Monday, August 12, 2013

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Monday August 12 2013 edition

HIGHLIGHTS

Tracing the evolution of North American mountain goats.

Most of us have seen many images of mountain goats, but surprisingly it seems there's not much scientific knowledge about them. That's partly due to the fact they live in a harsh and not easily accessible environment.

A University of Alberta doctoral student, Aaron Shafer, set out to learn more about their evolution and won a national dissertation award ...

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Toronto remembers historic riot

Possibly the biggest riot in Toronto’s history occurred on August 16, 1933 between Christian and Jewish men after a baseball game. The melee was triggered when some young men climbed a knoll at the edge of the park and unfurled a white sheet with a large, black swastika on it.

Tense is how Cyril Levitt describes the atmosphere ...

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Huge sea ice loss changing entire arctic ecosystem

The massive loss of sea ice in the arctic is happening so fast that species there cannot possibly evolve fast enough to adapt, says Ian Stirling, an adjunct professor at the University of Alberta and one of the co-authors of a study recently published in the journal Science. As a result, there will be winners ...

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CANADIAN HEADLINES

Roger's Cup Tennis a big boost for the sport in Canada

Milos Raonic achieved a couple of firsts for tennis in Canada.  Despite the quick defeat by Rafael Nadal yesterday in Montreal, Raonic is the first Canadian to make it into the finals at the Roger's Cup, and the first to make it into the Top 10 in the ATP rankings today.

Raonic was gracious in defeat, congratulating ...

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The (electrical) power and the glory.

Saskatchewan Cathedral stained-glass windows also generate electricity


Showing installation on the church © Cathedral of the Holy Family

 A Toronto-based artist, Sarah Hall, working with engineer Christoff Erban, has developed artistic solar panels.  No longer the rather “technical” black sheets, Ms.Hall is creating colourful designs that serve the dual purpose ...

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Rarest stamp worth up to one million dollars

Until recently it was thought there were only two copies of Canada’s rarest stamp, the two cent “large Queen on laid paper” but the Vincent Graves Green Philatelic Research Foundation has recently come across a third example.

The stamps are so rare because they were printed, perhaps by mistake, on “laid” paper which is usually used for stationary. Printers ...

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The search for the searchers continues.

Parks Canada officials say the search will resume this week for the ships of the 1845 Franklin expedition to the Arctic. The 59-year-old Sir John Franklin had made three previous expeditions to the the far northern Canadian archipeligo searching for the fabled "Northwest passage" to the Orient.

Map of possible ...

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Canadian company tracks ships from space

A Canadian company wants to expand its business tracking ships using satellites high above the earth. ExactEarth sells information about more than 100,000 ships it detects per day to over 50 customers on five continents. These include ports, navies and governments.

Ships going along sensitive routes can be monitored. This could be useful, for example, to the Canadian government ...

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Wayne Gretzky's silver anniversary

It's been 25 years now since Wayne Gretzky, the Edmonton Oilers' hockey player, many consider the best in the game, said good-bye to Canada.

Wayne Gretzky wiped tears from his eyes, and found it difficult to speak, as he tried to convince Canadians it was his decision alone, to move to Los Angeles and play ...

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IN DEPTH

 



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