Technology and Science

The race to space: Experts say 2018 will be the year space tourism takes off

Space. The final frontier, and quite possibly your family’s next March Break vacation. Experts say 2018 will be the year space tourism takes off. But while great leaps are being made at what seems like warp speed, it’s a venture that’s still fraught with issues that go far beyond its out-of-this-world price tag. Cost of launch, of course, remains a ...

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Genetic analysis reveals origins of dog breeds

In the pages of human history, the paw prints of man’s best friend are tracked all over. As companions, guardians, hunters and herders, dogs come in all shapes and sizes, evidenced by the enormous variety of breeds. New research from the U.S. National Institutes of Health draws a family tree of over one hundred breeds. The results, published in the ...

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Robots boldly go where no one has gone before: Bob McDonald

The robotic Cassini spacecraft that has been orbiting Saturn for the past 13 years began its final and most daring observation of the ringed planet by diving down through a small gap between the rings and the planet itself, a dangerous move never attempted by a spacecraft before. It proves once again that not only do these intrepid explorers probe ...

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Trump administration wins victory in effort to roll back Obama climate change efforts

At the Trump administration’s request, a federal appeals court agreed Friday to postpone a ruling on lawsuits challenging Obama-era restrictions on carbon emissions. The Environmental Protection Agency had asked the court to put a hold on the case shortly after President Donald Trump signed an executive order directing officials to roll back the Clean Power Plan. Trump has called climate ...

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Facebook isn’t doing enough to control violent posts, says expert

Friday April 28, 2017 more stories from this episode Serena McKay was just 19 when she was killed in Sagkeeng First Nation in northern Manitoba. And the crime was made all the more disturbing by a video posted on Facebook that appears to show McKay being violently assaulted. Two teenaged girls have been charged with second degree murder in McKay’s death. ...

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Humpback whale babies ‘whisper’ to their moms to avoid detection by predators

Newborn humpback whales “whisper” to their mothers to avoid being detected by predators such as killer whales, new research suggests. Never captured before, the baby whale call recordings were collected using tags placed temporarily on the whales by a team of ecologists in Denmark, Australia and Scotland. Their findings were published Thursday in the journal Functional Ecology. Lead author Simone Videsen, a marine biologist ...

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Robots and new technology take the stage in battle against invasive species

A robot zaps and vacuums up venomous lionfish in Bermuda. A helicopter pelts Guam’s trees with poison-baited dead mice to fight the voracious brown tree snake. A special boat with giant winglike nets stuns and catches Asian carp in the U.S. Midwest. In the fight against alien animals that invade and overrun native species, the weird and wired wins. “Critters ...

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This box can see through walls – and it could shake up home security

When Taj Manku’s son was around 11, he asked his father how cellphones worked. The boy knew there were towers that communicated with the phone, but nothing in the air suggested a connection was being made. “I said, ‘Well, it’s sort of a light, but you just can’t see it,'” Manku recalls.  If you could see what Manku is describing, you would ...

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Boreal Shield lakes resemble prehistoric oceans, researchers say

The lakes that dot Canada’s Boreal Shield region are similar to the ancient oceans of the Archean Eon, a period over 2½ billion years ago, and offer important information about early life on Earth, according to researchers from the University of Waterloo. Scientists have used what are called analogue lakes, or lakes that share important properties with Archean oceans, to learn about how early microbial life ...

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Canadian Space Agency gets $80.9 million to develop new technologies

Previously announced funds will help scientists explore surface of Mars, advance quantum computing in space The Canadian Press Posted: Apr 27, 2017 3:44 PM ET Last Updated: Apr 27, 2017 3:44 PM ET Related Stories The federal government is providing $80.9 million over five years to the Canadian Space Agency to help it develop new technologies. The funding, which was ...

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