Google to acknowledge privacy ‘mistakes’ to U.S. Senate committee

Google to acknowledge privacy ‘mistakes’ to U.S. Senate committee

Leading internet search engine Google will acknowledge that it has made “mistakes” on privacy issues in testimony an executive of the Alphabet Inc unit will deliver to a U.S. Senate committee on Wednesday, according to a document reviewed by Reuters. “We acknowledge that we have made mistakes in the past, from which we have learned, and […]

‘Burying rivers is not a great idea:’ Cities work to uncover their hidden waterways

‘Burying rivers is not a great idea:’ Cities work to uncover their hidden waterways

Cities around the world are opting to bring rivers back to light. Burying rivers underground used to be common in urban planning, but centuries of man-versus-nature reshaping of the landscape is now being rethought. While many new developments are being designed to work within natural landscapes, existing cities — built atop networks of culverts and sewers […]

Researchers discover planet Vulcan from Star Trek — sort of

Researchers discover planet Vulcan from Star Trek — sort of

Star Trek fans take note: the planet Vulcan is real. It may not be inhabited by green-blooded, pointy-eared, humanoids (that we know of) and it’s not even formally named Vulcan. But this newly discovered planet orbits a star that Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry once claimed to be the parent star of his fictional planet […]

World’s oldest known drawing found in African cave

World’s oldest known drawing found in African cave

It looks a bit like a hashtag, but it’s 73,000 years old. And scientists say this tiny sketch found in a South African cave is the oldest known drawing by humans. It’s not the earliest deliberate design; some abstract engravings are far older. But the drawing shows early humans in southern Africa could produce designs […]

Giant floating boom aims to clean up Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Giant floating boom aims to clean up Great Pacific Garbage Patch

A giant trash collection device left San Francisco Saturday on its way to pick up plastic litter floating in the Pacific Ocean between California and Hawaii. The 600-metre-long floating boom is bound for the Great Pacific Garbage Patch — an island of trash twice the size of Texas. The system was created by The Ocean […]

Non-native genes create more trouble for endangered Atlantic salmon

Non-native genes create more trouble for endangered Atlantic salmon

A program to prevent the extinction of Atlantic salmon in the inner Bay of Fundy has helped maintain numbers in a few rivers but after 15 years, efforts to rebuild the stock have failed and non-native genes have mixed into the population, according to a federal report. The review by Fisheries and Oceans Canada says the near-total loss of salmon […]

Hubble telescope spots ‘northern lights’ on Saturn

Hubble telescope spots ‘northern lights’ on Saturn

Over a period of seven months in 2017, the Hubble Space Telescope photographed a beautiful display of northern lights over Saturn’s north pole. Here on Earth, people experience the northern lights (southern lights in the southern hemisphere) when fast-moving particles from the sun travel along the solar wind and interact with the planet’s magnetic field. Auroras, also called […]

Widespread mislabelling of seafood reported in cities across Canada

Widespread mislabelling of seafood reported in cities across Canada

An “alarming” rate of seafood in Canadian restaurants and stores is mislabelled, according to a new report by an ocean advocacy group. Oceana Canada, a Toronto-based conservation organization, said it found there was mislabelling with 44 per cent of the seafood samples it tested this year and last in five Canadian cities  — and in 75 per cent of cases, cheaper […]

What turtles were like before they had shells

What turtles were like before they had shells

What did turtles look like before they had shells? Part of the answer has been found in the form of a nearly complete, beautifully preserved fossil unearthed in China. It’s a reptile bigger than a human, with ribs flattened into a disc-shaped body but no carapace and only the beginnings of a turtle-like beak. The newly discovered […]