Rebecca Stafford

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Silicon Valley

What do blind people "see" on LSD?

In a case study published in the journal Cognition and Consciousness, a 70-year-old musician who has been blind since birth reports on his …

Consciousness

How Seniors Joined the Cannabis Craze

On a sunny afternoon last August, a dozen women from Balfour Senior Living, in Louisville, Colorado, boarded a bus for a field trip to a marijuana dispensary. One used a walker, one was hooked up to an oxygen tank, and another wore a linen suit and jewelry. All were told to wear hats while walking …

Cannabis

Amazon was just granted a patent for tracking Bitcoin transactions and selling the data to the government

Back in 2014, Amazon filed a patent for a Streaming Data Marketplace which would allow them to gather online data streams, analyze and combine them …

Big Data

This is how Facebook collects data on you even if you don’t have an account

There’s little you can do about it.<p>One of the more interesting takeaways to come out of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s multi-day congressional testimony last week was confirmation that the social giant collects data from people online even if they don’t have a Facebook account.<p>Also interesting: …

Social Media

Singapore’s prime minister schools Trump on how trade actually works

The prime minister of Singapore is really not cool with Donald Trump’s tariffs. In a Washington Post op-ed this week, Lee Hsien Loong condemned Trump’s trade barriers as “not the correct solution.” His key point:<p>As economists have pointed out, when assessing economic relationships, what matters is …

Economics

AI helps grow 6 billion roaches at China's largest breeding site

The system ensures an optimal growth environment for the cockroaches, which are eventually crushed to make a "healing potion" that cures ailments like stomachache.<p>If your worst nightmare is to be trapped in a room with six billion roaches flying around you, here's the bad news.<p>With the help of …

Artificial Intelligence

Novel antioxidant makes old blood vessels seem young again

Older adults who take a novel antioxidant that specifically targets cellular powerhouses, or mitochondria, see aging of their blood vessels reverse …

Wellness

Hacking Windows 10: How to Remotely Record & Listen to the Microphone of a Hacked Computer

The microphone in a Windows computer is accessible to most applications running on the device at all times and completely without security …

White Hat

Growing pains: how Oregon wound up with way more pot than it can smoke

The state’s glut of marijuana – over 1m lb of unsold pot – is in many ways the result of an industry still finding its feet<p>Trey Willison, a cannabis farmer in Eugene, first started worrying last May about there being too much marijuana in Oregon. He had sold all his “clone” plants to other growers, …

Cannabis

5 reasons why gas prices are set to go up in Canada — and fast

The price of filling up a tank of gas is a classic Canadian irritation. But a confluence of factors may soon make that process even more gobsmacking …

Oil

What Catnip Does to Your Kitty's Brain, According to Neuroscience

Far out.<p>Though humans across the country are celebrating 4/20 by “smoking a doobie” or “dipping into the devil’s lettuce,” it’s not <i>truly</i> a party …

Neuroscience

Comey Memo: Trump Floated Idea Of Jailing Journalists To Make Them 'Talk'

President Donald Trump floated the idea of jailing journalists to stop leaks from the White House, former FBI Director James Comey wrote in a memo last year in which he recalled an encounter with the president. The document was published by various news outlets on Thursday just hours after the …

Donald Trump

Gas Will Be Nearly Impossible To Get In B.C. This Summer Thanks To Alberta

As tensions between Alberta and British Columbia continue to rise regarding Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline project, Alberta has once again …

Canada

The Revolutionary Giant Ocean Cleanup Machine Is About To Set Sail

Boyan Slat dropped out of school to work on his design for a device that could collect the trillions of pieces of plastic floating in the ocean. After years of work, it’s ready to take its first voyage.<p>On a Wednesday afternoon in a sprawling lot on a former naval air station in Alameda, California, …

Pollution

The Best Weed Strains for Mind-Blowing Sex

We turned to science and experts to find the most bangin' herb for bangin'.<p>Which weed strain is best for sex is a difficult question to answer. In fact, says Erica Krumpl of the Los Angeles's Cornerstone Collective, "You can't make a blanket statement about things like this." There are simply too …

Cannabis

The ‘Terms and Conditions’ Reckoning Is Coming

Eleanor Margolis had used PayPal for more than a decade when the online payment provider blocked her account in January. The reason: She was 16 years …

Privacy

Facebook moves billions of international user accounts to California to avoid European privacy law

The social media giant is jittery about the strict new rules imposed by the European Union.<p>In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Mark …

Privacy

Facebook starts its facial recognition push to Europeans

Facebook users in Europe are reporting that the company has started giving them the option to turn on its controversial facial recognition technology.<p>Jimmy Nsubuga, a journalist at Metro, is among several European Facebook users who have reporting getting notifications asking if they want to turn …

Privacy

Stench Leads to Home Crawling With Stolen Tortoises—10,000 of Them

A gruesome discovery by authorities in Madagascar highlights a grave threat to a highly endangered species of tortoise.<p>Soary Randrianjafizanaka set out with police, colleagues, and others earlier this month to investigate a rancid smell coming from a two-story house in Toliara, a town on the …

Zoology

With loans of just $10, this startup has built a financial services powerhouse in emerging markets

Peris Kimeli and Betsy Cheruyot were students at Kenyatta University thinking about launching a business when they applied for their first loans from the mobile lending company, Tala.<p>Hoping to get a clothing business off the ground and make some money to live on while going to school, the two young …

Startups

Midweek podcast: Why Quebec is watching the Trans Mountain battle

​The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is just the latest in a series of projects pointing to issues with the way authority is divided between …

Canada

Soldier pleads guilty to accessing porn on DND computer while on duty

A member of the Canadian Armed Forces has pleaded guilty to accessing pornography on a Department of National Defence computer at the base in …

Armed Forces

Judge tells mosque shooting victims not to blame parents of accused

Judge François Huot warned victims of Quebec City’s mosque shooting not to blame the accused shooter’s parents for the tragedy that took the lives of …

Extremism

Canada at 'front of the line' in global marijuana sector, says GMP’s Ottaway

Canada – and Canadian companies "at the front of the line" in the burgeoning cannabis sector – but will face pressure to maintain their leadership …

Business (Canada)

Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions falling — but not fast enough to meet Paris targets

OTTAWA – Canada’s latest greenhouse gas inventory report to the United Nations shows emissions are starting to trend downward, but not nearly at the …

Fossil Fuels

Feds shut down call for new law on border searches of phones, laptops | The Star

OTTAWA—The federal public safety minister is rejecting a call from MPs to spell out explicitly in law when and how border agents can search …

Privacy

Quebec justice minister voices concern over lawyers using jurors’ Facebook pages | The Star

The report doesn’t make clear how widespread the practice is, but it raised concerns for Justice Minister Stephanie Vallee and some members of the …

Social Media

As illegal immigration continues to spike, Conservatives urge crack down

As ministers from the Quebec government prepare for a meeting with federal officials Wednesday over fears of a spring spike in illegal migrant border …

Immigration