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Waste not on World Water Day: Bob McDonald

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:21:56 EDT

Our water supplies seem to be running low because we keep taking from the source. It's time to turn our attention to another huge source, the water we throw away.

New wintertime low for Arctic sea ice: scientists

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:29:50 EDT

The extent of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean has set a new record low for the wintertime in a region strongly affected by long-term trends of global warming, according to U.S. and European scientists.

How a blind man plays mainstream video games and the future of accessibility in games

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:52:13 EDT

Nintendo's Switch console came out earlier this month and now the party game 1-2 Switch is gaining a lot of attention for being accessible to blind and visually impaired gamers. Toronto blind gamer Steve Saylor is raising awareness that blind gamers can play mainstream games, too.

Trump's proposed NASA cuts take aim at Earth science

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:02:52 EDT

Officials at NASA were delighted that U.S. President Donald Trump's budget proposal allocates $19.1 billion for the agency, down only 0.8 per cent from last year, but the proposal also cuts several programs to study the Earth.

Twitter exploring subscription-based version for first time

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:13:27 EDT

Twitter Inc. is considering whether to build a premium version of its popular Tweetdeck interface aimed at professionals, raising the possibility that it could collect subscription fees from some users for the first time.

Groundbreaking bat cave discovery gives Alberta researchers baseline in fight against deadly disease

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 23:53:21 EDT

The recent discovery of a large cave — or hibernaculum — in northern Alberta where hundreds of bats have been found hibernating is giving researchers a baseline measurement in the fight against the deadly white-nose syndrome.

Earthquakes could cause Los Angeles area to sink abruptly: study

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:28:27 EDT

The Big One may be overdue to hit California, but scientists near Los Angeles have found a new risk for the area during a major earthquake: abrupt sinking of land, potentially below sea level.

New categories of dinosaur family tree proposed by scientists

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:27:14 EDT

Some of the best-known dinosaurs, like Tyrannosaurus rex and Brontosaurus, may be headed for a divorce due to irreconcilable differences.

Black hole gets unusual 'kick' out of galaxy core thanks to gravitational waves

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:30:18 EDT

A team of international researchers got a bit of a shock recently: A supermassive black hole — something that normally anchors the centre of a galaxy — was spotted speeding away from its home. The reason? Gravitational waves, says the research team.

'Sure you want to send that photo?': Approaching the issue of sexual extortion with youth

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:00:00 EDT

Are you sure you want to send that photo? That’s the question the Uncertain Terms campaign is hoping teenagers will ask themselves before they send compromising photos that could be used as part of sexual extortion, or sextortion.

The politics of Pluto: 10 years later, the bitter debate rages on

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 05:00:00 EDT

More than 10 years after Pluto was demoted from planet to dwarf planet, the debate continues, with leading scientists on both sides becoming more vociferous and maybe a little testy.

Skin powered by the sun? Prosthetic limbs with better sense of touch being developed

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:34:31 EDT

A new prototype from researchers at the University of Glasgow opens up the possibility for so-called 'solar-powered skin.'

Neolithic rock art uncovered by Egyptologists

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:49:58 EDT

The art was difficult to decipher because of its age, but it was pecked into the rock with a hard point, the researchers say.

If you're a hungry black hole, try snacking on a star

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:42:40 EDT

About 290 million years ago, a sun-like star got a little wobbly and ended up tumbling into the centre of a supermassive black hole. Now a team from MIT have detected that rare and fascinating event.

Google's YouTube losing major advertisers upset with videos

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:23:53 EDT

?AT&T, Verizon and several other major advertisers are suspending their marketing campaigns on Google's YouTube site after discovering their brands have been appearing alongside videos promoting terrorism and other unsavoury subjects.

Lip-reading program more accurate than humans could help hearing-impaired

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:22:12 EDT

Scientists have built a computer program that can lip-read better than humans. But why? Tech columnist Dan Misener has the answers.

Canada, NATO attempt to define boundaries of response to cyberattacks

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 05:00:00 EDT

Military planners in both Ottawa and Brussels are wrestling with the notion that keystrokes are as much of a threat as Kalashnikovs in this summer's deployment of the Canadian-led NATO battle group to Latvia.

Rusty-patched bumblebee first of species declared endangered in continental U.S.

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:54:19 EDT

?The rusty patched bumblebee on Tuesday became the first officially endangered bee species in the continental U.S., overcoming objections from some business interests and a last-minute delay ordered by the Trump administration.

Spacewalking astronauts prep space station for new parking spot

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:01:09 EDT

NASA wants to cram in at least two more spacewalks before the station's commander returns to Earth on April 10.

How lasers, environmentalists and Google combine to reduce methane emissions

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 05:00:00 EDT

A new project has brought together university researchers, an environmental organization and Google to help find and track methane leaks in U.S. cities.