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- Outrage as Iceland fishermen kill rare whale
Is it a blue whale or not? The slaughter in Iceland of what is claimed was a member of the endangered species has triggered outrage and left experts puzzled about its true identity.
- US cyberthreat at 'critical point': US intelligence chief
The threat of cyberattacks against the US is at a "critical point," the country's intelligence chief has warned, branding Russia the most "aggressive foreign actor" ahead of P …
- Germany opens Opel probe in 'dieselgate' scandal
German authorities are investigating carmaker Opel as part of an inquiry into the "dieselgate" scandal that saw major manufacturers such as Volkswagen fined billions of euros for cheating em …
- Smelly skins make for fishy fashion in Kenya
Women sharpen their knives before setting about stinking piles of fish skins, flesh and bones that cover the floor at an unusual artisanal tannery in western Kenya.
- Silicon Valley eyes Africa as new tech frontier
With its colourful hammocks and table tennis table, a new tech hub in the Lagos metropolis wouldn't look out of place among the start-ups on the other side of the world in Silicon Valley.
- Archaeologists in Egypt discover mummification workshop
Archaeologists in Egypt stumbled upon a new discovery dating back to more than 2,500 years ago near Egypt's famed pyramids at an ancient necropolis south of Cairo.
- NASA Juno data indicate another possible volcano on Jupiter moon Io
Data collected by NASA's Juno spacecraft using its Jovian InfraRed Auroral Mapper (JIRAM) instrument point to a new heat source close to the south pole of Io that could indicate a previously undi …
- Big petroleum projects in Argentina face tiny challenge: a lizard
A tiny but critically endangered lizard found in Argentina's extensive Vaca Muerta petroleum field could pose a major challenge to companies planning multimillion-dollar investments in the area.
- Aviation giants fly into Farnborough under Brexit cloud
Top global plane makers land at the Farnborough airshow in England next week, hoping to pick up speed on demand for passenger jets while charting a path through Brexit and trade war turbulence.
- Irish Silk Road suspect extradited to US: prosecutors
A 30-year-old Irish man accused of working for now defunct "dark web" marketplace Silk Road has been extradited to the United States to face charges in New York, four years after his arrest, …
- When fake news sparks violence: India grapples with online rumours
India has been shaken by a spate of mob killings sparked by a hoax about child kidnappers spread on WhatsApp.
- Shoots for the stars: Briton grows microgreens for top French chefs
Fuchsia-coloured lights glow over a miniature garden where tiny plants pack a wealth of flavour and nutrients headed for the tables of Michelin-starred French chefs.
- Microsoft urges regulation of face-recognizing tech
Microsoft's chief legal officer on Friday called for regulation of facial recognition technology due to the risk to privacy and human rights.
- Fake news: algorithms in the dock
At the heart of the spread of fake news are the algorithms used by search engines, websites and social media which are often accused of pushing false or manipulated information regardless of the conse …
- Study finds deep subterranean connection between two Japan volcanoes
Scientists have confirmed for the first time that radical changes of one volcano in southern Japan was the direct result of an erupting volcano 22 kilometers (13.7 miles) away. The observations from t …
- Pennsylvania reveals cyber intrusion in birth, death records
Pennsylvania officials have revealed they had to shut down the state's online system for birth and death records for about a week after someone with apparent inside knowledge made unauthorized ch …
- The secret sulfate code that lets the bad Tau in
Vampires can turn humans into vampires, but to enter a human's house, they must be invited in. Researchers at the UT Southwestern Medical Center, writing in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, h …
- Researchers discover natural product that could lead to new class of commercial herbicide
A garden can be a competitive environment. Plants and unseen microorganisms in the soil all need precious space to grow. And to gain that space, a microbe might produce and use chemicals that kill its …
- Taxing American wars creates accountability, prevents lengthy conflict
Democratic nations are supposed to fight shorter, smarter wars. So why have the U.S.-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan lasted for more than 15 years?
- Tuning into quantum: Scientists unlock signal frequency control of precision atom qubits
Australian scientists have achieved a new milestone in their approach to creating a quantum computer chip in silicon, demonstrating the ability to tune the control frequency of a qubit by engineering …
- Better methods improve measurements of recreational water quality
The concentration of enterococci, bacteria that thrive in feces, has long been the federal standard for determining water quality. Researchers have now shown that the greatest influences on that conce …
- US lifts export ban on suppliers to China's ZTE
The United States on Friday formally lifted a crippling ban on exports to China's ZTE, rescuing the smartphone maker from the brink of collapse after it was denied key components.
- South Africa unveils super radio telescope
South Africa on Friday unveiled a super radio telescope, a first phase of what will be the world's largest telescope in a project to try to unravel the secrets of the universe.
- Study uses changes in Hudson River may offer insight into how glaciers grew
Think of it like a geological mystery story: For decades, scientists have known that some 25,000 years ago, a massive ice sheet stretched to cover most of Canada and a large section of the northeaster …
- NASA finds fragmented remnants of Beryl, located west of Bermuda
The remnants of former Tropical Storm Beryl are being battered by upper level winds, and that's fragmenting them even more. NASA's Aqua satellite passed over the northwestern Atlantic Ocean …
- Theorists publish highest-precision prediction of muon magnetic anomaly
Theoretical physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Brookhaven National Laboratory and their collaborators have just released the most precise prediction of how subatomic parti …
- Journalists view co-workers as more ethical than peers, study finds
American media is grappling with an image problem. Accusations of "fake news," foreign companies meddling in Facebook's data and a further polarization of how the Fourth Estate should o …
- Study finds 84 highly endangered Amur leopards remain in China and Russia
Scientists estimate there are only 84 remaining highly endangered Amur leopards (Panthera pardus orientalis) remaining in the wild across its current range along the southernmost border of Primorskii …
- Growing a dinosaur's dinner
Scientists have measured the nutritional value of herbivore dinosaurs' diet by growing their food in atmospheric conditions similar to those found roughly 150 million years ago.
- Scientists on Twitter: Preaching to the choir or singing from the rooftops?
Isabelle Côté is an SFU professor of marine ecology and conservation and an active science communicator whose prime social media platform is Twitter.