Technology and Science

Canadians join Twitter boycott over Harvey Weinstein sex scandal

New Actor Anna Paquin invites men to show support by using #WomenBoycottTwitter The Canadian Press Posted: Oct 13, 2017 11:23 AM ET Last Updated: Oct 13, 2017 11:23 AM ET Related Stories Canadian writers, actors and women’s rights advocates are joining an international boycott of the Twitter social media platform today over its handling of the Harvey Weinstein sex scandal. ...

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Hyperloop One gets investment, new name from Virgin Galactic founder

British billionaire Richard Branson placed another bet on the future with an investment in Hyperloop One, which is developing super high-speed transportation systems. Hyperloop One said Branson’s Virgin Group would take the company global and rebrand itself as Virgin Hyperloop One in the near future. Branson has joined the board of Hyperloop One, which will develop pods that will transport passenger and mixed-use cargo at speeds ...

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North Korea’s nuclear tests causing earthquakes, experts say

South Korea said it detected an earthquake Friday near North Korea’s main nuclear test site, the fourth since the country’s sixth and most powerful nuclear test explosion last month. Some experts suggested the area is now too unstable to conduct more bomb tests. The magnitude 2.7 quake occurred about 54 kilometres northwest of Kilju, the town where the test site is ...

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Group files notice it will sue Trump administration over walrus protection

A U.S. environmental organization filed notice Thursday that it will sue the Trump administration over its rejection of Pacific walrus as a threatened or endangered species. The Center for Biological Diversity called the action last week by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service “an unlawful, politically motivated decision” that deprives walruses of needed protections in the face of climate change and ...

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El Nino weather phenomenon puts more carbon in air

A NASA satellite has found another thing to blame on El Nino — a recent record high increase of carbon dioxide in the air. The super-sized El Nino a couple of years ago led to an increase of 3 billion tons of carbon in the air, most from tropical land areas. The El Nino made it more difficult for plants to suck up ...

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Facebook will help investigators release Russia ads, Sandberg tells Axios

Facebook Inc. chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg said on Thursday the company was committed to helping U.S. congressional investigators publicly release Russia-backed political ads that ran during the 2016 U.S. election. “Things happened on our platform in this election that should not have happened,” Sandberg said in an interview in Washington with Axios news that was broadcast on its website. “We ...

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Living in a greener neighbourhood could lower your risk of death: study

Trees stretching their canopies over city streets and grass tickling the sidewalk near your home are more than just pretty, they could actually be helping you live longer, a new study suggests. Researchers at the University of New Brunswick used census and tax data to track 1.3 million non-immigrant Canadian adults living in the 30 biggest cities across the country, from ...

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Multiple distinct groups historically populated Newfoundland, DNA study suggests

About 5,000 years ago, after massive ice sheets from the Last Glacial Maximum retreated, the Maritime Archaic peoples carved a living from the sea and woodlands on Newfoundland’s west coast. It’s not clear where they came from or how they got there. But they left behind polished slate spears, stone axes and the remains of ancient fireplaces in rows along ...

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Driverless car test in Ottawa a Canadian first

The test drive of an autonomous car in Ottawa’s west end Thursday marked the first trial run of a driverless vehicle on a public street in Canada.  The autonomous vehicle, which is powered by Blackberry technology, took Mayor Jim Watson, Coun. Marianne Wilkinson and Blackberry GM John Wall for a spin around the Kanata North Technology Park for a live demonstration. The concept car stopped at ...

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Canada aligning with U.K. to fight global growth in coal-fired electricity

Canada is joining forces with the United Kingdom to push for a global crackdown on unabated coal-fired electricity. Eliminating, or at least reducing, the world’s reliance on coal is a critical step in the Paris climate change accord’s efforts to prevent the planet from warming more than two degrees Celsius over with pre-industrial times. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna is on ...

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