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Harvard Scientist Engineers Bacterium That Inhales CO2, Produces Energy -- A 'Bionic Leaf'

The chemist who gave us the artificial leaf has genetically engineered bacteria to absorb hydrogen and carbon dioxide and convert them into alcohol fuel.<p>When Harvard Professor of Energy Daniel G. Nocera announced he was working with bacteria last year, other scientists cautioned it would be …

University of Chicago

Not hip, just tragic: Five of Gord Downie’s best lyrics about life and death

On Tuesday, Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie announced that he has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Despite this incredibly sad news, …

MIT is raising $5 billion to make the world a better place

MIT's new fundraising initiative called "Campaign for a Better World" seeks to tackle some of humanity's (and our planet's) biggest challenges. Since that's no easy feat, its goal is just as lofty: $5 billion. The institute lists its various projects under the campaign's six priority areas. First …

Fort McMurray fire now too large, too fierce to stop without rain

Three hundred firefighters on the ground and dozens more in the air continue to battle the most destructive wildfire Alberta has experienced in more …

In Fort McMurray firestorm, all that matters is: Find your loved ones and get out alive

[np_storybar title=”Follow live updates about the fire” link=”#1″]<br>[/np_storybar]<p>In a firestorm, this is all that matters: Find your loved ones. Get …

Found: the Brain's Binge-Drinking Reward Circuit

It's the first time that modern medicine has identified how the feedback loop works.<p>If you've ever seen a friend or family member who cannot stop …

Alcohol

UCI scientists stumble upon the key to never-ending batteries

What usually happens when someone goofs off at work? For most people this typically means missing a deadline or (at the very least) upsetting your …

Clean Energy

The oil price crash is over — let the recovery of Alberta’s hard-hit economy begin

The crash is over. Now the rebuilding of Alberta’s energy-fired economy begins.<p>[np_storybar title=”U.S. crude breaks through US$40 as oil rallies for …

Landmark Deal Protects Over 9 Million Acres Of Canadian Rain Forest

A landmark deal 10 years in the making will protect 9.1 millions acres of Canadian rain forest on the Pacific Coast of British Columbia.<p>The protected area in the Great Bear Rainforest is about half the size of Ireland.<p>The new land-use order — reached between aboriginal groups known as First …

Forestry

Obama wants $1.1 billion to fight heroin and prescription opioid abuse

President Obama is requesting an addition $1.1 billion in funding to fight the growing heroin epidemic and the abuse of prescription opioids in the US. If approved, the funding would arrive over two years in addition to the $400 million already set aside for 2016.<p>The vast majority of the newly …

Painkillers

Model Drops Sexual Assault Lawsuit Against Bill Cosby

Chloe Goins, the former model who alleged Bill Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her at a Playboy Mansion party in 2008 has abandoned her civil …

Justice

Lumosity to Pay $2M Over Allegations That Its Ads Deceived Customers

One of the leading companies in the billion-dollar "brain training" business has been fined by the federal government to settle allegations of misleading advertising.

Customers

Beijing is publicly shaming polluting companies on Weibo

After the past week spent battling hazardous levels of pollution in Beijing, city authorities are publicly shaming businesses, factories, and …

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Machine Learning

Nicolas Turbide, Canadian paralympian, wins twice at U.S. Paralympics Swimming Open

Canadian visually impaired swimmer Nicolas Turbide won two gold medals and broke a Canadian record at the 2015 U.S. Paralympics Swimming Open on …

Swimming

Wild Nintendo patent filing shows game controller made out of a screen

Could this be the NX controller? Or even the NX itself?<p>Patent filings are a shaky indicator of future product plans, and you shouldn't ever bank on the ideas making their way to market. That said, this application submitted by five Nintendo employees is worth sharing for two reasons: not only is it …

Retrogaming

China's New Trio Of Urban Combat Robots

HIT Robot Group selling a hit<p>Just in time for the holiday wishlists, China is now selling a team of robots for urban combat. Unveiled at the Beijing 2015 World Robot Conference, HIT Robot Group's it consists of three robots. There is an armed variant with an assault rifle, grenade, or an option for …

Something's not quite right between Lightning and Steven Stamkos - and now is the time to address it

Steven Stamkos has had a couple of social media miscues that have led almost to mass hysteria in the hockey world and things are not going to get any …

Ice Hockey

Kickstarter is investigating Zano's $3.5m failed drone project

Kickstarter has commissioned a freelance journalist to investigate a high-profile drone project that failed after raising nearly $3.5m on the crowdfunding platform.<p>The move is an odd one for a company that tends not to get overly involved when Kickstarter projects go awry. Zano’s swarming drone …

Volkswagen: Engineers couldn't meet U.S. emissions laws

Volkswagen investigators have determined that engineers cheated U.S. emissions tests in part because they could not figure out how to meet the standards, the company said today.<p>Volkswagen Group Chairman Hans-Dieter Potsch told reporters that engineers erred by developing manipulative software to …

Volkswagen

Vancouver’s housing costs no problem for entrepreneur living in a van

Like many in Vancouver, owning a house or condo for Cameron Gray was simply out of the question. But he didn't like the idea of standard alternatives either – renting an apartment or a laneway house or moving out to the suburbs.<p>So the 27-year-old musician-turned-entrepreneur, who describes himself …

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