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#DeleteFacebook? Great idea, Elon Musk says

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 13:04:28 EDT


Tesla chief executive officer Elon Musk has deleted the official Facebook pages of his companies, joining a growing movement to boycott the social media giant.

Asia could run out of fish by 2048, UN reports

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 10:57:04 EDT


In Asia, there will be no fish stocks for commercial fishing by 2048 if trends continue. That's one of the projections made by four new United Nations scientific reports on biodiversity that showed the Earth is losing plants, animals and clean water at a dramatic rate.

Biggest pterosaur ever found was as tall as a giraffe

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 10:25:04 EDT


A powerful flying reptile that was as tall as a giraffe, weighed half a tonne, and had a longer wingspan than a Cessna Skyhawk plane has been put on display at a museum in Germany.

What you should do if you find a dead whale washed ashore

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 09:00:00 EDT


While the public can play an important role in providing information to authorities about animals that have washed ashore, there's no need for them to get on top of the dead animal.

U.S. government charges Iranians for international cyber theft

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 10:21:31 EDT


The U.S. government has charged nine Iranians and an Iranian company with attempting to hack into hundreds of U.S. and international universities, dozens of companies and parts of the U.S. government on behalf of the Iranian government.

U.S. Congress invites Mark Zuckerberg to testify at future Facebook user data hearing

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 11:33:33 EDT


U.S. lawmakers have formally asked Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to explain at a Washington hearing how 50 million users' data got into the hands of political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.

More than 100 stranded whales die on beach, few still breathing

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 04:21:22 EDT


More than 150 whales have become stranded in Hamelin Bay in western Australia, and only 15 of them were still alive on Friday, authorities say.

Great Pacific Garbage Patch is 16 times bigger than previously estimated, study finds

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 11:34:35 EDT


A new study suggests that the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, an area spanning 1.6 million square kilometres, contains more than 79,000 tonnes of floating plastic — 16 times more than previous estimates.

It's official — the Harper government muzzled scientists. Some say it's still happening

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 19:01:27 EDT


An investigation by the Information Commissioner of Canada concludes the Harper government muzzled scientists.

First responders and private firms will test flying drones out of sight

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 04:00:00 EDT


A series of trials with Transport Canada is allowing RCMP, OPP and Renfrew County Paramedic Service — and some private companies — to push the limits and fly drones beyond an operator’s line of sight, according to documents obtained by CBC News through a freedom of information request.

Big telcos not required to sell wholesale network access to tower-less rivals, CRTC says

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 04:00:00 EDT


The CRTC has once again refused to mandate the big telcos sell wholesale access to their wireless networks to fledgling rivals without towers of their own, a decision critics call a blow for competition and for Canadians fed up with big cellphone bills.

Mystery mammoth tusks returned to Canada

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 16:14:57 EDT


A pair of mammoth tusks that had been illegally acquired by an American collector in 1960 have been returned to Canada.

Canadian teen tells UN 'warrior up' to protect water

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 14:39:03 EDT


Autumn Peltier, a 13-year-old from Manitoulin Island on Georgian Bay, delivered a strong message to the United Nations General Assembly that the world needs to stop polluting its water.

'Artificial magma' technology used to suppress Alberta oil and gas well leaks

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 12:56:23 EDT


New technologies employing brute force as well as artificial volcanic action are being developed to better seal thousands of inactive oil and gas wells in Canada that are leaking methane, a greenhouse gas with an outsized impact on global warming.

Here are the places in Canada — yes, Canada — vulnerable to drought

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 04:00:00 EDT


As conservationists and organizations around the globe mark World Water Day Thursday, some scientists are warning that Canada is not immune to water shortages and periods of drought.

How to protect your personal info on Facebook

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 17:43:21 EDT


Facebook users who are worried about protecting their personal information in the wake of the alleged privacy breach by Cambridge Analytica have a few options at their disposal.

B.C.-born professor awarded 'Nobel Prize' of mathematics

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 01:26:29 EDT


Robert Langlands, 81, was awarded the Abel prize for developing "a grand theory unified theory of mathematics."

Global carbon emissions hit record high in 2017

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 04:45:17 EDT


Global energy-related carbon emissions rose to a historic high of 32.5 gigatonnes last year, after three years of being flat, due to higher energy demand and the slowing of energy efficiency improvements, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said.

'Horrified' scientists watch killer whale infanticide

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 17:32:22 EDT


Marine scientists in B.C. have for the first time seen a killer whale drown a baby of the same species.

Distressed seabird rallies after dinner and a warm bed in Newfoundland home

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 07:30:00 EDT


When Antje Springman spotted something huddled outside her home, she thought it was one of her chickens. It turned out to be a Great Cormorant.