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Environment, International, Science and Technology

Insect herbivores: predators and prey in a global study

An international effort for the first time collected coordinated data on  predation patterns at different latitudes and different elevations (altitudes). While it was known there is more biodiversity towards the equator and more in valleys than high mountains, the new» 

Economy, Environment, Lifestyle, Politics, Science and Technology, Society

High-speed train closer to reality

High-speed train proposals and promises have become a regular occurrence in Southern Ontario. But perhaps this time it will become a reality. On Friday, Ontario Premier, Kathleen Wynn, announced a high-speed railway between Toronto and Windsor, Ontario. “The best time» 

Animals, Environment, Science and Technology, Society

Barn owls at risk from rat poison, cars

A new study suggests barn owls near the western city of Vancouver are adapting to an urban environment but face risks from the use of rat poison and from cars as they hunt along roadsides. Wildlife biologist Sofi Hindmarch explains» 

Arts and Entertainment, History, International, Lifestyle, Science and Technology

Marionettes coming to life in a giant way in Montreal

Marionettes, giant ones, are taking over downtown streets in Montreal this weekend. The largest city in the French-speaking province of Quebec, celebrated the 375th anniversary of its founding on May 17th, 2017. The day began with a resounding chorus of» 

Health, International, Lifestyle, Science and Technology, Society

Summer sun and skin cancer

It’s getting much warmer in the northern hemisphere as hot summer-like weather begins. People are shedding sweaters and long-sleeve shirts for lighter attire and are exposing more skin to the sun’s ultraviolet radiation rays. (UVR). The title of the map» 

Health, Science and Technology

Artificial intelligence may help diagnose tuberculosis in Canada’s remote communities

Artificial intelligence systems that have been trained to identify tuberculosis on chest X-rays could help combat the potentially deadly disease in remote areas, particularly in Canada’s northern communities that suffer from high prevalence of TB and have limited access to» 

Environment, International, Science and Technology

Ancient ice: drill cores tell of Arctic climate thousands of years ago

In the 1980’s scientists drilled down more than a kilometre into an Arctic ice cap. The resulting core samples date back to the Holocene period ranging up to 12,000 years ago. What scientists have now discovered using new technology to» 

Animals, Indigenous, Science and Technology

Aha! So that’s what it’s for!

Narwhal tusk mystery-solved (videos below) The narwhal has intrigued people for hundreds of years. It’s long spear-like tusk a source of mystery and often wild speculation.   The tusk is actually an overgrown canine tooth. The tusks which can grow to» 

Health, International, Lifestyle, Science and Technology, Society

The computer “worm” that has caused such damage around the world.

It’s a new “infection” in computer systems around the world. This particular one is called the “Wanna Cry” (WannaCryptor) bug in which data is being encrypted by a hacker of hackers unknown and held for ransom. It’s a major international» 

Animals, Environment, International, Lifestyle, Politics, Science and Technology, Society

Vancouver Parks bans cetaceans at aquarium

It has been a contentious issue for several years at marine parks around the world.  Protesters have long been saying, whales and porpoises should not be kept in the small pools of such parks, and not be used for entertainment.»