Technology and Science

SpaceX ready for Saturday launch to International Space Station

The Florida launch pad from which astronauts once blasted off for the moon comes back to life this weekend thanks to the commercial space venture founded by tech entrepreneur Elon Musk. Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX, is preparing for liftoff at 10:01 a.m. ET on Saturday from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, which was the ...

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Winston Churchill believed there may be life in space

Former British prime minister Winston Churchill was known to be an inspiring speaker and prolific writer, but his interest in science and space are less widely known.  An article recently published in the journal Nature reveals that Churchill believed in the possibility of life in space.  In the article, Mario Livio details Churchill’s thoughts from an unpublished essay he was ...

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Dancing Alberta bears, cheeky Toronto raccoons featured in BBC’s Planet Earth II

Bears busting a move in the Canadian Rockies and a rascally raccoon family in Toronto are among the animals profiled in Planet Earth II, the followup to the massively popular 2006 TV series that won four Emmys. Debuting Saturday on BBC Earth, the visually arresting six-part series was filmed in 4K in 40 countries over a span of three and a ...

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Building blocks of life found on dwarf planet Ceres

A NASA spacecraft has detected carbon-based materials, similar to what may have been the building blocks for life on Earth, on the Texas-sized dwarf planet Ceres that orbits between Mars and Jupiter in the main asteroid belt, scientists said on Thursday. The finding puts Ceres, a rock-and-ice world about 950 kilometres in diameter, on a growing list of places in ...

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‘How would you know what your rights are?’: Secret policies govern cellphone searches at the Canadian border

When you travel to the U.S., customs agents can search your smartphone, laptop and other electronic devices at will — a longtime policy that has attracted renewed scrutiny in light of President Donald Trump’s controversial immigration ban. What you may not realize is Canadian customs agents can do the same.  But unlike the U.S., the Canadian government has not made public ...

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Researchers hope new technology could one day be used in stretchable smart tablets

Modern technology can do many things, but bend is not one of them. New research out of Michigan State University could change that. The research team has developed a stretchable integrated circuit that can be made using a common inkjet printer.  The researchers say this technology could be used to create an extremely thin tablet that can be stretched from small ...

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World’s oceans losing oxygen, threatening marine life, study finds

The oxygen content in the world’s oceans has decreased by more than two per cent in the past 50 years and could decrease by seven per cent by 2100, a new study shows.  The study, conducted at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research in Keil, Germany, is being called the the first in-depth study of global ocean oxygen content, ...

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Fossils show life rebounded quickly after ancient mass extinction

Fossils including sharks, sea reptiles and squid-like creatures dug up in Idaho reveal a marine ecosystem thriving relatively soon after Earth’s worst mass extinction, contradicting the long-held notion life was slow to recover from the calamity. Scientists on Wednesday described the surprising fossil discovery showing creatures flourishing in the aftermath of the worldwide die-off at the end of the Permian ...

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Scientists propose refreezing Arctic in battle against climate change

A group of researchers has proposed using wind-powered pumps to refreeze the Arctic. The proposal seems ambitious: it involves 10 million devices deployed over 10 per cent of the Arctic, at a cost of $500 billion US.  Lead author of the paper, astrophysicist Steven Desch, concerned about what some climatologists predict to be an ice-free Arctic by 2030, challenged a group of ...

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Fossil gives 1st evidence of live birth in ancient reptile thought to lay only eggs

Species belongs to animal group that includes birds and crocodiles CBC News Posted: Feb 15, 2017 4:18 PM ET Last Updated: Feb 15, 2017 4:18 PM ET Related Stories Scientists have found a 250-million-year-old fossil with an embryo inside the mother, evidence of live birth by a group of animals that were thought to reproduce only by laying eggs.  The Dinocephalosaurus belongs ...

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