Technology and Science

How cats managed to take over the world (it’s our fault)

Cats have mounted a silent takeover of the world. They’re in backyards, on T-shirts and motivational posters — and let’s not even talk about the internet. Now, a new study from a team of international researchers has determined how they managed to do it: through humans. Researchers from the University of Leuven in Belgium, France’s National Centre for Scientific Research and the University Paris Diderot wanted to figure out ...

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How, when, and where can Canada’s digital spies hack? Government makes some suggestions in CSE Act

The Canadian government is proposing new legislation that, for the first time, would explicitly define how and when the country’s digital spies can hack into computer networks and infrastructure around the world. If accepted, the Communications Security Establishment Act would expand the spy agency’s mandate to include two types of “foreign cyber operations” — attack and defence — and introduce ...

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Google’s anti-terrorism plan creates a game of whack-a-mole

For years, online video has been be a powerful recruitment tool for violent extremists. Now, Google has announced a new plan to combat terrorist content online, including beefing up technology and human expertise to moderate content. The online giant will also put warnings up on videos that “contain inflammatory religious or supremacist content” and prevent these kinds of videos from being ...

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An elevator to space? Demo by Japanese students brings science fiction closer to reality

Space elevators would link Earth’s surface to space using cables tethered to satellites CBC News Posted: Jun 20, 2017 1:05 PM ET Last Updated: Jun 20, 2017 1:05 PM ET A demonstration by a group of Japanese students Monday showed how the technology for a space elevator could work. Space elevators would link Earth’s surface to space using gondolas that move ...

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Personal info of nearly 200 million U.S. voters sat exposed on a public server for 12 days

Personal information belonging to 198 million American voters was exposed for more than week this month, publicly accessible from a “misconfigured database” — if you knew where to look. The data, which came from a variety of sources, was collated by a data analytics firm called Deep Root Analytics. The company was hired by the Republican National Committee (RNC) in ...

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NASA telescope finds 10 more Earth-sized, potentially habitable planets

New Mission has also found 219 new planet candidates By Nicole Mortillaro, The Associated Press Posted: Jun 19, 2017 2:29 PM ET Last Updated: Jun 19, 2017 2:29 PM ET Related Stories NASA says its planet-hunting telescope has found 10 new planets outside our solar system that are likely the right size and temperature to potentially have life on them. As ...

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Google steps up fight against online extremism

Google is intensifying its campaign against online extremism, saying it will put more resources toward identifying and removing videos related to terrorism and hate groups. The renewed efforts arrive in the wake of violent attacks in the U.S. and elsewhere. A van struck a crowd of people outside a London mosque Sunday, the second time an automobile was used as ...

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Virtual reality a ‘teacher’s dream’ but high cost keeps it largely out of schools

Inside St. Michael Catholic School in downtown Toronto, a group of fourth grade students take their first step into virtual reality (VR). Collectively, they giggle and gasp as they lift the goggles to their faces, leaving behind the white brick classroom and slipping into a chilly mountain scene at the base of Everest. “It felt like I was in a helicopter, looking ...

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Smart prosthetics aim to improve mobility for stroke patients, amputees

A wearable tech implant could make getting around easier for people with prosthetic legs, say researchers at the University of Calgary. Kinesiology professor Art Kuo is examining how to use sensors, similar to those found in activity trackers, to help stroke patients, people with Parkinson’s and those who wear lower-leg prosthetics. Kuo says people with artificial legs typically exhaust 30 per cent more ...

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Millions of tropical sea creatures ‘blooming’ off B.C. coast

Millions of non-native creatures known as pyrosomes are “blooming” off the coast of British Columbia and have the potential to devastate an already fragile food chain. Scientists in Canada know very little about the pimply, translucent and normally tropical, tube-like animals, some of which grow to 10 metres in length. “There’s pictures of people swimming up to these, riding on them ...

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