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.

lundi 25 mai 2020

Meet This Museum's All-Star Arachnids and Insects

Camel spiders and giant hornets and shimmering butterflies, oh my. An arachnologist gives a behind-the-scenes tour at the California Academy of Sciences.

What It’s Like to Be First to Fly a Brand New Spacecraft

Robert Crippen is the only living NASA astronaut to have flown on a new spacecraft for the first time. The Crew Dragon flyers will join his elite club this week.

A tale of 2 leatherback sea turtles tagged off Nova Scotia

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Good luck, persistence and international co-operation has delivered a rare trove of data from two endangered leatherback turtles, Ruby and Isabel, that were tagged off Nova Scotia last summer.

Ontario, eastern provinces seeing fewer winter days cold enough for outdoor rinks: Report

COVID-19 Winnipeg Business Closed

It was a 'tale of two winters' in Canada when it came to which parts of the country were cold enough for outdoor skating rinks and which ones were not, researchers at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ont., say.

U of Manitoba leads global effort to study effect of decreased human activity on wildlife

Northern Saw-whet Owl

A University of Manitoba professor is leading a global effort to study the impact that the scaling back of human activity due to COVID-19 has had on wildlife.

Leaving hand sanitizer in hot vehicles a fire risk: Alberta doctors

COVID Hand Sanitizers 20200319

Doctors at Alberta Health Services say people using hand sanitizer when they are out shouldn't leave it in their cars for too long because it could lead to a fire.

Covid-19 Makes the Case for More Meatpacking Robots

The coronavirus has hit meat processing plants hard. But not in Denmark, where automation makes for safer slaughterhouses.

Here's what needs to happen before we can all get vaccinated for COVID-19


COVID-19 has upended our lives, and we’ve all heard that there will be no return to "full normal" until there is a vaccine for the virus. But how close are we to a vaccine? What steps need to be taken? And how long will that take? Here’s a closer look.

Pandemic drives demands for universal affordable internet and cell plans

Bell, Rogers Telus, the big 3

Without guaranteed and affordable internet access, Lekan Olawoye fears some Canadians could be left behind economically as the pandemic's physical distancing measures remain in place for months to come.

Robo farm: AI machine 'DOT' comes to an Ontario farm for the first time


Anyone driving past Haggerty Creek in Bothwell over the past few days has likely seen an unusual and possibly unfamiliar piece of agricultural equipment. That's because the farm became the first such facility in Ontario to purchase and have delivered a machine called DOT.

dimanche 24 mai 2020

Launching into space during COVID-19: Two Americans prepare for liftoff from Cape Canaveral

AtlasV launch on May 17, 2020 from Cape Canaveral

Cape Canaveral is readying for its first manned space launch from the United States in nine years and the first time astronauts will fly on a commercial rocket made by SpaceX.

A Grad Student Solved the Epic Conway Knot Problem—in a Week

Lisa Piccirillo encountered the more than 50-year-old question by chance at a conference. Her solution relies on a classical tool called the knot trace.

Are clear skies a sign that we'll soon retire the combustion engine?


Bob McDonald's blog: Pollution free skies over cities during the pandemic are an opportunity to ponder the next technological revolution.

Quarantine put more fitness classes online, and many trainers say they're staying there

Jennifer Nichols

As gyms across North America prepare to reopen, many trainers who have managed to gain a following online during quarantine aren't sure whether they need to go back.

samedi 23 mai 2020

Space Photos of the Week: Keeping an Eye on Jupiter's Storms

NASA's Juno orbiter, along with its Hubble and Gemini telescopes, will help scientists better understand the planet's atmosphere.

Covid-19 Is Sweeping Through the Navajo Nation

The pandemic has taken an acute toll on tribal nations that are also struggling with a lack of running water, sparse internet, and a high rates of chronic illness.

What’s Up With the Funny-Looking Moons in ‘Onward’?

Yes, I know this is a fantasy movie. That shouldn’t stop us from thinking about the real causes of lunar phases.

Why your reduced carbon footprint from lockdown won't slow climate change

carbon emissions

Reductions in emissions during pandemic are a drop in the bucket when it comes to atmospheric CO2.

vendredi 22 mai 2020

Zoos reopening as COVID-19 restrictions ease

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Drive-thru routes, pathways and scheduled visits are among the options zoos are contemplating as they figure out how to safely reopen.

Canadian Hurricane Centre warns to prep for storm season early to avoid lineups amid pandemic

Active Hurricane Season 20200522

As the Canadian Hurricane Centre warns of another active hurricane season, one of the country's top meteorologists said the COVID-19 pandemic could make it more difficult for people to prepare for a long line of tropical storms.

The Promise of Antibody Treatments for Covid-19

As scientists race to create a vaccine, a parallel quest to engineer effective antibody treatments for the coronavirus is vital, too—and may provide relief sooner.

ISS Daily Summary Report – 5/21/2020

Payloads Robo-Pro Challenge: The crew performed a checkout out of the Robo-Pro Challenge configuration. The purpose of the checkout was to: 1. Verify Data and voice capability between ISS and participating space centers; 2. Confirm proper target marker locations in the JEM Module using the Astrobee Bumble unit; 3. Allow Bumble to route the expected …

Alberta regulator's move to suspend oilpatch monitoring sets dangerous precedent, critics say


Critics say Alberta’s energy regulator has given the oil and gas industry a free pass on a number of monitoring requirements, jeopardizing environmental safety and setting a dangerous precedent under the justification of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Will Wildfire Smoke Worsen the Pandemic? We're About to Find Out

When seasonal blazes descend on California, millions could be inhaling smoke, which is known to predispose people to lung diseases.

COVID-19 economic slowdown has cut air pollution in Canadian cities

COVID Air Pollution 20200521

Most major Canadian cities saw drastic improvements in air quality over the last two months as COVID-19 kept people at home instead of on the roads.

UBC researchers develop biodegradable medical masks made from wood fibre

Biodegrable masks

Mask made from B.C. wood fibres could solve potential supply issues, researcher suggests.

On the Moon, Astronaut Pee Will Be a Hot Commodity

Urine can be used for landing pads, gardens, and drinking water. But will there be enough to go around?

We spend a lot of time online - so how do we make data centres greener?

Using Netflix

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at how data centres are becoming more environmentally friendly and examine which countries are furthest along in the transition to sustainable energy.

jeudi 21 mai 2020

How a debunked COVID-19 video kept spreading after Facebook and YouTube took it down

Judy Mikovitz

Although social media giants such as Facebook and YouTube have largely removed a debunked documentary about the COVID-19 pandemic from their platforms, copies and variations of the video are still up on alternative social media sites where hundreds of thousands of people are watching them.

How Parks Canada's online reservation system buckled — again — under the weight of would-be Banff campers

Banff RVs camping

It's an annual ritual for many would-be campers: logging on to the Parks Canada online reservation system the moment it opens, only to see the website slow to a crawl or crash altogether. Parks Canada thought it had things figured out this year — but no such luck, internal emails show.