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Tech blog roundup

by Saleem Khan, CBC News Online

The future was on our minds a lot this week, between space, blogs, the environment, global warming, the cars we wish we could have and the crass consumerism of it all. Peer across the space-time barrier in this week's blog picks:

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Wagner Moura on Narcos's unreal real-life plot: 'Did this really happen?' video
Narcos, a Netflix original series entering season two, has resonated with critics and wider audiences for its raw performances and efforts to tell a complicated real-life story accurately.
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Who run the world? By the sights and sounds of Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards, that would be Beyoncé and Rihanna. Their performances, plus more of the night's memorable moments.
Nicole Kidman, Kate Winslet, Alicia Vikander pose for 2017 Pirelli calendar
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Technology & Science »

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The first study of pollution from unconventional oilsands mines has concluded that so-called in-situ techniques also introduce contaminants into the environment.
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Money »

Analysis Trudeau must sleep with a different elephant than his father did: Don Pittis
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