Technology & Science

Jason Poling VR church

The pastor's a wizard, and some worshippers look like cats: This is church in virtual reality

Jonathan Ore | Radio/Tapestry | Sun, 3 Jul 2022 10:33:59 EDT

When the COVID-19 pandemic turned indoor gatherings into possible superspreader events, some people who are part of a religious community have had surprising success by breaking bread in virtual reality. read more

Giant western red cedar in North Vancouver rainforest

Biologist finds behemoth tree in North Vancouver nearly as wide as a Boeing 747 airplane cabin

David P. Ball | News/Canada/British Columbia | Sat, 2 Jul 2022 04:00:00 EDT

A western red cedar found in Lynn Headwaters Regional Park is likely 1,000-2,000 years old, experts say. read more

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Google says it will erase U.S. user data about trips to abortion clinics

The Associated Press | News/World | Sat, 2 Jul 2022 15:45:52 EDT

Google will automatically purge information about users who visit abortion clinics or other places that could trigger legal problems now that the U.S. Supreme Court has opened the door for states to ban the termination of pregnancies. read more

Portugal UN Ocean Conference

Environmental groups press world leaders on last day of UN ocean conference

Reuters | News/World | Fri, 1 Jul 2022 15:02:34 EDT

Environmental groups on Friday urged world leaders to keep promises they made at the UN Ocean Conference in Lisbon this week, to do everything in their power to save the world's seas. read more

Noctilucent clouds over Alberta

Electric-blue, shimmering clouds begin their annual appearance across Canada

Nicole Mortillaro | News/Science | Thu, 30 Jun 2022 04:00:00 EDT

Amazing. Beautiful. Superb. These are words many people use to describe one of the sky’s most beautiful displays: noctilucent clouds. And the time is right for Canadians to try to see them for themselves. read more

Sable Island fog censors

Scientists descend on Sable Island for massive study of fog

Paul Withers | News/Canada/Nova Scotia | Thu, 30 Jun 2022 05:00:00 EDT

On Sable Island, scientists can be found among the horses, seals and seabirds this summer. read more

Southern resident orca - or killer whale - chases a salmon

B.C.'s endangered killer whales have been going hungry for years, study finds

David P. Ball | News/Canada/British Columbia | Tue, 28 Jun 2022 07:00:00 EDT

With roughly 75 individuals left, southern resident orcas have not been getting enough food to meet their needs for years, according to UBC researchers. read more

New Zealand Rocket Launch NASA

NASA rocket launches to test new orbit for moon missions

The Associated Press | News/Science | Tue, 28 Jun 2022 12:01:14 EDT

NASA launched a satellite from New Zealand in an effort to experiment with a new orbit around the moon that it hopes to use in the coming years to once again land astronauts on the lunar surface. read more

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'She's perfect and she's beautiful': Frozen baby woolly mammoth discovered in Yukon gold fields

Michel Proulx | News/Canada/North | Fri, 24 Jun 2022 19:25:49 EDT

The Yukon government's paleontologist is calling a frozen baby woolly mammoth found this week near Dawson City the 'most important discovery in paleontology in North America.' read more

Asian Carp Great Lakes

Would you eat invasive carp? What about 'copi'?

John Flesher | News/Canada/Windsor | Thu, 23 Jun 2022 08:17:50 EDT

You're in the mood for fish and your server suggests a dish of invasive carp. 'Ugh,' you might say. But how about broiled copi, fresh from the Mississippi River? read more

Mars opposition

Early risers can see a rare group of planets in the morning sky

Nicole Mortillaro | News/Science | Wed, 22 Jun 2022 15:54:52 EDT

If you’re a morning person, there’s a treat in the sky before sunrise: five of the sky’s brightest planets all lined up among the stars. read more

Black astronomers

Where are all the Black astronomers and physicists? Racism, isolation keeping many away

Nicole Mortillaro | News/Science | Wed, 22 Jun 2022 04:00:00 EDT

While Canada produces many talented astronomers, astrophysicists and physicists, few of them are Black. The question is: Why? read more

Scott Cocker and Elizabeth Hall

Woolly mammoth shoulder blade, tusk, among ice age fossils found by Yukon paleontology team

CBC News | News/Canada/North | Wed, 22 Jun 2022 19:13:18 EDT

Yukon paleontologist Grant Zazula and his team have already found the shoulder blade of a woolly mammoth, a complete tusk, some leg bones, a steppe bison, some horses and some caribou. read more

SpaceRyde's husband-wife founders, Saharnaz Safari, left, Sohrab Haghighat,

Meet the husband-wife duo competing with SpaceX to send cargo to the moon

CBC News | News/Canada/Toronto | Tue, 21 Jun 2022 18:17:28 EDT

Saharnaz Safari and Sohrab Haghighat, spoke to CBC News about their company SpaceRyde alongside Chris Hadfield, the first Canadian astronaut to live aboard the International Space Station. Their goal: to make history as the first orbital rocket to launch from a balloon. read more

Boutlliers Pt, Nova Scotia

U.S. funds $7.5M study with Canadian scientists to help predict marine fog

Paul Withers | News/Canada/Nova Scotia | Tue, 21 Jun 2022 05:00:00 EDT

Fog can be predicted only a few hours in advance, if at all, because it's not well understood what causes it. A new study aims to change that. read more

