Technology and Science

Twitter vows to crack down on nude photos tweeted without consent

Twitter vowed to crack down further on hate speech and sexual harassment, days after CEO Jack Dorsey said in a tweet-storm that the company was “still” not doing enough to protect its users. The policy changes were specifically aimed at protecting women who unknowingly or unwillingly had nude pictures of themselves distributed online or were subject to unwanted sexual advances. ...

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N.S. community prepares for economic liftoff from proposed spaceport

A company striving to build a rocket spaceport near the small Nova Scotia fishing community of Canso says local residents and businesses already have plans to capitalize on the aeronautical opportunity. Maritime Launch Services plans to build a $100-million satellite launch facility about 2½ kilometres from the community, which is about 300 kilometres east of Halifax. The project still needs to move through a series of ...

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Why seeing a star crash is a ‘watershed moment in astrophysics’

Scientists have followed gravitational waves to something they’ve never seen before — the collision of two exotic objects called neutron stars. By observing a fleeting star-like object in the sky in August, they’ve learned a lot of new things about the universe worth clinking glasses over. Here are some amazing things about that discovery. 1. A sugar cube heavy as Everest A neutron ...

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Angler nearly dies after swallowing fish he was trying to kiss

Tuesday October 17, 2017 more stories from this episode Sam Quilliam is lucky to be alive. The 27-year-old from England was out fishing earlier this month when he caught a Dover sole. Before he threw the fish back, he attempted to give it a kiss. But that’s when everything went terribly wrong. The fish sprung from Quilliam’s hands and lodged itself in his throat, blocking his airway.  As It Happens ...

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Self-driving cars could ease traffic, but increase sprawl

A new study inspired by Boston’s early experiments with self-driving cars finds that the technology could ease congestion, but might also lead to more cars on the road and further encourage urban sprawl. The report, released Tuesday by the Boston Consulting Group and the World Economic Forum, is a mostly optimistic take on how autonomous vehicles could change cities. Three ...

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‘If we thought it was bad, it’s worse:’ Alberta methane releases underestimated

New research suggests industry and government are badly underestimating Alberta’s emissions of one of the most potent greenhouse gases. The difference between official estimates and the measured results suggests the province’s energy industry could have to double its planned methane emission cuts if Alberta is to meet its promised 45 per cent reduction. “A lot of eyes are going to ...

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Secret Microsoft database of unfixed vulnerabilities hacked in 2013

Microsoft Corp’s secret internal database for tracking bugs in its own software was broken into by a highly sophisticated hacking group more than four years ago, according to five former employees, in only the second known breach of such a corporate database. The company did not disclose the extent of the attack to the public or its customers after its discovery in 2013, but the five ...

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Farmers frustrated with elk turn to Indigenous hunters who can legally shoot them

Hunters and Gatherers is series looking at hunting and fishing in northern Ontario, how Indigenous rights can divide people, how some northerners find ways to share the resources and what sharing the land means for reconciliation. Northern Ontario farmers frustrated with elk eating their crops have turned to Indigenous hunters for help. They are within their traditional rights to shoot the protected ...

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A dog called Odin survives California wildfires after refusing to abandon his goats

Monday October 16, 2017 more stories from this episode As the raging California wildfires encroached upon Roland Handel’s home, he had to make a split-second decision — try to force his dog Odin into the car, or leave him behind. Odin is one of two great Pyrenees who take turns guarding the family’s eight goats from coyotes and mountain lions, and he was ...

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Hydrothermal vents found on Mars raise hope in search for life

​Evidence of ancient hydrothermal vents, similar to those found in the depths of the Earth’s oceans, have been spotted on the surface of Mars in an area that used to be covered in water. The volcanic features are around 3.8 billion years old, dating from a time when life was emerging on Earth. If similar conditions existed on Mars at that ...

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