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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.

mercredi 21 octobre 2020

ISS Daily Summary Report – 10/20/2020

Payloads Cold Atom Lab (CAL) Science Module 2 (SM2): The crew powered off the CAL SM2 to allow EXPRESS rack 6 updates to be performed, then powered the CAL SM2 back on.  The CAL produces clouds of atoms that are chilled to about one ten billionth of a degree above absolute zero — much colder …

How the ‘Diabolical’ Beetle Survives Being Run Over by a Car

The puny insect can withstand forces 39,000 times its body weight. Scientists just discovered its super-strength secret—which could inspire new materials.

What Even Is Friction, Anyway?

You might think of it as the force that slows things down, but you literally couldn't get anywhere without it.

COVID-19 outbreaks at foreign mink farms have fur breeders on high alert

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Canadian fur breeders are closely eyeing a series of coronavirus outbreaks at European and American mink farms that have forced authorities to cull millions of animals that may have contracted the disease.



New study suggests fish farms raise risk of exposure to infectious disease for wild B.C. salmon

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A new study suggests that the presence of active fish farms in B.C. waters can more than double the chance of finding genetic material from organisms that cause disease in wild salmon.



PM, health officials warn Canadians against believing COVID-19 'internment camps' disinformation

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Canadians will not be forced into COVID-19 internment or containment camps, a spokesperson for Health Minister Patty Hajdu said Tuesday — taking aim at a disinformation campaign that has been circulating on social media for weeks.



Kitchener YouTuber and engineer creates hyper-realistic lightsaber prototype

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Kitchener based YouTuber and engineer James Hobson spent hundreds of hours with his team at Hacksmith Industries to create a working hyper-realistic lightsaber that extends and retracts.



Armenia claims it found Canadian tech on downed Turkish drone

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Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan urged the international community today to follow Canada’s example by suspending exports of military technology to Turkey — after his defence officials claimed they had found Canadian components on a downed Turkish drone.



Antitrust lawsuit against Google reveals a growing willingness to take action against tech titans

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The Justice Department's lawsuit against Google may open the door to further moves against the tech giants in the United States and elsewhere. 



Canadian professor's website helps Russia spread disinformation, says U.S. State Department

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Ahead of the U.S. elections on Nov. 3, the FBI has identified Russian proxy sites as a major source of "malign foreign influence." According to the U.S. State Department, a site run by a retired University of Ottawa professor has the biggest reach.



U.S. spacecraft touches asteroid to grab sample

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A NASA spacecraft descended to an asteroid Tuesday and, dodging boulders the size of buildings, momentarily touched the surface to collect a handful of cosmic rubble for return to Earth.



mardi 20 octobre 2020

U.S. Justice Department files antitrust lawsuit against Google

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The United States Justice Department filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging that Google has been abusing its dominance in online search to stifle competition and harm consumers.



Thermal-imaging drone footage of police response to shooting at homeless camp raises privacy concerns

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The footage, obtained by CBC News through a freedom of information request, shows Vancouver police officers entering tents as they search Oppenheimer Park after the shooting. Those search tactics have led the B.C. Civil Liberties Association to raise concerns that camp residents' right to privacy may have been violated.



ISS Daily Summary Report – 10/19/2020

Payloads Payload Network Attached Storage (PL NAS):  In an effort to resolve issues with the PL NAS, which is currently unresponsive, the crew rebooted the unit.  More troubleshooting will be required, and there are no immediate impacts.  The Payload NAS is a file server with five hard drive bays that provides a total of twenty …

Peruvian archeologists unveil giant cat carved into Nazca hillside

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Peruvian archaeologists have uncovered a 37-metre-long (120-foot-long) cat etching in a little-explored area of the country's celebrated Nazca Lines UNESCO heritage site which is home to hundreds of gigantic geoglyphs dating back more than 2,000 years.



Elon Musk's satellite internet plan gets green light from Canadian regulator

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The CRTC has approved an Elon Musk-owned company's application to provide low Earth orbit satellite internet to rural Canadians.



Can Placebos Work—Even When Patients Know They’re Fake?

Researchers showed that a saline spray “treatment” reduced people’s emotional distress, even though the study subjects knew the spray wouldn’t do anything.

Geologist eager to examine 'spectacular' fossilized tracks found on P.E.I.

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The recent discovery of a set of fossilized footprints could put P.E.I. on the world stage in the annals of ancient reptiles.



Ontario's new blue box plan will recycle more, but it'll cost you more as well, experts say

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With the Ontario government proposing a new recycling system that relieves municipal governments of running blue box programs, experts are expecting to see the cost passed on to consumers in the form of higher prices for packaged goods.



'Tyra the T-Rex': World's largest dinosaur receives name for 20th anniversary

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The "world's largest dinosaur" in Drumheller just celebrated its 20th birthday by getting a new name: "Tyra."



Geoffrey the robot is the new, cute way to get contactless delivery in Toronto

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You may have noticed a little pink robot roaming the streets of downtown Toronto. Don't worry, it's not lost. It's just Geoffrey making daily deliveries.



Police, conservation officers search for a black bear suspected of killing a llama in Saanich, B.C.

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Saanich Police and the B.C. Conservation Service are searching for a black bear which killed a llama on a farm on the 4700 block of West Saanich Road on south Vancouver Island Monday afternoon.



It’s Time to Talk About Covid-19 and Surfaces Again

In the early days, we furiously scrubbed, afraid we could get sick from the virus lingering on objects and surfaces. What do we know now?

OSIRIS-REx mission to collect asteroid sample to return to Earth thanks to Canadian technology

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On Tuesday, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission will make history as it attempts its first collection of material from an asteroid to be returned to Earth in 2023.



lundi 19 octobre 2020

Genetic genealogy technique used in Christine Jessop cold case comes with privacy concerns, warns expert

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A Canadian privacy expert warns that there are risks involved in using genetic genealogy as a tool for investigating crimes, despite its ability to help solve cold cases like the 1984 murder of nine-year-old Christine Jessop.



Babies May Be Drinking Millions of Microplastic Particles a Day

Scientists discover that baby bottles shed up to 16 million bits of plastic per liter of fluid. What that means for infants’ health, no one can yet say.

ISS Daily Summary Report – 10/16/2020

Payloads Food Physiology: The crew performed the Saliva collection setup. The Integrated Impact of Diet on Human Immune Response, the Gut Microbiota, and Nutritional Status During Adaptation to Spaceflight (Food Physiology) experiment is designed to characterize the key effects of an enhanced spaceflight diet on immune function, the gut microbiome, and nutritional status indicators. These …

Apple blocks widow from honouring husband's dying wish

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A widow is locked in a four-year battle with Apple over online material she already legally owns — unless she jumps through complicated and expensive hoops. Experts say tech companies refusing to hand over online assets is a big problem that will only get bigger.



Got any signal up here? Nokia to build mobile network on moon

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Nokia has been selected by NASA to build the first cellular network on the moon as part of the U.S. space agency's efforts to return humans to the there by 2024 and build long-term settlements.



Female moles are intersex — they have testicle-like tissue that helps them grow big and tough

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In a new study, geneticists looked at how female moles evolved intersexual traits in order to dig and fight like the males.