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Rosetta spacecraft helped us 'dig into our past' and understand where we came from

Sat, 1 Oct 2016 11:00:00 EDT


Europe's comet-chasing space probe Rosetta may be lost to us for good, but the discoveries it made during its 12-year mission studying a distant, icy comet will help us unravel mysteries of life and the universe for decades to come.

People's love of beer shaped yeast's genetic history

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:00:22 EDT


A group of Belgian researchers has discovered that the yeast used to brew beer today started its life more than 500 years ago, and it’s our love of the frothy beverage that shaped the microbe’s genetic history.

New chemicals may be less toxic, safer for Arctic wildlife: researcher

Sat, 1 Oct 2016 07:30:00 EDT


The new chemicals are meant to replace Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) that are linked to serious health issues like diabetes and cancer.

What's in a name? Elon Musk turns to science fiction for Mars ship

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 15:24:37 EDT


If SpaceX founder Elon Musk's plan to establish a city on Mars sounds like science fiction, then consider the name of his first passenger ship. He's leaning toward the name Heart of Gold, from the 1979 book, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Is red tape holding back the financial tech industry in Canada?

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 19:13:43 EDT


The Bank of Canada is experimenting with "regulatory sandboxes" to promote innovation, but venture capitalist Ray Sharma says that regulation is holding Canada's financial technology industry back.

Rosetta boldly went where no one has gone before: Bob McDonald

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 17:42:03 EDT


The Rosetta spacecraft by the European Space Agency was the first to rendezvous with a comet. The mission which ended this week was a remarkable success, proving once again, that robots are the true explorers of our solar system.

'Farewell Rosetta, you've done the job': Europe's comet chaser ends 12-year mission

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:25:31 EDT


Europe's comet-chasing space probe Rosetta performed its final task Friday, dipping out of orbit for a slow-motion crash onto the icy surface of the alien world it's been following for more than a decade.

VR an eye-popping new canvas for artists using Tilt Brush

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:44:43 EDT


Virtual reality isn't just for gamers and engineers anymore: visual artists are dabbling with the technology to make eye-popping artworks.

Global carbon dioxide levels reach highest point ever, likely for good

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 05:00:00 EDT


Global carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere have surpassed 400 parts per million, and will almost certainly remain there indefinitely, according to new numbers from the Scripps carbon dioxide monitoring program at the Mauna Loa observatory in Hawaii.

Samsung recommends washing bedding on delicate to prevent injury risk in top-loading washers

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 09:54:11 EDT


​Samsung says it is working with Health Canada to address potential safety issues with certain top-loading, high-efficiency washing machines that can vibrate to the point where they could pose a risk of injury or property damage.

On 20th anniversary, experts say it's time to review Arctic Council mandate

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 05:00:00 EDT


20 years after it was established, the Arctic Council is being lauded for its achievements. But former foreign affairs minister Lloyd Axworthy says the time has come for "a revised and stronger council."

Top 5 invasive species threatening Alberta's ecosystems

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 04:00:00 EDT


There's growing concern in Alberta about the new threat to provincial ecosystems posed by whirling fish disease, which was first detected last month and has now turned up in several lakes and streams. But the parasitic infection joins an already long list of invasive species provincial officials are looking out for.

Sugar puts bumblebees in a good mood, says research showing emotion-like behaviour

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:00:00 EDT


New research has found that bumblebees can have "emotion-like states," which suggests that insects may have more complex brains than previously thought.

'Pepe is not hate symbol,' says internet-famous frog's creator

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 19:08:21 EDT


The comic book artist who created Pepe the Frog in 2005 says the Anti-Defamation League jumped the gun when they added the cartoon character to its online database of hate symbols.

63% of Albertans oppose NDP carbon tax, poll suggests

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:09:18 EDT


A majority of Albertans disapprove of the NDP's climate plan and even more don't support the looming carbon tax, despite Premier Rachel Notley's suggestions to the contrary, a new poll suggests.