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Technology allows visually impaired, blind to experience solar eclipse

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 05:00:00 EDT


Seeing next week's total solar eclipse isn't the only way to experience it. Two projects were developed to allow the visually impaired and blind be part of the astronomical event.

After cracking down on neo-Nazis, tech companies wonder who should police online hate

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 05:00:00 EDT


For more than two decades, lawmakers, tech companies and consumers have held vastly different views on how to handle those who spread hate, racism and abuse online.

Eating the sun: How solar eclipses changed from terrible omen to tourist draw

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 09:00:00 EDT


Now people flock to see the sun's light swallowed by the moon, but solar eclipses were long viewed with terror and awe — until humans learned to see them coming.

Digital vigilantism after Charlottesville: Get ready for more naming and shaming

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 05:00:16 EDT


As people grow frustrated by the seeming lack of repercussions for overt racist behaviour, it’s likely we will see more digital vigilantism and more support for “naming and shaming” campaigns.

Demand for eclipse glasses outpaces supply

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:55:32 EDT


Still looking for a pair of eclipse glasses? You may be out of luck.

Reduced speeds for right whales prompts surcharge for Oceanex Montreal-St. John's route

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:06:20 EDT


The federal government reduced speeds in the Gulf of St. Lawrence to protect the unusually high number of endangered right whales in the area, following recent deaths.

Solar eclipse myth-busting: Facts and fiction behind nature's stunning event

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 05:00:00 EDT


Do you think it's safe to look at a solar eclipse through sunglasses? Have you heard that an unborn child can be harmed during one? We bust some myths behind nature's spectacular event.

Websites aim to exile white nationalists in wake of violence

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:04:26 EDT


Silicon Valley joined a swelling backlash against white nationalist groups in the U.S. on Wednesday as more technology companies denied their services in response to weekend violence in Charlottesville, Va.

Science Says: DNA test results may not change health habits

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:56:55 EDT


If you learned your DNA made you more susceptible to getting a disease, wouldn't you work to stay healthy?

Scientist looking to bats and bees in fight against antibiotic-resistant superbugs

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:43:29 EDT


A researcher in Halifax hopes that a new high-tech tool will help them find superbug-fighting antibiotics from an unusual source.

'Frankenstein' dinosaur is missing evolutionary link, researchers say

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:43:02 EDT


A missing link between plant-eating dinosaurs and meat-eaters such as the Tyrannosaurus rex may have been found, suggests a new study from the University of Cambridge and the Natural History Museum.

Total solar eclipse 2017: Read CBC's complete coverage

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:43:59 EDT


Read CBC's complete coverage of the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21 for the science behind the rare event and tips on how to watch.

Not all shades created equal: How to get the right solar eclipse glasses

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:44:07 EDT


As excitement on social media about the Aug. 21 solar eclipse heats up, experts are urging people to take good care of their eyes when they enjoy the spectacle in Canadian skies.

In fight for free speech, researchers test anti-censorship tool built into the internet's core

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:35:47 EDT


What if the routers and servers that underpin the internet could also double as one big anti-censorship tool?

Petya ransomware cost world's biggest container ship company up to $300M

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:42:33 EDT


Maersk's CEO said its businesses "were significantly affected," but there was "no data breach or data loss."

Calgary completes conversion of 80K street lights to LED, expects $5M in annual savings

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:03:50 EDT


Calgary has finished replacing 80,000 street lights with LED bulbs more than a year ahead of schedule.

SpaceX successfully delivers experiments, treats to space station

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:45:18 EDT


A SpaceX shipment arrived at the International Space Station on Wednesday, delivering a bonanza of science experiments.

Autonomous glider to track critically endangered right whales

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 05:35:56 EDT


Scientists in Halifax have launched a high-tech tool to track the whale population on the Scotian Shelf. A glider has been deployed off the coast for 30 days to capture the sounds of endangered North Atlantic right whales.

Lake trout 'a canary in a coal mine' for climate change: researcher

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:33:26 EDT


A new study out of the University of Manitoba shows some lake predators are changing their behaviour due to climate change, which may have a wide-ranging effect on aquatic ecosystems.

High-powered scans and X-rays give glimpse into T. rex ancestor

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:27:22 EDT


Researchers at a top U.S. laboratory announced Tuesday that they have produced the highest resolution scan ever done of the inner workings of a fossilized tyrannosaur skull using neutron beams and high-energy X-rays, resulting in new clues that could help paleontologists piece together the evolutionary puzzle of the monstrous T. rex.