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Supermassive black holes give birth to stars, astronomers discover

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:17:36 EDT

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A team of astrophysicists has discovered that supermassive black holes at the centre of galaxies aren't just destroyers of stars, but also their creators.




2 Canadians win Gairdner Awards for contributions to medical science

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:27:00 EDT

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Two Canadian researchers are among the winners of this year's Gairdner Awards, which recognize some of the most significant medical discoveries made by scientists around the globe.




Trump issues executive order rolling back Obama climate change policies

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:50:38 EDT

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U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday to undo Obama-era climate change regulations that his administration says are hobbling oil drillers and coal miners, a move environmental groups have vowed to take to court.




'Unprecedented' dinosaur tracks found in Australia's Jurassic Park

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:53:29 EDT

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Scientists have found 21 different types of dinosaur tracks in an area rich with dinosaur findings.




Samsung to sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7s after battery fire recall

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:02:11 EDT

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Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. said on Monday it plans to sell refurbished versions of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphones that were pulled from markets due to fire-prone batteries.




Uber resumes self-driving cars after accident in Arizona

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:52:42 EDT

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Ride-hailing company Uber has resumed its self-driving car pilot program after an incident in Tempe, Ariz., in which one of its vehicles was rolled on to its side after a collision that wasn't its fault.




Listen to 'the most annoying sound ever' — made to warn drivers of head-on collisions

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:14:18 EDT

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Virginia researchers have designed a grating, painful, high-pitched alarm that just might save your life one day.




How lasers, environmentalists and Google combine to reduce methane emissions

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 05:00:00 EDT

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A new project has brought together university researchers, an environmental organization and Google to help find and track methane leaks in U.S. cities.




More TV streaming services join U.S. market, leaving Canada far behind

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 05:00:00 EDT

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YouTube TV will soon join a long list of low-cost streaming options available in the U.S. but not in Canada. This frustrates many Canadians who want to watch their favourite shows without paying big cable bills.




Black hole gets unusual 'kick' out of galaxy core thanks to gravitational waves

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:30:18 EDT

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A team of international researchers got a bit of a shock recently: A supermassive black hole — something that normally anchors the centre of a galaxy — was spotted speeding away from its home. The reason? Gravitational waves, says the research team.




The politics of Pluto: 10 years later, the bitter debate rages on

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 05:00:00 EDT

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More than 10 years after Pluto was demoted from planet to dwarf planet, the debate continues, with leading scientists on both sides becoming more vociferous and maybe a little testy.




Trump's proposed NASA cuts take aim at Earth science

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:02:52 EDT

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Officials at NASA were delighted that U.S. President Donald Trump's budget proposal allocates $19.1 billion for the agency, down only 0.8 per cent from last year, but the proposal also cuts several programs to study the Earth.




Spacewalking astronauts prep space station for new parking spot

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:01:09 EDT

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NASA wants to cram in at least two more spacewalks before the station's commander returns to Earth on April 10.




'Sure you want to send that photo?': Approaching the issue of sexual extortion with youth

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:00:00 EDT

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Are you sure you want to send that photo? That’s the question the Uncertain Terms campaign is hoping teenagers will ask themselves before they send compromising photos that could be used as part of sexual extortion, or sextortion.




Twitter exploring subscription-based version for first time

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:13:27 EDT

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Twitter Inc. is considering whether to build a premium version of its popular Tweetdeck interface aimed at professionals, raising the possibility that it could collect subscription fees from some users for the first time.




Skin powered by the sun? Prosthetic limbs with better sense of touch being developed

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:34:31 EDT

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A new prototype from researchers at the University of Glasgow opens up the possibility for so-called 'solar-powered skin.'




If you're a hungry black hole, try snacking on a star

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:42:40 EDT

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About 290 million years ago, a sun-like star got a little wobbly and ended up tumbling into the centre of a supermassive black hole. Now a team from MIT have detected that rare and fascinating event.




Neolithic rock art uncovered by Egyptologists

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:49:58 EDT

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The art was difficult to decipher because of its age, but it was pecked into the rock with a hard point, the researchers say.




How a blind man plays mainstream video games and the future of accessibility in games

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:52:13 EDT

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Nintendo's Switch console came out earlier this month and now the party game 1-2 Switch is gaining a lot of attention for being accessible to blind and visually impaired gamers. Toronto blind gamer Steve Saylor is raising awareness that blind gamers can play mainstream games, too.




Google's YouTube losing major advertisers upset with videos

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:23:53 EDT

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​AT&T, Verizon and several other major advertisers are suspending their marketing campaigns on Google's YouTube site after discovering their brands have been appearing alongside videos promoting terrorism and other unsavoury subjects.