Technology and Science

Climate activist Greta Thunberg says she is coming to Alberta

Climate change teen activist Greta Thunberg will visit Alberta in the near future. (Andrej Ivanov/Reuters) Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg will travel to Alberta after a series of appearances in the United States. Thunberg made the announcement on Twitter Saturday, one day after speaking at a rally in Denver, Colorado. Heading north again. Now follows a few days of well ...

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Getting scanned for a pint: How facial recognition technology is being used in a London pub

Facial recognition software to prevent people from cutting in line is being used at a bar in London, England. (Lyzaville Sale/CBC) In a pub in London, England, complicated technology is taking on a simple problem: waiting for a pint in lines that can sometimes be unruly. It uses facial recognition software to form a digital queue and prevent people from cutting in ...

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Hybrid salmon discovered by scientists on Vancouver Island

Second-generation hybrid salmon, with genes from both coho and chinook salmon, have an uneven scale arrangement that researchers say is an abnormality associated with hybrid fish. (Submitted/Will Duguid) Two salmon researchers say a surprising discovery has been made on Vancouver Island. Andres Araujo, a biologist at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, and Will Duguid, a PhD biology student at the ...

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How do you clean up a contaminated 150-year-old gold mine?

The Montague gold mine as seen in 1911. (Nova Scotia Archives) For 150 years, dozens of abandoned former gold mines have littered Nova Scotia, some harbouring residue with sky-high arsenic levels. Earlier this year, the province announced it will spend $48 million to clean up two of the worst offenders — Goldenville, near Sherbrooke on the Eastern Shore, and Montague ...

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'A scientific gold mine': Alberta fossil sheds new light on how raptors evolved

The small, feathered raptor dinosaur Saurornitholestes langstoni. (Illustration by Jan Sovak) An “exquisitely preserved” fossil of a small feathered dinosaur discovered in an Alberta provincial park is providing new information on how theropod dinosaurs evolved around the world. The 76-million-year-old species, known as Saurornitholestes langstoni, was long thought to be closely related to Velociraptor from Mongolia that some researchers called Velociraptor ...

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Heavy load: Study breaks down toll of laundry microfibres on ocean ecosystems

The researchers washed 37 different fabric types and filtered out the microfibres that were shed. (Ocean Wise) A new report from Vancouver researchers suggests laundry machines in Canada and the U.S. release 878 tonnes of potentially harmful microfibres into aquatic environments every year. That’s the equivalent to the weight of 10 blue whales flowing into oceans, lakes and rivers even ...

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Doug Ford government broke the law when it scrapped cap-and-trade, court rules

Queen’s Park was the site of major climate protests last month. On Friday, an Ontario court ruled on whether it was legal for the government not to consult the public before it repealed the previous government’s cap-and-trade plan. (Christopher Katsarov/The Canadian Press) In a split decision, an Ontario court says Doug Ford’s government broke the law when it scrapped the ...

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Southern California wildfires destroy homes, prompt evacuations amid statewide power cuts

A wind-driven wildfire in Sylmar, Calif., is among about 275 wildfires that have broken out across California as hot, gusty winds signalled the start of its peak fire season, state officials said. (Gene Blevins/Reuters) Burning trash dumped by a garbage truck caused a fire in Southern California that by early Friday had destroyed dozens of homes in Riverside County, fire officials ...

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