Monthly Archives: September 2017

Northern Sask. school principal uses Bruce Lee movie to teach Cree

Most Cree lessons don’t start with the phrase “ostikwanik nipaskawataw” or “I kicked him in the head.” However, Simon Bird isn’t an everyday Cree teacher.  Bird, a principal at Senator Allen Bird Memorial School at the Montreal Lake Cree Nation, Sask., has subtitled a clip from an old Bruce Lee movie in an attempt to teach Cree to more people. ...

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Astronomers find fast-spinning ‘clocks in the sky’ using gaming tech

Astronomers have discovered the fastest-spinning pulsar in our galactic disc, making it the second-fastest known  — and they did it using gaming technology. Pulsars are small, rapidly spinning neutron stars left over after a star roughly eight times more massive than our own sun dies in a supernova, a spectacular stellar explosion. As pulsars rotate, particles are ejected along their poles.  And ...

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A look back at stunning photos taken by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will end its nearly two-decade space journey when it performs its “grand finale” and dives into Saturn’s atmosphere on Sept. 15. Here’s a look at some of the best photos taken by Cassini during its mission. (NASA/JPL-Caltech) Rings of ice The photo below — taken on July 9, 2004, just over a week after entering Saturn’s orbit — shows the planet’s rings in ...

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Apple unveils the iPhone 8 next week — here’s everything you need to know

New Augmented reality, facial recognition, a big bezel-less screen — and a $1,200 price tag By Matthew Braga, CBC News Posted: Sep 09, 2017 9:00 AM ET Last Updated: Sep 09, 2017 9:00 AM ET Matthew BragaSenior Technology Reporter Matthew Braga is the senior technology reporter for CBC News. He was previously the Canadian editor of Motherboard, Vice Media’s science and ...

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Why governments miscalculate your risk of flooding

Think your home is safe from flooding? Unfortunately, you’re probably wrong. And the government’s estimates of your flood risk are likely wrong too, thanks in part to climate change and outdated flood maps that don’t take it into account, researchers say. We’ve seen the extreme flooding in Texas following Hurricane Harvey — houses and semi-trucks half-submerged in swampy brown water, ...

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Spectacular display of northern lights illuminates sky

As forecast, the northern lights danced across the sky Thursday night, and many people were able to catch the show. Following a powerful eruption from the sun, the U.S. Space Weather Prediction Center had forecast high geomagnetic activity from Wednesday to Thursday, which would result in northern lights.  While it didn’t manifest on Wednesday, two more eruptions — which were much stronger ...

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Threat of identity theft looms large in Equifax security breach, experts say

The massive cyber security breach unveiled by Equifax that saw the personal data of millions of people taken will mean some “very unfortunate” stories to come, says a Canadian technology executive. Equifax revealed Thursday that the breach discovered on July 29 could expose the personal information of about 143 million people in the United States. The company also said that the information of ...

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Why researchers are nuts for Yukon’s ‘squirrel camp’

Andrea Wishart tells people she chases squirrels for a living. She’s only half-joking — the University of Saskatchewan Ph.D. student has spent months tracking and observing the little rodents at “squirrel camp,” also known as the Kluane Red Squirrel Project. It’s a small but renowned research camp at the foot of the Saint Elias mountains, alongside the Alaska Highway in Yukon. ‘I’m fascinated with how animals interact ...

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A P.E.I. company aims to make body piercings safer

A P.E.I. company is trying to make body piercings safer, and reduce the risk of infection. BioPierce Canada Ltd., based in Souris, is working to create a thin, biodegradable sleeve which will cover piercing posts, and slowly release antibiotics. “We’re driven by the possibility that we might really make a difference in making … something that’s a universal custom — which is ...

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