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Mastadon skeleton. Image: Kevin Saff

Climate Change, Not Hunting, Killed Off Mastodons

Mastodons in Canada’s north were probably wiped out by the start of a new Ice Age, and not by human hunters, according to a new scientific study.
Early humans have commonly been blamed for hunting mastodons to extinction in North America.

by · December 17, 2014 · Animals, Environment, News
A Western Screech Owl. Image: Randy R. Magnuson

And A Partridge In A Pear Tree… Check!

The 115th Christmas Bird Count is officially underway.
The count is an annual census of local and migratory birds and it’s organized by the National Audubon Society. From December 14 to January 5, volunteers will gather in more than 2,000 locations in North, Central and South America to count the birds in their area.

by · December 16, 2014 · Animals, News, Science
Rosetta Space Probe Raises Water Questions

Rosetta Space Probe Raises Water Questions

Scientists have made some surprising discoveries in space recently.
The European Space Agency (ESA) sent a probe, called Rosetta, six billion kilometres into space to meet up with a comet known as 67/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

by · December 15, 2014 · News, Science
A Beluga Whale in Quebec, Canada. Image: Luca Galuzzi

The Number Of Endangered Species In Canada Growing

The number of endangered species in Canada is growing. Five new animal species and five types of plants were declared endangered in November by a committee of wildlife experts.

by · December 10, 2014 · Animals, Environment, News
The countdown clock. Image: NASA

Time For A Change As NASA Upgrades Its Launch Clock

There are some pretty famous clocks in the world: London’s Big Ben, and the clock on the Peace Tower in Ottawa, to name just two.
But the most watched clock in the world may be NASA’s launch clock.

by · December 4, 2014 · News, Science, Technology
Woolly mammoth restoration at the Royal British Columbia Museum, Victoria, British Columbia. Image: WolfmanSF

Woolly Mammoth Sparks Debate Over Cloning

A woolly mammoth carcass that was frozen in ice for 40,000 years may make it possible for scientists to bring the extinct species back to life.
The mammoth was found embedded in ice on a remote island off northern Russia in May 2013.

by · November 25, 2014 · Animals, News
Buffalo Shovelling Out From Under Heavy Snowfall

Buffalo Shovelling Out From Under Heavy Snowfall

It’s been snowing in Buffalo, New York.
And snowing. And snowing. And snowing and snowing and snowing and snowing.

by · November 20, 2014 · Environment, News
From Blosom's Facebook page. Photo reprinted with permission.

The World’s Tallest Cow

Blosom the cow has many good qualities. She’s sweet. She’s kind and she is very friendly.
But she also has a claim to fame that no other cow has.
Blosom is officially the world’s tallest cow.
She stands 190 centimetres or six feet, four inches tall “from the hoof to the withers,” according to her official certificate.

by · November 18, 2014 · Animals, News
Philae Lander. Image: Wikipedia

Scientists Hope Philae Will Wake Up Next Spring

The Philae spacecraft that landed on a comet last week has gone to sleep. But the good news is that scientists are hopeful that we haven’t heard the last messages from the spacecraft.

by · November 18, 2014 · News, Science, Technology
Brooding emperor penguin with its chick approached by a rover camouflaged with a fake chick. Photo: Nature Methods, Le Maho et al.

Robotic Chick Lets Researchers Get Close to Penguins

A small robot that looks and acts like a baby penguin is helping researchers study penguins in a more natural way.
When scientists study any animals in the wild, it usually means a human has to get close to them to gather information. But people make animals nervous, so when human researchers are around, the animals don’t act the way they normally would.

by · November 15, 2014 · Animals, News, Science