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Scientists find new evidence of water in the moon

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 11:50:38 EDT


New satellite data has found numerous volcanic deposits across the moon that add to the growing weight of evidence that there's a surprising amount of water beneath its barren-looking surface.

Adobe to pull plug on Flash, ending an era

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 12:30:01 EDT


Adobe Systems Inc.'s Flash, a once-ubiquitous technology used to power most of the media content found online, will be retired at the end of 2020, the software company announced Tuesday.

Microsoft says 'MS Paint is here to stay'

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 11:12:04 EDT


As It Happens spoke to an artist who works exclusively in MS Paint about Microsoft's decision to kill the 32-year-old program.

3D-printed 'Third Thumb' a handy extra digit with Bluetooth connection

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 11:00:00 EDT


A product design student in the U.K. has come up with a 3D-printed thumb, worn next to the pinkie finger and controlled by sensors in the shoe, to extend the user's natural abilities.

The secret life of Alexandre Cazes, alleged dark web mastermind

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 06:01:24 EDT


How a 25-year-old from Trois-Rivieres, Que., became the mastermind behind the largest dark web marketplace in the world.

#BoycottSearsCanada: Retailer faces 'PR nightmare' over treatment of laid-off workers

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 05:00:00 EDT


Sears Canada is trying to reinvent itself and entice customers. But every time it posts ads on Facebook, the retailer is bombarded with comments expressing anger the company is laying off workers without severance.

Hyperloop technology will revolutionize transportation, but it has to get off the ground first

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 18:19:57 EDT


A hyperloop is a vacuum-sealed tube that would theoretically allow pods of humans to travel at speeds close to the speed of sound. It might sound like science fiction, but it's closer to reality than you might think.

Common genetic trait links human and doggy friendliness

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 05:00:00 EDT


Scientists studying the genetic basis for dog friendliness have found it comes from a portion of their genome that is similar to the area in the human genome that relates to sociability.

Couple catches slow, snaky death of rare Canadian salamander found only in Manitoba

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 06:00:00 EDT


It was a sunny July day on the Prairies when Laura Reeves witnessed the slow death of a secretive amphibian in southeastern Manitoba that isn't found anywhere else in Canada.

Elephant seals have rhythm and they know how to use it

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:50:26 EDT


New research published in the journal Current Biology finds that elephant seals identify breeding rivals by the rhythm of their vocal calls, much the way humans can discern accents and vocal tone.

Police ran 2nd dark web marketplace as sting to spot drug deals

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:26:54 EDT


In an innovative blow against illicit internet commerce, cyberpolice shut down the world's leading "dark net" marketplace, AlphaBay — then quietly seized a second bazaar, the Hansa Market, to amass intelligence on illicit drug merchants and buyers.

Cash to protect forests: Pilot program in Uganda finds it works

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:25:57 EDT


Deforestation dropped by more than half in Ugandan villages where land owners were paid about $28 per hectare each year if they preserved their trees, according to the study from U.S. researchers published in the journal Science.

Elon Musk speaks about Hyperloop, Mars mission

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 11:53:31 EDT


Elon Musk announced Thursday afternoon that he'd received verbal approval for a Hyperloop from New York City to Washington, D.C. A day earlier, Musk revealed that he hasn't given up on his Mars dreams but that his Falcon Heavy and Crew Dragon plans have met some unforeseen obstacles.

Dark web's largest illegal marketplace, founded by Canadian, shut down by U.S.

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 11:07:47 EDT


U.S. Justice Department officials say an internet marketplace for drugs, counterfeit goods, weapons, hacking tools and other illicit items has been shut down.

Fear of predation may be enough to push small groups of animals to extinction

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:07:57 EDT


Fear of predation may play a role in pushing small populations of vulnerable species to extinction, a new Canadian study has found.

Google delivers a Street View tour of the International Space Station

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 09:00:00 EDT


When Google Street View wanted to show everyone the inside of the International Space Station, it took some innovation and the help of an astronaut.

Neuroscientists find new way to make lab equipment on the cheap

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 05:00:00 EDT


Using 3D printing, Raspberry Pi computers and other components you could pick up at at your local electronics store, researchers have pioneered a do-it-yourself alternative to prohibitively expensive lab equipment.

Humans have produced 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic, researchers say

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:00:00 EDT


Plastic is in almost everything we use. Now researchers have calculated the amount of the synthetic material humans have produced since the advent of of large-scale production began in the 1950s: 8.3 billion tonnes.

Search for missing Malaysian airliner reveals rich detail about Indian Ocean

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:34:29 EDT


Detailed sea-floor maps made during the unsuccessful search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, released by Australia on Wednesday, could help increase the knowledge of rich fisheries and the prehistoric movement of the earth's southern continents.

Google redesigns mobile search app to add personalized feed

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 12:23:19 EDT


User who search using Google's mobile app will receive more personalized results, including links catered to hobbies, travel and sports. The update is currently only available for users in the U.S.; other countries can expect to receive the update in the coming weeks.