Technology and Science

China investigating WeChat, Weibo in content crackdown

China is investigating its top social media sites, including WeChat and Weibo, for failing to comply with cyber laws, the latest step in the country’s push to secure the internet and maintain strict Communist Party control over content. President Xi Jinping has made China’s “cyber sovereignty” a top priority and has also reasserted the ruling party’s role in limiting and ...

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Scientists on research vessel spot rare whales in Bering Sea

U.S. federal researchers studying critically endangered North Pacific right whales sometimes go years without finding their subjects. Over the weekend they got lucky. A research vessel in the Bering Sea photographed two of the animals Sunday and obtained a biopsy sample from one, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday.  NOAA Fisheries research biologist Jessica Crance was on board the Yushin Maru 2, when ...

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A look at the North Korean missiles that could hit Guam

Despite North Korea’s threat to attack the U.S. territory of Guam, it appears extremely unlikely that its leadership would risk its own destruction with a pre-emptive attack on the American territory. Still, analysts believe North Korea does have several missiles in its arsenal capable of reaching the Pacific island, which Pyongyang has regularly threatened because of its U.S. military bases. ...

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Watch out YouTube? Facebook launches Watch video section

New Available in the U.S.; no plans on when or if it will come to Canada The Associated Press Posted: Aug 10, 2017 2:20 PM ET Last Updated: Aug 10, 2017 2:20 PM ET Facebook has started rolling out a new section dedicated to live and recorded video. It’s a potential threat to Twitter, YouTube, Netflix and other services that let ...

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The Trump administration’s weird science on climate change

U.S. President Donald Trump and his cabinet often avoid talking about the science of climate change, but when pressed what they have said clashes with established mainstream science, data and peer-reviewed studies and reports. Even the U.S. government’s own reports — including a draft science study for the National Climate Assessment obtained this week by The Associated Press and other ...

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China sends first ‘unbreakable’ quantum code from space

New secure technology could be applied to defence and finance Thomson Reuters Posted: Aug 10, 2017 10:13 AM ET Last Updated: Aug 10, 2017 10:13 AM ET External Links (Note: CBC does not endorse and is not responsible for the content of external links.) China has sent an “unbreakable” code from a satellite to the Earth, marking the first time ...

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Great white sharks in Nova Scotia may hold key to species’ secrets

A Nova Scotia scientist says great white sharks recently tracked in Nova Scotia waters may offer insight into the mating habits of these elusive creatures of the deep. George, a three-metre-long great white, is the latest toothy tourist to pop up in the Maritimes. His satellite tag was detected just before 11 p.m. AT on Wednesday a few kilometres off Saint ...

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When technology discriminates: How algorithmic bias can make an impact

When it comes to issues like whether to hire someone for a job, give them a mortgage, or even identify them as a suspect in a crime, human bias can have far-reaching ramifications. And as more industries turn to technology — and specifically algorithms — to cut costs and increase efficiency, a new consideration arises: When it comes to some of those ...

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Fish fly takes Ontario town by storm during breeding season

It was only around for days last week, but it stormed the small town of Caledonia, Ont., by the tens of thousands in a fast and furious way. The fish fly, an insect named after the horrid smell created when crushed underfoot, breeds in large swarms over the course of a few days after emerging from the water, creating a spectacle in the town ...

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Canadian co-author of U.S. climate report says findings ‘flatly contradict’ Trump administration

A Canadian scientist who helped author an exhaustive U.S. draft report on climate change says the study makes it clear dramatic action is needed to stop global temperatures from rising, but that her team has no idea how the Trump administration will react to it. The report, written by scientists from 13 federal agencies, concludes that the United States is already feeling ...

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