Technology and Science

How coffee grounds turned firewood could be a lifeline for refugees

The remnants of your morning cup of coffee could be a lifeline for refugees living in camps in sub-saharan Africa. A group of University of Toronto students have created Moto, an alternative to firewood that uses recycled coffee grounds. Sam Bennett, Lucy Yang and Gowtham Ramachandran say the Moto log could potentially eliminate the need for women and children living ...

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Science ‘Trumped’ by belief: Bob McDonald

Donald Trump has stated clearly that he believes climate change is a hoax and that vaccines cause autism, two topics that have been clearly proven by science to be untrue. Now, he has a team of players that are carrying these beliefs to other levels of government. Science is one of the few institutions remaining that seeks the truth. It ...

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Trump makes cyberwarfare an official priority for new White House

US President Donald Trump will make cyberwarfare a “priority” in the fight against ISIS and other terrorist organizations, the new administration revealed on Friday. The White House website was updated shortly after President Trump’s inauguration — offering little insight into the government’s plans, but the clearest official indication yet that the government is actively engaged in digital attacks.  For example, under the section ...

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Al Gore stays mum on Trump meeting, says ‘it’s not the last’

Former Vice President Al Gore said that while he wouldn’t divulge specifics about his December conversation with Donald Trump, it wasn’t “the last conversation.” Speaking to a packed auditorium in Park City following the premiere of the climate change documentary An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, which kicked off the 33rd Sundance Film Festival Thursday, Gore said that he’s seen a ...

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Scientists protest Trump inauguration with #USofScience on Twitter

As Donald Trump prepared to become the 45th president of the United States, scientists from around the country  marked the day by taking to Twitter. Stand up for science! We’ll be flooding the social media airwaves with research and discovery during the inauguration, using #USofScience. — @JacquelynGill During the election campaign, Trump repeatedly remarked on issues of science, often incorrectly. ...

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Beware friends, family, secretly snooping on your Facebook account

Digital spies are often thought of as government spooks, or shadowy online groups pilfering data from afar in headline-grabbing attacks. But for many of us, the greatest threat can come from those we know and love. A new study on so-called “social insider attacks” — where the attacker personally knows the victim — estimates that 24 per cent of survey participants had ...

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Like humans, capuchin monkeys can determine probability, study finds

Science is continually trying to find an answer to the question, what makes humans unique? Is it our social interactions? Tools? Ability to reason? Time and again, what were thought to be unique human traits turn out to be shared in some form or another with other animals.  Now, scientists from the University of Toronto have found that the ability to make decisions based on ...

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