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  • Canadian meteorologists to reveal what to expect in 2018 hurricane season

    May 24, 2018 2:31 PM 17

    U.S. forecasters say 5-9 hurricanes will develop during what they call a near-normal season Environment Canada meteorologists are releasing their predictions for the upcoming 2018 hurricane season today at a news conference in Dartmouth. The Canadian Hurricane Centre is holding the technical briefing to prepare the public for upcoming storms and to provide

  • China's plan to land on the far side of the moon could be historic, experts say

    May 23, 2018 6:44 PM 18

    The ambitious plan by the Chinese space agency faces numerous challenges China's ambition to soft-land a spacecraft on the far side of the moon later this year faces considerable challenges, but if successful would propel the country's space program to the forefront of one of the most important areas of lunar exploration, experts say. China hopes to be the first

  • Vancouver votes to ban plastic straws, foam cups and containers by June 2019

    May 17, 2018 2:29 AM 14

    Council voted to bring in a distribution ban on straws and polystyrene on Wednesday Vancouver has voted to ban the distribution of plastic straws as well as foam take-out containers and cups as part of its zero-waste strategy. The move is part of the city's Zero Waste 2040 strategy, which was approved by councillors in a vote on Wednesday. Council also approved

  • Spacewalking astronauts perform pump swap at space station

    May 16, 2018 7:13 PM 10

    Pump named Frosty takes place of pump named Leaky Spacewalking astronauts carried out a high-flying, high-tech version of musical chairs Wednesday, rearranging pumps outside the International Space Station. Popping out early, NASA astronauts Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold quickly swapped the positions of two spare ammonia pumps that are part of the space

  • Facebook suspends about 200 apps that may have misused data

    May 14, 2018 7:41 PM 9

    Based on results of investigation into apps that accessed lots of data before 2014 policy change Facebook is suspending about 200 apps that it believes may have misused data. The social media giant said in a blog post Monday that the suspensions resulted from its investigation into all apps that had access to large amounts of information before Facebook

  • California mandates solar panels on all new homes by 2020

    May 11, 2018 8:00 AM 15

    State already has a housing shortage and new law could boost cost of new homes Right now, about one in five new homes in California comes with solar panels already installed. In two years, it will be all of them. On Wednesday, California Energy Commission's vote was unanimous: California will soon become the first state to require solar panels on all new homes

  • How (and why) wood frogs hold in pee all winter

    May 2, 2018 1:02 PM 17

    Recycling urea — the main waste in urine — keeps the small frogs alive as they hibernate If you've ever been unable to find a bathroom in a moment of need, you know the gotta-go feeling. That's nothing compared to the wood frog, which doesn't urinate all winter. In Alaska, wood frogs go eight months without peeing. And scientists have now figured out how they do it, or more accurately

  • Yahoo removes controversial Canada-specific clause from terms of use

    May 2, 2018 12:16 PM 21

    Privacy Commissioner's office investigates after complaints from Rogers customers Yahoo's parent company has dropped a controversial new term of service that would have required its Canadian users to share data from their friends and contacts, including phone numbers, with the U.S.-based multinational group. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner confirmed

  • Alberta university criticized for plan to bestow honorary degree on David Suzuki

    April 20, 2018 6:00 PM 6

    The University of Alberta is being criticized for its decision to give David Suzuki an honorary degree. Earlier this month, the university announced that the longtime environmentalist will be one of 13 people to receive the honour later this spring. Andrew Leach, the architect of Alberta's climate change plan and an economics professor at the university

  • Rescued owl family moved to Niagara Region

    April 20, 2018 5:56 PM 8

    Mother owl recovering with her 2 babies after being seriously injured in Monday's ice storm The female great horned owl and her two owlets continue to rest and recuperate after the mother owl was knocked from her nest by falling ice on Petrie Island during the storm, leaving her offspring stranded and without her protection for hours. After being cared