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Project Grizzly aims to make bear-proof safety suit

Posted by Rachael Kelly in Wildlife on Friday, April 29, 2016

Troy Hurtubise was hiking in British Columbia in 1984 when he encountered the bear that changed his life forever.

Staring suddenly into the face of an irritable grizzly, the then 20-year-old Ontarian pulled a .22 semiautomatic rifle to defend himself, but the grizzly knocked him—and the rifle—away like a toothpick. Clambering to his feet, Hurtubise grabbed a knife from his belt.

The bear fled. Had cubs been present, a conservationist told Hurtubise later, it’s likely he would have been mauled. ...

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10 adorable photos of baby bears

Posted by Alexandra Pope in Wildlife on Friday, April 29, 2016

Before they become majestic and dangerous eating machines, bears are adorable. (Photo: Terri Shaddick/Can Geo Photo Club)

There's a reason American toymaker Morris Michtom used real bear cubs as the inspiration for his soft stuffed "Teddy Bear" (named for then-President Theodore Roosevelt). It's likely the same reason the toy became wildly popular with the public: before they grow into dangerous and majestic apex predators, bears are ridiculously cute.

As proof, we've assembled a squeal-inducing collection of the best bear cub photos captured* by members of our Photo Club.

*By long-range telephoto lens. We'd ...

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Infographic: Fun facts about Canada's bear species

Posted by Nicole Rutherford in Wildlife on Friday, April 29, 2016

Canada is home to three species of bear, each with their own unique characteristics and habits. Scroll down to learn more about Canada's polar bears, black bears and grizzly bears!

To enlarge the infographic, click the image then click the expand button in the top right corner of the pop-out.

Infographic: Sean Okai/Alissa DiCaire/Nicole Rutherford

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Oldest known pine tree fossils discovered in Nova Scotia

Posted by Rachael Kelly in Nature on Friday, April 29, 2016

The fossil is 7 mm long. This false colour image was produced with a Scanning Electron Microscope. (Photo courtesy Howard Falcon-Lang)

It’s official: Nova Scotia is home to the oldest known pine tree fossils in the world.

After examining the remains of charred twigs found in a gypsum quarry near Windsor, N.S., Howard Falcon-Lang, Viola Mages and Margaret Collinson—researchers in the department of Earth sciences at Royal Holloway, University of London—determined the fossils to be around 140 million years old.

This is five to 11 million years older than the oldest pine fossil on record.

The fossils were discovered by ...

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Inuit to discuss how to save the North Water Polynya

Posted by Harry Wilson in Nature on Friday, April 29, 2016

A polynya off the Antarctic Coast. The Inuit Circumpolar Council are working to save the North Water Polynya, the largest polynya in the Northern Hemisphere. (Photo: NASA's Earth Observatory/Wikimedia Commons)

Members of a special Inuit Circumpolar Council commission tasked with consulting Inuit on how to save the North Water Polynya will this week journey to the Nunavut communities of Grise Fiord and Pond Inlet to begin talks with locals, according to a CBC report.

Like all polynyas, the North Water is a region of largely unfrozen ocean surrounded by sea ice. What makes it special, however, is that at about 80,000 square kilometres, it’s the largest polynya in the Northern Hemisphere and the most ...

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