Monday, 1 September 2014

Neanderthals created cave art, researchers discover

Otmane El Rhazi from CBC | Technology News .



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Belying their reputation as the dumb cousins of early modern humans, Neanderthals created cave art, an activity regarded as a major cognitive step in the evolution of humankind, scientists reported on Monday in a paper describing the first discovery of artwork by this extinct species.


Surprising number of workers choose to be paid in bitcoin

Otmane El Rhazi from CBC | Technology News .



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A small but growing — and surprising — number of workers are rejecting Canadian dollar salaries for bitcoin, according to an Ontario payroll firm.


Vanadium battery technology could transform power grids

Otmane El Rhazi from CBC | Technology News .



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Batteries made of the metal vanadium have the potential to transform electrical grids and our ability to make use of green energy such as wind and solar power, CBC's David Common reports.


Saturday, 30 August 2014

Smog rules should be up to 20 per cent stronger says U.S environment agency

Otmane El Rhazi from CBC | Technology News .



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The Environmental Protection Agency's staff has concluded that the government needs to tighten smog rules by somewhere between 7 and 20 per cent.


Friday, 29 August 2014

Japanese artist projects visual effects onto human faces

Otmane El Rhazi from CBC | Technology News .



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Artist bends the mind by changing people's faces with three-dimensional visual projection system.


Imported garlic a source of plant viruses

Otmane El Rhazi from CBC | Technology News .



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Next time you plant the garlic that's sprouted in your kitchen cupboard you could be contributing to the spread of exotic viruses, say researchers.


'Sailing rocks' mystery of Death Valley solved

Otmane El Rhazi from CBC | Technology News .



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A team of scientists say they believe they have solved the mystery of how hundreds of rocks slide mysteriously across a dry lake in Death Valley, Calif.


New Ebola treatment cures infected monkeys

Otmane El Rhazi from CBC | Technology News .



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Giving ZMapp, a cocktail of antibodies, to rhesus macaques up to five days after infection with the Ebola virus completely protected the animals — a finding that a Canadian-led research team says supports use of the treatment during the current outbreak in West Africa.


Why science literacy matters: Bob McDonald

Otmane El Rhazi from CBC | Technology News .



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The news this week that Canadians are tops when it comes to understanding science in the media is encouraging, but there is still a long way to go when it comes to making policy decisions that involve science, writes Bob McDonald.


Asteroid smash-up process captured by NASA telescope

Otmane El Rhazi from CBC | Technology News .



Asteroid Smashup

Researchers say they believe one of NASA’s space telescopes has tracked an asteroid smash-up for the first time.


Canada's starving gannets post 'mystery' to researchers

Otmane El Rhazi from CBC | Technology News .



Gannets at Cape St. Mary's

Seabird experts are deeply worried about the state of Canada's northern gannet population, with chicks appearing to be starving to death while their parents struggle to find food.


Experts urge Haiti to act on climate change threat

Otmane El Rhazi from CBC | Technology News .



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Coffee and mango fields that help form the backbone of Haiti's agricultural economy are at risk of withering if the country does not take steps soon to prepare for climate change effects.


Inuit were not the first people to settle in the Arctic

Otmane El Rhazi from CBC | Technology News .



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A study published Thursday in the journal Science shows the first people to settle in the Arctic weren't Inuit but rather ‘Paleo-Eskimos’ — a Siberian people not genetically related to today’s Inuit or First Nations people.


Regulator battles telecom companies over 'pay-to-pay' billing fees

Otmane El Rhazi from CBC | Technology News .



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Canada's big telecom companies say they will keep charging customers additional fees for producing and mailing paper bills, with some exceptions.


Is mapping the North Pole seabed worth the time and money?

Otmane El Rhazi from CBC | Technology News .



Icebreakers en route to the North Pole

'There is no plausible way in which Canada could claim the North Pole,' says Arctic expert Michael Byers. Rob Huebert differs: 'The Arctic always has this ability to confound us.'