Technology and Science

Online ‘sextortion’ complaints involving teen boys jump by 89% in 2 years: study

Child exploitation experts say they’ve detected a spike in reports of online “sextortion” cases involving teen boys. The Canadian Centre for Child Protection says 65 boys reported incidents to Cybertip.ca in 2015-16 — an 89 per cent increase from the previous two-year period of 2013-2014. Reports involving girls jumped 66 per cent. While 65 male victims may not seem like ...

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Space-preserved sperm: It’s a thing, scientists say, after successful experiment with mice

New Baby mice grew into adults with normal fertility of their own The Associated Press Posted: May 22, 2017 3:52 PM ET Last Updated: May 22, 2017 3:52 PM ET Related Stories After nine months in space, mouse sperm has yielded healthy mice. That’s the word from Japanese scientists whose results were published Monday. The freeze-dried sperm samples were launched ...

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7.2-million-year-old pre-human fossils challenge evolutionary theory

A jawbone discovered by German troops in Athens during the Second World War could be evidence that apes and humans diverged 200,000 years earlier than the current theory says. Chimpanzees and bonobos are the nearest known relatives to humans, sharing 99 per cent of our DNA. It’s believed that we split between five and seven million years ago.  However, researchers analyzing two fossils ...

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B.C. students win top prize at national science fair for plan to get humans home from Mars

Grade 11 students Charles Wang (left) and Spencer Zezulka (right) of Surrey were awarded an $8,000 Youth Can Innovate Award from the Gwyn Morgan and Patricia Trottier Family Foundation (pictured here), at the Canada Wide Science Fair. (Youth Can Innovate Award/Chrystal Pelletier) Two Surrey high school students are up $8,000 and two gold medals after taking a top prize at ...

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Leaked Facebook documents show types of content it allows, says report

Leaked Facebook documents show how the social media company moderates issues such as hate speech, terrorism, pornography and self-harm on its platform, the Guardian reported, citing internal guidelines seen by the newspaper. New challenges such as “revenge porn” have overwhelmed Facebook’s moderators, who often have just 10 seconds to make a decision, the Guardian said. The social media company reviews more than 6.5 million reports of potentially ...

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Meet the interactive robot making a mark on Quebec’s classrooms

While the NAO humanoid robot sounds much like a work of science fiction, the 58-centimetre machine is actually making a difference in some Quebec classrooms. A researcher from the Université de Montréal has helped bring the NAO into four Quebec schools and hopes to see the project expand. “Kids were so engaged, just because the robot was there,” said Prof. Thierry Karsenti, who also holds a Canada Research Chair ...

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Google plans to ‘fix’ Toronto by building smart city

Google has its sights set on piloting its vision for the smart city of the future in Canada’s largest urban centre. But its reasons for picking Toronto are not necessarily the ones we might first assume. Alphabet, Google’s parent company, is eyeing Toronto for its foray into digital city-building. At first glance, it makes perfect sense. After all, Toronto is Canada’s ...

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Canadians ‘reluctant’ to accept new police powers, prefer privacy online, government finds

Last fall, the government asked Canadians to weigh in on the future of the country’s national security legislation. It was, in part, a response to outcry over elements of the controversial anti-terrorism Bill C-51, parts of which the Liberal government has promised to repeal. On Friday, a report summarizing the results of the consultation was released, with one topic in particular ...

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Science knows no borders in the Middle East: Bob McDonald

The first synchrotron light source in the Middle East officially opened in Jordan, bringing together countries that have traditionally been in conflict for the sake of fundamental science. The project is called SESAME, which stands for Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East. A light synchrotron is a kind of particle accelerator — a large ring of ...

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Penguins that found sanctuary in a minefield may be threatened by demining campaign

Friday May 19, 2017 more stories from this episode by Brent Bambury ​When Charles Darwin visited the Falkland Islands aboard the research vessel HMS Beagle in 1833, he got into a scuffle with a penguin. “Having placed myself between a penguin (Aptenodytes demersa) and the water, I was much amused by watching its habits,” Darwin recorded in The Voyage of ...

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