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    AI researcher, Soviet historian among winners of $100K Killam Prize

    AI researcher, Soviet historian among winners of $100K Killam Prize


    Canada Council for the Arts recognized academics for outstanding contributions to the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences and...

    Canada Council for the Arts recognized academics for outstanding contributions to the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences and engineering.

    AI monitoring store shelves at new Walmart lab

    AI monitoring store shelves at new Walmart lab


    Who's minding the store? In the not-too-distant future it could be cameras and sensors that can tell almost instantly when bruised bananas need to be swapped for fresh ones and more cash registers need to open before lines get too...

    Who's minding the store? In the not-too-distant future it could be cameras and sensors that can tell almost instantly when bruised bananas need to be swapped for fresh ones and more cash registers need to open before lines get too long.

    Privacy watchdog taking Facebook to court, says company breached privacy laws

    Privacy watchdog taking Facebook to court, says company breached privacy laws


    Canada's federal privacy watchdog wants to take Facebook to Federal Court following an investigation that found the social media giant broke a number of privacy laws and failed to take responsibility protecting Canadians' personal...

    Canada's federal privacy watchdog wants to take Facebook to Federal Court following an investigation that found the social media giant broke a number of privacy laws and failed to take responsibility protecting Canadians' personal information.

    Canada to ban industrial activities inside marine-protected areas

    Canada to ban industrial activities inside marine-protected areas


    Canada is banning industrial activities inside marine-protected areas (MPAs), including offshore oil and gas development and bottom-trawl fishing, but the prohibition won't automatically apply to activities in fisheries conservation areas designated as...

    Canada is banning industrial activities inside marine-protected areas (MPAs), including offshore oil and gas development and bottom-trawl fishing, but the prohibition won't automatically apply to activities in fisheries conservation areas designated as marine refuges.

    Ontario cancels program that aimed to plant 50 million trees

    Ontario cancels program that aimed to plant 50 million trees


    Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry told Forests Ontario the day after the Progressive Conservative government delivered its budget this month that the 50 Million Tree Program was being...

    Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry told Forests Ontario the day after the Progressive Conservative government delivered its budget this month that the 50 Million Tree Program was being eliminated.

    Solving maple syrup's sticky situation: knowing when the season ends

    Solving maple syrup's sticky situation: knowing when the season ends


    Maple syrup season is dripping to an end around the province. But knowing exactly when the season ends has always been a challenge. That's what maple syrup producers are trying to...

    Maple syrup season is dripping to an end around the province. But knowing exactly when the season ends has always been a challenge. That's what maple syrup producers are trying to change.

    Why hasn't Facebook banned any far-right groups in Quebec?

    Why hasn't Facebook banned any far-right groups in Quebec?


    When several Canadian groups and individuals were banned recently from Facebook for spreading hate, it was widely remarked that none were from Quebec, despite a sizable far-right scene in the...

    When several Canadian groups and individuals were banned recently from Facebook for spreading hate, it was widely remarked that none were from Quebec, despite a sizable far-right scene in the province.

    By claiming Ontario's done its 'fair share,' Doug Ford pushes the climate burden west

    By claiming Ontario's done its 'fair share,' Doug Ford pushes the climate burden west


    Ontario Premier Doug Ford's latest line on carbon pricing is to claim that Ontarians have done their "fair share" already. He might want to run that strategy past his anti-carbon tax allies in the...

    Ontario Premier Doug Ford's latest line on carbon pricing is to claim that Ontarians have done their "fair share" already. He might want to run that strategy past his anti-carbon tax allies in the West.

    'It's time for us to watch them': App lets you spy on Alexa and the rest of your smart devices

    'It's time for us to watch them': App lets you spy on Alexa and the rest of your smart devices


    It's no secret that our increasingly "smart" houses have become a rich source of data for companies. We know — in a general sense, anyway — that we are sacrificing some privacy for the sake of convenience. What most of us don't know is how much...

    It's no secret that our increasingly "smart" houses have become a rich source of data for companies. We know — in a general sense, anyway — that we are sacrificing some privacy for the sake of convenience. What most of us don't know is how much —and to whom. A new tool can provide some answers.

    How do you prove a porn user is 18 or older?

    How do you prove a porn user is 18 or older?


    The British government announced last week that beginning July 15, Brits who want to browse X-rated content online will need to prove their age. But how do you prove a porn user is 18 or...

    The British government announced last week that beginning July 15, Brits who want to browse X-rated content online will need to prove their age. But how do you prove a porn user is 18 or older?

    Cenovus shareholders reject emissions target motion

    Cenovus shareholders reject emissions target motion


    Cenovus Energy shareholders on Wednesday voted down a motion that would have required the oilsands company to set greenhouse gas emission targets aligned with the goals of the Paris climate...

    Cenovus Energy shareholders on Wednesday voted down a motion that would have required the oilsands company to set greenhouse gas emission targets aligned with the goals of the Paris climate accord.

    Scientists alarmed by disappearing penguin population at Antarctic breeding ground

    Scientists alarmed by disappearing penguin population at Antarctic breeding ground


    For the past three years, virtually nothing has hatched at Antarctica's second biggest breeding grounds for emperor penguins and the start of this year is looking just as bleak, a new study...

    For the past three years, virtually nothing has hatched at Antarctica's second biggest breeding grounds for emperor penguins and the start of this year is looking just as bleak, a new study found.

    Scientists turn brain signals into speech

    Scientists turn brain signals into speech


    Technology that harnesses brain activity to produce synthesized speech might one day give voice to people who have none due to stroke or ALS, researchers...

    Technology that harnesses brain activity to produce synthesized speech might one day give voice to people who have none due to stroke or ALS, researchers say.

    Montreal 'going to war' against single-use plastic and styrofoam food containers

    Montreal 'going to war' against single-use plastic and styrofoam food containers


    Mayor Valérie Plante says a bylaw banning styrofoam and plastics will be passed by 2020, but the ban will be phased in gradually to give businesses time to...

    Mayor Valérie Plante says a bylaw banning styrofoam and plastics will be passed by 2020, but the ban will be phased in gradually to give businesses time to adapt.

    Canada says fix for garbage spat with Philippines on its way

    Canada says fix for garbage spat with Philippines on its way


    Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says she's hoping to figure out a way "in the coming weeks" to deal with the heaps of unwanted, rotting garbage shipped to the Philippines by a Canadian company years...

    Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says she's hoping to figure out a way "in the coming weeks" to deal with the heaps of unwanted, rotting garbage shipped to the Philippines by a Canadian company years ago.

    Google's Wing Aviation gets OK for drone deliveries in U.S.

    Google's Wing Aviation gets OK for drone deliveries in U.S.


    Google affiliate Wing Aviation can start delivering goods by drone in Virginia later this year after being the first company to get U.S. air carrier...

    Google affiliate Wing Aviation can start delivering goods by drone in Virginia later this year after being the first company to get U.S. air carrier certification

    NASA's InSight lander has detected 1st 'marsquake,' scientists say

    NASA's InSight lander has detected 1st 'marsquake,' scientists say


    NASA's robotic spacecraft InSight has detected and measured what scientists believe to be a "marsquake," marking the first time a likely seismological tremor has been recorded on another planet, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California reported on...

    NASA's robotic spacecraft InSight has detected and measured what scientists believe to be a "marsquake," marking the first time a likely seismological tremor has been recorded on another planet, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California reported on Tuesday.