Scott Sutherland

  • ‘Hidden dragon’ fossil from China fill ancient evolutionary gap

    Millions of years ago, dinosaurs may have ruled the Earth, but the skies were dominated by flying reptiles called pterosaurs, some of whom reached the size of a modern fighter jet. In a study published this week, paleontologists report discovering … Continue reading →

  • Cool video flies us through the incredible variety of known exoplanet star systems

    The above video, created by Tom Hands, a PhD student in the Theoretical Astrophysics group at the University of Leicester, takes us on an incredible journey. Using the collected data in the Open Exoplanet Catalogue — which contains information on … Continue reading →

  • New Brunswick braces for more flooding as river levels peak yet again

    Just a week after extensive flooding forced people from their homes and caused millions of dollars in damages to roads and bridges throughout southern New Brunswick, residents are being told to prepare themselves again, as rainwater and the continued spring … Continue reading →

  • Concerns about potential MERS panemic rise with recent increase in cases

    A recent rise in the number of cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) has officials with the World Health Organization (WHO) concerned lately, especially since there are still so many uncertainties about exactly where the virus comes from … Continue reading →

  • Iceberg bigger than the city of Toronto floats away from Antarctica

    Back in November of 2013, NASA's Terra and Aqua satellites spotted a massive iceberg calving off from Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier. It's taken roughly five months to do it, but this city-sized block of ice has slowly migrated away from … Continue reading →

  • Space selfies: ISS astronauts gain geek-cred with out-of-this-world photos

    Life on the International Space Station is fairly serious business, for the most part, and astronauts train for years to be included in one of the station's six-month-long expeditions. However, that doesn't mean that they don't know how to have … Continue reading →

  • Strong earthquake and aftershocks shake British Columbia coastline

    Buildings swayed and windows rattled along Vancouver Island and BC's South Coast last night, as a magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck the region — one of over 20 powerful earthquakes that have shaken the Pacific Ring of Fire over the past … Continue reading →

  • Despite chills across North America, globe racks up 4th warmest March on record

    Just in time for Earth Day 2014, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released their monthly summary for March of this year, and the news isn't good for the planet. It may not have seemed like it to … Continue reading →

  • Heavy rains add to flooding worries in New Brunswick

    Residents of New Brunswick desperately need a break from the flooding that has struck the province over the past week, but it appears that any relief will have to be delayed as heavy rains drenching the province today and tomorrow … Continue reading →

  • ISS astronauts perform urgent repair spacewalk: watch it live

    NASA astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Steve Swanson are headed outside the International Space Station this morning, on an urgent spacewalk to fix the station's broken backup computer. This spacewalk is scheduled to begin at 9:20 a.m. Eastern Time, but unlike … Continue reading →

  • Asteroid impacts are not as rare as we think, and it’s time to do something about them

    When a massive asteroid exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia last year, it was a jarring wake-up call to us all about the dangers of these impacts, but in many cases, the prevailing opinion is that these events are rare. However, according … Continue reading →

  • Shooting the Blood Moon reveals the source of the Full Moon Curse

    No, we're not witnessing the start of an interstellar war here, although that's definitely a blood-red moon and a real laser beam. On April 15th, when the moon slipped through the dark umbra of Earth's shadow, many skygazers — professional … Continue reading →

  • Teenage airline stowaway may have survived by going into suspended animation

    We don't hear about suspended animation very often outside the pages of science fiction novels. However, it seems in the case of the teenager who flew from California to Hawaii in the wheel-well of a Boeing 767, we may have … Continue reading →

  • Explore the depths of the ocean, in real-time, from the safety of your desktop

    There aren't many people that get to explore the ocean depths, but the crew of the Okeanos Explorer, a ship run by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), is using remote operated robots and the internet to bring … Continue reading →

  • Lyrid meteor shower peaks Earth Day morning: how to watch

    We're in for a special treat for this year's Earth Day celebration tomorrow. The Lyrid meteor shower is going on right now and will reach its peak early in the morning on April 22, just in time to kick off … Continue reading →

  • Weird Science Weekly: Chess-playing computers may cause the robot apocalypse

    Although science is often seen as stuffy and dull, it's responsible for incredible discoveries and amazing breakthroughs. It can get weird pretty quickly, though. In this week's installment of Weird Science Weekly, we're going to look at the various ways … Continue reading →

  • Russian dashcams capture bright blue fireball over city of Murmansk

    Just over 14 months after a 20-ton asteroid exploded over the city of Chelyabinsk, Russian dashcams have apparently captured another fireball lighting up the night sky, this time in the northern city of Murmansk. According to and the dashcam … Continue reading →

  • Astronomers discover first Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone

    Astronomers working with data from the Kepler Space Telescope have hit another milestone in the search for exoplanets as they've reported the very first confirmed Earth-sized planet discovered in the habitable zone of its star, making it a potential haven … Continue reading →

  • Massive great white shark is largest ever tagged off Australian coast

    This photo has been circulating over the past couple of weeks, ever since it was snapped off the coast of southwest Australia, and with good reason ... the great white shark in the photo is huge, over 5 metres long, … Continue reading →

  • Researchers produce amazing new smart, alternative energy sources

    Faced with dwindling resources, a polluted environment and a changing climate due to the use of hydrocarbon fuels, as well as resistance to ideas of expanding nuclear and wind power, scientists have been exploring some very interesting ways of generating … Continue reading →