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B.C. scientists develop new tool to detect viruses in salmon

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Researchers in British Columbia have developed a new, faster way of testing salmon for diseases, revealing infection before the fish appears visibly sick. Usually, scientists investigating a salmon’s death would examine a tissue sample under a microscope or culture a viral sample over several days to isolate the cause of the disease. The new test involves analyzing the […]
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Transport Canada lifts speed limit in Gulf of St. Lawrence

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Transport Canada has lifted the speed limit in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, five months after the restriction was put in place to prevent further right whale deaths. The speed restriction was removed “to ensure ships can maintain manoeuvrability in winter conditions and for the safety of those operating in Canadian waters,” Transport Canada Minister Marc […]
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Few Canadian cities cold enough to host future Winter Olympics

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Michal Walchhofer of Austria is airborne during training for the men’s downhill on Feb. 11, 2010. During the 2010 Winter Olympics, in Vancouver, men’s downhill skiing at Whistler was postponed because of poor weather conditions including heavy fog and temperatures above freezing. (Alessandro Trovati/Associated Press) Climate change could turn out to be the Winter Olympics’ biggest […]
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Seventh right whale necropsied died from fishing gear

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The seventh dead North Atlantic right whale to undergo a necropsy in the Gulf of St. Lawrence last summer died after being entangled in fishing gear, according to newly updated results. The two-year-old female whale was found tightly wrapped in heavy ropes and other fishing gear on Sept. 19 near Miscou Island, N.B., with deep cuts on its body, mouth, […]
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Chinese bitcoin miners eye sites in Quebec, Manitoba

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China’s Bitmain Technologies is eyeing bitcoin mining sites in Quebec, a company spokesperson told Reuters, as expectations of a potential Chinese crackdown on cryptocurrency mining make the energy-rich province an attractive alternative. China has grown into one of the world’s biggest sources of cryptocurrency mining but there are signs Beijing is increasing scrutiny of the sector’s […]
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Facebook to emphasize friends, not news, in series of changes

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Facebook Inc. on Thursday began to change the way it filters posts and videos on its centrepiece News Feed, the start of what chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said would be a series of changes in the design of the world’s largest social network. Zuckerberg, in a sweeping post on Facebook, said the company would change […]
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Lack of sun could be to blame for winter weight gain, Alberta study suggests

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Are you struggling to maintain that New Year’s resolution to lose weight? A new University of Alberta study says the sun may be to blame for your extra winter pounds. The research, led by pharmacology professor Peter Light, shows the fat cells just beneath our skin shrink when exposed to sun rays — meaning the […]
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A Primer on the Essential Elements of Successful UX

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UX design acts as the backbone of a designing experience. Much like an engine under a vehicle’s hood, the UX ensures that a digital experience is smooth, intuitive, and simple. You can’t always see it, but you’ll feel the difference when using an interface with optimized UX. Whether you’re creating an e-commerce app to run […]
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Playing Whack-a-Mole With WordPress Security

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Securing a website in this day in age (even a small one) is increasingly becoming more difficult. And if you’re using WordPress, you might as well have a big old bullseye on your back. Between nefarious people and relentless bots, every minute of every day has become a battleground. The truly stunning part of this […]
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Erosion on Mars reveals ice, moves boulders

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When we think of Mars, we think of a dry, desolate planet. But beneath the dust of Mars lies frozen water, and a new study has found that erosion is exposing that water ice. Researchers using several satellites, including the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) and the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE), have revealed eight locations […]
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