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Peppa Pig's tale of torture? Why parents can't rely on platforms like YouTube Kids for child-friendly fare

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 05:00:00 EST


Platforms like Netflix and YouTube Kids can seem like the ideal digital daycare in busy families, but as disturbing content starts slipping through cracks in “kid-friendly” filters, parents and experts are questioning how much we can rely on these algorithmic black box babysitters.

What's ruthenium-106? What you need to know about Russian radiation

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:38:47 EST


Russia has finally confirmed the release of "extremely high contamination" of the radioactive isotope ruthenium-106 in the southern Urals in late September. Here's what you need to know.

Net neutrality 'could be gone for good' after FCC vote to undo Obama-era rule in December

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:32:38 EST


The chair of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission has unveiled plans to repeal a landmark 2015 order that barred internet service providers from blocking or slowing down consumer access to web content, and said the regulator will prevent states and cities from adopting similar protections.

How crews are busting congealed blobs of fat in London sewers and turning them into fuel

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 05:00:00 EST


The monstrosity is born innocently enough. Londoners flush away wet wipes, diapers or condoms. They pour grease down the kitchen sink. And in a city of 8.7 million, the Victorian-era sewers can't cope.

Russia confirms spike in radioactivity after nuclear accident claims

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 06:50:16 EST


Russia's meteorological service says it measured pollution of a radioactive isotope at nearly 1,000 times normal levels in the Ural mountains, the first official Russian data supporting reports that a nuclear accident had taken place.

Astronomers unveil secrets of interstellar visitor

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:51:24 EST


Astronomers say they've learned more about the first known object to enter our solar system from deep space, including its size and colour.

Autonomous ships on the horizon for Great Lakes

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 08:04:36 EST


The day of autonomous ships is soon dawning. Industry players say autonomous vessels will be cheaper to run — with no crew to feed and house — and take the danger out of sailing as well.

This man travelled 90,000 km across Ontario to break a bird-watching record

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 06:02:00 EST


A Leamington, Ont. man has broken the record for highest number of bird species spotted in Ontario in a single year.

Streaks on Mars likely flowing sand, not water, new research suggests

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:18:29 EST


​A new study suggests that dark streaks on Mars are signs of flowing sand — not water.

20 Canadian ideas to improve child health win support from Grand Challenges

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:13:50 EST


Twenty Canadian projects have won Grand Challenges funding, among them an Uber-like connection that can help get pregnant women in Kenya to health care; a 3D printer project to provide orthotic devices for Nepali children with clubfoot and scoliosis; and a microchip that can figure out what pathogen is causing diarrhea in children in Bangladesh.

Arctic climate change being felt farther south, scientists say

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:18:24 EST


An international summary of five year's worth of research on Arctic climate change concludes the top of the world is getting warmer faster than anyone thought.

Marine mammals fight for salmon in Pacific Northwest

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 21:27:04 EST


Study suggests competition with other marine mammals for the same food may be a bigger problem than fishing, at least in recent years, for resident killer whales.

McKenna says amendment signed to Montreal Protocol

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 07:39:07 EST


Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and former prime minister Brian Mulroney will be in Montreal today to mark the 30th anniversary of a landmark treaty to protect the earth's ozone layer.

Firestorm: Fort McMurray wildfire is a warning, book claims

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:58:27 EST


The wildfire that enveloped Fort McMurray in the spring of 2016 is a harbinger of things to come, Edmonton journalist Ed Struzik concludes in his new book, Firestorm: How Wildfire Will Shape our Future.

Driverless trucks are coming to Canada and the impact will be profound: Don Pittis

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 05:00:00 EST


Experts say the cost savings of a multitrillion-dollar driverless truck industry will be unstoppable. And Canadian winter road conditions will be no barrier.

'Very dire situation': Disappearance of Alberta's caribou threatens centuries-old way of life

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST


As woodland caribou habitat dwindles, the threatened species' preservation pits the environment against economic interests in rural Alberta.

Drone delivery service one step closer to reality in northern Ontario community

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 06:57:00 EST


A remote northern Ontario community got its first look at drone delivery technology earlier this month.

That time conservatives saved the planet from climate change

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 20:50:47 EST


What happened to the conservatism that enabled the Montreal Protocol, the landmark environmental agreement signed 30 years ago by Brian Mulroney and Ronald Reagan.

Bell insider reveals high-pressure sales tactics required on every single call

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 21:00:00 EST


A longtime Bell call centre employee says she is pressured to make a sale on every call, often talking customers into products they don't understand, don't need, and sometimes can't afford

Ship or iceberg? $50K prize for best ways to tell the difference

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 11:32:55 EST


More than a thousand people from around the world are locked in a competition to see if they can come up with a better way to spot icebergs off the coast of Newfoundland.