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A better British referendum: A vote on the royals

<i>Zoe Cormier is a British-based science writer, and the author of the forthcoming book</i> Sex and Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll: The Science of Hedonism and the Hedonism of Science<i>.</i><p>It might not have a name, birthday or sex, but I already am bound to it with unwavering fealty. By law.<p>The Duchess of …

Why is Canada the most tolerant country in the world? Luck

Is Canada the most tolerant place in the world because Canadians are more enlightened than others? The answer is no. Accidents of geography and history account for our blessings.<p>Some may dispute the premise of the question above, but I do believe that Canada can make an honest claim to being the …

Is Everything We’ve Been Taught in School About Applying for Jobs No Longer Applicable in 2014?

Toss your resume into the nearest recycling bin. Everything you’ve been taught at school about applying for jobs is wrong.<p>So says Shopify, an …

Bilingualism boosts the brain at all ages

Learning a second language benefits the brain in ways that can pay off later in life, suggests a deepening field of research that specializes in the …

Beer before liquor, never been sicker? Busting 5 alcohol myths

Beer before liquor, never been sicker. Liquor before beer, you’re in the clear.<p>Thinkstock<p>The order that you consume your drinks does not play a part in how you will feel the next morning. “What matters is the more alcohol you drink, the more likely you will have a hangover,” says Dr. Bernard Le …

Euroskeptic Cameron snubs EU to Britain’s peril

With relentless determination, British Prime Minister David Cameron stood his ground but he was not magnificent in defeat. Fighting a losing battle to prevent the election of veteran Brussels insider, Jean-Claude Juncker, as European Commission president only pushed Britain farther in the …

The 13 Greatest Iced Coffee Recipes for Summer

Cool down and caffeine up with these delicious iced coffee drinks that you can make at home!<p>Cool down and caffeine up with these delicious iced coffee drinks that you can make at home! Via Redbook.com

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The All-New Pushup Circuit That Builds Strong, Massive Shoulders

A great set can make your waist look slimmer, your arms look bigger, and your back look broader. Here's the circuit that will help you build bolder shoulders<p>When it comes to shoulders, the bolder, the better. One of the best ways to build a massive set: Pushups. But we're not talking about pounding …

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The paranoid computer user's guide to privacy, security and encryption

An update to the Globe and Mail Guide to Safer Computing<p>Hack-proof computers don’t exist. That’s an important truth to keep in mind as you browse this guide to building a more secure computer. Covered here are myriad tools and services to help protect you from malware, spam, bot-nets and even that …

Here's How to Stop Facebook From Snooping in Your Web History

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>This week, Facebook announced it was expanding its evil empire adding targeted advertising based on …

Gold fix under scrutiny as regulators probe archaic system

The cozy little world of gold trading is getting less comfortable.<p>A handful of bankers in London currently set the world standard for gold prices, a practice that started in 1919 and is widely used by governments, miners and brokers to buy and sell the precious metal and its financial …

These Words Are So Overused They've Become Meaningless

Every December, publications start coming out with scads of lists. Best books of the year. Worst movies of the year. Most shocking celebrity break-ups of the year. Lists upon lists upon lists, defining the past 12 months. One list that often pops up: most overused words of the year.<p>Usually, lists …

Kelly: Will Canada ever conquer soccer?

Years ago, I stood alongside a Dutchman named Patrick Ladru on a patchy soccer field in Brampton, as he watched 100 or so Canadian kids go through their paces.<p>Ladru is one of the technical directors of the world's most storied football academy, Ajax of Amsterdam's De Toekomst (The Future).<p>Ladru was …

The Greek debt that really isn’t

Greece's slow recovery and crushing debt load are propelling the country toward its third bailout. That's the conventional view. Jeroen Dijsselbloem, president of the euro zone's finance ministers' group, said as much the other day and Greece's Finance Minister, Yannis Stournaras, is lobbying hard …

The real reason the French don’t get fat

<i>Timothy Bond is a television director. He divides his time between Toronto and his 1,000-year-old house in the Loire Valley.</i><p>Last month, I ate a strawberry. The taste exploded in my mouth as my throat was bathed in rich juices. The meat of the berry was soft and succulent.<p>I was in France.<p>Last week, …

'Give up dairy products to beat cancer’

A leading scientist, who has been fighting breast cancer since 1987, says the disease is overwhelmingly linked to animal products<p>In 1993, the breast cancer that had plagued Jane Plant since 1987 returned for the fifth time. It came in the shape of a secondary tumour – a lump in her neck the size of …

The Fermi Paradox

<i>PDF: We made a fancy PDF of this post for printing and offline viewing. Buy it here. (Or see a preview.)</i><p>Everyone feels something when they’re in a …

10 Overlooked Truths About Action | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Kyle Eschenroeder.</i><p>“This is a holy moment. A sacramental moment. A moment in which a man feels the gods as …

The renter's guide to successful investing

Renter's revenge<p>A homeowner with a paid off house is sitting on a valuable asset, but not a very liquid one. The long-term renter who invests money saved by not owning ends up with a pile of money that can be used for anything, and at any time.<p>Here's an example of how a renter can generate …

17 Things That Only Happen To People With Unique Names

Uniquely-named individuals of the world, unite!<p><b>1. Souvenir shopping has always been a little bit disappointing</b><p><b>2. Which explains why this appeals to</b> …

Buying or renovating a home? Look for cash back from the taxman

I recall the story a few years ago of Charles Silveira, a man from New Jersey who was convinced by woman – a psychic – to buy her a $700,000 (U.S.) home. As the story goes, he also paid her $247,850 over time because she apparently needed to make a golden statue for him to ward off negativity. …

Aerofex hoverbike could be yours by 2017

Aerofex's hoverbike made a pretty big splash when the Californian company showed off its working prototype all the way back in 2012, but then it went eerily silent. Now, Aerofex has finally revealed a launch date and price: it'll cost $85,000 and ship in 2017, according to its website.<p>"Where you're …

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The Rise of Nintendo: A Story in 8 Bits

From ‘Donkey Kong’ to the NES — how a Japanese company took over the American living room. An exclusive first serial from ‘Console Wars.’<p><i>The</i> …

Welcome to the last days of the unregulated Internet

Would you trust an unregulated banking industry to look after your money? After the financial crisis of 2008, the question sounds absurd. Isn't it odd, then, that we trust largely unregulated tech companies with everything from our correspondences to our nudie pics?<p>Then again, the fact that one …

11 Financial Books Every Young Person Should Read

Those of you who are seeking investing enlightenment are not going to find much of it on the web.<p>I suggest you log off, power down your computer, and read some books. Take your time. The months you spend perusing this list will be well spent.<p>I'd recommend reading at least the first four books …