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Groundbreaking Nova Scotia battery tech start up gets federal cash

DARTMOUTH, N.S.— The future of lithium-ion battery longevity  a key component in a world without fossil fuels may lie in an unassuming, bunker-style building in a Halifax-area industrial park. Down a concrete hall, past a ping pong table, is an airplane hangar-like room with soaring ceilings, whirring electronic equipment and a massive loading door flung …

NASA’s next Mars mission to probe deep interior of red planet

LOS ANGELES — The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)’s next Mars mission known as InSight, which is on track for a 2018 liftoff, will focus on examining the deep interior of Mars, the agency announced on Monday. The long form of InSight’s name is Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport. The mission …

Canadians will throw various viewing events for the partial eclipse

Canadians across the country will be donning special glasses and looking to the sky to take in a partial solar eclipse today. Unlike the U.S., Canada won’t see a total solar eclipse, where the moon completely covers the sun, blacking out the sky and turning day into night momentarily. But Canadians are still in for …

Science Says: DNA test results may not change health habits

NEW YORK — If you learned your DNA made you more susceptible to getting a disease, wouldn’t you work to stay healthy? You’d quit smoking, eat better, ramp up your exercise, or do whatever else it took to improve your odds of avoiding maladies like obesity, diabetes, heart disease or cancer, right? The scientific evidence …

Scientists develop 2 new ways to eradicate agricultural pests

CANBERRA, Aug. 9 — Two separate studies undertaken by scientists in Australia have come up with new ways to deal with the eradication of pests such as feral pigs, rabbits, and mice, which cost the local agricultural economy more than one billion Australian dollars (USD 800 million) every year. Researchers from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial …

China to build first Mars simulation base

XINING, Aug. 9 — China will establish the country’s first Mars simulation base in northwest China’s Qinghai Province, the local government said Tuesday. The base will be in the red cliff region in Da Qaidam (also known as Dachaidan) district in the Mongolian-Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Haixi. Situated at the Qaidam basin in western Qinghai, …

US scientists contradict Trump’s climate claims

WASHINGTON — As President Donald Trump touts new oil pipelines and pledges to revive the nation’s struggling coal mines, federal scientists are warning that burning fossil fuels is already driving a steep increase in the United States of heat waves, droughts and floods. It is the latest example of collisions between Trump’s environmental policies and …

Canada’s hope to get climate change into NAFTA could prove difficult

OTTAWA — U.S. President Donald Trump’s stance on climate change may end up being the biggest stumbling block in NAFTA talks when it comes to the environment. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reiterated Friday during a tour of eastern Ontario that he wants climate change, reducing emissions and moving to a low-carbon economy to be written …

Transgender day camp among first to include 4 year olds

EL CERRITO, Calif. — In some ways, Rainbow Day Camp is very ordinary. Kids arrive with a packed lunch, make friendship bracelets, play basketball, sing songs and get silly. But it is also extraordinarily unique, from the moment campers arrive each morning. At check-in each day, campers make a nametag with their pronoun of choice. …

Study links gut viruses to deadly complication of bone marrow transplant

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 3 — An international team of researchers have found that a virus hiding in the gut may trigger the onset of a severe complication known as graft-versus-host disease (GvHD) in patients who receive bone marrow transplants. GvHD affects up to 60 percent of patients who undergo bone marrow stem-cell transplants, and kills …

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