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.

samedi 20 juillet 2019

Yes, humans should be going to the moon and yes, Canada should play a major role

NASA 1969 ARP2313003 Apollo 12

Canada has been a world leader in satellite telecommunications, Earth observation, and space robotics — why shouldn’t Canada continue to be a leader?

ESA updates lunar tool kit for future Moon explorers

The new kit will be used by future lunar astronauts

When the Apollo 11 astronauts set foot on the Moon, one of their main tasks was to break out a special tool kit that they used for collecting samples of rock and soil for return to Earth. Now the French company Comex is working under an ESA contract to create an updated version to be used by the next generation of lunar explorers and is testing it under simulated lunar conditions.

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Category: Space


vendredi 19 juillet 2019

Dinosaur 'clutches' discovered in Mongolia help researchers understand nesting habits

non-avian theropod dinosaurs

Scientists from Alberta are helping us better understand the nesting behaviour of dinosaurs and how it's evolved with other species thanks to a nesting site they helped uncover in Mongolia. 

'Hey Eric Trump': Ontario man calls out U.S. president's son for using child's image in tweet


An Ontario man is calling out a member of the Trump family for using an image of his young son as part of a political attack on those opposing the American president.

Parking lot tests asphalt made with plastic bags

Burnside plastic paving job

A parking lot in Burnside, N.S., was paved on Thursday with asphalt that included two tonnes of material made from plastic shopping bags.

Foreign tomato-killing virus detected in Ontario

Tomato virus

A virus that originated overseas has made its way to Ontario and is threatening tomato crops in greenhouses and fields.

June 2019 was the hottest on record across the globe, says NOAA


Last month was the hottest June in 140 years, setting a global record, according to the latest monthly global climate report released by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The Sea Is Consuming Jakarta, and Its People Aren't Insured

What happens when your city is sinking and flooding and you don't have insurance?

You can help save the world, even on vacation


In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at the idea of "conservation vacations," as well as the unseen benefits of climate action.

Airpatch puts wireless pedal control on your guitar

Effects pedals are cabled up to the send and return jacks of the dock on the ...

Back in 2016 we tried out a funky tremolo stomp that was wirelessly controlled by an on-guitar device called the Aero. We liked it. A lot. But sadly the company which made the system went bankrupt in late 2017. Wireless effects control didn't die with Aalberg Audio though, as Aviate Audio in the US is this week showing off the Airpatch at Summer NAMM in Nashville, which offers similar wireless stomp control but doesn't tie you in to proprietary pedals.

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Category: Music


Powerful new telescope joins the search for possible laser pulses from aliens

A new telescope array is joining the hunt for extraterrestrial civilizations, scanning for flashes of laser ...

Statistically, it's pretty much a given that alien life is out there somewhere, whether that's Martian microbes or highly intelligent life beaming comms through the cosmos. While the Curiosity rover is poking around in the dirt for the former, the Breakthrough Listen initiative is searching for the latter. Now, a new telescope array has joined the hunt, scanning the skies for flashes of laser light that alien civilizations might be giving off.

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Category: Space


Looking back to Apollo 11: How we did so much with so little

Apollo 11 LEM landing

From developing the most powerful rocket in the world, to building computer memory, to designing the first craft that would operate solely in space, the Apollo missions were a tsunami of ingenuity.

When you can't escape the heat, you're in a 'heat dome'


During a heat wave, it can feel like you're being trapped by rising temperatures on all sides — and that's basically what's happening to the air in an event that has become known as a "heat dome."

For Twitter bans, a 'lack of transparency' is a bigger issue than political bias, experts say

Earns Twitter

Twitter's decision to ban former Ontario teaching assistant Lindsay Shepherd from its platform earlier this week has once again sparked accusations against the company that it unfairly targets certain groups or individuals.

'Brilliant': Artificial gravity isn't just science fiction

Short-armed centrifuge

In what sounds like something straight out of science fiction, researchers are testing out a form of artificial gravity to counter the physiological hazards of weightlessness astronauts experience in space.

Apollo 11: Fifty years since that One Small Step

One small step for man

Fifty years ago, two men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the surface of the Moon. That's a very simple sentence to write, but getting to grips with what is almost certainly one of the top five events in the whole of human history – perhaps even for life on Earth – is far less easy. The Apollo 11 Moon landing on July 20, 1969 has become so much a part of our history, our folklore, and even our popular culture that it's hard for those who didn't witness it to appreciate what a pivotal, world-changing thing the conquest of the Moon was. Even that momentous phrase said by Neil Armstrong has, over the past half century, become a cliché, a catch phrase, and even a punchline. Now it's time to ask, what was Apollo 11?

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Category: Space


Tesla opens solar-topped V3 Supercharger station on the Vegas strip

Tesla's Superchargers are now in their third generation

Tesla has cut the ribbon on a new charging station made to showcase what its full suite of sustainable technologies can achieve when they work together. Located onsite at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, the facility features the company's latest charging technology, promising to get cars back onto the streets of Sin City dramatically quicker.

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Category: Automotive


FDA approves risky new type of cancer drug – with caveats

The FDA has approved a new type of cancer drug called selinexor

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted accelerated approval to a new cancer drug called selinexor. This pill, which also goes by the market name Xpovio, has been found to be successful in treating multiple myeloma in patients that hadn't had success with other treatments. But at this very early stage the drug comes with some major caveats.

