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#BugsR4Girls: How 8-year-old Sophia Spencer co-authored a scientific paper on bugs

Sophia Spencer hated it when classmates taunted her for her love of insects, but seeing them kill her pet grasshoppers for fun was even worse.
Her first-grade peers couldn't understand what she found so fascinating about bugs of all sorts or why she'd devoted spare time to catching them, reading about them and generally carrying on like a budding entomologist.
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$10M first-of-its-kind geothermal pilot project underway in Alberta

A $10-million geothermal project under construction in central Alberta is being hailed as a "game-changer" because it doesn't need to use fracking or water and creates no greenhouse gas emissions.
Alberta Infrastructure Minister Prasad Panda called the pilot project a "game-changer" after visiting its site near Rocky Mountain House on Wednesday.
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#FreeMilo sparks free speech debate after Twitter bans conservative writer

A debate over free speech erupted online after Twitter permanently suspended the account of a well-known conservative pundit.
Breitbart.com reported Tuesday that Twitter had permanently suspended the account of Milo Yiannopoulos. Yiannopoulos is a tech editor for Breitbart.com.
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$10M XPRIZE for software that teaches illiterate to read

LOS ANGELES -- The challenge was to develop software that could easily be downloaded onto tablets that poor children around the world could use to teach themselves to read, write and do simple arithmetic. The incentive was $10 million for the winner.
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#NoFilter: Curiosity rover snaps selfie on Mars

From red carpets to shopping malls to Parliament Hill, the ubiquitous “selfie” has become a nearly unavoidable facet to life on Earth.
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$12.9B, 4.5 acres: Navy's next-generation aircraft carrier

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- The Navy refers to its newest aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford, as "4.5 acres of sovereign U.S. territory." The $12.9 billion warship -- the first of the Navy's next generation of aircraft carriers -- is in the final stages of construction after cost overruns and a delay of more than one year.
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#RIPVine, long live stardom: Canadians who cashed in on Vine

The timer has finally run out on Vine.
When Twitter launched the micro-video feature back in 2013, it quickly became a viral enigma, challenging users to cram as much comedy, or culture, into each 480×480 pixel frame.
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$13 million announced for space-related R&D projects

CAMBRIDGE, Ont. -- Research on a new instrument to more accurately detect radiation on board the International Space Station is just one of several dozen projects that will be funded under a Canadian Space Agency program.
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#TRENDING: Drinking the Apple-flavoured Kool-Aid

Every time I think I'm out, they pull me back in.
Although let's face it, I never really wanted out.
Apple on Tuesday reminded the world why they're the most innovative electronics company in the world, and reminded me why I'll keep drinking the apple-flavoured Kool-Aid.
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$20K Hackathon winner uses open data to design Career Path app

After 48 hours spent mining government data, designing an app, and writing computer code, this year's Canadian Open Data Experience winners came up with a way to help youth choose a career path.
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A blue-ribbon panel charged with reviewing the state of science in Canada for the first time in 40 years says the system urgently needs new money — but also new thinking.
The federal science panel is calling for $1.3 billion in new money and an overhaul to the way research is overseen.
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$4M ad campaign aims to lure workers to fill thousands of empty Calgary tech jobs

Calgary Economic Development plans to roll out a $4-million ad campaign to attract tech workers to the city. 
"We have a shortage of tech talent here. There's a real misperception of what's going on here but then there's 2,000 to 3,000 jobs open at any given time," said CEO Mary Moran during CED's annual economic outlook luncheon.
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