class seat to Monday's once in a lifetime solar event.
Quantum physics for babies — a different bedtime story | CBC
CBC | August 21, 2017
Chris Ferrie writes books about rocket science... for babies. The quantum theorist and alumnus of the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo describes himself as a ‘theorist by day, father by night.'
Rare solar eclipse astounds sky gazers: 'Like nothing else you'll ever see' | CBC
CBC | August 21, 2017
Millions view a rare celestial phenomenon - the first total solar eclipse to sweep across the U.S. in almost a century, with Canadian sky gazers soaking in a partial eclipse of as much as 90 per cent.
Lunar Module at Tranquility Base | NASA
NASA | August 20, 2017
This photograph of the Lunar Module at Tranquility Base was taken by Neil Armstrong during the Apollo 11 mission, from the rim of Little West Crater on the lunar surface. Armstrong's shadow and the shadow of the camera are visible in the foreground. This is the furthest distance from the lunar module traveled by either astronaut while on the moon.
From oilsands mine to wetland: Is Syncrude's reclamation experiment working? | CBC
CBC | August 20, 2017
Syncrude is one of the first oilsands companies trying to restore a wetland back to some semblance of what it was before it was mined. It's been five years since the company began the science experiment. This week, they invited reporters to have a look.
Space is the final legal frontier for the Canadian military, documents show | CBC
CBC | August 20, 2017
The Canadian military is grappling with how best to prevent its satellites from being shot down. Documents obtained by CBC News under access to information laws show defence officials are uncertain what their limits are when it comes to the use of force in the final frontier.
Solar eclipse transforms tiny Oregon town into red hot tourist destination | CBC
CBC | August 20, 2017
On Monday, the Oregon town of Madras — a two-hour drive from Portland — is expected to swell to about 100,000 people, as visitors jostle their way in to get a glimpse of the first total solar eclipse to sweep across the continental U.S. in 99 years.