Technology and Science

It’s worth the drive to totality: perspectives from an eclipse chaser: Bob McDonald

August 21st is going to be an insane day across the United States as millions of people gather along a thin line that stretches from coast to coast to watch the moon pass directly in front of the sun in a total solar eclipse.  Only those along that line will see totality — when the moon blocks the sun perfectly — ...

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Want to do business in Russia? Be ready to hand over your source code

Western technology companies, including Cisco, IBM and SAP, are acceding to demands by Moscow for access to closely guarded product security secrets, at a time when Russia has been accused of a growing number of cyberattacks on the West, a Reuters investigation has found. Russian authorities are asking Western tech companies to allow them to review source code for security ...

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Secret history: How Steve Jobs went from rejecting to embracing the iPhone

Friday June 23, 2017 more stories from this episode by Brent Bambury In the hours before Apple released its first iteration of the iPhone on June 29, 2007, fans were already lining up to buy one. They’d not yet held an iPhone, but they’d seen the commercials. They loved the blank slate of the touch screen and the uncluttered interface. ...

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Astronomer who built advanced telescopes has died

Jerry Nelson, an astronomer who designed advanced telescopes that help scientists glimpse far reaches of the universe, has died in California. He was 73. The University of California, Santa Cruz, where Nelson was a professor emeritus of astronomy and astrophysics, said he died June 10 at his home. No cause was given. Nelson’s design using dozens of segmented mirrors rather ...

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Research into exoskeleton walking devices big leap forward for human-robot interactions

At first glance it looks like a fancy leg brace. But the “exoskeleton” system developed by a group of researchers at Carnegie Melon University in Pittsburgh could open the door to a new, more customized way of approaching human-robot interaction. Led by computer scientist Juanjuan Zhang, the team created a new method that could have widespread impact on the way human performance is ...

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Could a levy on ISPs help promote Canadian content in the new digital world?

It goes without saying that nobody wants to pay more for their monthly internet bill. As Canadians, we’re already paying among the highest rates anywhere for service. But while the “internet tax” recently proposed by the Commons heritage committee was criticized for piling more fees onto consumers, many in the media industry feel it had the right intention, even if its proposed ...

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Heat wave suffocates American Southwest on 1st day of summer

Don Kushner emerged from his afternoon hike on Camelback Mountain clearly a little run down from the heat. Kushner was one of the few who ignored warnings to avoid strenuous outdoor activity and decided to exercise outside on one of the hottest days in Phoenix’s recorded history. “Here it’s your own private mountain and it’s wonderful,” he said, covered in sweat Tuesday. Phoenix ...

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Crack in Antarctic ice shelf ready to produce giant iceberg

One of the biggest icebergs on record is like a “niggling tooth” about to snap off Antarctica and will be an extra hazard for ships around the frozen continent as it breaks up, scientists said on Wednesday. An area of the Larsen C ice shelf, about as big as the U.S. state of Delaware or the Indonesian island of Bali, ...

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Intel looks to Israel for the next big thing in cybersecurity

Intel has joined Team8, an Israeli creator of cybersecurity startups, as a strategic partner and will help with the formation of companies that address the largest cybersecurity problems, Team8 said on Wednesday. Intel, the world’s largest chipmaker, joins Team8’s syndicate members Microsoft, Cisco, Qualcomm, AT&T, Citigroup, Accenture, Nokia, Bessemer Venture Partners and Alphabet executive chairman Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors. Israel has ...

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Coffee crops at risk from climate change: higher prices ahead?

Your morning cup of coffee could be threatened by climate change. Researchers from the Royal Botanic Gardens in the United Kingdom have found that more than half of Ethiopia’s coffee production could be wiped out unless farmers move to higher ground. The problem is already putting the livelihoods of farmers at risk and could significantly impact access to some of the world’s ...

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