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Why A.I. companies are paying random strangers to take videos of themselves doing mundane tasks

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 11:51:11 EST


Wired's Tom Simonite tells us about the bizarre odd jobs he's performed for A.I. startups, from lying facedown on the carpet to pretending to buy groceries.

Artificial intelligence shows unprecedented detail in global fishing activities

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:41:55 EST


Researchers are learning more than ever before about the effects humans are having on global fish stocks, thanks to advances in satellite technology and computer software.

'Tiny trash' a big problem for Canada's shorelines

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 08:00:00 EST


Small pieces of plastic and foam topped the list of types of litter found along Canada’s shorelines during cleanups last year, beating out the usual winner — cigarette butts.

How many new drugs rely on government-funded science? All of them

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 04:00:00 EST


There’s public science in every single new drug. That was the surprising answer to a U.S. senator’s question about how government-funded research is benefitting citizens. But it took a year to come up with the numbers.

Environmental groups pinning hopes on major spending for conservation in budget

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 04:00:00 EST


Conservation groups are predicting the federal budget could include up to $1.4 billion to protect land and water in Canada.

Federal budget to spend up to $1 billion on cybersecurity

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 17:00:00 EST


Next week’s federal budget is expected to make a significant investment in building up Canada's cyber defences and encouraging tech firms and talented programmers to work with the federal government, CBC News has learned.

Science Says: European art scene began with Neanderthals

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 15:28:24 EST


From the murky depths of Spanish caves comes a surprising insight: Neanderthals created art.

Police sketch created with DNA technology is potentially useless or even misleading, says scientist

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 17:56:04 EST


Calgary police hired a U.S. biotech company to create a picture of a woman using only her DNA — but a scientist says the evidence behind the prediction simply isn't there.

SpaceX launches experimental Starlink internet satellites

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:11:50 EST


SpaceX has launched a Spanish satellite and two experimental internet-beaming satellites into space.

More than half of federal government scientists still feel muzzled, poll finds

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:03:06 EST


More than two years after the election of a federal government that says it wants scientists to speak freely, more than half of federal scientists responding to a new poll say they still don’t feel they can.

Twitter bars tactics used by 'bots' to spread false stories

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 08:31:48 EST


Twitter Inc. said on Wednesday it would no longer allow people to post identical messages from multiple accounts, cracking down on a tactic that Russian agents and others have allegedly used to make tweets or topics go viral.

Invasive bloody red shrimp found in Lake Superior

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 06:30:00 EST


The bloody red shrimp, a potentially harmful invasive species, has been found for the first time in Lake Superior.

Parking spots of the future being tested in Stratford, Ont.

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:55:22 EST


Stratford has launched a new smart parking pilot project that aims to pave the way for the future of parking in the city.

Social media may be pushing more millennials to turn to cosmetic procedures, clinics say

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 05:00:00 EST


Clinics around Toronto are telling CBC News that more and more women in their early-to-mid 20s are getting Botox injections and other cosmetic procedures. And at least one expert says it could be due to growing pressure to look their best on social media.

Pacemakers, defibrillators are potentially hackable

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 10:56:43 EST


The increasing popularity of devices using software and wireless communications has created a rising risk that hackers might reprogram devices to make them work improperly, cardiologists say.

Scott Pruitt's 1st-class travel as EPA head to be scrutinized

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 22:39:48 EST


A Republican-led congressional committee is demanding records related to premium-class flights taken by Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt.

DNA technology used to sketch mother of baby found dead in Calgary dumpster

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 10:47:24 EST


Police have hired a U.S. DNA technology firm to create a sketch of the possible likeness of the mother of a baby found dead in a Calgary dumpster on Christmas Eve, as investigators continue in their efforts to find her.

Hackers could use AI to automate attacks, crash cars and drones

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 08:55:26 EST


Rapid advances in artificial intelligence are raising risks that malicious users will soon exploit the technology to mount automated hacking attacks, cause driverless car crashes or turn commercial drones into targeted weapons, a new report warns.

Ottawa family finds 1930s homemade sled at museum

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 06:58:38 EST


When Bruce Dudley walked into the Canada Science and Technology Museum, he wasn’t expecting to see his family’s history front and centre.

Federal budget looks ready to help protect more lands, inland waters, oceans

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:17:57 EST


The federal government appears poised to earmark funds in next week's budget aimed at meeting United Nations' targets on protecting more of Canada's lands, inland waters and oceans.