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News QuirksRoland Sweet

Published Thursday December 11, 04:56 pm
Artificial mucous helped students measure whale stress
Student researchers from Olin College of Engineering in Needham, Massachusetts, have figured out a better way to measure stress in whales than chasing them with motorboats and 15-foot poles equipped with sensors. They dispatch a drone to hover directly over the animal’s blowhole and collect mu

Hell AwaitsNathan Raine

Published Thursday December 11, 04:58 pm
Ignoring climate change is a path to self-destruction
“It was?” Drew, 28.“Well, considering the winter we had this last year, I find that really hard to believe, haha.” Sarah, 40-ish.“That's kind of scary. [But] to be honest, when you're from Saskatchewan, it's not something you really have to think about... er

Paint The Town GreenDavid Suzuki

Published Thursday December 11, 05:00 pm
Local efforts and homegrown ingenuity bring nature to the city
Canada’s newest “national park” is a vibrant patchwork of green space meandering through dynamic downtown neighbourhoods in one of Canada’s densest metropolises, along the former path of a creek buried more than 100 years. It’s a welcoming space for birds and bees that&

The AI ThreatGwynne Dyer

Published Thursday December 11, 05:01 pm
Some of our smartest people are worried about smarter machines
The experts run the whole gamut from A to B, and they’re practically unanimous: artificial intelligence is going to destroy human civilization.Expert A is Elon Musk, polymath co-founder of PayPal, manufacturer of Tesla electric cars, creator of Space X, the first privately funded company to se

Road To The NorthDanny Kresnyak

Published Thursday December 11, 05:54 pm
The real diamonds in Attawapiskat are people, not rocks
By the time these words reach press, it will be seven months since I mentored fledgling citizen journalists in the Treaty 9 Mushkeg Cree territory of Ontario’s James Bay coast, where I spent a year.I needed those seven months. I needed a break to reflect on the success of a challenging persona