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Diamonds Meet Their Match: New Substance Harder, Brighter
A team of scientists at North Carolina State University have developed a technique for creating so-called Q-carbon, a material that researchers say is even harder than diamond, glows brighter and can have multiple unique applications.
World's oldest flowing water found deep in Timmins mine
Water found in a deep, isolated reservoir in Timmins, Ont., has been trapped there for 1.5 billion to 2.64 billion years — since around the time the first multicellular life arose on the planet — Canadian and British scientists say.
Quest to drill into Earth’s mantle restarts
Jules Verne would have dug this plan: drill into the sea floor, through kilometres of the planet’s rocky crust to penetrate the denser underlying mantle. It is one of geology’s classic quests, conceived almost 60 years ago, at the peak of the plate-tecton
Short-Beaked Common Dolphins Seen Alive For 1st Time In B.C.
A species of dolphin that's never been seen alive in B.C. before has been spotted flourishing off the coast of Vancouver Island.
Two pods of short-beaked common dolphins were seen just outside the Juan de Fuca strait in September.
Artificial intelligence called in to tackle LHC data deluge
The next generation of particle-collider experiments will feature some of the world’s most advanced thinking machines, if links now being forged between particle physicists and artificial intelligence (AI) researchers take off. Such machines could make di
CRISPR gene-editing tool has scientists thrilled — but nervous
When the scientists are worried, the rest of us should pay attention. And at this moment, they are worried. That’s because researchers all over the world have started experimenting with a powerful new tool that can alter the DNA of every organism on the p
CO2 and other greenhouse gases: What we can and can't measure
Greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere have reached levels unprecedented in the past two million years. But how exactly do scientists know that? Here's how carbon dioxide and other gases linked to climate change are measured — and what we can and can't l
‘Critical Slowing’ Warns of Looming Disasters
Scientists are homing in on a warning signal that arises in complex systems like ecological food webs, the brain and the Earth’s climate. Could it help prevent future catastrophes?
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