Technology and Science

Traces of Earth’s original crust found in Canadian Shield

Researchers have found traces of Earth’s crust in the Canadian Shield dating back 4.2 billion years, when our planet was in its infancy.  Earth’s composition is unlike any other known planet or moon, with rocky crusts forming and moving over the surface. Over time, this has forced older evidence of such crusts — both oceanic and continental — deep below the surface.  The ...

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How a new tool can predict coastal flooding in Nova Scotia down to the metre

The developers of a made-in-Nova Scotia web tool say it can predict the flow of coastal flooding right down the metre, precise information that will give provincial emergency officials days to prepare for incoming seawater from storm surges. As concerns increase about flooding along the province’s shoreline, and billions have already been spent dealing with similar problems on the U.S. Eastern Seaboard, ...

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Biofuel mixture could cut jet particle emissions by more than half, study suggests

A blend of conventional jet fuel with biofuel has been found to significantly reduce particle emissions from airliners, say an international group of researchers. While today’s planes are about 70 per cent more fuel efficient compared with those from the 1960s, they are still responsible for about two per cent of human-generated CO2, a main driver of climate change. In 2015, that amounted ...

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FBI worried that Canadian alleged ‘hacker-for-hire’ could flee

Law enforcement officials in the U.S. and Canada described Karim Baratov in court documents as a “hacker-for-hire,” a flight risk and a “danger to the community” with more than $210,000 in “just one of his multiple” online accounts. The documents were filed with the court by U.S. and Canadian law enforcement officials seeking Baratov’s arrest and were obtained by CBC Hamilton after Baratov appeared in ...

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Snap judgment: Why Wall Street has doubts about Snap Inc.

The March 2 debut on the New York Stock Exchange was picture perfect: Shares in Snap Inc., the maker of the popular photo-messaging app Snapchat, soared by 44 per cent. But two weeks later, the stock has lost its post-IPO glow. Some Wall Street analysts are now wondering whether Snap has true staying power, or whether it will prove just as fleeting ...

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Here’s how the FBI says Russian hackers stole Yahoo account secrets

For more than two years, criminal hackers had control of Yahoo’s most sensitive computer systems, giving them unprecedented access to more than 500 million user accounts — and Yahoo staff were none the wiser. The allegations, part of an FBI indictment against three Russians and a Canadian filed in a California court earlier this week, tell the story behind one of the ...

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Canadian charged in Yahoo email hack to appear in court today

The Canadian charged in a massive hack of Yahoo emails will appear in Hamilton court today via video link. Karim Baratov, 22, of Ancaster, Ont., faces charges from the U.S. Justice Department related to computer hacking, economic espionage and several other offences. The case involves a data breach that impacted at least a half billion user accounts. Officials say the hack targeted ...

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South By Southwest panel looks for strategies to fight toxic online comments

In an effort to curb some of the toxic banter in comment sections, a Norwegian newspaper is testing out a new approach — having readers answer a quiz about the contents of the article before they can leave a comment. It’s just one idea that’s cropped up in an industry that’s struggling with how to deal with online trolls or provocateurs who often ...

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Making sense of music through math

Music and math seem like they’re polar opposites. Music can move us to tears one moment and have us smiling the next. And math is, well, math.  Professor Elaine Chew is an expert on the expression of music. Professor Khalid Rajab is an expert in plasmonic antennas, and these two unlikely collaborators met and made beautiful music, or more specifically, helped us understand the science ...

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Why is a Czech zoo sawing the horns off all its rhinos?

more stories from this episode A zoo in the Czech Republic is planning to saw the horns off its rhinos in a bid to protect the creatures from poachers.  “We’ve been considering all the options that we could take for years because … we knew that there might be threats to rhinos in a zoo,” Jan Stejskal, who works at the zoo in ...

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