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SpaceX's behemoth Falcon Heavy rocket has won U.S. Air Force's certification before even launching a second time, marking another milestone for CEO Elon Musk's space venture.

Government releases national Near-Earth Object preparedness plan

While the chance of a large asteroid hitting the Earth may be remote, the consequences would be catastrophic. The federal government released a new report today outlining the steps the nation will take to prevent or prepare the country for such an event.

Bing app gets image search function

Microsoft has now outfitted their Bing app with a new feature that allows users to "search the web using (their) camera." This tool is being likened to the Google Lens and other third-party apps that utilize AI for object recognition.

How can hospitality brands undergo digital transformation?

Digital transformation in the hospitality industry is a very human-focused effort, with leading brands leveraging technology to cater to the whims and wants of their guests.

Electric scooter-sharing moves into the fast lane

How fast is the electric scooter-sharingcraze growing?Fast enough to be declared a nuisance and kicked off the streets of San Francisco and a handful of others cities to allow local officials to mull regulations.

Massive dust storm on Mars has become a 'global weather event'

A massive dust storm on Mars that covered one-fourth of the planet just a week ago has grown into a global weather event, NASA officials said on Wednesday.

Canadian gov't announces funding for northern Internet loop

The Government of Canada, the Government of Yukon and Northwestel, a local exchange and long distance carrier in the North, have announced total investments of "up to $79 million" to build a fibre line to connect Yukon and the Northwest Territories.

Startups that want to secure home Wi-Fi

To protect against new threats, companies are leveraging artificial intelligence to make home Wi-Fi networks smarter. Here are two startups doing just that.

Google's health AI model can predict when a patient will die

Artificial Intelligence can use data from health records to predict with considerable accuracy when a patient will die. Such information can have a positive use and end up saving lives.

Workforce skills need to advance with automation and AI

Thanks to advances in automation and AI, a significant number of workers could be out of a job in a few decades, - at least that's what a report from the McKinsey Global Institute forecasts in its latest report.

Bitcoin trading in narrow range above $6,600

While a CoinDesk analysis of bitcoin's (BTC) price movements yesterday claimed that it was facing a drop below $6,000 nothing of the sort has happened. Bitcoin opened today June 19th at more than $6,700. Perhaps the further drop will be later this week.

The strange case of Mexico’s ‘artificial earthquake’

When Mexico celebrated its World Cup victory over Germany, the enthusiasm was so massive that it registered on seismographic equipment in Mexico.

Will blockchain replace the web? Special

Blockchain – a decentralized data base – is known today because it’s used to produce and exchange cryptocurrencies. But blockchain might prove to have many more applications, one day threatening the monopoly of companies like Amazon and Facebook.

Ultra-secure lab in Gabon equipped for Ebola studies

At a research facility in Gabon, one isolated building stands behind an electrified fence, under round-the-clock scrutiny by video cameras. The locked-down P4 lab is built to handle the world's most dangerous viruses, including Ebola.

Big data brings bright future to Canadian mill town

The Village of Canal Flats, located at the southern end of Columbia Lake in British Columbia, Canada is about to transition from being a mill town into a technology hub with the addition of the Columbia Lake Technology Centre.

Three startups disrupting the insurance industry

The insurance industry may not be entirely prepared for digital transformation, but insurtech is coming. Here are a few of the startups disrupting the insurance industry.

New way to create energy-saving electronics

Scientists have discovered an alternate way of conducting electricity between transistors without energy loss. This could spur developments in energy-saving electronics and quantum computing.

Essential Science: The computer that can look into the future

A computer program has been developed that can look five minutes into the future. The artificial intelligence was developed at the University of Bonn, and it appears to be able to accurately predict future actions.

Blood swimming nanobots eliminate toxins

Medical technologists have constructed nano-sized and ultrasound powered robotic devices that are capable of traversing through a viscous fluid like blood to eliminate pathogens and toxic by-products.

California experiments with digital license plates

The U.S. state of California and the city of Sacramento are experimenting with a new digital license plate scheme. The technology has been fitted to all of the vehicles that comprise the city's electric car fleet.

The 'Internet of Farming' is disrupting traditional agriculture

Generations of farmers have relied on knowledge and family expertise to grow food, but the sector is set for a surge of disruption at the hands of made-in-Canada artificial intelligence-powered systems.

