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To seek out new worlds: The history of science’s search for distant planets

Since the time of Galileo, astronomers have speculated that the stars we see at night are distant suns, some of which may be circled by planets. The idea has long been a science-fiction staple. What might such distant worlds be like? Could some of them harbour life? But despite burning interest, …

Inside the billions Ottawa is spending on new office space

The twin 23-storey white towers in the centre of Ottawa's Centretown neighbourhood have been described as among the capital's most decrepit office buildings.<p>Long home to Finance Canada and Treasury Board – two key central departments – the troubled history of the complex known as Esplanade Laurier …

Patent war gives rise to niche industry of patent litigation

U.S. lawmakers clamp down on excessive patent litigation<p>In the tech industry, patents equal profits. For some Canadian companies, as CBC's Kate …

The Truth About Gingers

WATCH: Scientists Suspend Objects in Midair with Sound Waves

No smoke, no mirrors, just sound was all scientists needed to levitate objects in midair.<p>NPR reports that researchers at the University of Tokyo have …

Ten weird and wonderful images of our world in 2013

Some of the most bizarre and beautiful pictures captured in 2013, from a flying electric bike to some decidedly operatic mudskippers.<p><b>More amazing image galleries of the year:</b><p>The year in weather<p>The year in space<p>The year in design and architecture<p>The year in wildife<p>People of the year<p>The year in …

Electric Bikes

Why Strange Lights Sometimes Precede Earthquakes

The science behind pre-earthquake lights.<p>For centuries people have observed strange phenomena before large earthquakes, such as light emanating from ridges and mountaintops. These reports were once dismissed by many scientists, in part because they are often entangled in unscientific theories. For …

Geology

Young crescent moon and old crescent Venus on January 2

The planet Venus is about to pass between the Earth and sun. It will soon disappear from our sky. But many saw it last night near the moon.<p>Many …

Future NASA space probes could be robot super balls

The Super Ball Bot could help overcome the most difficult and expensive part of sending a robotic mission to another planet: landing safely.<p>Robots …

The Most Mind-Blowing Space Photos of 2013 | WIRED

Another year has gone by and left us with a stack of incredible, mind-blowing pictures of space. We've gathered the best of 2013's images of stars, …

Good Idea/Bad Idea: Use A Belt Sander To...

Any piece of technology can be used for good or for evil.<p>Sharpen Knives (Good Idea)<p>Belt sanders may smooth floors and strip paint, but YouTube user wyldediver demonstrates how they can also breathe new life into dull blades. To sharpen yours, start with a 150-grit belt. Slowly run one side of the …

Woodworking

When does the Age of Aquarius begin?

The Age of Aquarius starts when the vernal equinox point moves out of constellation Pisces and into Aquarius. When will that be? There’s no …

The Rise and Fall of the Battleship (And Why They Won't Be Coming Back)

Those who cover the militarized aspects of the ocean eventually will encounter a group of people who want the U.S. Navy to get back into the battleship business.<p>The argument goes like this: The four remaining World War II Iowa-class battleships are cheaper to operate, cheaper than building new …

Military

Tropical winds drive glacier melt - Futurity

Melting of Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier depends largely on local wind direction, which is linked to tropical changes associated with El Niño.

Your Guide To Eco-Friendly Birth Control

So you’re having safe sex. Good for you! But is your contraceptive safe for the environment? Here is some information about the environmental impacts of a few of the most popular non-permanent forms of birth control in the U.S. Note that sterilization is not included because it is permanent (but …

Women's Health

Teen marijuana use linked with schizophrenia - Futurity

Heavy marijuana use as a teenager may cause changes in brain structure that resemble schizophrenia, new research shows.

Archaeologists discover 3,000-year-old tomb of brewer to the gods in Egypt

Egypt's minister of antiquities says murals on tomb walls show 'fabulous designs and colours, reflecting details of daily life'<p>Japanese archaeologists have unearthed the tomb of an ancient beer brewer in the city of Luxor that is more than 3,000 years old, Egypt's minister of antiquities …

Just four months until we can understand dogs! Dog-to-English translator to become a reality

Anxious to know what your dog is thinking? The wait could soon be over as a ‘dog-to-English’ translator is set to become a reality in just four …

Samsung Chairman Lee Urges Focus on Innovation in Apple Battle

Samsung Electronics Chairman, Lee Kun Lee, is aiming high for 2014: in an email to employees, he urges workers to adopt focus on innovation and move …

Bon Voyage, Voyager: Old Friends Take Stock

For the scientists who have emotionally traveled with NASA's Voyager mission for decades, 2013 will be remembered as the year they knew Voyager 1 had finally become the first explorer from Earth to enter the mysterious realm of interstellar space.<p>Voyager 1 and its twin, Voyager 2, both blasted off …