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Finding life on 7 exoplanets will be a challenge: Bob McDonald

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:21:05 EST


New high-powered telescopes will probably have to detect signs of life rather than life itself.

New species of gigantic, toothy worm identified in Canadian fossil collection

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:49:44 EST


Researchers have discovered a new species of an ancient worm that was more than a metre long and had powerful jaws and teeth with which to catch its prey.

Even if scientists could make woolly mammoths de-extinct, should they?

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 13:55:35 EST


Bringing extinct animals back to life was once considered something that would only be seen in movies like Jurassic Park, but with new technology, some say it could happen within the next 20 years.

Radiation may prove more potent than pesticide against pepper pest

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:25:59 EST


You may not have heard of the pepper weevil, but it's said to have cost Ontario farmers $83 million in crop damage in 2016. Now, scientists hope a blast of cobalt gamma radiation will prove more potent - and less problematic - than pesticides.

Waymo accuses Uber of self-driving car theft

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:12:31 EST


A self-driving car company founded by Google is colliding with ride-haling service Uber in a court battle revolving around allegations of betrayal, high-tech espionage and greed.

Scat secrets: Edmonton study explores role of predator poop in spreading plant seeds

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:44:59 EST


Some of the world's most ferocious predators — natural-born killers such as cougars and bears — are sort of gardeners in disguise, according to a new study from the University of Alberta.

Climate change doubles size of lakes in N.W.T. bison sanctuary, reducing habitat

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:43:53 EST


New research suggests that climate change has mysteriously caused lakes near Fort Providence, N.W.T., to nearly double in size, forcing bison to stray from their preferred habitat.

Will astronomers ever be able to confirm life exists on other planets?

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:53:55 EST


To understand what's involved in searching for signs of life, you need to first know two definitions astronomers use: potentially habitable and habitable.

Large iceberg poised to break off Antarctic ice shelf

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:47:19 EST


An iceberg that's 80 kilometres long is poised to break off Antarctica.

'Doomsday' seed vault receives 50,000 new samples

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:15:53 EST


Nearly 10 years after a "doomsday" seed vault opened on an Arctic island, some 50,000 new samples from seed collections around the world have been deposited in the world's largest repository built to safeguard against wars or natural disasters wiping out global food crops.

SpaceX docks with International Space Station following delay

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 09:29:17 EST


SpaceX has made good on a 400-kilometre-high delivery at the International Space Station.

NASA's Juno spacecraft stuck in long orbits around Jupiter

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:19:16 EST


NASA's Jupiter-circling spacecraft is stuck making long laps around the gas giant because of sticky valves.

7 Earth-like planets found orbiting star 39 light-years away

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:00:00 EST


Scientists have discovered seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a small star 39 light-years away, with several planets believed to be capable of having water.

Canada places 12th in mobile data speeds out of 87 countries, OpenSignal says

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 05:00:00 EST


An international ranking of mobile networks has found that Canadians have some of the fastest data speeds in the world.

'It's like nothing else on earth': Rarest of gemstones fuels boom for Alberta miners

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:08:06 EST


A Calgary-based mining company says its operation will quadruple in size within 12 months — thanks to prehistoric squid-like creatures transformed into gemstones that can only be found in one spot in the world, southern Alberta.