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AI has a lot of fans in business. But does it actually make money?

The growth of AI in the last few years has demonstrated two things. One, that the technology is capable of producing a range of slick if highly suspect images and video. And two, that a whole lot of people are…

How a 378-day Mars simulation changed this Canadian scientist’s outlook on life

When Kelly Haston emerged from NASA’s yearlong Mars simulation project, she was met with flashing cameras, beaming colleagues and rigorous applause. It was a stark change from the previous 378 days, during which she saw nobody but her three crew members,…

Hamilton students head to Iceland to map caves with a drone, with hopes tech could be modified for space

A team of McMaster University students in Hamilton will soon head to Iceland, where they’ll camp out by a series of underground lava tubes they plan to map with a drone.  The drone uses hardware and software designed by the undergraduate students, who…

‘A great day’: Young North Atlantic right whale freed from fishing gear by crews in St. Lawrence

A team of whale rescuers were hollering, screaming and high-fiving Wednesday afternoon when they freed a young whale caught in fishing gear in the St. Lawrence Estuary. The whale, believed to be one of the calves of a 35-year-old female…

6.4M quake that struck off B.C. is part of recent ‘swarm’: agency

A series of four earthquakes, including one with a preliminary magnitude of 6.4, struck off the coast of Vancouver Island on Thursday morning, part of an ongoing “swarm” of quakes being detected off the British Columbia coast. The first and largest quake…

B.C. waters now home to Canada’s largest marine protected area

First Nations along British Columbia’s coast and the federal government have announced the designation of the country’s largest marine protected area. A statement from Fisheries and Oceans Canada says the ecologically unique ocean area is located about 150 kilometres off the west coast…

Tick-spread illnesses are on the rise in Canada. Are surveillance, awareness efforts keeping up?

This story is part of CBC Health’s Second Opinion, a weekly analysis of health and medical science news emailed to subscribers on Saturday mornings. If you haven’t subscribed yet, you can do that by clicking here. One morning in Sept. 2021, MaryAnn…

Dunes at P.E.I. National Park showing signs of recovery from Fiona’s wrath

Parks Canada says it’s seeing encouraging signs of dune regrowth in Prince Edward Island National Park — and some of the credit goes to beachgoers who stay off them. Kerry-Lynn Atkinson, a landscape ecologist with Parks Canada, said marram grass,…

Drawn to Mars, these researchers found themselves in Yukon instead

Mars and the North have more in common than you would think. Their similarities brought around 80 astroscientists to Yukon this week, representing universities and space agencies from all over the world.  They were attending the eighth international conference on Mars…

Scorch virus continues to threaten B.C.’s blueberry crop

One day in May 2023, Anand Aujlay was walking through his eight-hectare blueberry farm in Delta, B.C, when he noticed bushes that had yellowing leaves and shrivelled berries — telltale signs of blueberry scorch. The virus wiped out about three…