Science & Tech

Snapchat makes its stories searchable


Kaya Yurieff / Apr. 01: Snap (SNAP), the parent company of the popular disappearing photo app, is rolling out the feature in select U.S. cities on Friday. The company didn’t say which cities it will be available in. Stories, the 24-hour photo and video posts shared by users, first launched in the app in October […]

Groundbreaking AI researcher hopes for ‘radically different’ ideas from Toronto lab


Apr. 01: One of the biggest names in machine learning research has high hopes for the Vector Institute, Toronto’s new artificial intelligence research hub. Geoffrey Hinton, considered one of the fathers of a popular branch of machine learning research called deep learning, is the institute’s chief scientific adviser. He doesn’t have any decision-making power — […]

Astronomers Model the Stellar Winds and Magnetic Field for Active M-Dwarf Stars


Apr. 01: Astronomers have begun a program to model the stellar winds and magnetic field for active M-dwarf stars, finding that the pressure of the stellar wind at the exoplanet was a thousand to ten thousand times higher than the solar wind pressure at Earth. Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Earth (only 4.28 […]

Karim Baratov, Canadian charged in Yahoo email hack, will fight extradition to U.S.


Mar 18: Lawyers for the Canadian man charged in a massive hack of Yahoo emails hope to get their client released on bail and said they plans to fight his extradition to the United States. Karim Baratov, 22, of Ancaster, Ont., faces charges laid by the U.S. Justice Department related to computer hacking, economic espionage […]

Tech Tent: Fake ads, fake news and real voice tech


Rory Cellan-Jones / Mar 18: The tidal wave of fake news spreading across the web has brought mounting pressure on Google and Facebook to face up to their responsibilities as platforms for false information. But now the two web giants are under pressure over another kind of fakery – fake advertising. On this week’s Tech […]

Netflix is testing a ‘Skip Intro’ button, and viewers love it


Mar 18: Binge-watchers rejoice: Netflix is testing out a button that lets users skip a TV show’s title sequence. No more watching the same minute-long intro song and credits before every episode of “Orange is the New Black.” Netflix told CNNMoney Friday that some Netflix members recently began seeing a “Skip Intro” button while streaming, […]

Etna escape: ‘Pelted with the deadly, hot debris’

Etna Escape

By Rebecca Morelle / Mar 18:When we arrived in Sicily, we discovered that we were in luck: Mount Etna had just started to erupt again. I was part of a BBC team who had come to film a report on volcano monitoring. Getting to witness an awakened Etna was about as exciting as it gets […]

Google uses AI to help diagnose breast cancer


Mar 05: Google, which not along ago was using artificial intelligence to identify cat pictures, has moved onto something bigger — breast cancer. Google announced Friday that it has achieved state-of-the-art results in using artificial intelligence to identify breast cancer. The findings are a reminder of the rapid advances in artificial intelligence, and its potential […]

Canada places 12th in mobile data speeds out of 87 countries, OpenSignal says


Mar 04: Canadians may not be satisfied with the price they pay for wireless services, but new numbers out Wednesday suggest that they get some of the fastest data speeds in the world. According to wireless-mapping company OpenSignal, Canadian mobile users have access to the 12th-fastest data speeds in the world in a ranking of […]

Ancient skulls give clues to China human history


Paul Rincon / Mar 04: Two skulls found in China shed light on the ancient humans who inhabited the region before our own species arrived. We know that Europe and western Asia was dominated by the Neanderthals before Homo sapiens displaced them. But remains belonging to equivalent populations in East and Central Asia have been […]

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