High technology

often abbreviated to high tech (adjective forms high-technology, high-tech or hi-tech) is technology that is at the cutting edge: the most advanced technology available.

Low technology

often abbreviated low tech (adjective forms low-technology, low-tech, lo-tech) is simple technology, often of a traditional or non-mechanical kind, such as crafts and tools that pre-date the Industrial Revolution. It is the opposite of high technology.

Technology sectors

The sector approach classifies industries according their technology intensity,product approach according to finished products.

Appropriate technology

Appropriate technology is an ideological movement (and its manifestations) originally articulated as intermediate technology by the economist Dr. Ernst Friedrich "Fritz" Schumacher in his influential work, Small is Beautiful.

High-tech society

When speaking of a high-tech society in a non-literal way, it is usually in reference to an overall society based in high-tech. However, this is something generally unattainable by the definition comprising its scarcity among every technology available.

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Hundreds of pilot whales die in record mass stranding in Australia


The majority of a 470-strong pod of pilot whales found stranded off Australia's remote southern coast has died, officials said on Wednesday, as rescuers struggled in freezing waters and fading light to free those still alive.

Dutch 'living coffin' aims to provide source for life after death


A Dutch startup has created a biodegradable "living coffin" made of a fungus instead of wood that it says can convert a decomposing human body into key nutrients for plants.

101 B.C. First Nations demand removal of open-net salmon farms near Campbell River, B.C.

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First Nations and non-Indigenous partners say 18 salmon farms in the Discovery Islands are partly to blame for the demise of Fraser River wild salmon.

'BlueLeaks' data breach involved 38 Canadian police forces

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Confidential law enforcement data belonging to 38 Canadian police agencies has been exposed by a group of so-called hacktivists targeting police in the U.S., Radio-Canada has learned.

Disarmament group calls on Canada to ban exports of military drone tech used by Turkey


A Canadian NGO is calling on Ottawa to ban the export of Canadian-produced sensors and laser targeting technology used on Turkish military drones in Ankara’s increasingly deadly drone warfare across several conflict zones in the Middle East and Libya.

How COVID-19 worsens Canada's digital divide

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When the pandemic thrust most school, work and services online, it further highlighted not just how essential the internet has become but also the urban-rural divide around access. 

Supreme Court hears arguments for and against ending the carbon tax

Supreme Court of Canada

Lawyers representing the federal and some provincial governments made their cases before Canada's highest court today for keeping or killing the carbon tax — the cornerstone of the Trudeau government's climate agenda.

Where Was the Battery at Tesla’s Battery Day?

Musk made some big promises at Tesla’s highly anticipated Battery Day. But a prototype never made an appearance, and it was unclear what Tesla had actually achieved.

mardi 22 septembre 2020

ISS Daily Summary Report – 9/21/2020

Payloads SCRAM (Spacecraft Atmosphere Monitor) relocate:  The crew installed the MCA (Major Constituents Analyzer) plug, removed SCRAM from its Node 2 location, installed it into EXPRESS (EXpedite the PRocessing of Experiments to Space Station) rack 8, and removed the MCA plug.  The MCA plug is used to protect the SCRAM’s sensor when the unit is powered …

Moose Jaw, Sask., family shocked after cougar spotted on doorstep


A man in Moose Jaw got a surprise early Monday morning after a doorbell camera recorded a cougar walking across his front yard.

2,500-year-old sarcophagi unearthed at Egypt's oldest pyramids


Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered 27 coffins at the ancient necropolis of Saqqara, a burial ground that is also home to one of the world's oldest pyramids, the ministry of tourism and antiquities said.

To Make Fairer AI, Physicists Peer Inside Its Black Box

After repurposing facial recognition and deepfake tech to study galaxies and the Higgs boson, physicists think they can help shape the responsible use of AI.

Federal government's climate policy hangs in the balance as Supreme Court considers carbon tax

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The battle over Ottawa's decision to impose a national price on carbon pollution is heading for a final showdown before Canada's highest court this morning.

