Technology and Science

Chin up! Blue Monday is not the saddest day of the year

A specialist in suicide prevention with Horizon Health says too much is made of Blue Monday, which popular culture suggests is the most depressing day of the year. By early January, references to Blue Monday were already popping up on social media, some as offers of support to people expecting to feel sad on the third Monday of January. But the term has ...

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Text messages from the dead

more stories from this episode by Danielle Nerman, CBC Calgary Religion, folklore and film are riddled with stories of the dead trying to communicate with the living.  Technology has solved this problem, too. “To communicate on your behalf many, many years after you’re no longer here and make sure that your legacy is being presented to different people in different ...

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Typing in ‘the zone’: Why the physical QWERTY keyboard still matters to some

You’ve probably switched over to typing on your smartphone’s touch screen, but don’t discount the physical QWERTY keyboard as dead just yet. BlackBerry’s upcoming smartphone, dubbed the “Mercury,” includes a physical keyboard, a major feature which is part of the company’s legacy but has been left out of recent models. The new phone marks a return to BlackBerry’s roots — fitting given it’s the ...

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How a small southern Alberta town became a drone hotspot

If you have drones dropping off your mail in the future, you will have a small town in southern Alberta to thank. The village of Foremost just became the only place in Canada where companies can test drones at great heights — and great sights. The area is 2,400 square kilometres — and according to Sterling Cripps, the president of the drone ...

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SpaceX launches 1st rocket since explosion in Florida

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from California on Saturday and placed a constellation of satellites in orbit, marking the company’s first launch since a fireball engulfed a similar rocket on a Florida launch pad more than four months ago. The two-stage rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 9:54 a.m. ET carrying a payload for Iridium ...

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Scientists call for tri-national conservation effort to save monarch butterfly

Researchers from the University of Guelph have helped pinpoint locations of monarch butterfly breeding grounds with the hope of a multi-national conservation effort. During their migration, monarch butterflies travel from Mexico into southern Canada, a journey of about 5,000 kilometres annually. However, over the past 20 years, the monarch population has seen a precipitous decline, with numbers falling by about 80 ...

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Spelunking on Mars: Bob McDonald

A stunning new video shows the adventures of an international team of astronauts who have been exploring the inner spaces of deep caverns in Italy. It’s an exercise in looking for life on other planets, which will most likely be underground. The search for life on other worlds goes back centuries, and despite tremendous improvements in telescopes, along with a ...

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Scientists map beaver genome for Canada’s 150th birthday

Scientists say technology will also be used to better map genomes of families affected by autism The Associated Press Posted: Jan 13, 2017 3:01 PM ET Last Updated: Jan 13, 2017 3:01 PM ET Related Stories Scientists have a gift for Canada’s 150th birthday — and as presents go, it’s certainly unique. A team of molecular geneticists at Toronto’s Hospital ...

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Cybersecurity experts unfamiliar with expertise of Trump pick Giuliani

U.S. president-elect Donald Trump announced Thursday that former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani would lend his expertise to the government on issues related to cybersecurity. But many in the cybersecurity industry aren’t familiar with Giuliani’s work in that area, or his company, Giuliani Partners — leading some to conclude he may not have the expertise the Trump team believes he does. Giuliani has run a consulting business since 2003, ...

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Winter is leaving, for some of us, climatologist says

It’s the dead of winter and — despite how ominous that might sound — the country’s top climatologist says that’s actually a good thing. “I always think that should be a national holiday for people who are not big fans of winter,” said Dave Phillips, senior climatologist at Environment Canada. The dead of winter is the point where there “is ...

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