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U.S. internet service providers get green light to sell user data — but what about Canada?

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 05:00:00 EDT


You might be pleased to learn that Canada, which often follows the U.S. lead on technology issues, has taken a different approach on the privacy of user data.

Samsung tries to win back customers with Galaxy S8 smartphone

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:31:29 EDT


​​Samsung Electronics unveiled its Galaxy S8 smartphone Wednesday as it battles to regain the market leadership it lost to Apple after the embarrassing withdrawal of the fire-prone Note 7s.

Alberta grey jay web cam may be a first, thrilling online fans

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 23:05:25 EDT


A recently installed web cam in central Alberta may be the first to capture the breeding behaviour of Canada’s unofficial national bird, the grey jay, and online fans around the world are tuning in.

The argument for robot 'personhood'

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 11:00:00 EDT


It’s less about the damage we might do to robots, but the damage we might do with them — and where responsibility lies when things go wrong

Windows 10 update will bring 3D, game tools and doodling

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:46:41 EDT


A major update to Microsoft's Windows 10 system will start reaching consumers and businesses on April 11, offering 3D drawing tools, game-broadcasting capabilities and better ways to manage web browsing.

Netherlands town installs traffic lights for pedestrians walking and texting

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:42:46 EDT


It's dubbed "wexting" — walking while texting. So-called distracted walking can certainly be annoying, and some argue it's a public safety hazard. Now, a small town in the Netherlands is testing a novel approach to address those safety concerns.

Supermassive black holes give birth to stars, astronomers discover

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:17:36 EDT


A team of astrophysicists has discovered that supermassive black holes at the centre of galaxies aren't just destroyers of stars, but also their creators.

Changing jet stream, extreme weather linked to humans: study

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:32:30 EDT


A new study strongly suggests that human impact may be to blame for stalling weather patterns that contribute to extreme weather events.

2 Canadians win Gairdner Awards for contributions to medical science

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:27:00 EDT


Two Canadian researchers are among the winners of this year's Gairdner Awards, which recognize some of the most significant medical discoveries made by scientists around the globe.

Trump issues executive order rolling back Obama climate change policies

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:50:38 EDT


U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday to undo Obama-era climate change regulations that his administration says are hobbling oil drillers and coal miners, a move environmental groups have vowed to take to court.

'Unprecedented' dinosaur tracks found in Australia's Jurassic Park

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:53:29 EDT


Scientists have found 21 different types of dinosaur tracks in an area rich with dinosaur findings.

Uber resumes self-driving cars after accident in Arizona

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:52:42 EDT


Ride-hailing company Uber has resumed its self-driving car pilot program after an incident in Tempe, Ariz., in which one of its vehicles was rolled on to its side after a collision that wasn't its fault.

Listen to 'the most annoying sound ever' — made to warn drivers of head-on collisions

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:14:18 EDT


Virginia researchers have designed a grating, painful, high-pitched alarm that just might save your life one day.

Samsung to sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7s after battery fire recall

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:02:11 EDT


Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. said on Monday it plans to sell refurbished versions of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphones that were pulled from markets due to fire-prone batteries.

How lasers, environmentalists and Google combine to reduce methane emissions

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 05:00:00 EDT


A new project has brought together university researchers, an environmental organization and Google to help find and track methane leaks in U.S. cities.

More TV streaming services join U.S. market, leaving Canada far behind

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 05:00:00 EDT


YouTube TV will soon join a long list of low-cost streaming options available in the U.S. but not in Canada. This frustrates many Canadians who want to watch their favourite shows without paying big cable bills.

Black hole gets unusual 'kick' out of galaxy core thanks to gravitational waves

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:30:18 EDT


A team of international researchers got a bit of a shock recently: A supermassive black hole — something that normally anchors the centre of a galaxy — was spotted speeding away from its home. The reason? Gravitational waves, says the research team.

The politics of Pluto: 10 years later, the bitter debate rages on

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 05:00:00 EDT


More than 10 years after Pluto was demoted from planet to dwarf planet, the debate continues, with leading scientists on both sides becoming more vociferous and maybe a little testy.

Trump's proposed NASA cuts take aim at Earth science

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:02:52 EDT


Officials at NASA were delighted that U.S. President Donald Trump's budget proposal allocates $19.1 billion for the agency, down only 0.8 per cent from last year, but the proposal also cuts several programs to study the Earth.

Spacewalking astronauts prep space station for new parking spot

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:01:09 EDT


NASA wants to cram in at least two more spacewalks before the station's commander returns to Earth on April 10.