Technology and Science

Windows 10 update will bring 3-D, game tools and doodling

A major update to Microsoft’s Windows 10 system will start reaching consumers and businesses on April 11, offering 3-D drawing tools, game-broadcasting capabilities and better ways to manage web browsing. This “Creators Update” also aims to make future updates less disruptive. Microsoft said Wednesday that it will roll out the Creators Update to some 400 million Windows 10 devices worldwide ...

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The argument for robot ‘personhood’

What are the rights of a robot? Does it have any? Should it? It’s a question few of us have given much thought to, outside of a Friday night curled up in front of a science fiction movie. In fact, for many, the debate over the legal personhood of a robot probably isn’t something they thought they’d ever need to ...

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Netherlands town installs traffic lights for pedestrians walking and texting

It’s dubbed “wexting” — walking while texting. So-called distracted walking can certainly be annoying, and some argue it’s a public safety hazard. Now, a small town in the Netherlands is testing a novel approach to address those safety concerns. CBC tech columnist Dan Misener explains.  What is this small Dutch town doing to address distracted walking? A team in the town of Bodegraven has installed traffic signals in ...

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Samsung tries to win back customers with Galaxy S8 smartphone

​​After the damaging recall of its fire-prone Note 7 smartphone, you could be forgiven for thinking Samsung Electronics would make a song and dance about battery safety in its new flagship phones, due to be launched in the U.S. on Wednesday. But in the run-up to the launch, crucial to the South Korean technology giant winning back consumer confidence, it’s ...

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Changing jet stream, extreme weather linked to humans: study

From the heat and drought that led to explosive fire conditions in Fort McMurray to non-stop rain before the disastrous Calgary flooding — these are perfect examples of how too many days of any kind of weather can lead to catastrophic extremes. Now, a new study published in Nature strongly suggests that human activity is linked to these types of prolonged summer ...

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Supermassive black holes give birth to stars, astronomers discover

A team of astrophysicists has discovered that supermassive black holes at the centre of galaxies aren’t just destroyers of stars, but can also be their creators. Stellar black holes form from the collapse of a large star. They can have a mass of 20 times that of of our sun or higher, and they consume anything that gets too close, including a star.  There’s ...

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Trump to issue executive order rolling back Obama climate change policies

President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order Tuesday aimed at moving forward on his campaign pledge to unravel former President Barack Obama’s plan to curb global warming. The order will suspend, rescind or flag for review more than a half-dozen measures in an effort to boost domestic energy production in the form of fossil fuels. As part ...

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‘Unprecedented’ dinosaur tracks found in Australia’s Jurassic Park

Paleontologists have uncovered what they are calling an “unprecedented” number of dinosaur tracks in Australia. In all, 21 different types were found along a 25-kilometre stretch of rock on the Dampier Peninsula in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. The area is so well known for its dinosaur findings that it’s been given the nickname “Australia’s Jurassic Park.” Researchers unveil ‘unparalleled’ dinosaur footprint ...

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Listen to ‘the most annoying sound ever’ — made to warn drivers of head-on collisions

Monday March 27, 2017 more stories from this episode Carryl Baldwin swears she wasn’t trying to get on people’s nerves when she engineered the high-pitched, jarring alarm that one headline dubbed “The Most Annoying Sound Ever.” After years of research, the George Mason University psychologist and her team have come up with what they say is the most effective car alarm to warn ...

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Uber grounds self-driving cars after accident in Arizona

Ride-hailing company Uber has grounded its self-driving car pilot program after an incident in Tempe, Ariz., in which one of its vehicles was rolled on to its side after a collision that wasn’t its fault. Local police say a self-driving Uber SUV was operating on its own when it was struck by another vehicle making a left turn at an ...

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