News/Technology&Science

This is what happens to the e-waste you drop off for recycling

April 20, 2019

According to the Brussels-based Bureau of International Recycling, Canada generated 638,300 tonnes of “e-scrap” — electronic and electrical equipment — in 2017. And that amount is expected to climb. By 2025, the BIR estimates that Canada and the U.S. will cumulatively generate 9.25 million metric tons of e-scrap in that year alone. Some of this waste has yet to even […]

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ISS astronauts set for Easter feast thanks to arrival of private supply ship

April 19, 2019

Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques and his colleagues at the International Space Station are now set for an Easter feast thanks to the arrival of a private cargo ship on Friday. American Anne McClain used the Canadarm2 to capture the Northrop Grumman Cygnus capsule as they soared 415 kilometres above France. The capsule and its 3,450-kilogram shipment rocketed from Wallops […]

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Meat and the environment: Do Canadians know what’s at stake?

April 19, 2019

Hello, people! This is our weekly newsletter on all things environmental, where we highlight trends and solutions that are moving us to a more sustainable world. (Sign up here to get it in your inbox every Thursday.) Note: The What on Earth? team is taking a much-needed break next week. We’ll be back on May 2. In the meantime, […]

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Fearsome ancient hyena-wolf was bigger than a polar bear

April 18, 2019

When Ohio University integrative biologist Nancy Stevens peered into a drawer in the wooden cabinets on the top floor of a Nairobi museum in 2010, she saw a chunk of rock containing massive teeth and knew she had come across something important. The overlooked fossils stored at the National Museums of Kenya belonged to one […]

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Astrophysicists find elusive molecule that ‘kick-started’ the universe

April 17, 2019

They knew it had to exist, but they just couldn’t find evidence of it. Now, after decades of searching, astrophysicists have found verification of the first molecule that formed minutes after the Big Bang. The helium hydride ion (HeH+) the scientists detected wasn’t the original one created just after the Big Bang, but it has the same […]

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Some activity restored in brains of slaughtered pigs, study reports

April 17, 2019

Scientists restored some activity within the brains of pigs that had been slaughtered hours before, raising hopes for some medical advances and questions about the definition of death. The brains could not think or sense anything, researchers stressed. By medical standards, “this is not a living brain,” said Nenad Sestan of the Yale School of […]

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Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp back up after widespread outages

April 14, 2019

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp were temporarily down early Sunday but were running again for most users by 9 a.m. ET. All three social media platforms, including Facebook Messenger, were affected by the outage. Downdetector.com, a site that monitors site outages, shows Facebook had been down since 6:30 a.m. ET in much of the world, with thousands […]

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Potentially fatal tapeworm spread by foxes, coyotes discovered in Ontario

April 13, 2019

Research from the University of Guelph has found that a quarter of foxes and coyotes in southern Ontario have a tapeworm that can be fatal to dogs and their owners. Nearly one in four coyotes and foxes in the area from Windsor to Ottawa tested positive for the Echinococcus multilocularis tapeworm, which has only been found in Western Canada so […]

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5 things Canada can do to reduce its carbon emissions

April 12, 2019

Hello, people! This is our weekly newsletter on all things environmental, where we highlight trends and solutions that are moving us to a more sustainable world. (Sign up here to get it in your inbox every Thursday.) This week: 5 things Canada can do to reduce carbon emissions ‘Plastic is a disease’: A Montrealer is tackling the problem in […]

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NASA twins study reveals space flight can cause genetic changes

April 11, 2019

From his eyes to his immune system, astronaut Scott Kelly’s body sometimes reacted strangely to nearly a year in orbit, at least compared to his Earth-bound identical twin — but newly published research shows nothing that would cancel even longer space treks, such as to Mars. The good news: Kelly largely bounced back after returning home, […]

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