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Animals, Science and Technology

Mislabelled fossils shows snakes much older

A re-examination of four fossils reveals the origins of snakes go back almost 70 years earlier than previously thought, according to a new study. The fossils were originally labelled as lizard specimens. A decade ago, University of Alberta Professor Michael» 

Science and Technology

Forget passwords, A new Canadian take on biometrics

A Canadian company has developed what could be a new way to log on to your computer, open your cell phone, and perhaps even some day start your car. We’ve all seen movies of biopmetric devices such as retinal scanners,» 

Environment, Science and Technology

Did province just break a fracking earthquake world record?

Hydraulic fracturing has caused a series of earthquakes “including a record-breaking tremor with a felt magnitude of 4.4 last week” in the Canadian province of Alberta, according to an article on The Tyee website by journalist and author Andrew Nikiforuk. Nikiforuk» 

Education, International, Military, Science and Technology, Society

Canadian researcher discovers Roman history hiding in plain sight

The impressive Trajan’s Column  has stood for almost 2,000 years in the centre of Rome. The column at 30 metres tall, has a helical frieze of 195 metres in length winding its way up the column.  For hundreds of years» 

Science and Technology, Society

Psychopaths’ brains can’t process punishment

Brain scans indicate the brain of a psychopath is different from others’ and bolsters the idea that they are unable to learn from punishments imposed on them, indicates a study published in The Lancet. This could provide new insight into developing rehabilitation» 

Animals, Environment, International, Science and Technology

Controversial wolf cull now underway in B.C

.The west coast province of British Columbia has embarked on a plan to shoot wolves in what they say is an immediate action in an effort to save the few remaining caribou of the South Selkirk herd. The South Selkirk» 

Animals, Environment, International, Science and Technology

Canadian research: new orangutan discovery

A Canadian researcher was working on a project in Borneo involving the rare snow leopard, when  he stumbled across a previously unknown behaviour in orangutans. Brent Loken is a doctoral candidate at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia in the» 

Politics, Science and Technology, Society

Canadians increasingly concerned about privacy

A new report stemming from a poll by Canada’s Privacy Commissioner has found that nine out of 10 Canadians say they are concerned about their privacy. In fact the poll show a third (34%) of Canadians now say they are» 

Education, Lifestyle, Science and Technology, Society

Adults must help youth hone online skills: study

Parents, teachers and policy makers should help young people develop the skills to navigate the online word, suggests a report from MediaSmarts, a centre for digital and media literacy. Its survey or 5,400 children between the ages of nine and» 

Environment, International, Science and Technology

Global “Doomsday” edges closer

“This is about doomsday; this is about the end of civilization as we know it,” bulletin executive director Kennette Benedict Scientists have moved the “Doomsday Clock” another two minutes closer to the end fo the world. The time is now»