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Siding Spring comet buzzes Mars
'We certainly have fingers crossed for the first images of a comet from the surface of another world,' said NASA program scientist Kelly Fast
Why Canadian astronauts secretly hate Chris Hadfield
The head of NASA startled an Ottawa audience Thursday when he announced out of the blue: “Chris Hadfield is infamous.”
Charles Bolden, as NASA’s administrator, is Hadfield’s former boss. And over lunch with the Canadian Club he started to improvise.
Scientists found sign of 14000-year-old settlement in Canada
A team of archeologists at the University of Victoria may be on the verge of discovering signs of ancient human life at the bottom of the ocean. The underwater find appears to be an ancient fish weir — a man-made channel used to catch fish — near the sout
Mice given human brain gene learned tasks faster
Scientists have spliced a key human brain gene into mice. In the first study designed to assess how partially 'humanizing' brains of a different species affects key cognitive functions, scientists reported on Monday that mice carrying a human gene associa
Canada's War on Science Brings Us International Shame
Canada's so-called "War on Science" has made international headlines, especially after deep funding cuts led to the closure of some of Canada's most important research centres. A push to prioritize economic gains over basic research is endangering science
Polar bears: Threatened species or political pawn'
Reports of the polar bear's dwindling population have made it an ideal symbol for the effects of climate change. But some say those numbers are overstated, and it's the politics around polar bears that's really at play.
Study Says ZMapp Works Against Ebola
A new study provides strong evidence that the experimental drug given to two American aid workers stricken with Ebola in Africa really works and could make a difference in the current outbreak ï¿½ if more of it could be produced.
In the study, all 18 m
Inuit were not the first people to settle in the Arctic
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.
'Stunning' fossils recovered
Researchers wrapping up a summer of digging at a ï¿½stunningï¿½ Rocky Mountain fossil site say theyï¿½ve uncovered a dozen new animal species and a better understanding of early evolution.
Scientists Take the Edge Off Bad Memories in Mice
Memories and the feelings associated with them are not set in stone. You may have happy memories about your family’s annual ski vacation, but if you see a tragic accident on the slopes, those feelings may change. You might even be afraid to ski that mount
Western Scrub Jays Are Capable of Metacognition
When you do not know the answer to a question, say, a crossword puzzle hint, you realize your shortcomings and devise a strategy for finding the missing information. The ability to identify the state of your knowledge—thinking about thinking—is known as m
Did you see it' Huge meteor spotted across southern B.C.
A massive fireball seen streaking across the sky Monday night may have been part of the Perseid meteor shower. People across B.C.’s Lower Mainland took to social media describing what they thought may have been a meteor around 10:15 p.m. Witnesses describ
New Vaccine Shows Promise Against Mosquito-Borne Virus
A new vaccine now in its first human trials may offer protection against the chikungunya virus, a mosquito-borne infection that causes fever and severe joint pain, researchers reported Thursday in The Lancet.
As of June 13, an estimated 166,000 suspe
Perseid meteor shower peaks near supermoon
This year's Perseid meteor shower coincides with the brightest full moon of the year. Here are five tips to give you the best chance of spotting lots of shooting stars despite the supermoon-light.
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