Technology and Science

Researchers collect poop from Inuit for microbiome study

A Canadian researcher, referred by some in Nunavut as “the poop lady,” is studying how the digestive microbiome in Inuit may differ from other Canadians. Her main source of research, you ask? Well, people’s poop, of course. According to the study, the types of microbes living in the digestive tract contribute to immunity, nutrition, and behaviour and vary with diet, lifestyle, and ...

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Nintendo hits reset with launch of Switch

The Nintendo Switch video game console will sell in Canada for $399, starting March 3, the same date as its global rollout in Japan, the U.S. and Europe. The Kyoto-based maker of Super Mario and Pokemon games announced details of the Switch’s release Friday at the Tokyo Big Sight events hall. It said the console will sell for $299.99 in ...

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B.C. grizzlies go to Washington? U.S. officials outline plans to get bears back

Grizzly bears once roamed the rugged landscape of the North Cascades in Washington state but few have been sighted in recent decades. Federal officials want to restore the population and, on Thursday, released a draft plan with four options, ranging from taking no action to capturing bears from other locations and transplanting them in an area of about 25,400 square kilometres ...

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10 reasons why owls rule the roost

CBC TV’s The Nature of Things is peering into “The Secret Life of Owls” for its Jan. 12 episode. They’re getting up close and personal with the great horned owl, a bird many of us may rarely, if ever, see. So in advance of that, here are 10 reasons why owls rule. 1. The eyes have it Owls have excellent night vision, and eyes ...

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Alberta’s caribou maternity ward plan attacked in science journal

Alberta’s plans to restore a dwindling caribou herd by penning off a large section of forest for pregnant cows is coming under attack in scientific literature. A review of the plan in the journal Animals says fencing forest to protect caribou females from predators will result in naive calves that won’t survive outside the area. It also says ecosystems within ...

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How grandmother orcas help explain the evolution of menopause

​The hot flashes, the hair loss, the bone depletion … menopause isn’t fun. But you aren’t alone: Shamu felt it, too.  New research from Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the University of Exeter has shown that killer whales go through menopause for the same reasons humans do — and they might help explain the evolution of menopause for humans and orcas alike.  What does menopause ...

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Moon is older than we thought, new research suggests

It turns out the moon is older than many scientists suspected: a ripe 4.51 billion years old. That’s the newest estimate, thanks to rocks and soil collected by the Apollo 14 moonwalkers in 1971. A research team reported Wednesday that the moon formed within 60 million years of the birth of the solar system. Previous estimates ranged within 100 million years, ...

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Rudy Giuliani will help Trump team with cybersecurity

Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani has compared online criminals to ‘a loosely affiliated kind of Mafia,’ and solving cybersecurity like trying to find a ‘perfect solution’ to cancer. (Damian Dovarganes/Associated Press) Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani will lend his expertise to U.S. president-elect Donald Trump on cybersecurity issues, the Trump-Pence transition team announced on Thursday. In ...

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