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The Top 10 Most Useless Degrees (And Why)

College is extremely expensive, and choosing the right degree to pursue is crucial. Here are 10 of the most useless degrees in college you can pursue.

Researchers Tally the Global Cost of Melting Permafrost

As climate change melts permafrost in the Arctic, huge amounts of carbon dioxide and methane are released into the atmosphere, speeding global …

Climate Change

Another group of scientists just announced plans to tinker with human genes, and people are freaking out

Earlier this year, Chinese scientists announced they had successfully modified the genomes of human embryos to prevent a potentially fatal blood disorder. Although the embryos were not allowed to develop into babies, the experiment was sharply criticized by many researchers, some of whom called for …

Genetics

The best way to colonize Mars is crazier than Elon Musk's idea of dropping nukes on the planet

Yet the Red Planet holds great promise, and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk recently discussed its future with comedian and television host Stephen Colbert.<p>Musk, who hopes to build a colony of 1 million people on Mars, told Colbert that there are two ways to warm the global temperatures on Mars, which would …

This growing migration crisis is the canary in the mine on climate change

Conflict in the Middle East forces people to flee, but so does drought, destroying crops and livelihoods. We must invest in science for sustainable agriculture<p>The humanitarian emergency caused by the migration crisis has shocked the world. Desperate scenes of refugees risking their lives at sea or …

Middle East

The World’s Congested Human Migration Routes in 5 Maps

Europe is not the only part of the world facing a refugee crisis.<p>NG STAFFSOURCES: Missing Migrants Project, International Organization for Migration; UNHCR; i-Map; Regional Mixed Migration Secretariat<p>The desperate men, women, and children flooding into Europe from the Middle East and Africa are not …

Airbnb causing condo conflict in Vancouver

Residents of an East Vancouver condo say they're angry an owner is renting out his suites on Airbnb, a popular accommodation site.<p>They say the owner, …

Inflation targeting is 25 years old, but has it worked?

<b>Inflation targeting is 25 years old. It began in 1990 in New Zealand and the UK was one of the first to follow, two years later.</b><p>A quarter of a century after New Zealand set the ball rolling many central banks now have an inflation target, including the US Federal Reserve, the European Central Bank …

Economics

Justin Trudeau’s manifesto stakes a claim for pluralism and liberty

Monday evening in Toronto, Justin Trudeau delivered a 40-minute speech in which he attempted to provide a coherent, internally consistent …

Canada

Canada court denies woman hearing until she removed hijab

Quebec judge tells claimant: 'hats and sunglasses are not allowed, I don't see why scarves on the head would be either'<p>A Quebec judge told a Muslim woman appearing in a Montreal courtroom she would not hear her case until she removed her head scarf.<p>The broadcaster, citing an audio recording it …

Canada's monopoly health-care system is financially unsustainable

Here's a little thought quiz to start your week. Which of the following characteristics come to mind when you hear the term <i>monopoly service</i>: efficient, customer-oriented, innovative, high quality, low cost? If you answered "none of the above," you probably recall the days when hooking up your …

Treasury yields fall as investors shun stocks

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — U.S. Treasury yields closed lower for a second trading day Tuesday, mirroring the yield decline in European sovereign bonds …

For the record: Justin Trudeau on liberty and the niqab

The text of Justin Trudeau’s controversial speech<p><i>The following is the prepared text of Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s speech to an audience in</i> …

How the Technology of the Collaborative Economy all Works Together

If you’ve used Uber, Lyft, Airbnb, oDesk, Kickstarter, or Lending Club, you’ve participated in the Collaborative Economy, ever wondered what’s …

Startups

Smyth: Body-worn cameras are coming for cops whether they like it or not — and B.C. government urged to take the lead

The way Frank Elsner sees it, the day when all cops wear small video cameras on their uniforms is unavoidable, whether the police want it or not.<p>“I …

Larger Stock Buybacks Are A Signal Of Increasing Stock Market Efficiency

You don’t have to go far these days to find someone shouting that corporations buying back their own stock is a sign with all that’s wrong with the financialisation of our society. Instead of just enriching shareholders companies ought to be expanding their businesses by investing the money …

Investing

Big majority of teenagers care about politics, survey finds

More than four out of five 16- to 18-year-olds care about politics, according to research by YouGov and Speakers for Schools.<p>While just 4 per cent …

Boris Nemtsov, prominent Russian opposition figure, shot dead in Red Square

<b>WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES</b><p>MOSCOW — Boris Nemtsov, a charismatic Russian opposition leader and sharp critic of President Vladimir Putin, was gunned down …

Russia

Richard Koo: Canada is at risk of a balance sheet recession

A Q&A with Richard Koo, one of the world’s top economic thinkers on the dangers of debt and deleveraging—and why Canada should watch out<p>Richard Koo, …

Economics

B.C.’s first science and business high school set to open this fall

Print<p>Related<p>Rick Hansen secondary school in Abbotsford will become B.C.’s first science and business secondary school, starting in September.<p>The new …

Education

Monetary Policy Matters

This post is also available in: Chinese (Simplified), Dutch, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Polish<p>This year we expect the divergence in monetary …

Economy

Opec veteran warns cartel emergency meeting won't stop rout in prices

Qatar's former finance minister says the traditional oil producing countries will struggle to halt the fall in prices<p>An emergency meeting of the world's traditional energy producers will do nothing to stop the precipitous fall in oil prices, according to Qatar's former finance minister.<p>Speaking at …

Why do central banks keep making the rich richer?

When the rich talk about the problem of income inequality, you know it really is a problem. At January's World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, the theme of inequality was prominent, even though the official motif of the annual gabfest for wealthy white entrepreneurs, bankers and …

Global bank takes bleak view on Canada, sees 69-cent loonie, 60,000 job losses this year

The Canadian economy is about to flatline, according to Macquarie Research.<p>In some of the most bearish commentary on Canada coming from a major financial institution, analyst David Doyle turns to history for a look at what to expect after a collapse in oil prices.<p>In 1986, following the last …

Scared OPEC members want meeting, but Saudis call the shots

The plunge in oil prices is scaring some members of OPEC.<p>Nigeria's oil minister told the <i>Financial Times</i> Monday that the crash in crude oil prices could cause the cartel to hold an emergency meeting.<p>OPEC isn't scheduled to hold a regular meeting again until June. The last time it met, on …

Oil

Why low rates may not be enough to save the housing market

Aside from refinancing existing loans, low rates may no longer induce households into taking on further debt<p>With the Bank of Canada’s shock January …