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'Every plant and animal is useful to us': Indigenous professor re-thinking how we deal with invasive species

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 16:14:29 EDT

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Nicholas Reo, an assistant professor at Dartmouth College, is bringing Indigenous ways of understanding invasive plants and animal species into academia.




'Greening' project could end use of fossil fuel for Centennial Flame

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 04:00:00 EDT

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The popular Centennial Flame monument on Parliament Hill has been drawing on natural gas from Western Canada for half a century. But Public Services and Procurement Canada wants a more eco-friendly fuel, and has launched a study to look at alternatives, including electricity and LEDs.




Getting a crew to Mars: Here's how NASA is tackling the mind-bending to-do list

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 04:00:00 EDT

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To make a crewed Mars mission possible, there are incredibly complex problems that need to be solved. Here are some of the things at the top of NASA's to-do list, and how engineers and psychologists are figuring them out.




Tesla risks a blowout as problems mount, but fans keep the hype machine in overdrive

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 04:00:00 EDT

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Tesla is beset by production problems, it is swimming in debt, its bonds are near junk status, its stock has more people betting against it than any other major company. But there are still good reasons to believe in the world's best known electric car maker.




Ribbonsnake DNA detective work being used to track elusive creatures

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 07:00:00 EDT

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A snake researcher is using DNA analysis to track down the one of Nova Scotia's most elusive and threatened snakes.




Prescription to slow worsening myopia in Canadian kids? Head outdoors

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 04:00:00 EDT

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All children with myopia benefit from spending more time outdoors, doctors say.




'We need to rethink the entire plastics industry': Why banning plastic straws isn't enough

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:55:12 EDT

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Disposable plastic straws are about to be banned throughout Britain. Here’s what’s happening with straws in Canada and a closer look at what impact such bans could really have.




Warm-water bottlenose dolphins, false killer whales documented off B.C.'s Vancouver Island

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:54:22 EDT

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The scientist behind the discovery of 200 bottlenose dolphins and 70 false killer whales says warmer waters and climate change likely led to their appearance.




Alberta university criticized for plan to bestow honorary degree on David Suzuki

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 14:00:00 EDT

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The University of Alberta is being criticized for its decision to give David Suzuki an honorary degree.




Rescued owl family moved to Niagara Region

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:56:45 EDT

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A family of great horned owls that was rescued after Monday's ice storm has been moved to The Owl Foundation in the Niagara Region, according to Safe Wings Ottawa.




Dodo whodunit: Feathered creature died from shotgun blast to head

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 20:20:31 EDT

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Researchers in the U.K. have discovered that the dodo housed in the Oxford University Museum of Natural History for hundreds of years died a violent death.




Health Canada should stop approving homeopathic remedies — period: Robyn Urback

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 04:00:00 EDT

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Whenever a controversy about homeopathy pops up, Health Canada is stuck: either it affirms the alleged effectiveness of these products despite the total lack of scientific evidence, or it concedes that it has been green-lighting silly water as a health product in its role as a government regulator.




Meet the newest 'exploding ant' that sacrifices itself for the good of the colony

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:40:46 EDT

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Deep in the forests of Borneo live species of ants with a rather novel way of fending off enemies: they explode.




MPs call Facebook on the carpet to answer a question: can it be trusted?

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:22:07 EDT

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It was a chance for MPs to express their concern and an opportunity for Facebook to insist it's taking responsibility. But whatever emotional satisfaction came of putting the social platform in the witness chair, much ultimately depends on what MPs and the government do next.




Protect Churchill's belugas with national marine conservation area, report urges

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 06:58:04 EDT

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A new report calls on the Canadian government to protect the beluga whales that make Churchill home every summer by creating a national marine conservation area in western Hudson Bay.




Star U of A researcher Carlo Montemagno supervised nephew as graduate student

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 08:00:00 EDT

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The nepotism afforded star American researcher Carlo Montemagno by the University of Alberta extended beyond the hiring of his daughter and son-in-law as a condition of his employment.




Trudeau not ready to join British PM's ban on single-use plastics

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:44:02 EDT

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stopped short today of echoing British Prime Minister Theresa May's call for Commonwealth members to ban single-use plastics — but pointed to a planned discussion at the next G7 summit later this year.




Extinction of world's biggest mammals tied to spread of humans

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:37:27 EDT

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The spread of humans around the world from Africa thousands of years ago wiped out big mammals in a trend that, if it continues, could make the cow the biggest mammal on Earth in a few centuries' time, a scientific study said on Thursday.




'We are sorry': Facebook execs grilled by Canadian MPs over Cambridge Analytica scandal

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:36:33 EDT

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Senior members of the Facebook leadership team faced a rough ride from MPs on Thursday for their failure to inform more than 600,000 Canadians that their privacy might have been compromised.




Don't hold your breath: Secret behind super deep-diving ability revealed

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:09:17 EDT

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Overall, the Bajau divers had spleens about 50 per cent larger than nearby seaside villagers who do not dive, researchers find.