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It's worth the drive to totality: perspectives from an eclipse chaser: Bob McDonald

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:32:14 EDT


A veteran eclipse chaser gives a preview of the solar eclipse that will be visible in the U.S. in August.

Want to do business in Russia? Be ready to hand over your source code

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:54:54 EDT


Authorities are asking Western tech companies to allow them to review source code for security products such as firewalls and anti-virus applications before they can be sold.

Research into exoskeleton walking devices big leap forward for human-robot interactions

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:44:38 EDT


Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in the U.S. have developed a new system for human assistance with robotic devices known as exoskeletons that could have widespread impact on the way human performance is enhanced by devices of many kinds.

Secret history: How Steve Jobs went from rejecting to embracing the iPhone

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:46:53 EDT


It's been a decade since Apple launched the iPhone, a device that transformed the way we interact with technology. But the history of its development has always been veiled in secrecy. Brian Merchant, author of "The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone," tells the story.

Could a levy on ISPs help promote Canadian content in the new digital world?

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 05:00:00 EDT


While the "internet tax" proposed by the Commons heritage committee was criticized for piling more fees onto consumers, many in the media industry feel it had the right intention, writes Ramona Pringle.

Heat wave suffocates American Southwest on 1st day of summer

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:15:09 EDT


Stifling heat descended across much of the Southwest this week, grounding planes and posing health concerns for both people and animals.

Crack in Antarctic ice shelf ready to produce 5,000-square-kilometre iceberg

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 12:09:10 EDT


One of the biggest icebergs on record is like a "niggling tooth" about to snap off Antarctica and will be an extra hazard for ships around the frozen continent as it breaks up, scientists said on Wednesday.

Astronomer who built advanced telescopes has died

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:53:09 EDT


Jerry Nelson, an astronomer who designed telescopes that helped scientists glimpse far reaches of the universe, and to measure the black hole at the centre of the Milky Way, has died in California. He was 73.

Why your morning caffeine fix could be in jeopardy, given a warming planet

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 10:22:35 EDT


Your morning cup of coffee could be threatened by climate change. More than half of Ethiopia's coffee production could be wiped out unless farmers move their crops to higher ground.

How cats managed to take over the world (it's our fault)

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 17:39:58 EDT


Cats have mounted a silent takeover of the world. They're in backyards, on T-shirts and motivational posters — and let's not even talk about the internet. Now, a new study from a team of international researchers has determined how they managed to do it: through humans.

Intel looks to Israel for the next big thing in cybersecurity

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 11:08:06 EDT


The chipmaker is partnering with Israeli incubator Team8, which creates new cybersecurity companies designed to tackle some of the hardest problems facing the industry.

How, when and where can Canada's digital spies hack? Government makes some suggestions in CSE Act

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 16:35:07 EDT


The Canadian government is proposing new legislation that, for the first time, would explicitly define how and when the country's digital spies can hack into computer networks and infrastructure around the world.

Google's anti-terrorism plan creates a game of whack-a-mole

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 16:30:34 EDT


For years, online video has been be a powerful recruitment tool for violent extremists. Now, online giant Google has announced a new plan to combat terrorist content online. But will its plan work?

Personal info of nearly 200 million U.S. voters sat exposed on a public server for 12 days

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 16:28:15 EDT


Personal information belonging to 198 million American voters was exposed for more than week this month, publicly accessible from a "misconfigured database" — if you knew where to look.

NASA telescope finds 10 more Earth-sized, potentially habitable planets

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 14:29:31 EDT


NASA says its planet-hunting telescope has found 10 new planets outside our solar system that are likely the right size and temperature to potentially have life on them.

An elevator to space? Demo by Japanese students brings science fiction closer to reality

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 13:05:06 EDT


A demonstration by a group of Japanese students showed how the technology for a space elevator could work. These elevators would link Earth's surface to space using cables tethered to satellites.

Google steps up fight against online extremism

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 10:36:33 EDT


Google is intensifying its campaign against online extremism, saying it will put more resources toward identifying and removing videos related to terrorism and hate groups.

Virtual reality a 'teacher's dream' but high cost keeps it largely out of schools

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 10:30:00 EDT


Virtual reality is slowly being adopted by schools in Canada, as high costs and a complicated set up remains an obstacle.

Smart prosthetics aim to improve mobility for stroke patients, amputees

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 09:00:00 EDT


University of Calgary kineseology professor Art Kuo is examining how to use sensors, similar to those found in activity trackers, to better capture and release energy that would otherwise be lost when walking.

'Hack-proof' quantum internet networks closer to reality, studies say

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 05:00:00 EDT


The pursuit of a quantum internet that's impervious to hacking is a little closer to reality thanks to breakthroughs outlined in two new studies this week, but an expert warns a super-secure network may still be at least a decade away.