Cambodia Giant Stingray

World's largest recorded freshwater fish caught in Cambodia

The Associated Press | News/Science | Mon, 20 Jun 2022 12:07:00 EDT

The world's largest recorded freshwater fish, a giant stingray, has been caught in the Mekong River in Cambodia, according to scientists from the Southeast Asian nation and the United States. read more

Ray St-Laurent eGull

Retired Fredericton engineer's ultralight plane powered by electricity

Shane Fowler | News/Canada/New Brunswick | Mon, 20 Jun 2022 08:15:00 EDT

Ray St-Laurent owns an electric car. And an electric lawnmower. And an electric snowblower. “Whatever is new and neat” tends to get the retired mechanical engineer's interest. read more

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Moth wings could inspire a new generation of soundproofing material

Bob McDonald | Radio | Fri, 17 Jun 2022 16:00:20 EDT

Bob McDonald's blog: The moth's wings can absorb up to 87% of incoming sound, a handy trait when being hunted by a bat read more

Garden suite

Small backyard homes could offer both housing and climate relief

CBC News | News/Science | Thu, 16 Jun 2022 12:46:54 EDT

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we examine the growth of 'garden suites' in urban areas and a trio of lethal lakes in central Africa. read more

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Canada's nuclear waste agency says it was scammed out of $300K meant for First Nation in Ontario

Colin Butler | News/Canada/London | Fri, 17 Jun 2022 04:00:00 EDT

Canada's nuclear waste agency says someone posing as an Indigenous chief convinced agency officials to put nearly $300,000 into a private bank account, money that was meant for a community development on a First Nation in Ontario. read more

EU hammering out cryptocurrency regulations that could set global standard

EU hammering out cryptocurrency regulations that could set global standard

Economy/Money/Tech | Thu, 30 Jun 2022 12:35:13 +0000

The European Union on Wednesday agreed on new rules subjecting cryptocurrency transfers to the same money-laundering rules as traditional banking transfers. read more

Roe v. Wade overturn: Can data be used to crack down on abortions?

Roe v. Wade overturn: Can data be used to crack down on abortions?

Health/Tech/World | Tue, 28 Jun 2022 23:00:30 +0000

Although the U.S. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act protects the privacy of medical files, it doesn't protect user's data in third-party apps or tech companies. read more

Kyle Rittenhouse announces video game about shooting ‘fake news turkeys’

Kyle Rittenhouse announces video game about shooting ‘fake news turkeys’

Tech/Trending/World | Fri, 24 Jun 2022 19:12:20 +0000

The game, titled 'Kyle Rittenhouse Turkey Shoot,' will use its proceeds to 'sue the leftwing media organizations for defamation,' according to the official website. read more

Amazon’s Alexa could soon mimic the voice of your dead loved ones

Amazon’s Alexa could soon mimic the voice of your dead loved ones

Lifestyle/Science/Tech | Fri, 24 Jun 2022 17:21:07 +0000

With less than a minute of recording, Amazon says that it can create a realistic sounding AI-generated voice that you can switch to on the Alexa voice assistant system. read more

YouTube might be asked to manipulate algorithms under online streaming bill: CRTC chair

YouTube might be asked to manipulate algorithms under online streaming bill: CRTC chair

Canada/Tech/Bill C-11 | Fri, 24 Jun 2022 10:36:58 +0000

Ian Scott told a Senate committee examining the bill that although the CRTC would not want to manipulate algorithms itself, it might tell platforms. read more

Instagram testing new tools to verify user age

Instagram testing new tools to verify user age

Canada/Consumer/Tech | Thu, 23 Jun 2022 18:55:16 +0000

The use of face-scanning AI, especially on teenagers, raised some alarm bells, given the checkered history of Instagram parent Meta when it comes to protecting users' privacy. read more

Liberal government’s online streaming bill heads to senate after 3rd House reading

Liberal government’s online streaming bill heads to senate after 3rd House reading

Canada/Tech/Bill C-11 | Tue, 21 Jun 2022 21:53:02 +0000

The Liberal government's online-streaming bill, which has been the subject of fierce debate among members of Parliament, is now headed to the Senate. read more

Toronto’s Collision tech conference kicks off amid industry downturn, layoffs

Toronto’s Collision tech conference kicks off amid industry downturn, layoffs

Tech/Collision tech conference/Collision tech conference 2022 | Tue, 21 Jun 2022 14:47:37 +0000

The first full day of the Collision tech conference got underway in Toronto this morning as the industry grapples with a downturn. read more

Elon Musk details Tesla staff cuts in anticipation of U.S. economic slide

Elon Musk details Tesla staff cuts in anticipation of U.S. economic slide

Tech/World/Elon Musk | Tue, 21 Jun 2022 11:52:40 +0000

In an email on June 2, seen by Reuters, Elon Musk told Tesla executives he had a "super bad feeling" about the economy and that the company needed to cut staff. read more

Reseachers training ‘hero rats’ to locate earthquake survivors

Reseachers training ‘hero rats’ to locate earthquake survivors

Features/Science/Tech | Mon, 20 Jun 2022 08:11:48 +0000

"The positive reinforcement is kind of like a rat smoothie. So it's avocado and banana mixed with ground-up rat pellets." read more

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