Technology and Science

Arctic researcher shares 50 years of watching climate change happen

Thursday January 19, 2017 more stories from this episode John England has been accumulating Arctic knowledge for five decades. And the University of Alberta professor emeritus in earth and atmospheric sciences wishes more Canadians would do some Arctic exploration of their own. “The exquisite beauty of the North is something we underappreciate,” he tells The Current‘s Anna Maria Tremonti. “This ...

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Watch Mexico’s ‘fire’ volcano blast its top again

Mexico’s ‘fire’ volcano has blasted its top again. Dramatic video showed Colima spewing incandescent material early Wednesday morning. The explosion was accompanied by a large plume of ash and smoke that rose some 2,000 metres above the crater, with winds carrying the ash towards the northeast, Luis Felipe Puente, head of Mexico’s emergency services, said via his Twitter account. The volcano is ...

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Why ants might be better at navigating than you

Have you ever arrived at a destination only to realize you have no idea how to get back to where you started? If so, I’ve got some bad news for you — ants are better at navigation than you are. New research published in Current Biology looks at one of the most impressive ant navigational skills: their ability to navigate while walking backwards.  What ...

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‘No smoking gun’ found to explain hundreds of thousands of herring deaths

Federal scientists now believe hundreds of thousands of herring died in the Bay of Fundy late last year, but they still can’t pinpoint a cause. Alain Vezina, regional director of science at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, told the resources committee of the Nova Scotia Legislature there’s “no smoking gun” and a combination of factors likely led to the fish kill. After ...

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New species of moth named after Donald Trump

Donald Trump’s name won’t just go down in history as the 45th president of the United States. He’ll be forever remembered in taxonomy, as the namesake of a newly discovered species of moth. The new moth — named Neopalpa donaldtrumpi — is just the second belonging to a genus of twirler moths. Vazrick Nazari, an evolutionary biologist and an expert in taxonomy, discovered the ...

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NASA scientists to spend 8 months in isolation to pave road to Mars

A group of NASA-funded researchers are poised to enter an isolated geodesic dome on a remote Hawaii volcano to study human behaviour in long-term space exploration, including a planned voyage to Mars. The six scientists enter their new home Thursday on the Big Island’s Mauna Loa volcano for an eight-month stay. The team will have no physical contact with people ...

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RCMP unit plays cat-and-mouse game to crack phones, seize data

They can find out who you’ve talked to, where you’ve been and what sites you’ve browsed on the internet. Deleting information or smashing a computer hard drive isn’t going to thwart their efforts either. They are the members of the RCMP Technological Crime Unit. From a nondescript series of rooms inside Nova Scotia’s RCMP headquarters in the Burnside Industrial Park, the unit provides technical ...

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Gorillas, monkeys and lemurs among primates facing extinction, report says

Gorillas, monkeys, lemurs and other primates are in danger of becoming extinct, and scientists say it’s our fault our closest living relatives are in trouble, a new international study warns. About 60 per cent of the more than 500 primate species are “now threatened with extinction” and three out of four primate species have shrinking populations, according to a study published Wednesday ...

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Will he be extradited? All eyes on Assange after Manning clemency

President Barack Obama’s decision to commute Chelsea Manning’s sentence has brought fresh attention to another figure involved in the Army leaker’s case: Julian Assange. On Twitter last week, Assange’s anti-secrecy site WikiLeaks posted, “If Obama grants Manning clemency Assange will agree to US extradition despite clear unconstitutionality of DoJ case.” Obama’s move will test the promise. The president commuted Manning’s 35-year ...

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World temperatures hit new high in 2016 for 3rd year in row

World temperatures hit a record high for the third year in a row in 2016, creeping closer to a ceiling set for global warming with extremes including unprecedented heat in India and ice melt in the Arctic, U.S. government agencies said  Wednesday. The data, supported by findings from other organizations, was issued two days before the inauguration of U.S. president-elect ...

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