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A planet's worth of human-made things has been weighed

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 17:22:18 EST


The collected weight of everything human beings have made — from buildings to ballpoint pens — is staggering.

Scientists gathering in Winnipeg to focus on 'complex' changing Arctic climate

Sat, 3 Dec 2016 11:30:13 EST


The largest single gathering of scientists focused on the rapidly changing Arctic gets underway in Winnipeg on Monday.

Is chocolate really good for you? UBC scientists make new tool to measure antioxidants

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 16:48:40 EST


Every chocolate lover wants the headlines about antioxidants in chocolate to be true. And for better or for worse, determining just how much of the disease-fighting molecules are contained in this popular treat may be getting a little easier with a new tool created by UBC researchers.

Ban on diesel planned in 4 of world's biggest cities

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 14:53:15 EST


Four of the world’s largest and most polluted cities have decided to ban diesel cars and trucks from their streets by 2025.

Canadian scientists help prepare a path to Mars

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 13:55:00 EST


Canadian scientists are making their mark and preparing for a day when humans could set foot upon our nearest planetary neighbour.

Buzz Aldrin recovering in hospital after reaching South Pole

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 10:01:30 EST


Former American astronaut Buzz Aldrin was taken by plane from the South Pole to New Zealand after falling ill while he was on a visit with a tour group.

Stuffed in a Scottish chimney for years, a 17th century map is painstakingly restored

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 13:53:52 EST


When a man from Aberdeenshire first presented it to The National Museum of Scotland, conservators didn't quite know what to make of the filthy, tattered, scrunched-up ball of cloth. But after giving it a good bath, they realized they had a map that was more than 300 years old.

Artificial dog noses are being used to improve drug and bomb detectors

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 16:29:01 EST


The shape and function of a dog's nose is being used to improve electronic scent detectors.

As more Nova Scotia beaches are flooded with dead herring, cause remains mystery

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 12:35:11 EST


Thousands of herring have washed up on beaches in Digby County over the last week and a half, and experts are trying to figure out what killed them.

Smelly no more: astronauts help freshen up deep-frying

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 16:02:05 EST


People who live above fast-food restaurants may soon have astronauts to thank for solving the perennial problem of smelly french fry oil.

Russian supply ship on way to ISS malfunctions, breaks up over Siberia

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 11:17:04 EST


An unmanned Russian cargo spaceship heading to the International Space Station broke up in the atmosphere over Siberia on Thursday due to an unspecified malfunction, the Russian space agency said.

Human ancestor 'Lucy' was tree climber, new study shows

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 13:10:16 EST


Scientists using sophisticated scanning technology on the fossil bones of the ancient human ancestor from Ethiopia dubbed "Lucy" have determined that she was adept at climbing trees as well as walking — an ability that in her case may have proven fatal.

Can cell providers tell when police spy on their networks?

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 07:57:15 EST


Privacy advocates say that the use of a type of surveillance technology called IMSI catchers is invasive. But for one cellular provider, the disruptive nature of the technology is also a business concern.

Antarctic ice shelf breaking apart from inside out

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 11:46:43 EST


Pine Island Glacier, at the outer edge of West Antarctica, is the fastest melting glacier in the region. In 2015, a 583 square kilometre piece of it broke off. Now researchers are beginning to understand how this is happening.

European Space Agency releases first images from ExoMars spacecraft

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:32:28 EST


The European Space Agency (ESA) has released detailed high-resolution images from its ExoMars spacecraft, which has been in orbit around the red planet since mid-October.