Technology and Science

Is it a butt or a bug? Newly discovered beetle disguises itself as ant’s backside

Wednesday February 15, 2017 more stories from this episode Meet Nymphister kronaueri, the newly discovered species of beetle that travels long distances by biting the waist of a predatory army ant and disguising itself as the bigger bug’s backside.  “If you look at the ant from the side, you just see that it has two backsides, or two butts if you like, and that’s ...

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Is it a butt or a bug? Newly discovered beetle masquerades as ant’s backside

Wednesday February 15, 2017 more stories from this episode Meet Nymphister kronaueri, the newly discovered species of beetle that travels long distances by biting the waist of a predatory army ant and disguising itself as the bigger bug’s backside.  “If you look at the ant from the side, you just see that it has two backsides, or two butts if you like, and that’s ...

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Scientists discover beetle that gets around by pretending to be an ant’s butt

Wednesday February 15, 2017 more stories from this episode Meet Nymphister kronaueri, the newly discovered species of beetle that travels long distances by biting the waist of a predatory army ant and disguising itself as the bigger bug’s backside.  “If you look at the ant from the side, you just see that it has two backsides, or two butts if you like, and that’s ...

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App aims to keep couples happy in relationship with quiz-style game

There’s no shortage of dating apps and online services to help you find romance. But what about technology for existing relationships? CBC technology columnist Dan Misener recently tried out an app for those who have already found love. It’s a quiz-style game called “Happy Couple.” What is this Happy Couple app? Happy Couple is basically a game you can play ...

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Antarctic sea ice hits record low early data shows

Sea ice around Antarctica has shrunk to the smallest annual extent on record after years of resisting a trend of man-made global warming, preliminary U.S. satellite data showed on Tuesday. Ice floating around the frozen continent usually melts to its smallest for the year around the end of February, the southern hemisphere summer, before expanding again as the autumn chill ...

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India successfully launches 104 satellites into space

India’s space agency said it successfully launched more than 100 foreign nano satellites into orbit Wednesday aboard a single rocket. The Indian Space Research Organization said the nanosatellites — those weighing less than 10 kilograms — were sent into orbit from southern India. It said the launching of the 104 satellites was a record, overtaking Russia’s feat of sending 37 ...

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Passenger-carrying drone to fly in Dubai

Dubai hopes to have a passenger-carrying drone regularly buzzing through the skyline of this futuristic city-state in July. The arrival of the Chinese-made EHang 184 — which already has had its flying debut over Dubai’s iconic, sail-shaped Burj al-Arab skyscraper hotel — comes as the Emirati city also has partnered with other cutting-edge technology companies, including Hyperloop One. The question ...

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India set to launch record 104 satellites with single rocket

India’s space agency is set to launch 104 satellites into space on Wednesday using a single rocket. The Indian Space Research Organization is scheduled to launch the rocket at 9:28 a.m. local time from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C37) will lift a 714-kilogram Cartosate-2 series satellite into space as part of an Earth ...

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Scientists soften position on DNA editing of human eggs, sperm, embryos

Although not ready yet, powerful gene editing tools may one day be used on human embryos, eggs and sperm to remove genes that cause inherited diseases, according to a report by U.S. scientists and ethicists released on Tuesday. The report from the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and the National Academy of Medicine said scientific advances make gene editing in ...

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Toxins found in marine life in deepest part of Pacific Ocean

Shrimp-like creatures living in the deepest parts of the oceans contain high levels of man-made toxins, scientists said on Monday. Tiny crustaceans, such as yellowish Hirondellea gigas living in darkness about 10,000 metres down in the Pacific Ocean, are polluted by PCBs, used in electric transformers or paints, and PBDE chemicals used as flame retardants. “Pollutants were there in every ...

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