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  • London's Depave Paradise to turn more asphalt to green space this spring

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    A community group that's working to dig up pavement in the region and convert it into green space is expanding this spring with two new sites in London and St. Thomas. They're thinking big, aiming to bring native plants back to the area while keeping the region's rivers clean. Source
  • 'Metabolic trick' in squirrels' guts could help astronauts in deep space: researcher

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    New research by a Université de Montréal biologist seeks to explain how squirrels conserve energy when they hibernate, and what implications that information could have on the future of space travel. Matthew Regan's study of the thirteen-lined ground squirrel found in North America seems to confirm the theory of "urea nitrogen salvage," which suggests that some hibernating animals can pull off a "metabolic trick" in which their gut microbes recycle urea nitrogen – a waste product created in…
  • Study confirms longstanding suspicion: domesticated cats have smaller brains than their wild ancestors

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    It’s been theorized for years by both scientists and cat owners alike, but a new study appears to confirm it: cats have less brains now than they used to when they were wild. According to a new study, domesticated cats have smaller brains than their wild cat ancestors, confirming older studies and opening up new insights into how domestication affects animals. Source
  • For the first time, a robot has performed surgery on the soft tissue of a pig without human guidance

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    It’s one small suture for robots, one big step for the field of robotics — for the first time, a robot has performed a surgery on the soft tissue of a pig from start to finish without a human helping to guide it. Source
  • Winnipeg man is using 3D printing to preserve Manitoba's history

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    One Winnipeg man is making three-dimensional models of Manitoba buildings to preserve the province’s history. To carry out this project, Patrick Letourneau, owner of Polygons.ca, said he seeks out older structures that may be on their last legs. Source
  • As Canada tackles building emissions, what's a natural gas utility to do?

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    Hello, Earthlings! This is our weekly newsletter on all things environmental, where we highlight trends and solutions that are moving us to a more sustainable world. (Sign up here to get it in your inbox every Thursday.) This week:As Canada tackles building emissions, what's a natural gas utility to do?How one gas expansion project in B.C. Source
  • 'The hope is we're not caught off guard' again, B.C. researcher says of discovery of 9 new coronavirus species

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    A team of researchers led by a British Columbia university has uncovered several new species of coronavirus, some of which were found in unexpected places such as animal dung. The discoveries, outlined in a news release Wednesday from the University of British Columbia, were made by a former UBC post-doctoral research fellow, who led an international team in an analysis of riboneucleic acid (RNA) sequencing data. Source
  • Meet the man who gave away his seat on a private trip to space

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    He told his family and a few friends. He dropped hints to a couple of colleagues. So hardly anyone knew that the airline pilot could have — should have — been on board when SpaceX launched its first tourists into orbit last year. Source
  • Digital health care: A closer look at benefits and how to stay secure

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    As the lives of every day Canadians become increasingly more digitized, some see health care as one area that could gain some traction in the near future. Media and tech consultant Mohit Rajhans told CTV's Your Morning on Thursday that the rapid "digital acceleration," brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, has seen digital tools such as QR codes and the storing of some health information on people's phones grow in popularity. Source
  • Farmers skeptical of wind turbines, but more accepting of certain proposals, U of A study shows

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    New research from the University of Alberta sheds light on how agricultural landowners in Alberta view wind turbine proposals on their land. Between December of 2018 and March of 2019, 401 large-scale agricultural landowners from across Alberta participated in an online survey that asked them to rate six hypothetical scenarios about wind farm developments. Source