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Winter tire usage on the rise in Canada, Survey

Winter tire usage on the rise in Canada, Survey

A new survey found that more Canadian drivers are adopting the use of winter tires, breaking previous record numbers. The survey was conducted by Leger for the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (TRAC).. Outside Quebec (where winter tires are obligatory), 61% of Canadian drivers now use winter tires. Read More »

Seabird Crap Could Help Save the Arctic, Says New Research

Seabird Crap Could Help Save the Arctic, Says New Research

Scientists discovered that the guano or feces of the migratory seabirds has a slight cooling effect in the Arctic during its warmer months. They found that there are higher levels of ammonia in the air in the Arctic sites that come from the feces of the birds. “We identified a fascinating, albeit somewhat comical, connection between Arctic seabirds, atmospheric particles, ... Read More »

New research reveals how hydraulic fracturing induces tremors

Fracking can cause earthquakes that last for months, says new research

Fracking has induced earthquakes in northwest Alberta, some of which have lasted for months due to residual fracking fluid, according to a new study published in Science today. Scientists collected and analyzed seismic data dating back to the winter of 2015, when the first earthquake larger than a magnitude 4 was recorded in Fox Creek. Data was compiled from private and ... Read More »

Researchers work to map human epigenome (research)

Researchers work to map human epigenome

Researchers and their colleagues from across the globe have made a major leap forward in understanding how the human body’s trillions of cells develop from a single genetic template, and how those genes interact with the environment. By mapping the epigenome (a series of unique chemical compounds inside each cell type that tell the genome what to do) researchers hope ... Read More »

Scientists Make Progress Towards Long-Acting Malaria Pill (Study)

Scientists Make Progress Towards Long-Acting Malaria Pill

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have made progress toward a pill that lingers in the stomach and releases its contents over a span of two weeks, an advance that could boost the fight against malaria and other diseases, according to a study. Once inside the stomach, the plastic capsule springs open into a star-shaped form that contains the ... Read More »

Researchers plan to test asteroid deflection

Researchers plan to test asteroid deflection

Is it Apocalypse 2016? According to reports, NASA has been preparing for an asteroid strike on Los Angeles. Other government agencies like the Federal Emergency Management Agency have also been getting ready for the 330-foot asteroid, which is expected to have a devastating effect on the planet. Four years to try to stop it—or carry out mass evacuations ahead of ... Read More »

Sam Oosterhoff: Teenage Tory wins Ontario byelection

Sam Oosterhoff: Teenage Tory wins Ontario byelection

Sam Oosterhoff, 19-Year-Old Conservative, Wins Ontario Byelection. Sam Oosterhoff just became one of Ontario’s highest paid teenagers, winning a Niagara byelection and an MPP’s salary of $116,500 plus a taxpayer-funded pad in Toronto. The 19-year-old Progressive Conservative kept the wine-country riding in Tory hands while civil rights lawyer Nathalie Des Rosiers held Ottawa-Vanier for Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals in Thursday’s ... Read More »

Scott Foote: Soldier from NL Found Dead in Jordan

Scott Foote: Soldier from NL Found Dead in Jordan

Scott Foote, a Canadian military officer has been found dead in a military gymnasium in Jordan, the Department of National Defence says. Military officials say 50-year-old Major Scott Foote of Carbonear was found unconscious in a gymnasium. Attempts to revive him failed. Scott was serving in the capital of Jordan, Amman. Read More »

Four nations map course to carbon-free economies “Report”

Four nations map course to carbon-free economies, Report

The US, Canada and Mexico joined Germany in releasing strategies for radically cutting their greenhouse gas emissions by mid century at UN talks in Marrakech this week. “By releasing their mid-century strategies, these countries are adding to the global momentum behind the shift to a zero-carbon future. Countries that do not take a long view risk being left behind,” said ... Read More »