Technology and Science

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, tube-like animals — normally found in the tropics —some of which grow to 10 metres in length. “There’s pictures of people swimming up to these, ...

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Rise of Trump, global unrest mean even video games becoming political

Jeff Franklin didn’t see it coming. He died quickly and violently: a shotgun blast at the hands of Christian extremists. But luckily he still had 10 minutes left on his video game demo. On his second time around, he got his revenge using a baseball bat the colour of the American flag. “Pretty awesome,” he says before putting his headphones back on and ...

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‘Hack-proof’ quantum internet networks closer to reality, studies say

A powerful quantum internet that’s impervious to hacking is a little closer to reality thanks to breakthroughs outlined in two new studies this week. But an expert warns the super-secure quantum-based network may still be at least a decade away. Quantum physics and the pursuit of an “unhackable” internet rely on a phenomenon known as entanglement, a process where a pair of particles —photons, for instance ...

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‘Tell people not to panic’: Experts say Canada’s caterpillar and worm infestation will end

Maybe you’re in Toronto, sitting on a patio, finally enjoying some warm weather, only to have them rain down on your table. Or maybe you find the ground covered with them in Saskatoon as you walk out to your garage. Caterpillars. They seem to be everywhere. From the Prairies to the east coast, Canadians are battling creepy crawlers that seem to be ...

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Apple and Google say goodbye to auto-play video ads

Sometimes when you’re browsing the web, you get more than you expected. Like when you visit a website and a video starts playing aloud automatically and you can’t find the mute button to turn it off. Well, the days of these annoying auto-play video ads may be numbered: Google and Apple have announced ad-blocking features that will likely be rolled out ...

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A two-headed worm is changing what we know about survival in space

Experiments in space have given researchers insights into how regeneration works and how space flight could affect human biology, and it starts with the planarian worm. What are planaria? Planaria are flat worms that live in freshwater. Most species are light brown and they crawl around on rocks and are generally unremarkable parts of our wetland ecosystem. That is, until ...

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Antarctic ice melt tied to El Nino warming

You may credit the El Nino weather phenomenon with an easier time keeping up with snow shovelling, and fewer days sporting a parka over the winter. But researchers from Ohio State University have linked the warm weather event with something that casts those milder days in a different light — a massive surface melt on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet in late 2015 and early 2016. ...

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Canada’s spy agency expects cyberattacks during 2019 federal election

The federal government believes Canadian democracy is “not immune” from cyber threats, and today outlined its plan to ensure the electoral system is secure. The Communications Security Establishment, known as Canada’s electronic spy agency, is advising Ottawa on how to protect three general targets that could be attacked in an attempt to influence the 2019 federal election.  The targets laid out ...

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Casinos, mining companies hit by criminal hackers

A “financially motivated” and digitally-savvy criminal hacking group has spent at least three years infiltrating computers at several unnamed Canadian mining companies and casinos, stealing sensitive data and holding it for ransom. The group, dubbed FIN10 by the cybersecurity company FireEye, began operating as early as 2013, continued until at least 2016, and has not been identified before, investigators said. Charles ...

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Youth is no defence when it comes to shameful online posts

Be careful what you post online — it could come back to haunt you. This has been popular advice for a while now, repeated by a chorus of onlookers and pundits each time a public figure is called to task over a controversial comment posted online. Politicians and public figures face their fair share of scrutiny, but it is average ...

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