Construction is using tech to seek efficiencies

New technologies have the potential to make a substantial impact upon the home of the future. The smart home concept can one day be extended to an entire town, according to a new state-of-the-industry report.

WEWA Technologies bring Near-field communication (NFC) to life

As part of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, WEWA Technologies is bringing the convenience of NFC (Near-field communication) technology to life.

Startup Valencell secures $10.5 million in Series E funding

Valencell, the leading innovator in wearable biometric sensor technology, announced on June 13, it has secured $10.5 million in Series E financing.

Q&A: Where is the smart home heading? Special

The smart home will soon be more than voice assistants, embracing several interaction methods relating to ambient computing (such as voice, touch, and motion control) directly into the walls of the home.

This week saw some big funding rounds across all sectors

The past seven days saw some truly massive funding rounds across all sectors. From a new way to sell property to an insurtech startup, here are three big winners from this week.

Five female scientists for National Safety Month

During National Safety Month, held each June in the U.S., individuals and organizations participate by making efforts to reduce the leading causes of unintentional injury and death at work. To mark the event, five women from science are profile.

Neither bitcoin nor ethereum are securities according to the SEC

While earlier it appeared that the US Securities and Exchange Commission would treat cryptocurrencies as securities it now seems as if initial coin offerings (ICOs) will be considered securities but bitcoin and ethereum will not.

Theranos founder and former CEO indicted on criminal charges

In not-so-small startup news today, Elizabeth Holmes — the founder and former CEO of Theranos — has been indicted on criminal charges by a federal grand jury.

Royal Bank of Canada plans $3.2 billion push for new clients

The Royal Bank of Canada has been bemoaning the fact that not enough people are switching banks to try their offerings. At its investor day conference on Wednesday, RBC introduced a wave of technology initiatives to combat the problem.

Startup offers an easy way to build deep learning algorithms

Using a visual interface, this AI startup is making it easier to build deep learning algorithms — as simple as dragging and dropping.

Video gamers may earn more than professional athletes in eSports

eSports players have enjoyed a spike in payments. This would mean that video gamers would potentially earn more money than professional athletes.

Japanese spacecraft closes to within 920 km of asteroid Ryugu

Hayabusa2, JAXA's asteroid explorer, and the MASCOT lander, developed by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the French space agency (CNES) have been traveling through space since December 2014. The intrepid spacecraft is now 920 km from its target.

Bitcoin price revives but has not reached $7,000 level

A new analysis of the movements of the price of bitcoin (BTC) by CoinDesk claims that the price is still in recovery mode but must keep the price above a key support level which is just below $6,500.

SpinLaunch wants to slingshot small rockets into space

A Silicon Valley startup has devised an ingenious way of sending rockets into space. Dubbed SpinLaunch, the company wants to blast tiny payloads into orbit atop miniature rockets.

Why Apple’s AI strategy stands apart from its rivals

There isn't one smooth path for developing and operating artificial intelligence. Apple’s artificial intelligence strategy, for instance, stands apart from other big technology companies.

Mozilla exploring development of a voice browser

Mozilla, the free software group behind the browser Firefox is envisioning an entirely different browser that would be activated and operate by voice rather than keyboard, touch pad, mouse, or screen taps.

Vancouver in the running for the smart cities challenge

Two of Canada’s three largest cities are among the finalists for Infrastructure Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge - Vancouver, Montreal and Waterloo. Up for grabs is a first prize of $50 million.

NASA astronauts install high-def cameras during spacewalk

Two US spacewalkers on Thursday outfitted the International Space Station with a pair of new high-definition video cameras designed to help visiting commercial spaceships dock there in the coming years.

Elon Musk's Boring Company will build and operate O'Hare Express

The Boring Company, owned by visionary billionaire Elon Musk of Tesla and SpaceX fame, has been chosen to build and operate an elusive high-speed rail line between downtown Chicago and an expanding O’Hare International Airport.

Antarctica is shedding ice at an accelerating rate

The melting of Antarctica is accelerating at an alarming rate, with about 3 trillion tons of ice disappearing since 1992, an international team of ice experts said in a new study.