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Ottawa plans to announce new stat holiday

The federal government is planning to announce a new statutory holiday to mark Canada’s destructive residential school legacy.

Canada

We may finally know why marijuana helps people with chronic gut problems

And it could have implications for other inflammation, too.<p>As John Mayer tells us (and tells us, and tells us), your body is a wonderland. When it comes to microbial life, this holds especially true for your gut. There, hundreds of residential species eat, breed, and excrete waste. Somehow, your …

Research

Forget Mykonos and Santorini. I found a little-known island in Greece that's twice as beautiful and half the price.

Most vacationers heading to the islands in Greece usually end up at one of two destinations: Mykonos or Santorini.<p>While both islands have their charms, they've undoubtedly become tourist traps, with overbooked hotels, overpriced restaurants, and beaches and sights packed with cruise-shippers and …

European Travel

Are You Following Shodu, the World’s First Digital Supermodel?

She’s stunning! She looks great in couture! She’s totally not real, but already has a bigger social media presence than you! Meet <b>Shodu</b>: The digitally …

Customer Service

Inside James Dyson's all-or-nothing quest for an electric car

For decades, James Dyson made his billions reinventing housework. Now 71, he’s targeting a new legacy - one that’s pitting him against Silicon …

Dyson

Luxury homes, live-in housekeeper and a balmy tropical climate: The three overseas destinations where Aussies can live the 'good life' for just $40,000 a year

Many of us have dreamed about relocating to tropical and exotic climes to escape the stresses and strains of big city life and the associated …

Chiang Mai

Vancouver Home Sales Crash 30%, Drop To Lowest In 18 Years

What happens when prices rise so high that a chasm forms between bids and asks? The market grinds to a halt.That's what happened in Vancouver housing …

Canadian Real Estate

I Meditated In Virtual Reality & It Literally Took Me To Another Place

For me, meditation is like power-walking. I usually put a lot of work into preparing myself, mind and body, for both, but though I start out excited, …

Virtual Reality

Forget the Blood of Teens. This Pill Promises to Extend Life for a Nickel a Pop

Nir Barzilai has a plan. It’s a really big plan that might one day change medicine and health care as we know it. Its promise: extending our years of …

Metformin

Reprogrammable braille could be the future of e-readers for the blind

Braille books are big. Dauntingly so. For example, when <i>Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix</i> was translated into the system, it was over 1,000 pages across 14 volumes of thick paper. Well, researchers at Harvard have taken a big step into making this a thing of the past with reprogrammable …

Braille

Yemen's epic coffee revival: From war to hipster New York cafes

A San Francisco native rekindled cultivation in Yemen and did not let a war come between him and his American dream.<p><b>Brooklyn, United States -</b> Five years ago, Mokhtar Alkhanshali was a grassroots activist with a law career mapped out, working as a doorman in San Francisco to pay the bills.<p>But his …

People Are Injecting Stem Cells Into Their Penises

It's clearly not the best bet for male enhancement.<p>Earlier this year, the bodybuilder turned trainer, health wonk, and self-proclaimed biohacker Ben Greenfield made headlines when he announced that he’d had stem cells—extracted from his body fat—injected directly into his penis to make it bigger. …

Forget gluten—this might be the actual cause of your health woes

Just when you think you’ve perfected an eating plan that’s good for your gut and won’t cause inflammation, along comes a new buzzword linked to …

Could psychedelics transform mental health?

<b>Think of magic mushrooms and LSD and it's likely that science is not the first thing that springs to mind.</b><p>Psychedelic drugs are more likely to be associated with hippies and the counterculture of the 1960s than people in white lab coats and clinical trials.<p>But that might soon change.<p>Increasingly, …

Psychedelia

What's the Difference Between Indica vs. Sativa?

Much of the research that does exist on cannabis shows extremely promising results for medicinal effects, but much presumed knowledge people have of …

Why you should get a burner phone number, even if you aren't a spy

Apps make it easy to create a second number.<p>The first time you heard of a burner phone—a cheap prepaid mobile intended for temporary use—was probably while watching a crime drama. But an extra cell phone comes in handy even when you operate on the right side of the law.<p>A second number can help you …

An Amusing Photo Series Featuring the Blissful Expressions of Cats Under the Influence of Catnip

Photographer and feline fosterer Andrew Marttila has created an amusing photo series that feature the blissful, if not confused expressions of cats …

Your Apple Watch workout is about to get way better

Apple announced some great new features for the Apple Watch with WatchOS 5: a Walkie Talkie app, Siri shortcuts and Podcast support. But as someone who uses her Apple Watch mostly for its fitness and workout features, those are the improvements I'm most looking forward to with the new update.<p>Here …

The Best Pour-Over Coffee Maker You Can Buy in 2018

<i>This definitive guide to the best pour-over coffee makers of 2018 compares the Chemex, Hario V60 and Kalita Wave. We spoke to three coffee veterans</i> …

25 Brilliant Kickstarter Products With A Cult Following On Amazon

The advent of crowdfunding has made it possible for anyone with a genius idea to turn their dream invention into a reality. Of course, not <i>all</i> …

Alexa recorded a woman’s private conversation and sent it to a random contact

It’s every smart home speaker owner’s worst nightmare: a private message recorded and sent to a recipient without their knowledge. But that’s what happened to a Portland woman, who told CBS News affiliate Kiro-TV that her Amazon Echo recorded an audio clip of her conversation and sent it to a …

8 Cat Behaviors That Mean They Like You & Aren’t Just Tolerating You Because You Give Them Food

Getting a new cat is exciting, but it can also be really stressful. Aside from getting your home ready for a new pet and adjusting your schedule to …

Thousands Of People Swear By These 40 Glorious Products On Amazon Prime

It’s one thing to love a product, but it’s a whole different thing entirely to take time out of your day to write an essay-length review professing …

Why Do Pets Follow You To The Bathroom? Cats & Dogs Have Different Reasons For Hounding You

Anyone who has owned a dog or cat will at some point ask a crucial question: why on Earth do pets follow you into the bathroom while you're trying to …

Cherophobia is the fear of being happy — here are the signs you might have it

You know that feeling when something seems too good to be true — when it looks like a lot has happened in your favour recently, so it's suspicious?<p>Some people can't get over this feeling, and their good fortune takes a sinister turn in their mind.<p>People who have an irrational aversion to being …

Mental Health

31 things Canadians say that Americans don't understand

The United States and Canada are linked in many ways, from their intertwined history to their 5,500-mile border — the longest in the world.<p>But the most obvious thing the two countries share is their language.<p>Yet despite both having English as their primary language, Americans and Canadians don't …

Canada

Vegan Products to Watch Out for in 2018

As you walk around Natural Products Expo trying all the innovative new vegan products, you get the palpable sense that vegan lifestyles are more …

Why Oat Milk Is Suddenly All the Rage

Over the last few months, you may have noticed a new vegan milk option at your local coffee shop: oat milk. I’ll be honest; when I first heard I could turn my cappuccino into a capp-OAT-ccino, I rolled my eyes. Could LA <i>be</i> anymore, LA? Turns out, oat milk isn’t an LA thing. It’s a Swedish thing …

26 of the 115 most popular VPNs are secretly keeping tabs on you

A recent investigation into 115 of the world’s most popular VPN services revealed that many are antithetical to their stated claims. To build trust, providers make promises not to track users through logs or other identifying information. But as a popular VPN comparison site found out, this isn’t …

The Things You Should Always Carry With You in Japan

Japan is a great place to visit, especially for first-time international travelers. It feels completely different than western countries, yet totally …