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Starman and his Tesla could crash into Earth or Venus ... eventually

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 04:00:00 EST


Bad news, Elon: There's a chance your Tesla Roadster will come crashing down to Earth.

Borneo's orangutans at risk of extinction after population decreases by 148,500 in 16 years

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 12:00:00 EST


Partly due to deforestation and the rise of industrial plantations, Borneo's orangutans are at risk of one day disappearing for good.

AIs, oceans and proteins: Ottawa announces winners of $950 million 'supercluster' competition

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 08:51:22 EST


The Trudeau government has unveiled the winners of a competition to form technology 'superclusters' — a title that will guarantee the victors a piece of up to $950 million in federal funding.

Enhancing athletic performance on a genetic level

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 15:23:01 EST


It’s already on WADA’s radar and gene doping may already be happening to enhance athletes’ performance, but its future is much more problematic.

Toxic metals from plastic left on the beach are leaching into the ocean's ecosystems: B.C. study

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 11:33:18 EST


Researchers say tiny particles only millimetres in size can ferry metal into the ecosystem.

Google's Chrome browser starts blocking 'disruptive' ads

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 08:31:40 EST


On Thursday, Google will begin using its Chrome browser to eradicate ads it deems annoying or otherwise detrimental to users. It just so happens that many of Google's own most lucrative ads will sail through its new filters.

Pulsating aurora spotted in Canada helps explain northern lights' origin

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 13:00:00 EST


Scientists have figured out what causes pulsating auroras, a special type of northern lights that blink in the night sky. And it was partly thanks to a lucky observation of the phenomenon in Canada.

HQ Trivia game has not-so-trivial Canadian connections

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 04:00:00 EST


HQ Trivia, the internet sensation out of New York City that attracts nearly a million players a game, has a host with a special affinity for Canada and a tie to an Ottawa trivia mastermind.

Leatherback turtle, not overturned boat, found washed up in Cape Breton

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 10:44:41 EST


A 360-kilogram leatherback turtle carcass that washed up near shore in Islandview, Cape Breton, in Nova Scotia, is now on its way to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans lab in Charlottetown for analysis.

Leaping elk crashes low-flying research helicopter

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 08:32:47 EST


An elk leaped into a research helicopter that was trying to capture it and brought down the helicopter in a collision that also killed the elk, authorities in Utah said Tuesday.

Statistics Canada looking down the drain to determine levels of pot consumption

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 07:56:49 EST


The federal government is taking a somewhat noxious approach to studying just how much pot Canadians are consuming: researching our sewage.

Industry of dating sites, apps 'very mature,' but fresh investors still take the leap

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 04:00:00 EST


With about 2,000 dating services to choose from in North America and millions of users engaging in them, tales of searching digitally for a successful match — for life, or perhaps just for the night — are now so common they've become an intimate part of the way we live.

Sperm whale spotted in B.C. strait for 1st time in decades

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 20:30:00 EST


A sperm whale has been confirmed on Vancouver Island's eastern coast for the first time since 1984.

Cyberspy agency defends proposed new powers to go on the offensive

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 17:20:42 EST


A senior official from Canada's cyberspy agency told a House of Commons committee proposed new powers would allow it to stop a terrorist's mobile phone from detonating a car bomb, block the ability of extremists to communicate, or prevent a foreign power from interfering in the country's democratic process.

Watch robot skiers race down snowy slopes

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 14:34:35 EST


While Alpine skiers fought high winds at the Pyeongchang Games on Monday, there were no such problems for robots competing in their own "Olympics" ski challenge.

All-female fish species shows sex is overrated

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 09:08:44 EST


An all-female freshwater fish species called the Amazon molly is living proof that sexual reproduction may be vastly overrated, scientists say after analyzing its DNA.

Iceland's bitcoin miners will guzzle more energy than its homes in 2018

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 08:23:54 EST


Iceland is expected to use more energy "mining" bitcoins and other virtual currencies this year than it uses to power its homes.

Trump wants business to take over space station from NASA by 2025

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 15:43:07 EST


The Trump administration wants NASA out of the International Space Station by 2025, and private businesses running the place instead.

Flight of the hummingbird: How size and wing shape forge fantastic flyers

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 18:00:00 EST


A group of biologists from the University of B.C. braved army ants and driving rain to answer one simple question: What makes hummingbirds such nimble flyers?

U.S. woman becomes 1st person to have eye worms previously seen only in cattle

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 18:54:10 EST


An Oregon woman has become the first person worldwide known to have had an eye infestation by a tiny worm species previously seen only in cattle that is spread by flies that feed on eyeball lubrication, U.S. government researchers said on Monday.