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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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Analysis What the first 100 days of power reveal about Donald Trump
Now that Donald Trump has had a few months with the power to do what he always wanted to do, here's what we've seen him do.
Analysis 'Mistakes happen': How 'miscalculation' could spark a U.S.-North Korea conflict
Despite increased rhetoric, many experts dismiss the idea that a conflict between the U.S. and North Korea is imminent, yet there remains the threat that "miscalculation" could snowball into something much larger — and with dire consequences.
French intelligence blames sarin attack on Assad forces
French intelligence concludes that forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad carried out a sarin nerve gas attack on April 4 in northern Syria and that Assad or members of his inner circle ordered the strike.
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RCMP allege Vice-Admiral Norman fed cabinet secrets to Quebec shipbuilder
Newly released court records accuse the military's second-in-command of sharing secret information and having a cosy relationship with the upstart shipyard that was vying to deliver the navy an interim supply ship.
Analysis It's Trudeau's move after Trump goes from tough talk to action with lumber duties: Chris Hall video
The Liberal government's unofficial policy is not to react to everything Trump says, only what he does. Like, say, imposing punishing new duties on Canadian softwood lumber.
Underground economy players impervious to CRA's 'nudge' experiment
An experiment using "nudge" letters to coax Canadians in the underground economy to pay their taxes has flopped, highlighting the limits of this new approach to changing citizen behaviour.
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RCMP allege Vice-Admiral Norman fed cabinet secrets to Quebec shipbuilder
Newly released court records accuse the military's second-in-command of sharing secret information and having a cosy relationship with the upstart shipyard that was vying to deliver the navy an interim supply ship.
Analysis It's Trudeau's move after Trump goes from tough talk to action with lumber duties: Chris Hall video
The Liberal government's unofficial policy is not to react to everything Trump says, only what he does. Like, say, imposing punishing new duties on Canadian softwood lumber.
Underground economy players impervious to CRA's 'nudge' experiment
An experiment using "nudge" letters to coax Canadians in the underground economy to pay their taxes has flopped, highlighting the limits of this new approach to changing citizen behaviour.
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Health »

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Arts & Entertainment»

The Handmaid's Tale and its alarming relevance in the Trump era video
Margaret Atwood's classic dystopian novel — the one that's required reading in most Canadian schools and which has been banned in some American ones — has given birth to its first television series, set to air in Canada April 30 on Bravo.
Fake Tragically Hip merchandise claiming to raise funds for cancer research dupes fans online
Tragically Hip guitarist Rob Baker is urging fans to be vigilant when buying merchandise that claims to be linked to Gord Downie's charity. The musician tweeted Tuesday that some online shoppers are being duped into buying T-shirts, hoodies and other items that purport to donate $10 of the proceeds to the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research.
Bachelor star Chris Soules jailed after deadly Iowa crash
Chris Soules, an Iowa farmer who starred on The Bachelor two years ago, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of causing a deadly accident and leaving the scene.
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Technology & Science »

Scientists simulate mom's womb in lambs to try to help preemies
Researchers are creating an artificial womb to improve care for extremely premature babies — and remarkable animal testing suggests the first-of-its-kind watery incubation so closely mimics mom that it just might work.
Discovery of plastic-eating caterpillar could prove a boon in waste disposal video
An accidental discovery of a caterpillar that eats plastic could one day lead to the elimination of plastic waste, researchers hope.
Dolphin vaginas no longer a total mystery, thanks to Dal scientist
Marine mammals have surprisingly fascinating sex lives, including constantly erect penises and vaginas with multiple folds. Researchers are trying to understand the ins and outs.
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Money »

Analysis Politicians meddle with real estate — but would Canadians tolerate intervention in other markets?
Canadians seem in favour of government stepping in to intervene in Canada's housing market. But what would the reaction be if governments started meddling in the value of our retirement portfolios or other assets? Peter Armstrong dives in.
Dad, 2 young kids pulled off Air Canada plane after mother turned away at gate
A Winnipeg family is still trying to understand why Air Canada kicked them off a flight. First, the mother wasn't allowed to board; then the father and two kids were pulled off the plane.
Retail sales tick lower in February as sales of cars and gas slow down
Retail sales fell 0.6 per cent to $47.8 billion in February, after a strong showing in January.
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In Depth Gilmore Junio wants to be famous for another reason
Giving up his Olympic spot to teammate Denny Morrison in 2014 was gratifying, but Canadian speed skater Gilmore Junio wants to leave his own legacy, one that includes gold medals and world records.
Preview NHL playoffs: How the Canadian teams stack up in Round 2
It appears it's anyone's Stanley Cup to win after a wide-open start to the NHL playoffs. Here's how the two remaining Canadian teams, Edmonton and Ottawa, match up with their Round 2 foes.
McDavid prepares to go head-to-head with Ducks agitator Kesler video
What is Connor McDavid's reward for helping the Oilers dispose of San Jose in his first-ever Stanley Cup playoff series? Another dose of NHL irritant Ryan Kesler and the big and heavy Anaheim Ducks in Round 2, starting Wednesday at 10:30 p.m. ET.
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