Technology and Science

Phoenix tracks: Edmonton palaeontologist retraces the stone footsteps of dinosaurs

An Edmonton paleontologist is relying on ancient folklore to retrace the stone footprints of giant dinosaurs. Scott Persons with the University of Alberta is helping Lida Xing of the China University of Geosciences explore old and contemporary folklore to uncover possible sites where dinosaur footprints might be found. In ancient China, the discovery of these prehistoric tracks mystified the population and ingrained belief in the phoenix, ...

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Facebook launches ‘election integrity initiative’ to fight hacking and fake news

Amid concerns about online threats to the democratic process, Facebook Canada is launching an “election integrity initiative” in advance of the next Canadian federal election. The last American election was disrupted by the release of hacked emails from Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party. The campaign of French President Emmanuel Macron was also hacked earlier this year. Facebook has also been blamed for facilitating the spread of misinformation — the phenomenon of ...

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Oil company proposes Arctic drilling from artificial island

Within a few years, America could be extracting oil from federal waters in the Arctic Ocean, but it won’t be from a remote drilling platform. Federal regulators are taking comments on a draft environmental statement for the Liberty Project, a proposal by a subsidiary of Houston-based Hilcorp to create an artificial gravel island that would hold production wells, a processing facility and the ...

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Canadian cities in the hunt for Amazon’s HQ2 — but is it worth the shot?

It’s like a technology-themed reality TV dating show. Suitor Amazon is on the hunt for a North American city to house what it calls HQ2: a second headquarters. The ideal match will tick off most of a wide-ranging list of requirements that covers practical matters, like available buildings and green space, as well as a certain “je ne said quoi” that, ...

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How a Canadian astrophysics star aims to find life on exoplanets

Sara Seager has pledged to spend the rest of her life searching for another Earth among the billions of stars that inhabit our night sky. “That’s our goal: to find life out there,” the Toronto-born astrophysicist says in a distinctly assured monotone, as if describing a walk to the local mall. ‘ There’s this shifting line of what is crazy.’ – ...

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Canada’s ‘super secret spy agency’ is releasing a malware-fighting tool to the public

Canada’s electronic spy agency says it is taking the “unprecedented step” of releasing one of its own cyber defence tools to the public, in a bid to help companies and organizations better defend their computers and networks against malicious threats. The Communications Security Establishment (CSE) rarely goes into detail about its activities — both offensive and defensive — and much of what ...

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‘It’s disgusting’: Alberta woman targeted by revenge porn breaks silence

Michelle Brown lives in fear that her children will discover an explicit photograph of her that she can’t erase from the internet. The St. Albert, Alta.-area woman, who shared her story with CBC News on the condition that her real name and identity be concealed, believes she is a victim of revenge porn. Explicit images of Brown were posted to ...

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Getting the gear: With cod making a comeback, N.L. looks to Iceland for best ways to catch it

Labrador fisherman Alton Rumbolt is wide-eyed as he strolls around an exhibition room in Smarinn, Iceland. For a fan of fishing, the Icelandic Fisheries Exhibition is as big a draw as Detroit’s international auto show is for car lovers. ‘To come here and see how far they’re advanced, it’s a real eye opener.’ – Alton Rumbolt IceFish, as it’s known, ...

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Researchers say it’s time to crack open AI ‘black boxes’ and look for the biases inside

Courts, schools and other public agencies that make decisions using artificial intelligence should refrain from using “black box” algorithms that aren’t subject to outside scrutiny, a group of prominent AI researchers says. The concern is that, as algorithms become increasingly responsible for making critical decisions affecting our lives, it has become more difficult to understand and challenge how those decisions — which ...

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Watch a human paraglide through a starling-filled sky

New ‘Black Sun’ happens twice a year when starlings from around the Baltic Sea gather in Denmark Thomson Reuters Posted: Oct 18, 2017 3:41 PM ET Last Updated: Oct 18, 2017 3:41 PM ET Paraglider Horacio Llorens became part of a flock of starlings to embrace his dream of flying like a bird. Last month, the 35-year-old Spaniard and five-time ...

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