AT&T data breach affected nearly all customers after info downloaded to 3rd-party platform

The data of nearly all customers of the U.S. telecommunications giant AT&T was downloaded to a third-party platform in a security breach, the company said Friday, as cyberattacks against businesses, schools and health systems continue to spread globally.  The breach, most of which took place over five months in 2022, hit customers of AT&T’s cellular … Read more

As temperatures rise, so do myths about sunscreen

Experts are warning Canadians not to heed misinformation spread online that sunscreen can cause cancer, stressing that proper use of the right lotions or sprays is, in fact, one of the best ways to prevent potentially deadly ailments like melanoma.  Quebec’s Order of Chemists warned last week against what it called a worrying trend circulating on … Read more

Montreal peregrine falcon chicks take first flights into a world full of danger

The world is full of dangers when you’re a falcon chick less than six weeks old and learning to fly — even if you’re a member of the fastest species on Earth. This week, three falcon chicks named Hugo, Polo and Estebane started to spread their wings around the nest site on the 23rd floor … Read more

Anaplasmosis is a tick-borne disease that’s on the rise in Canada

Tick experts are warning Canadians to be on the lookout for symptoms of a tick-borne disease whose case counts have been steadily increasing over the past 15 years. Anaplasmosis is an infection contracted by humans and animals caused by the Anaplasma phagocytophilum bacteria and spread by ticks.  In the early 2000s, provinces and territories began reporting a handful … Read more

Lyme disease might be more common, but this tick-borne disease is on the rise in Canada

Tick experts are warning Canadians to be on the lookout for symptoms of a tick-borne disease whose case counts have been steadily increasing over the past 15 years. Anaplasmosis is an infection contracted by humans and animals caused by the Anaplasma phagocytophilum bacteria and spread by ticks.  In the early 2000s, provinces and territories began reporting a handful … Read more

Coal mine contaminants blown onto snowpack in Alta., B.C.: study

Cancer-causing chemicals are being blown downwind from coal mines in southern British Columbia in concentrations that rival those next to oilsand mines, newly published research has concluded. “Our results reveal, for the first time, clear evidence that coal mining contaminants are spread far downwind from their sources,” says the paper, published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology. The … Read more

Elon Musk claims Apple’s new AI tools are a privacy risk. How much of a concern are they?

On Monday, Apple revealed a suite of highly anticipated AI features — including ChatGPT — that it will soon integrate into its devices. But not everyone was thrilled at the news. While some observers were excited at the prospect of, for example, drawing math equations on an iPad that could then be solved by AI, billionaire tech mogul Elon … Read more

Wild ‘superpigs’ from Canada could soon invade some U.S. states, study suggests

Quirks and Quarks8:37This little piggy escaped and wreaked havoc on crops and the environment Invasive wild pigs in Canada are on the move and could soon spread southward to several northern United States, according to a new study. Wild pigs are already a widespread issue in the southern U.S., with an estimated six million pigs in at least 35 … Read more

Federal panel lists 35 ‘plausible’ future threats to Canada and the world

In a new report, a think-tank within Employment and Social Development Canada cites 35 “plausible” global disruptions that could reshape Canada and the world in the near future. The Policy Horizons Canada (PHC) panel drafted the list and then asked more than 500 stakeholders within and outside government to suggest which ones were more likely, when they might happen and how … Read more