Already battered, Alberta braces for the energy transition — can it also embrace it?

Energy transition

What does a low-carbon future look like? Making the transition won't be easy for a fossil-fuel-producing region like Alberta, but various groups are sketching out a rough map of the terrain the province will have to navigate.

California wildfire threatens over 1,000 homes

Western Wildfires

A wildfire scorching its way through brush and timber from the mountains to the desert northeast of Los Angeles threatened more than 1,000 homes on Tuesday as crews across the West battled dozens of other major blazes in California.

Suspicious activity found on 48,000 CRA accounts after cyberattacks: treasury board

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The Treasury Board of Canada says it has uncovered suspicious activities on more than 48,000 Canada Revenue Agency accounts following cyberattacks in July and August.

Instagram's Founders Explain Their Covid-Charting Obsession

In their first post-Facebook project, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger built, which state officials can use to plan their reopening.

Does a Millipede Have a Penis? Well ... Define 'Penis'

From gonopods to pedipalps, nature has a lot of ways to get gametes where they need to go.

lundi 21 septembre 2020

How to Watch Tesla’s Battery Day Event—and What to Expect

After months of delays, Tesla’s much-hyped Battery Day is finally upon us. Here’s what the company might reveal.

Arctic sea ice shrinks to 2nd lowest level in 4 decades


Warming in the Arctic shrank the ice covering the polar ocean this year to its second-lowest extent in four decades, scientists announced Monday, yet another sign of how climate change is rapidly transforming the region.

Mystery of hundreds of elephant deaths in Botswana solved


The sudden deaths of some 330 elephants in northwestern Botswana earlier this year may have occurred because they drank water contaminated by toxic blue-green algae, the government announced Monday.

Microsoft buys game studio ZeniMax for $7.5B to boost Xbox with titles like Doom, Fallout

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Microsoft Corp. said on Monday it would acquire ZeniMax Media for $7.5 billion in cash, strengthening its Xbox video game offering with the studio behind titles such as Fallout and the Doom reboot.

ISS Daily Summary Report – 9/18/2020

Payloads ISS HAM: The crew initiated an ISS HAM contact with Avellaneda Ikastetxea school, Sodupe, Spain. ISS Ham Radio provides opportunities to engage and educate students, teachers, parents and other members of the community in science, technology, engineering and math by providing a means to communicate between astronauts and the ground HAM radio units. Packed …

World's richest 1% drive climate-heating emissions


Prone to frequent flying, a passion for SUVs and big spending, the richest one per cent of the world's population produced twice as many planet-heating emissions as the poorest half of humanity over the last quarter-century, researchers said on Monday.

Alberta could lead Canada in wind and solar power by 2025, expert says


Growth in Alberta's renewable energy sector should continue to trend upwards, experts say, with one forecast expecting that a surge of projects could have the province poised to lead the nation in utility-scale wind and solar capacity as early as 2025.

SFU ransomware attack exposed data from 250,000 accounts, documents show


A ransomware attack last spring at Simon Fraser University compromised the personal information of about 250,000 students, faculty and alumni, documents reveal.

Not so happy trails: Rain leads to more landslides, erosion in Edmonton's river valley

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Heavy rainfall in 2019 and 2020, along with several high water events in the North Saskatchewan River, have damaged some of Edmonton's river valley trails.

A New Tool Detects Counterfeit Whiskey—Without Wasting a Drop

Bogus booze has been infiltrating the market, so physicists found a way to test for authenticity while keeping the precious bottles sealed.

Could a Century-Old TB Shot Protect Against Other Respiratory Diseases?

A trial in Greece shows a long-used tuberculosis vaccine may cut respiratory infections, raising hopes for similar protection against Covid-19.

Liberals say a new climate plan is still in the works despite pandemic

Climate Change Announcement

Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson says he doesn’t know why it was suggested recently that the Liberal government had shelved a green recovery plan ahead of Wednesday's throne speech. But he says he is working on an “ambitious” climate plan — just as the Liberals promised during last year’s election.