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Hyperloop technology will revolutionize transportation, but it has to get off the ground first

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 18:19:57 EDT

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A hyperloop is a vacuum-sealed tube that would theoretically allow pods of humans to travel at speeds close to the speed of sound. It might sound like science fiction, but it's closer to reality than you might think.




Common genetic trait links human and doggy friendliness

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 05:00:00 EDT

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Scientists studying the genetic basis for dog friendliness have found it comes from a portion of their genome that is similar to the area in the human genome that relates to sociability.




Couple catches slow, snaky death of rare Canadian salamander found only in Manitoba

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 06:00:00 EDT

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It was a sunny July day on the Prairies when Laura Reeves witnessed the slow death of a secretive amphibian in southeastern Manitoba that isn't found anywhere else in Canada.




Elephant seals have rhythm and they know how to use it

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:50:26 EDT

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New research published in the journal Current Biology finds that elephant seals identify breeding rivals by the rhythm of their vocal calls, much the way humans can discern accents and vocal tone.




Police ran 2nd dark web marketplace as sting to spot drug deals

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:26:54 EDT

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In an innovative blow against illicit internet commerce, cyberpolice shut down the world's leading "dark net" marketplace, AlphaBay — then quietly seized a second bazaar, the Hansa Market, to amass intelligence on illicit drug merchants and buyers.




Cash to protect forests: Pilot program in Uganda finds it works

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:25:57 EDT

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Deforestation dropped by more than half in Ugandan villages where land owners were paid about $28 per hectare each year if they preserved their trees, according to the study from U.S. researchers published in the journal Science.




Elon Musk speaks about Hyperloop, Mars mission

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 11:53:31 EDT

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Elon Musk announced Thursday afternoon that he'd received verbal approval for a Hyperloop from New York City to Washington, D.C. A day earlier, Musk revealed that he hasn't given up on his Mars dreams but that his Falcon Heavy and Crew Dragon plans have met some unforeseen obstacles.




Dark web's largest illegal marketplace, founded by Canadian, shut down by U.S.

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 11:07:47 EDT

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U.S. Justice Department officials say an internet marketplace for drugs, counterfeit goods, weapons, hacking tools and other illicit items has been shut down.




Fear of predation may be enough to push small groups of animals to extinction

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:07:57 EDT

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Fear of predation may play a role in pushing small populations of vulnerable species to extinction, a new Canadian study has found.




Google delivers a Street View tour of the International Space Station

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 09:00:00 EDT

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When Google Street View wanted to show everyone the inside of the International Space Station, it took some innovation and the help of an astronaut.




Neuroscientists find new way to make lab equipment on the cheap

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 05:00:00 EDT

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Using 3D printing, Raspberry Pi computers and other components you could pick up at at your local electronics store, researchers have pioneered a do-it-yourself alternative to prohibitively expensive lab equipment.




Humans have produced 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic, researchers say

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:00:00 EDT

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Plastic is in almost everything we use. Now researchers have calculated the amount of the synthetic material humans have produced since the advent of of large-scale production began in the 1950s: 8.3 billion tonnes.




Search for missing Malaysian airliner reveals rich detail about Indian Ocean

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:34:29 EDT

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Detailed sea-floor maps made during the unsuccessful search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, released by Australia on Wednesday, could help increase the knowledge of rich fisheries and the prehistoric movement of the earth's southern continents.




Google redesigns mobile search app to add personalized feed

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 12:23:19 EDT

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User who search using Google's mobile app will receive more personalized results, including links catered to hobbies, travel and sports. The update is currently only available for users in the U.S.; other countries can expect to receive the update in the coming weeks.




Telecom exec Ian Scott to be next CRTC chair starting September

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 13:37:05 EDT

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The federal government has named Ian Scott to be the next head of the CRTC, the regulatory body that governs Canada's broadcast and telecommunications industries.




Insurers have 'valid reason' to worry over fires in Western Canada, scientist says

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 17:42:20 EDT

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Fires and floods will become more severe and more frequent in Western Canada — and insurance companies should take notice, a Calgary climate change scientist says.




Soar over Pluto in stunning hi-def NASA video

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 13:01:17 EDT

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NASA has released a high-definition video showing what it would be like to fly over Pluto and its largest moon, Charon.




New evidence suggests mighty T-rex couldn't outrun human

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 11:01:22 EDT

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Line up Usain Bolt at the starting blocks with a Tyrannosaurus rex and the dinosaur would be left behind in the sprinter's dust, according to computer-assisted research that turns long-held assumptions on their head.




New feathered dinosaur species named after famed Alberta paleontologist

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 17:04:13 EDT

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Meet the Albertavenator curriei, a feathered, toothy dinosaur that once roamed a lush coastal plain in what is now Drumheller Valley.




Ashley Madison owner to pay up to $11.2M to settle U.S. class action lawsuits

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 14:30:47 EDT

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The owner of adultery website AshleyMadison.com has agreed to pay $11.2 million US to settle class action lawsuits in the U.S. on behalf of people whose personal information was exposed in a high-profile cybersecurity breach in 2015.