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Bill Gates is determined to keep low-income students in school

The U.S. has a dropout problem, and Bill Gates isn't having it.<p>In a blog post published last week, the Microsoft co-founder referred to America's …

Scientists Are at a Loss to Explain This Mysterious Cosmic Radio Signal

"It's so brand new and so unknown."<p>There are now 22 of them, and we still have no idea what they are, what they mean, or where in the Universe they …

Astronomy

Elon Musk's new plan to save humanity from AI

Elon Musk has a new plan to protect humanity from artificial intelligence -- if you can't beat 'em, join 'em.<p>In October 2014, Musk ignited a global discussion on the perils of artificial intelligence. Humans might be doomed if we make machines that are smarter than us, Musk warned. He called …

Artificial Intelligence

What's inside the retirement portfolios of the pros?

Retirement planning is top of mind for Canadians in the home stretch of this year’s registered retirement savings plan (RRSP) season. To help them plan, we asked three experts to list what they hold in their own portfolios.<p>Like other investors, they have made decisions based on their personal …

Argentinian Chimichurri Chicken Wings

A bright chimichurri sauce adds freshness to chicken wings marinated in fragrant paprika and lightly charred on the grill. Sliced avocado served …

Don't Panic, but Physicists in Australia Just Proved Reality Doesn't Exist

Quantum physics is weird.<p>Get ready to have your mind blown. According to an experiment led by two physicists in Australia, reality doesn’t exist. …

Quantum Mechanics

Cheesecake Brownie Recipe

251<p>83<p>If you want to see a normally unflappable Parisian go into a little bit of a crazed frenzy, you don’t need to watch their reaction to me …

Dessert

Trump team flags Canadian livestock and lumber as targets in NAFTA reset

Canada's softwood lumber and livestock producers are being targeted by Donald Trump's transition team, which is advising the president-elect to extract terms more favourable to the United States in these areas in a renegotiation of the North American free-trade agreement.<p>The head of Canada's …

Dual citizens given a break on new passport rules | The Star

In the wake of a public outcry, Ottawa has extended the grace period of its new travel requirement for Canadian dual citizens.<p>The federal government …

The 'Earth Next Door' May Have a Breathable Atmosphere - And We Could Find Out in 2 Years

Eep.<p>The funny thing about the discovery of Proxima b - the closest planet to our Solar System, which is also rocky, Earth-sized, and potentially …

North Korea claims successful test of nuclear warhead

<b>(CNN) —</b> North Korea said it hit the button on its fifth and potentially most powerful nuclear test Friday morning, claiming to have successfully detonated a nuclear warhead that could be mounted on ballistic rockets.<p>State media said the test would enable North Korea to produce "a variety of …

North Korea

Poll: Nine weeks out, a near even race

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton start the race to November 8 on essentially even ground, with Trump edging Clinton by a scant two points among likely voters, and the contest sparking sharp divisions along demographic lines in a new CNN/ORC Poll.<p>Trump tops Clinton 45% to 43% in …

Government

No, your kids shouldn't be exempted from music class on religious grounds

One reason that Canada's experiment with multiculturalism is succeeding is that no one tells newcomers to abandon their beliefs or way of life. We don't demand that they embrace the mainstream. We don't expect them to adopt Canadian habits overnight. As long as they obey the law and pay their …

May criticized for rejecting points-based immigration

British Prime Minister Theresa May is facing growing criticism over the government's lack of a clear plan on immigration and how it will pull the country out of the European Union.<p>Ms. May has come under fire for rejecting a key pledge made by the Vote Leave campaign to adopt a points-based …

7 pieces of common cookware that can make your food toxic

Eating certain foods can be hazardous to your weight and cholesterol, but surprisingly, household cookware can endanger your health, too. A meal can only be as good for you as the pot or pan it's cooked in is safe, and no amount of flax seed or avocado can defend against a bacteria-ridden cutting …

Why don’t kids walk to school any more?

Children aren't walking or cycling to school as much as they used to, says a recent study from the Greater Toronto Area transportation agency Metrolinx. Who's surprised?<p>The streets around our junior education hubs become dependably gridlocked when legions of dutiful, well-meaning parents perform …

CalPERS settles with Moody's for $130 million in ratings case

Moody's Corp. will pay $130 million to the California Public Employees' Retirement System to settle allegations that the ratings agency acted negligently by giving top scores to ultimately toxic investments that cost the pension fund hundreds of millions of dollars, CalPERS said Wednesday.<p>CalPERS …

Finance

Weddings are supposed to be beautiful, but these are terrifying

WE TEND TO THINK OF WEDDINGS AS HAPPY OCCASIONS, but this is not always the case. According to UNICEF, 15 million underage girls will be married this …

Child Marriage

Trudeau government starting to live dangerously: Hébert | The Star

If Trudeau feels that Bombardier’s call for yet another financial lifeline is final proof that Canada cannot continue to try to hold its own in the …

Kendall and Kylie Have Another Mobile App Hit

The Kardashian-Jenner clan has another mobile hit on its hands.<p>A new mobile app featuring Kendall and Kylie Jenner has launched, and already it’s …

Scalia’s death flips Supreme Court dynamics, hurts conservative hopes

Justice Antonin Scalia’s sudden death Saturday shifts the dynamic of the Supreme Court and undermines conservative hopes for far-reaching victories this term on important, highly controversial issues such as abortion, immigration and unions.<p>If Republican leaders hold to their pledge not to confirm …

One hundred days of Trudeau government an antidote to cynicism: Mallick | The Star

Canada has changed so much in the 100 days since the Liberal cabinet was sworn in that I don’t quite know how to describe it. It’s not a sea change, …

Canada

Move over, sushi - now caviar could be Japan's greatest export

Japan is poised to ship its first batch of domestically-produced caviar overseas in the hopes of rivalling caviar powerhouses in Russia and Iran.<p>It has already seduced the world with its sushi and recently laid claim to the world's greatest Scotch whisky.<p>Now Japan is hoping to add something else to …

Denver Broncos win 2016 Super Bowl over Carolina Panthers to (maybe) send Peyton Manning out on top

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Von Miller and the rest of Denver’s dastardly defenders are doing all the dabbing now.And they can keep dabbing until September …

Republican governors fight to stay alive in New Hampshire | The Star

Donald Trump, the angry billionaire who has shunned retail campaigning, holds a 16-point lead. And three governors — Kasich, New Jersey’s Chris …

Cindy Crawford's 14-Year-Old Daughter Kaia Gerber Stars in Really Sexy Campaign

But is it too sexy, too soon?<p>Kaia Gerber is only 14, but she has already landed her first fashion campaign. It's for L.A.-based jewelry and accessories brand Chrome Hearts, a personal favorite of Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld. Pretty impressive, considering Kaia has only been modeling for about a …

Google's search chief is retiring

He has been at Google for 15 years and will be leaving the company to spend more time doing philanthropic work, he wrote in a Google Plus post. His last day at Google will be February 26.<p>"Now is a good time to make this important life change," he said. "Things are in amazing shape. Search is …