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Category: Medical


Snow Peak's clean and compact BBQ takes smoky meat flavors into the wild

The Smokemeister is available now through Snow Peak’s webstie for US$245

For many meat-eaters there's nothing quite like the taste of tender, smoky cuts, and the outdoor specialists at Snow Peak are looking to bring a little of that flavor into the wild. The company's new Smokemeister barbecue packs the capabilities of larger smokers into a trunk-friendly package, with easy setup once at camp for meat lovers on the move.

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Category: Outdoors


2020 Stingray revealed as first ever mid-engine Corvette

The new Corvette is a mid-engine design, putting the big growling powerhouse behind the driver instead ...

The anticipation for the new Chevrolet Corvette has been palpable, with leaks and guesswork going around as the unveil neared. Chevy finally unveiled the new 'Vette with introductions from astronauts and other Apollo Mission tie-ins to further pump up the occasion.

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Category: Automotive


Berkeley Labs creates first fully magnetic liquids

A Berkeley Lab team has created the first magnetic liquid droplets

Magnets as we know them are always solid, but the closest thing we have to a magnetic liquid is a class called of liquids called ferrofluids. Made up of iron-oxide particles suspended in liquids, these materials are only magnetic temporarily, when exposed to other magnets. But now, researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have managed to create the first permanently magnetic liquids, which could open up new avenues for electronics and robotics.

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Category: Materials


Protean's all-in-one drive, suspension and steering modules spin 360 degrees

Autonomous pods could be coming at you – sideways – courtesy of the Protean360+ corner module

Autonomous mobility pods of the future could gain themselves exceptional tight-space maneuvering capabilities if Protean's 360-degree integrated wheel systems come to fruition. Each one packs steering, suspension, motors and pneumatic ride-height adjustment into a single unit.

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Category: Automotive


Specialized's $16,500 carbon e-bike is a gorgeous glimpse at an electrified cycling future

The Turbo Creo SL Founders Edition is the range-topping model of Specialized’s new Creo family of ...

The e-bikes are coming and it's safe to say most will be a whole lot heavier than what cyclists are used to, especially those plying their trade on lightweight road frames. In no small way, Specialized is looking to close the gap with its new S-Works Turbo Creo SL Founders Edition, which packs 240 W of pedal assistance power into a beautifully (and very expensively) engineered full carbon frame.

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Category: Bicycles


Study links major Alzheimer’s risk gene to lower childhood IQ

A new study suggests an Alzheimer's-related gene could impact cognition at a much younger age than ...

A provocative new study is suggesting a gene variant strongly associated with increased Alzheimer's risk in later life could affect cognitive health in childhood. The research reveals those carrying the gene score slightly lower on IQ tests in childhood, implying cognitive decline is apparent at a younger age than ever previously realized.

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Category: Medical


Halo orbit selected for Gateway space station

Artist's concept of the Gateway module

The NASA-led Gateway deep-space station is still years away from the launch of its first component, but NASA and ESA's Operations Centre (ESOC) are zeroing in on the orbit it will travel in cis-lunar space. Called a Near-Rectilinear Halo Orbit (NRHO), it promises both cheaper missions to the Moon and beyond, as well as regular timetables for visiting astronauts.

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Category: Space


jeudi 18 juillet 2019

ISS Daily Summary Report – 7/17/2019

Saibo Experiment Rack Clean Bench (CB) Checkout: The crew completed the yearly relief valve check of the CB in the JAXA Saibo Rack. Saibo includes a Clean Bench glovebox with microscope that isolates the organisms being studied, and Cell Biology Experiment Facility (CBEF) that includes incubator and centrifuges. Hermes Facility: The crew installed the HERMES …

Ottawa unveils plan for safe disposal of mercury-filled light bulbs

David Hall

The federal government has unveiled its national plan for disposing of mercury-filled light bulbs in an environmentally responsible way and decreasing how much of the toxic substance ends up in landfills.

Striking opera house resembles cracked ice on a lake

The Hangzhou Yuhang Opera is located next to a manmade lake

With projects like the Eysturkommuna Town Hall and The Wave, Henning Larsen has shown a particular talent for producing eye-catching projects that break the mold. It reaffirms this with the newly-opened Hangzhou Yuhang Opera, which is designed to resemble a giant piece of cracking ice on the surface of a manmade lake in China.

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Category: Architecture


This modern-day dragon spits out a 25-foot-long, targeted stream of fire

The TF-19 Wasp is capable of igniting targets up to 25 ft away

Tempted as you might be to grab one of these for the impending zombie-apocalypse, the TF-19 Wasp from Ohio-based Throwflame is a serious piece of kit with potentially life-saving applications. From clearing critical infrastructure to pest management and forest fire back-burns, this modern-day dragon is nobody's toy.

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Category: Drones


Toronto marina installs experimental floating garbage cans to keep water clean

mike dwyer

It’s usually easy to find coffee cups, cigarette butts or plastic bottles floating along Canadian shorelines, but at Toronto’s Outer Harbour Marina those sightings are rare, thanks to some newly installed floating garbage cans.