Technology and Science

Record 202,000 Canadians cut the cord last year and ditched television service

Canada’s major publicly-traded TV service providers lost a record number of subscribers in 2016, according to new research. But those companies — Rogers, BCE, Shaw, Videotron, Cogeco, Telus, and MTS — are still standing their ground in a world where a cable, IPTV, or satellite subscription is no longer the only way to watch video, according to consultant Mario Mota. ...

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Charges against alleged Canadian Yahoo hacker may be ‘politically motivated,’ lawyer says

Karim Baratov, a Canadian of Kazakh origin, was arrested in Ontario as one of four suspects in a massive hack of Yahoo emails, but his lawyer told CBC that the 22-year-old is innocent. (Instagram/Canadian Press) One of the lawyers retained by alleged Yahoo hacker Karim Baratov says his Canadian client may be the victim of a “politically motivated attack.” Toronto police ...

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Only way to save coral reefs is to stop global warming, scientists say

Reducing pollution and curbing overfishing won’t prevent the severe bleaching that is killing coral at catastrophic rates, according to a study of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. In the end, researchers say, the only way to save the world’s coral from heat-induced bleaching is with a war on global warming. Scientists are quick to note that local protection of reefs can ...

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How one Yukon fossil helped solve an ancient mystery

The question had plagued ice age researchers for a long time, says Yukon government paleontologist Grant Zazula— when did bison arrive in North America? The answer was found, in large part, thanks to a single fossil found a decade ago, buried in a riverbank near Old Crow, Yukon. “It’s amazing that when you find a single fossil — especially in a remote place like the ...

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Voracious spiders eat as much as 800 million tonnes of prey a year

Spiders get a bad rap. Seen as terrifying pests by many, these eight-legged creatures may be under-appreciated: a new study has estimated just how much spiders consume annually and how essential they are to our environment.  Researchers calculated that the world’s spiders consume between 400 and 800 million tonnes of insects and other critters annually. In comparison, humans consume about 400 million ...

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Who is Karim Baratov, the alleged Canadian Yahoo hacker?

The FBI alleges that 22-year-old Karim Baratov from Ancaster, Ont., was one of four men connected with a series of devastating cyberattacks carried out on Yahoo that began in early 2014. But you wouldn’t know it from Baratov’s persona online. On Instagram, Baratov presents himself as a high-end car enthusiast. He has frequently posted pictures of Aston Martins, Audis, Mercedes and BMWs, among other cars that he claimed ...

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4 charged in massive Yahoo hack, including 1 Canadian

Acting Assistant Attorney General Mary McCord announced the charges at a news conference on Wednesday. (Susan Walsh/Associated Press) The United States announced charges Wednesday against a dual Canadian-Kazakh national, two Russian intelligence officers and a fourth man, who lives in the U.S. but has ties to Russia, accusing them of a massive data breach at Yahoo that affected at least a half ...

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High profile Twitter accounts hijacked in Turkish-Dutch protest

The diplomatic spat between Turkey and the Netherlands spread online on Wednesday when a large number of Twitter accounts, many with no apparent connection to the dispute, were hijacked and replaced with anti-Nazi messages in Turkish. The attacks, which appeared to be simply a form of political vandalism and used the hashtags #Nazialmanya or #Nazihollanda, took over accounts of high-profile ...

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Our brains see black men as bigger, stronger than white men of same size: study

Have you ever been witness to an event with a friend only to conclude you both had different accounts about what had occurred? This is known as perception bias. Our views and beliefs can cloud the way we perceive things — and perception bias can take on many forms. New research published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that ...

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Arctic ice loss driven by natural swings, not just humans, study reports

Natural swings in the Arctic climate have caused up to half the precipitous losses of sea ice around the North Pole in recent decades, with the rest driven by man-made global warming, scientists said on Monday. The study indicates that an ice-free Arctic Ocean, often feared to be just years away, in one of the starkest signs of man-made global ...

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