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How Milkweeds Can Save Monarch Butterflies

How Milkweeds Can Save Monarch Butterflies

MilkweedWatch, an online platform to track the presence of milkweed throughout Canada, launched Monday Oct. 9 by a team of researchers at Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Ottawa. The citizen science program will help Canadian scientists track milkweed, a plant that provides critical habitat for the endangered monarch butterfly. Laurier researchers are asking Canadians to enter their observations ... Read More »

myONE: company has invented custom ones in 60 sizes

myONE: company has invented custom ones in 60 sizes

One Condoms has begun selling its custom MyOne Perfect Fit Condom, which come in 60 different sizes, following changes in regulations from the FDA and industry standards groups. Does size matter? It’s no secret than many people don’t like to use condoms. Common complaints focus on issues related to fit and feel, such as the condom being too loose, tight, short ... Read More »

A Giant, Mysterious Hole Just Appeared in Antarctica

Huge Hole in Antarctica Remains Unexplained

A huge, mysterious hole has been spotted in sea ice near Antarctica, researchers reported this week. Holes in the ice are common enough that there’s a name for them: polynias, borrowed from the Russian word for water surrounded by sea ice. But this particular polynia is unique for two reasons. It’s very large, and it’s located far away from the ... Read More »

CarbFix: Scientists turn CO2 into rock to combat climate change

CarbFix: Scientists turn CO2 into rock to combat climate change

The Swiss company Climeworks has launched a pilot plant in Hellisheidi, Iceland, that can capture carbon dioxide directly from the air to be pumped into underground rock formations, effectively locking the greenhouse gas away for good. The project, called CarbFix, has developed a way to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, pump it deep underground, and transform it into stone. ... Read More »

Study finds Pumas exhibiting behavior like social animals

Study finds Pumas exhibiting behavior like social animals

Pumas, or mountain lions, are mostly thought of as solitary cats — lone predators, stalking in the night. But new study suggests the felines are more social than previously thought. Until now, scientists believed pumas interacted only to mate, settle territorial disputes and raise offspring. But a combination of GPS-equipped collars and motion-triggered cameras allowed a group of researchers with ... Read More »

DNA Proves Ancient Diversity of Newfoundland, says new research

DNA Proves Ancient Diversity of Newfoundland, says new research

According to genetic analysis, Newfoundland, the northeastern Canadian island, was populated by three distinct groups — in three different waves — over the last 10,000 years. When researchers analyzed the DNA of two known cultural groups, the Maritime Archaic and Beothuk, they found the groups brought unique matrilines to the island. The findings are published in Current Biology on October ... Read More »

Fisherman almost dies after Dover sole jumps down his throat

Fisherman almost dies after Dover sole jumps down his throat

A fisherman’s prank almost killed him after the Dover sole he had just caught jumped down his throat when he posed with it over his mouth. The 14cm (5.5in) fish completely blocked the 28-year-old’s airway, stopping him from breathing and causing him to go into cardiac arrest. Paramedic Matt Harrison says after arriving at the scene, he knew that he ... Read More »

Mum Warns Others After Baby Burned By Phone Charger (Photo)

Mum Warns Others After Baby Burned By Phone Charger (Photo)

A mother has shared images of an electrical burn left on her daughter’s mouth after she sucked on a switched-on phone charger. Courtney N Davis, from Kentucky, posted the alarming images on Facebook in a bid to warn other parents about the potential hazard from the everyday object. She made the accident public after sharing the story with a “mum ... Read More »

Massive Hole Has Opened Up in Antarctica (Report)

Mysterious giant hole cracks open in Antarctica, Report

A mysterious hole the size of Maine has opened up in Antarctica, stumping scientists who have no clue how it formed. “It looks like you just punched a hole in the ice,” explained University of Toronto Mississauga professor Kent Moore. The hole has an area of approximately 80,000 square kilometers (30,000 square miles), and is as large as Lake Superior, ... Read More »

SpaceX puts 10 next generation satellites into orbit (Video)

SpaceX puts 10 next generation satellites into orbit (Video)

SpaceX launched 10 communication satellites into Earth low orbit on Monday, then watched its spent Falcon 9 first-stage rocket booster stick a landing on a drone ship in the Pacific Ocean. The launch was the first of two planned this week by SpaceX. Today’s Falcon 9 lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 5:37 a.m. PT, loaded ... Read More »