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Robots boldly go where no one has gone before: Bob McDonald

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:40:03 EDT


For space exploration, robots deliver a lot of bang for your buck.

The race to space: Experts say 2018 will be the year space tourism takes off

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 05:00:00 EDT


Experts say 2018 will be the year space tourism takes off. But while great leaps are being made at what seems like warp speed, it's a venture that's still fraught with issues that go far beyond its out-of-this-world price tag.

Genetic analysis reveals origins of dog breeds

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 05:00:00 EDT


New research from the National Institutes of Health published in the journal Cell has drawn a comprehensive lineage of 161 dog breeds, forming the largest ancestral tree of Canis familiaris yet.

Humpback whale babies 'whisper' to their moms to avoid detection by predators

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:19:56 EDT


New research suggests newborn humpback whales "whisper" to their mothers, which could be to avoid detection by predators such as killer whales.

This box can see through walls — and it could shake up home security

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 05:00:00 EDT


Aura looks for intruders based on the subtle disturbances in wireless spectrum their movements make, like ripples in a lake.

Trump administration wins victory in effort to roll back Obama climate change efforts

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:06:58 EDT


At the Trump administration's request, a federal appeals court agreed Friday to postpone a ruling on lawsuits challenging Obama-era restrictions on carbon emissions.

Facebook isn't doing enough to control violent posts, says expert

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:13:24 EDT


Violent acts being filmed and posted to social media have many asking whether it's possible to reverse the trend of violent video sharing.

Robots and new technology take the stage in battle against invasive species

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:40:50 EDT


In the fight against alien animals that invade and overrun native species, the weird and wired wins.

Boreal Shield lakes resemble prehistoric oceans, researchers say

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:03:43 EDT


Lakes that dot Canada's Boreal Shield region offer important information about greenhouse gases and early life forms, their numbers potentially revolutionizing studies into Earth's early life forms.

University of Toronto researchers discover 507-million-year old sea creature

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:41:08 EDT


A new fossil has been discovered by Canadian researchers that is shedding light on the evolution of insects, millipedes and centipedes.

Canadian Space Agency gets $80.9 million to develop new technologies

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:44:15 EDT


The previously announced funds will support a radar instrument that would be used to study the surface of Mars, and applications of quantum computing in space currently being explored at the University of Waterloo.

Can't hack it in high altitudes? It's all about genetics

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:00:00 EDT


A new study published in the Open Access journal PLOS has discovered 5 different genetic changes that have allowed Tibetans to thrive in the low oxygen world at the base of Mount Everest.

NASA successfully pilots spacecraft between Saturn and its rings

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 12:21:33 EDT


NASA announced Thursday morning its Cassini spacecraft was successful in its historic first dive through the gap between Saturn and its rings.

Meteorologists posit new theory behind 'blood red' sky in Munch's The Scream

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EDT


While many art aficionados credit the brooding red sky in The Scream to Edvard Munch's troubled psyche, a new paper posits a more scientific theory.

Amazon is adding a camera to its newest Echo smart speaker

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:00:33 EDT


The first version of its Echo speaker still hasn't been released in Canada, but technology giant Amazon is already unveiling an update to the device which now includes a camera that can take pictures of its surroundings on command.

Science minister considers forcing universities to attract more female research chairs

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:42:26 EDT


​Canada's science minister says universities aren't doing the heavy lifting to appoint more female research chairs, so she wants to force their hands.

Robots rising: How far do we want them to go?

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 22:39:45 EDT


The TED Conference in Vancouver explored the promise and threats of artificial intelligence in a session called "our robot overlords."

The next big thing in construction robotics is building big

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:00:00 EDT


Researchers built a robot that can print 3D structures at architectural scale — one of a growing number of efforts to shakeup the construction industry with new technology.

Study suggests humans were in North America 100,000 years earlier than believed

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:01:34 EDT


A team of scientists believe they have found evidence of human activity in North America that dates back 130,000 years ago — more than 100,000 years earlier than believed.

Twitter sees first revenue drop since IPO

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:47:46 EDT


Twitter has never turned a profit, and for the first time since going public in 2013, it reported a decline in revenue from the previous year.