Technology and Science

Trump’s proposed cuts to EPA meet opposition on Capitol Hill

Lawmakers concerned about curbing pollution and a warming planet gave a cool reception to President Donald Trump’s environmental chief on Thursday as he defended the administration’s proposal to sharply reduce the budget of his own agency. Scott Pruitt, the administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency, appeared before a House Appropriations subcommittee as it weighs Trump’s budget, which seeks to slash ...

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Lake Ontario levels unleash a flood of cross-border bickering

An international experiment spurred by a soaked spring has quickly become a blame game as Canada and the United States figure out what to do about Lake Ontario and its precariously high water levels. American anger has risen over a Canadian-American body’s reluctance in recent weeks to release more water from a dam near Cornwall, Ont. The International Joint Commission launched a three-day ...

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Scientists make plastic from carbon dioxide and sugar

Imagine a world without landfills and water systems clogged with plastic waste. Researchers from the University of Bath in the United Kingdom have moved a step closer in trying to make that a reality, by creating plastic out of carbon dioxide (CO2) and sugar — natural sources that can take weeks to break down, instead of the hundreds of years it takes ...

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Swimming robot to study damage at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant

A Japanese industrial group has unveiled a swimming robot designed to be used underwater to probe damage from meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Remote controlled robots are key to the decades-long decommissioning process, but super-high radiation and structural damage hampered earlier attempts to probe damage to the reactors from meltdowns following ...

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Calgary man arrested in ‘CanadaCreep’ Twitter case had years’ worth of surreptitious photos on his devices

A 42-year-old Calgary man has been arrested in connection with the now suspended “CanadaCreep” Twitter account, which over the past year posted secretly recorded images of women’s bodies. Police say they’ve seized hundreds of thousands of images that date back as far as 2012 from the man’s devices. “This is definitely an extreme case … and quite disturbing and concerning,” said Staff Sgt. ...

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Delve into the Milky Way in this 3.3 gigapixel image of clouds of gas and dust

The European Southern Observatory (ESO) has photographed a region in our galaxy 7,000 light-years away that is springing to life with new stars. The highly detailed, three gigapixel image shows three nebulas — giant, pink clouds of gas and dust — lit up by nearby stars.  At the centre of the newly released image is the Eagle Nebula, a region of space made famous by an earlier ...

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Montreal-based Element AI raises $135M from some high-profile tech investors

One of the most promising new hubs for artificial intelligence research in Canada is going international, thanks to a $135 million investment with contributions from some of the biggest names in tech. The company, Montreal-based Element AI, was founded last October to help companies with limited exposure to artificial intelligence us it to change the way they do business. It’s equal ...

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Chiropractor on holiday discovers B.C.’s first dinosaur skull

A Vancouver Island chiropractor on a camping trip in Tumbler Ridge, B.C., discovered a stunning addition to B.C.’s dinosaur fossil collection: the province’s first dinosaur skull. Rick Lambert, along with his wife Sonia, had been spending time exploring the hiking trails in the area in B.C.’s northeast. The Tumbler Ridge area has yielded many hundreds of dinosaur bones and footprints ...

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As Trump promises a return to coal, worldwide demand plummets

Market demand for the dirtiest of fossil fuels is plummeting worldwide, according to industry data published Tuesday, even as President Donald Trump has made reviving the long-struggling U.S. coal mines the bedrock of his administration’s energy policy. The BP Statistical Review of World Energy shows global coal production fell by more than six per cent last year. That’s the largest ...

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