Technology and Science

Discovery of plastic-eating caterpillar could prove a boon in waste disposal

An accidental discovery of a caterpillar that eats plastic could one day lead to the elimination of plastic waste, researchers hope. The fast-eating caterpillar known as Galleria mellonella, a wax worm, is sometimes used as fish bait. But the caterpillars are also known to beekeepers as parasitic pests that lay eggs in hives where the offspring grow and feed on beeswax. Paolo Bombelli, ...

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Say what? How a Canadian company can clone your voice

The gap between human voices and computer voices is closing. A new Canadian startup called Lyrebird says it can copy anyone’s voice and make them say anything. What is Lyrebird? It’s a Canadian company that specializes in speech synthesis software. They’ve developed software they claim can copy anyone’s voice and make it say anything. The founders tell me if they can get a high-quality recording of ...

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Facebook facing criticism after Thai man murders daughter live

A Thai man filmed himself killing his 11-month-old daughter live and then posted two video clips on Facebook before committing suicide, police said on Tuesday. People could access the videos of the child’s murder on her father’s Facebook page for roughly 24 hours, until they were taken down around 5 p.m. in Bangkok on Tuesday, or about a day after being ...

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Murdered woman’s Fitbit logged steps after husband said she died

Husband told police she was murdered by masked intruder The Associated Press Posted: Apr 25, 2017 12:11 PM ET Last Updated: Apr 25, 2017 12:11 PM ET Police in Connecticut have cited Fitbit records in an arrest warrant for a 40-year-old man charged with killing his wife in 2015. Richard Dabate faces murder, tampering with evidence and making a false ...

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Fiat Chrysler expands Google self-driving car fleet to 500

​Fiat Chrysler and Google for the first time will offer rides to the public in the self-driving vehicles they are building under an expanding partnership, with Google expanding its fleet to 500 Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivans. The companies previously announced in the spring of last year that they would build 100 self-driving Pacificas. Those vehicles were tested in Arizona, California and Michigan. Phoenix ...

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Air pollution levels in Toronto subways highest among country’s 3 major rapid transit systems

A new study co-authored by a University of Toronto engineering professor has found the city’s subway stations and trains have the highest levels of air pollution of Canada’s three major rapid transit systems. The study, which was initiated by Health Canada and published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, compares pollutant levels on Toronto’s subway lines with Vancouver’s SkyTrain and Montreal’s Metro systems. It found ...

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Facebook says its mind-reading project is all about improving our lives. Yeah… right

Last week, Facebook announced that it’s working on new technology to read our minds — yes, you read that right — all in the interest of making our lives easier. That’s according to Regina Dugan, who is heading up Facebook’s innovation team. The constant need to look down at our smartphones has had a negative impact on our lives, says ...

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Fossil find reveals skunk-sized predator roamed Egypt 34 million years ago

Scientists have discovered a small, skunk-sized mammalian predator with a fearsome set of teeth that roamed what is now modern-day Egypt 34 million years ago. In a paper published in PLOS ONE, scientists detail Masrasector nananubis, a land-dweller with muscular legs like a Rottweiler. Masrasector translates to “the Egyptian slicer” and Nananubis comes from Anubis, Egyptian god of the afterlife and ...

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Scientists invent more accurate way to measure oilsands pollution

Federal government scientists say they have devised an accurate way to directly measure air pollutants from oilsands mines and suggest industry estimates for certain harmful emissions have been much too low. The research, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, focused on volatile organic compounds, or VOCs — carbon-based substances that can be damaging to the ...

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Human-influenced extreme weather has been felt across the globe: study

Most people on Earth have already felt extreme and record heat, drought or downpours propelled by man-made global warming, new research finds. In a first-of-its-kind study, scientists analyzed weather stations worldwide and calculated that in 85 percent of the cases, the record for hottest day of the year had the fingerprints of climate change. Heat-trapping gases from the burning of ...

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