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Insurers say Canadian weather getting weirder

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 15:33:08 EST


An index compiled by the insurance industry indicates extreme weather in Canada is falling outside the range of normal variability more frequently.

Amazon would have been welcome, say Canadian tech sector CEOs whose cities were snubbed

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 11:30:08 EST


Tech sector entrepreneurs whose Canadian cities were snubbed by Amazon in its search for a second corporate campus say they are disappointed, despite fears they would have seen increased competition for scarce skilled talent.

Filmmaker aboard icebreaker documents aborted mission to study Arctic climate change

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 14:06:10 EST


When Manitoba filmmaker Christopher Paetkau embarked on a research journey to study the effects of climate change in the high Arctic, he never expected those same effects to thwart the very mission he was there to document.

With a deep tech talent pool, Toronto could hit Amazon's 'sweet spot' with bid for new HQ

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 14:04:26 EST


Toronto faces stiff competition in its bid to court Amazon, but some Canadian tech watchers agree that among the 20 cities short-listed as potential locations for the company's second headquarters, Toronto might just hit "the sweet spot."

Should we let the crowd fund Canadian science if no one else will?

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 09:00:00 EST


In hunting down and exposing old industry trial data, Toronto family doctor Nav Persaud was participating in an international scientific initiative called RIAT — restoring invisible and abandoned trials.

Melted nuclear fuel seen inside second Fukushima reactor

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:57:28 EST


The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant said Friday that a long telescopic probe successfully captured images of what is most likely melted fuel inside one of its three damaged reactors, providing limited but crucial information for its cleanup.

Huawei's latest attempt to enter U.S. worries lawmakers — but Canada doesn't share its concern

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 04:00:00 EST


Two of America's closest partners have embraced the Chinese phone maker, making national security claims hard to gauge.

U.S. border guards can search your phone: here are some details on how

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 23:51:45 EST


U.S. Customs and Border Protection issued a new directive that sets new limits on border agents accessing travellers' phones, establishing criteria for when they can demand passwords, conduct extensive searches, like downloading documents stored in the cloud, or uploading files into a storage drive for analysis.

Why some fracking wells are prone to triggering earthquakes

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:22:10 EST


Why does fracking cause earthquakes in some places and not others? Alberta scientists say they’ve figured out some factors that make certain wells prone to triggering earthquakes.

Taxpayers pick up $100,000+ tab for ministerial tweets

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 04:00:00 EST


Canada's health minister launched her official Twitter account last summer, and after five months posted about 250 tweets. CBC News has learned that the account requires the equivalent of 1.5 staff members to run, with at least $6,500 in overtime costs so far.

What if a nuclear missile really were headed our way?

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 04:00:00 EST


How would Canada respond to a nuclear strike? CBC News spoke to public safety officials and experts about what would unfold if a ballistic missile was barrelling our way.

What really happens to old clothes dropped in those in-store recycling bins

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 04:00:00 EST


There’s a new clothing donation bin in town, competing with charities for your unwanted clothes. Some of the biggest brands in fashion have launched take-back programs with messages about reusing and recycling your unwanted textiles. But what are the odds your old clothes will actually be transformed into new threads?

Apple to release software update to resolve iPhone slowdown: CEO Tim Cook

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:42:25 EST


Apple Inc. will release a software update that will allow users to turn off a feature that slows down iPhones when batteries are low on charge, chief executive Tim Cook told ABC News.

NASA tests nuclear power system for future astronauts on Mars

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 16:08:13 EST


When humans make it to Mars, they're going to need a source of power. That's why NASA is working on a compact nuclear power system which, they say, passed its first rounds of tests.

2017 was 2nd-warmest across the globe since 1880, NASA says

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:13:48 EST


According to NASA, the global surface temperature average was 0.90 C warmer than the 1951–1980 mean, making it the second-warmest since 1880, behind only to 2016.

After #MeToo, phone app allows you to legally consent to sex

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:01:05 EST


A Dutch startup is launching an app that will allow people to give legal consent to sex via their mobile in an initiative spurred by Sweden's plans to bolster its rape law.

Toronto makes cut of top 20 cities vying to be Amazon's 2nd headquarters

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 09:49:58 EST


Toronto is the only Canadian city to make the list of the top 20 cities that Amazon is considering for its second headquarters.

Hidden black hole caught flinging star back and forth in distant cluster

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:20:36 EST


Astronomers using an observatory in Chile have revealed a star in a cluster that is being flung hundreds of thousands of kilometres back and forth because of a nearby black hole.

In world first, drone rescues 2 swimmers off Australian beach

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 04:25:17 EST


A drone rescued two swimmers off an Australian beach on Thursday, a world first for the fast-developing technology that seems perfectly suited to saving lives at sea, authorities said.

Scientists calculate proteins in a single cell and find 42 million

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 06:00:00 EST


Scientists have produced what they say is the first reliable count of protein molecules in a simple cell. They hope the finding will lead to new ways to predict diseases such as cancer in more complex human cells.