Rats are part of the urban ecosystem and an urban ecology approach to managing their populations may involve learning to share the city. Mert Guller/Unsplash

Living with rats in the city

The Joggins Cliffs, N.S. are designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for the fossil record preserved in the strata of rocks. Shutterstock

310 million-year-old tree fossils & new ancient animals

Remains found in the Joggins Cliffs at the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia reveal further clues about ancient ecosystems.
Using data during election campaigns is nothing new. But as the Canadian federal election approaches, authorities must be diligent that data tracking doesn’t become surveillance. (Shutterstock)

Data-driven elections & voter surveillance

Data analytics have played a role in elections for years. But today’s massive voter relationship management platforms use digital campaigning practices to take it to another level.
Hundreds of clinical trials have been conducted over the past 10 years to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. They all failed. Shutterstock

Rethinking the approach to fighting Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. Despite all efforts, no treatments have been found yet. To increase the odds, we need to rethink our approach and try to better understand it.
The proposed Quayside neighbourhood in Toronto will collect data from individuals in public spaces, but getting consent is a tricky issue. Picture Plane for Heatherwick Studio for Sidewalk Labs

Sidewalk Toronto: Urgent data, privacy concerns

A report based on public consultations conducted by Sidewalk Labs has still not answered many pressing concerns about privacy and consent in Toronto's Quayside development.
One giant leap for robotkind? Future space travel will only be possible through extensive advances in space robotics. Shutterstock

One small step for man…a giant leap for space robots

The future of lunar exploration and space travel will be possible only through advances in robotic design and implementation.
Data collected by governments is a treasure trove of useful information for researchers. Shutterstock

Data collected by governments can be useful to researchers, but only when accessed carefully

A recent public deliberation in British Columbia identified that access to government data should be managed carefully and efficiently.
In May 2019, the measure of a kilogram was changed. This has implications for how we measure wealth. Shutterstock

Redefining the kilogram means redefining how we measure wealth

Measurement and standards are at the heart of how we trade commodities and measure wealth. So what happens now that the planet’s most critical standard has been completely overhauled?
Some lizards such as geckos can self-amputate their tails when threatened - these limbs can keep twitching for up to 30 minutes, creating a distraction and allowing the lizard to escape. Shutterstock

Self-amputation means survival for animals

Why do some animals amputate their own limbs? Turns out, there's a whole bunch of reasons why this strategy has evolved.
Territorial claim? US astronaut Buzz Aldrin salutes the American flag. NASA

Lunar gold rush is about to start

A new study suggests that we should limit ourselves to developing just one eight of the solar system.
The 1988 Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA) was meant to prevent video rental businesses from sharing their rental records and clients’ information; if companies were caught violating the VPPA, they risked a fine. Shutterstock

Online privacy is regulated by an antiquated act

Internet privacy laws are partially governed by the VPPA, which was implemented to protect consumers renting videos. While the technology has changed, amendments place the consumer at a disadvantage.
A whale dives in Disko Bay, off the west coast of Greenland, where a hybrid narwhal-beluga skull was found. Shutterstock

Unusual skull is a beluga/narwhal offspring

A skull found in West Greenland is proven to be the first-generation male offspring of a female narwhal and male beluga whale. The creature's unusual diet may have been a result of its strange teeth.
Most species of tiny coral reef fish are overlooked because of their small size. Now, their importance for coral reef ecosystems has put these fish and their unique way of life in the limelight. Sinclair-Taylor Tane

Snack-sized ‘candy’ fish explain a coral mystery

New research reveals that miniature, brightly coloured fish play an outsized role in the marine food chain in coral reefs.
Advances in sex robots and technologies have applications in health care, education and research. Shutterstock

Exploring sex between human and machine

Beyond revolutionizing sex and intimacy, erotic technologies have applications in health care, education and research. Erobotics explores implications and possibilities of these technologies.
A fisherman carries a yellowfin tuna to be weighed and sold in Mindanao, Philippines in 2013. John Javellana / Greenpeace

How AI makes fishing more sustainable

Earth-orbiting satellites and AI tools can track fishing vessels around the world.
The now-extinct giant beaver once lived from Florida to Alaska. It weighed as much as 100 kilograms, roughly the same as a small black bear. Illustrated by Luke Dickey/Western University

Why giant human-sized beavers died out

Scientists studied the fossilized bones of giant beavers to understand what they ate and whether the species could keep up with environmental change.
Solar flares and other phenomena can have a surprising effect on our Earthly activities. Shutterstock

Solar weather has real, material effects on Earth

The sun’s phenomena, like flares, can cause solar particles to enter the Earth’s atmosphere, with material effects.

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