Technology and Science

‘Cosmic shoutout’ for Thunder Bay; asteroid now bears name of Ontario city

The city of Thunder Bay, Ont., is getting a “cosmic shoutout” from the International Astronomical Union, which has accepted a proposal to name an asteroid after the city. “It’s tremendously exciting”, said Maureen Nadin, the chair of the exoplanet naming committee for the Thunder Bay Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. The asteroid,  formerly known as 1942 TB, ...

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Boreal forest starting to bounce back from Fort McMurray wildfire

The drumming of black-backed woodpeckers is a sure sign the boreal forest is slowly bouncing back from the devastation caused by last spring’s wildfire near Fort McMurray. Woodpeckers are busy in the roughly 5,900-square-kilometre area in northern Alberta that was torched. The birds gorge on bugs that have been attracted to dead and dying trees. Flames that killed birds and ...

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Media ask judge to order release of San Bernardino iPhone records

The Associated Press and two other news organizations asked a judge Monday to force the U.S, government to reveal how much it paid for a tool to unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino, California, shooters. The news organizations said in a court filing there was “no adequate justification” for the FBI to continue to withhold information ...

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How saying yes to free Wi-Fi could mean ‘you are the product’ for businesses

Twenty minutes after Zoe Elder stopped at a Gateway Newstands location in downtown Toronto to buy a pack of cigarettes, an email showed up in her personal Hotmail inbox. “Buy one Nestlé single bar + get one free,” it began. The sender? Gateway Newstands. Though Elder, 30, didn’t know it at the time, she was being targeted by a Wi-Fi marketing campaign — anyone logged in ...

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Government to weed out pesticides from foreign websites

The federal government is moving to close a loophole that allows Canadians to make legal online purchases of pesticides not registered for use in Canada, and have them shipped into the country. Right now, if someone buys the pesticides for use around their own home and doesn’t exceed the amount that qualifies for an exemption, there is little that authorities can do to stop ...

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As Arctic warms, Canada’s glaciers playing major role in sea level rise

Canada’s glaciers are responding rapidly to a warming Arctic and are a major contributor to sea level rise, a new study suggests. Researchers from the University of California Irvine studied data collected from 1991 to 2015 on glaciers found in the Queen Elizabeth Islands in the Arctic. They found that, from 2005 to 2015, surface melt off of these glaciers ...

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Salivating over history: Manitoba Museum curator gives artifacts the old spit shine

How do you clean a nearly 140-year-old oil painting? Well, if you’re Manitoba Museum conservator Carolyn Sirett, you roll up your sleeves, roll a cotton swab and put your muddy where your mouth is. Dirt doesn’t stand much of a chance against the power of human saliva, apparently. There are solid scientific reasons for giving something the old spit shine, or for licking your ...

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‘Harsh conditions’ help force shutdown of Sable Island wind project

The harsh conditions and extreme isolation of Sable Island has forced Ottawa to abandon a wind project on the iconic crescent-shaped sandbar — more than 15 years after it launched the initiative. Parks Canada said wind turbines don’t meet the needs of the wind-swept Nova Scotia island, famous for the wild horses that have roamed there since the 18th century. ...

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SpaceX launches rocket with supplies to International Space Station

A SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft was sent into space Sunday aboard a Falcon 9 rocket, on a mission to deliver supplies to the International Space Station. The launch was the first from Kennedy Space Center since the shuttles were retired six years ago. This launch was rescheduled to Sunday after being scrubbed on Saturday due to concerns over the rocket’s steering system. It ...

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Citizen Science: You could find Planet 9

This is your chance to enter the history books as the discoverer of a ninth planet that astronomers believe is hiding in the outer reaches of our solar system. A space telescope has scanned the skies and may have already seen it, but finding it in the huge data set is proving difficult. So astronomers are asking the public for ...

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