Technology and Science

Pricey even with a contract: Wireless carriers release iPhone 8, iPhone X pricing

Two-year contract will knock a few hundred dollars off the cost of the phone CBC News Posted: Sep 23, 2017 5:33 PM ET Last Updated: Sep 23, 2017 5:33 PM ET Related Stories The first of the new iPhones are now available in Canada and wireless companies have released their pricing.  With a two-year contract at Bell and Rogers, the ...

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Here’s what could happen if North Korea detonated a hydrogen bomb

Razed cities. Loss of life. Contaminated fishing stocks. Crippled satellite networks.  Should the nuclear crisis between the United States and North Korea escalate beyond hurling test missiles and insults like “madman” and “dotard,” the list of possible effects is a long and frightening one. Whether North Korea were to simply test a nuclear warhead or aim one at a target like the U.S. territory of Guam — as leader ...

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Climate change scientists fight for funding to save High Arctic lab

Some of Canada’s leading climate change scientists are fighting to keep the country’s northernmost research station in operation. The Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory (PEARL) in Eureka, Nunavut, tracks atmospheric data that no other research station can, given its High Arctic latitude, only 1,110 kilometres from the North Pole. There, researchers study ozone depletion and how the thawing Arctic is contributing ...

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Right whale skeleton, DNA headed to Canada’s largest museum

Scientists at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto are hoping that some good can come from three dead North Atlantic right whales, towed to a beach on P.E.I. this summer.  DNA samples from the whales are now in a research lab at the ROM and bones from one of the whales are being prepared to become part of the museum’s ...

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Asteroid mining could support space economies, colonies

A team of researchers are planning to send robotic spacecraft into outer space, land near asteroids hurtling through the abyss and mine them for water, metals and other elements that will make colonizing space that much easier. Science columnist Torah Kachur explains. Why do we need to mine asteroids? Quite simply because the current economics of space flight are untenable. It ...

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#BugsR4Girls: How 8-year-old Sophia Spencer co-authored a scientific paper on bugs

Sophia Spencer hated it when classmates taunted her for her love of insects, but seeing them kill her pet grasshoppers for fun was even worse. Her first-grade peers couldn’t understand what she found so fascinating about bugs of all sorts or why she’d devoted spare time to catching them, reading about them and generally carrying on like a budding entomologist. As ...

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Help from above: Canadian satellite assists with hurricane recovery, other natural disasters

When Hurricane Irma cut a path of destruction through the Caribbean this month, authorities on the ground found themselves in the dark, scrambling for information. High above the storm, satellites from several nations, including Canada, were called into action to track the hurricane’s progress, measure the damage and provide vital information to plan rescue and recovery efforts. Emergency officials in ...

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Facebook plans better ‘election integrity,’ Trump says it’s part of ‘Russia hoax’

A day after Facebook acknowledged the role advertising on its platform played in the 2016 U.S. election, President Donald Trump said it was all part of the “Russia hoax” and the Kremlin denied placing any ads.   In an early-morning tweet, Trump said the “ads on Facebook” were part of the hoax, and asked about “dishonest Media coverage” towards his campaign ...

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Uber stripped of London licence, vows to appeal

London’s transport regulator on Friday stripped Uber of its licence to operate from the end of the month, affecting over 40,000 drivers in a huge blow to the taxi app. “Uber’s approach and conduct demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implications,” Transport for London (TfL) said. ...

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Plenty of rain and thriving plants made it a ‘crazy great summer’ for monarchs and other insects

One of Canada’s most cherished species seems to be making a comeback in Toronto gardens — at least for a few more days. Monarch butterfly watchers in Canada and in the United States say it’s been a good year for the iconic orange-and-black pollinators, who leave for winter habitats in Mexico from Canada and the U.S. in September, arriving at their destination ...

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