Technology and Science

Canadian Space Agency narrows astronaut candidates down to 17

They are doctors, they are engineers, they are scientists — and they are the next group of Canadians who may one day find themselves staring down on Earth from the International Space Station. On Monday, the Canadian Space Agency together with Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, announced the newest 17 astronaut candidates, the last remaining from ...

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Researchers explain how naked mole rats survive 18 minutes with no oxygen

Monday April 24, 2017 more stories from this episode Naked mole rats may not be the most attractive creatures to look at. But they’re very interesting for researchers to study. They’re the only cold-blooded mammal, explains Thomas Park — a professor in the department of biological sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He says naked mole rat colonies also have ...

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Soil your undies, literally: eco group

Normally most folks would want to keep their white underwear, well, white — but a new campaign is challenging that custom and hopes to see gitch soiled. “It’s not just a fun activity. There’s a serious point to this,” Jim Tokarchuk, executive director of the Soil Conservation Council of Canada, explained in a phone interview from Winnipeg. The soil watchdog ...

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A note of optimism on a day of worries: Bob McDonald

As Earth Day celebrations blend with the March For Science this weekend, the Smithsonian Institution is hosting and Earth Optimism Summit, designed to inject some hope into what can be a gloomy picture of the future. Every year on Earth Day we are reminded of the changes happening to our planet, from ocean acidification, loss of polar ice and destruction of habitat ...

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Global March for Science raises concern over Trump policies

Scientists and their supporters marched in hundreds of cities around the world Sunday, protesting against proposed U.S. government funding cuts to scientific research and public rejection of established science such as climate change. Events in about 600 cities in 68 countries were inspired in part by the Women’s March on Washington, held a day after U.S. President Donald Trump’s inauguration in ...

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Happy Earth Day! Our home, seen from space

(NOAA/NASA) Today we celebrate Earth Day with a few pictures of our “Blue Marble” as seen from space. (ESA/NASA) Astronauts often say that one the most beautiful sights from space is the Bahamas. This archipelago consists of 700 individual islands, with most people living in the capital, Nassau, on Paradise Island. (NASA) Here, the northern lights, or aurora borealis, dance ...

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Canadian cities prepare to march for science

On Saturday thousands of Canadians are expected to participate in the March for Science at nineteen locations across Canada. The march is designed to promote and advocate for science. While organizers believe it won’t rival that of the Women’s March from Jan. 21, turnout is expected to be high. The March for Science was borne out of a Reddit conversation following the ...

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Ocean ‘conveyor belt’ brings billions of plastic particles into Arctic waters

An ocean current is acting as a kind of conveyor belt leading billions of bits of plastic to a dead end in the Arctic, according to new research published in the journal Science Advances. A team of scientists, led by Andres Cozar from the University of Cadiz in Spain, found hundreds of thousands of tiny pieces of plastic per square kilometre ...

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Company offers to launch customers’ DNA into space with the help of Canadian tech

When Sarah Jane Green was a little girl, her father passed on his love of space and universe to her, even naming her after a character in the Doctor Who TV show. So after he died suddenly of an illness in 2015, Green knew exactly how to pay tribute to him. In the coming months, a sample of Green’s DNA and ...

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