Technology and Science

A dangerous dance: Alberta astronomers spot star orbiting closest to black hole

On the edge of the milky way, a star circles an all-consuming black hole in the tightest orbit known to man. Some 14,800 light-years away, the white dwarf star orbits a stellar-mass black hole twice every hour at a distance of around 2.5 times that of Earth to the moon, a new study from the University of Alberta reveals. It’s the ...

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Border-crossing bears? U.S. proposal to transplant B.C. grizzlies gets huge response

A U.S. federal proposal that could see B.C. grizzly bears shipped south to Washington State has had such a huge response from the public, the public comment period has been extended for more than a month. More than 100,000 people have weighed in on the proposal to reintroduce grizzly bears to the North Cascades ecosystem in Washington State, said the ...

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What you need to know about Canada Revenue Agency’s ‘internet vulnerability’

Canada Revenue Agency took its website offline over the weekend — a precautionary measure, officials said, while they dealt with an unspecified “internet vulnerability.” The agency’s digital services have since been restored and government officials said no personal information was compromised. But you may be wondering how CRA got into this situation in the first place. Here’s what you need to know. ...

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T-minus 1 year until rocket launch site construction starts in Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia is familiar with launching ships, but never quite like this. The province will soon be the site of a rocket spaceport. On Tuesday, an American company announced plans to build the facility near Canso, N.S., and begin construction within one year. Maritime Launch Services hopes to launch eight rockets annually by 2022, according to a news release from the company. Canso-Hazel ...

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T-minus 1 year until rocket launch site construction starts in Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia is familiar with launching ships, but never quite like this. The province will soon be the site of a rocket spaceport. On Tuesday, an American company confirmed plans to build the facility near Canso, N.S., and begin construction within one year. Maritime Launch Services hopes to launch eight rockets annually by 2022, according to its news release. Canso-Hazel Hill was selected from 14 different ...

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Uber’s demise could be a wake-up call for tech companies behaving badly

Uber is missing from Austin. It’s a notable absence, considering the Texas capital is playing host this week to South by Southwest (SXSW), the annual festival all about film, music and technology.   But as attendees reach for their phones to order a lift, the king of ridesharing apps is nowhere to be found. Opening the app returns the message: ...

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‘The stage was set’: Arrival of first North American bison changed ecosystem, study finds

Scientists finally have been able to pin down when bison first arrived in North America and helped set the stage for the Great Plains that eventually supported the continent’s first humans. “(Bison) showed up and they interrupted an ecosystem that had existed, more or less, for a million years,” said Duane Froese, a University of Alberta earth scientist and lead ...

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Intel to buy driverless car-tech firm Mobileye for $15B US

U.S. chipmaker Intel agreed to buy driverless car-technology firm Mobileye for $15.3 billion US on Monday, positioning itself for a dominant role in the autonomous-driving sector after missing the market for mobile phones. The $63.54 US-per-share cash deal marks the largest purchase of a company solely focused on the self-driving sector. Mobileye’s shares jumped  were higher by almost 30 per ...

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Scientists race to save world’s coral reefs

There were startling colours here just a year ago, a dazzling array of life beneath the waves. Now this Maldivian reef is dead, killed by the stress of rising ocean temperatures. What’s left is a haunting expanse of grey, a scene repeated in reefs across the globe in what has fast become a full-blown ecological catastrophe. The world has lost ...

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Companies seek to turn captured carbon into concrete, fish food and even toothpaste

It has been derided as an expensive excuse to burn coal. But now, carbon capture technology may be leading to new commercial uses that could end up in your mouth. While business case questions have swirled over carbon capture and storage, companies are increasingly looking to turn emissions that would otherwise be buried in the ground into toothpaste, fish food ...

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