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NAFTA talks intensify; U.S. seen putting off key demand on autos | Reuters

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Talks to update the North American Free Trade Agreement intensified on Saturday although U.S. negotiators looked set to once again withhold proposals for one of the Trump administration’s most challenging issues.<p>A sign is pictured where the third round of NAFTA talks involving …

Business (Canada)

Rohingya Crisis in Myanmar Is ‘Ethnic Cleansing,’ U.N. Rights Chief Says

GENEVA — The United Nations’ top human rights official accused Myanmar on Monday of carrying out “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing” against Rohingya Muslims, hundreds of thousands of whom have crossed into Bangladesh since late August to escape a military crackdown.<p>Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, the …

Asia Pacific

SpaceX’s Mars Colonial Transporter can go “well beyond” Mars

Elon Musk just teased that one of SpaceX’s more future-focused projects might be more ambitious than previously thought. On Twitter, the SpaceX CEO revealed that the company’s Mars Colonial Transporter (MCT) will need a new name, since in fact, it “can go well beyond Mars.”<p>This then promptly turned …

Elon Musk

Supermassive Black Hole Hides Inside Its Own "Exhaust"

So this is why black holes are so shy.<p>The galaxy Messier 77 is a lot like our Milky Way. Both are what’s known as barred spiral galaxies, meaning …

5 can't-miss apps: KnowMe, Mimicker Alarm, ZCast and more

With rumors swirling around a new 4-inch iPhone and Samsung's upcoming flagship, the Galaxy S7, you may have missed some of this week's best new apps.<p>…

'Detox enzyme' which stops sugar being stored as fat identified by scientists

This discovery may mean that guilt-free sugary snacks could become a reality<p>Relish the idea of sucking down a fizzy drink or biting into a doughnut with no consequences?<p>Imagine never having to start a diet in January again.<p>This could be the future after scientists at the University of Montreal …

Centuries-old Incan mummy's DNA reveals untold story of ancient lineage

Archaeologists and geneticists have sequenced the genome of a boy sacrificed 500 years ago during an Incan ritual in the Andes, finding a previously unidentified lineage that hints at genetic diversity before the Spanish landed in the Americas.<p>Spanish geneticists extracted the DNA of a mummy found …

Anthropology

Nasa images capture growth of Antarctic sea ice

This is attributed to a strong El Nino event causing the surface waters of the equatorial Pacific ocean to warm, affecting sea levels and …

Mars Water Discovery Sparks Exploration Debate

The revelation that dark streaks flowing downhill on Mars are signs of present-day liquid water has sparked debate on how best to investigate the Red …

Let science explain the best way to actually reach your biggest goals

You probably have some long-term life goals. Goals to become CEO, or goals to own a house, or goals to save enough money for a new car. And you also …

Europe-Russia lunar mission could see humans settle Moon's South Pole

Luna 27 robotic lander will be launched in 2016 to search for water, oxygen and fuel on the Moon’s unexplored South Pole, under the plans<p>European and Russian space agencies are planning a series of lunar exploration missions that could pave the way for the return of humans to the moon and even a …

NASA snaps new, strange photos of Saturn's icy moon Enceladus

A NASA satellite exploring Saturn has just beamed back new, close-up images of the planet's moon Enceladus — an object that could be one of the most …

Are Those Really Alien Megastructures? How Astronomers Plan To Investigate

There's something weird happening around a faraway star.<p>Skywatchers have noticed something "bizarre" in the data from the planet-hunting Kepler telescope. Located 1,480 light-years away, a star named KIC 8462852 has something big circling around it, and it's not a planet.<p>Usually when a planet …

Universe

A Huge Gash Just Appeared On the Sun

A rather massive coronal hole was recently spotted on the Sun by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. The region—the size of 50 Earths—is spewing …

Has Nasa's Kepler Telescope spotted signs of alien life?

Scientists say a swarm of objects around a star look like 'something you would expect an alien civilisation to build'<p>A star with unusual behaviour spotted by the Kepler Telescope could be explained by alien activity, scientists have said.<p>KIC 8462852, a star 1,500 light years away from earth, has …

Telescopes

This Tiny Country Is Going 100 Percent Organic

In 2011, the tiny mountain nation of Bhutan announced a lofty goal: make the country’s agricultural system 100 percent organic by the year 2020. If …

Agriculture

Deleting genes could boost lifespan by 60 per cent, say scientists

The secret of extending life by decades may lie in switching off certain genes, scientists believe, after showing that small genetic tweaks can make organisms live 60 per cent longer.<p>Ten years of research by the Buck Institute for Research on Ageing and the University of Washington has identified …

Immune System