Technology and Science

Zika virus hit earlier than thought in Brazil, Florida, genome tests reveal

Studies using gene sequencing equipment to trace the path of Zika through the Americas show the virus arrived a year before the first case was detected in Brazil, and several months before it was first reported in Florida. The findings, published in three different papers in the journal Nature, are drawn from nearly 200 Zika virus genome sequences collected from infected individuals and mosquitoes that transmit the virus. Collectively, ...

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Endangered salamanders put quarry on hold as Ontario town battles against project

A group of Ontario residents trying to ward off the development of a new quarry in their community say they have found two endangered salamanders that they hope will convince authorities to put an end to the project. The Burlington, Ont., residents say the discovery of the Jefferson dependant unisexual salamanders should force the province to reconsider the development by ...

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Google’s AI wins Go match in China, but blocks online broadcast

​Internet users outside China watched a computer defeat its national go champion, but few Chinese web surfers could see it. Censors blocked access to Tuesday’s online broadcast by Google, which organized the game in a town west of Shanghai during a forum on artificial intelligence. The event got little coverage from Chinese newspapers and broadcasters, suggesting they may have received orders ...

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Rare piebald moose caught on video in western Newfoundland

A photographer in western Newfoundland captured what he calls a “once in a lifetime” encounter with an unusual patterned moose this week. Gerard Gale, who runs his own photography business, was in Black Duck Siding near Stephenville on Monday when he spotted a large mostly-white moose having a snack on some bushes. With his high-resolution camera, he recorded a video of the majestic ...

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Toronto tech firms seeing more interest from U.S. job seekers — and not just because of Trump

Last month, Roy Pereira, CEO of Toronto startup zoom.ai, received so many applications for a software engineering position from U.S.-based job seekers that he thought they were fake.  “I thought it was maybe bots spamming us,” he remembered, noting only about one per cent of the company’s past applications had come from the States. The applicants he interviewed, many of whom were living in ...

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Global seed vault at risk — and climate change is to blame, say experts

Wednesday May 24, 2017 more stories from this episode In Norway’s Svalbard archipelago, at the northernmost tip of Europe, sits the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. In a protected chamber dug into the side of a mountain sit almost a million types of seeds, waiting for withdrawal if the effects of climate change, natural disasters or war mean the plants become threatened. ...

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Flood prediction, climate change impacts on water studied at new Canmore lab

At a new research lab in Canmore, Alta., scientists are studying the impact of climate change on water, glaciers and snow, and developing tools to predict and warn people about future floods.   The Coldwater Laboratory, led by John Pomeroy, recently moved from the Barrier Lake Field Station in Kananaskis Country to the Bow Valley. The expanded lab in Canmore ...

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Trump budget cuts funding for clean air and water programs

The Trump Administration budget released Tuesday slashes funding for the Environmental Protection Agency by nearly one-third, laying off thousands of employees while imposing dramatic cuts to clean air and water programs. The White House’s proposed spending plan for the EPA amounts to less than $5.7 billion, a 31 per cent cut from the current budget year, according to a briefing ...

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Astronauts conduct spacewalk to perform urgent repairs

Spacewalking astronauts made urgent repairs at the International Space Station on Tuesday, three days after a critical relay box abruptly failed. The 400-kilometre-high replacement job fell to commander Peggy Whitson, the world’s most experienced female astronaut. She now ties the record for most spacewalks by an American — 10. Even though a second relay box managed the data load just ...

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Online ‘sextortion’ complaints involving teen boys jump by 89% in 2 years: study

Child exploitation experts say they’ve detected a spike in reports of online “sextortion” cases involving teen boys. The Canadian Centre for Child Protection says 65 boys reported incidents to Cybertip.ca in 2015-16 — an 89 per cent increase from the previous two-year period of 2013-2014. Reports involving girls jumped 66 per cent. While 65 male victims may not seem like ...

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