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Here’s why humans are wired to produce false memories

The recently released film The Sense of an Ending, adapted from Julian Barnes's Booker-winning novel, takes the second perspective. It explores the intriguing premise that our own views of our lives may be incomplete and even inaccurate. I research false memories, and so I was curious to see how …

Paleontology

Dude in Business Suit Crushes NYC Half in Record Time

Chris Estwanik runs 1:11:36 in half marathon, still looks ready to nail a job interview.<p>On March 19, just before 9:30 a.m. in New York City, a man in a slim-cut two-piece suit sprinted past Wall Street in Manhattan’s Financial District. He was not late for a meeting or a job interview. He did not …

Marathons

Wandering Minds Can't Find Their Ways To Happiness, Here's Why And What You Can Do

The human mind is imaginative. A Harvard study shows that our mind wanders for almost 12 hours a day on average.1 Whether you are a nostalgic or a …

Story

How to Face Resentment & Other Challenging Emotions.

Every time I walked into the kitchen, my blood would boil.<p>The stains from years of cooking irritated the hell out of me. This wasn’t part of the deal.<p>…

Time I

A Week-by-Week Guide to Becoming a Runner (Later in Life and/or Safely)

<b>Whether it’s events like Tough Mudder, a marathon, or a local sprint triathlon many people decide to take the step to get into running each year.</b> …

Running

Ottawa has brought this country's housing fantasy to an end

The fantasy of endlessly rising house prices is over.<p>If the housing market doesn't respond to measures announced by the federal government on Monday, then expect more action ahead. Argue all you like about how economic and real estate fundamentals affect prices. In the end, it's government action …

Canadian Real Estate

Researchers Confront an Epidemic of Loneliness

BLACKPOOL, England — The woman on the other end of the phone spoke lightheartedly of spring and of her 81st birthday the previous week.<p>“Who did you …

Heartbreak and Home Runs: The Power of First Experiences

Patricia was a 15-year-old high school cheerleader in her 10th year of Catholic school.<p>Chuck was a basketball star, a senior from the rough side of …

Psychology

What it’s like … to be stalked by a bear

I was out for a walk on the nature trails at Sandbar Lake Provincial Park, near Ignace, Ont., nearly three hours north of Thunder Bay. I had my sister's dog Spyro, a miniature schnauzer, and my dog Puzzle, a Jack Russell Terrier mix, with me. I was familiar with all the trails, and we got to this …

B.C. families sue U.S. sperm bank after ‘genius’ donor turns out to be felon with mental health issues

VANCOUVER — A sperm donor billed as a genius turned out to be a convicted felon with serious mental health problems, according to lawsuits filed in …

Chinese real estate investors are reshaping the market

How China’s affection for Canada’s real estate is reshaping the nation’s housing market well beyond Vancouver<p>Paul Shen can tick off the reasons …

Canadian Real Estate

Into the Mind of a Psychopath

Robert Hare steps out of the sunlight and into a West Vancouver pub. “Let me see your eyes,” says the 82-year old, piercing me with a cautious gaze …

The stud life: Triple Crown winner American Pharoah ‘covering’ mares three times a day at $200K a session

VERSAILLES, Ky. — He has put on some weight, 170 pounds to be exact, since sauntering off the racetrack and into what has to be the sweetest …

40 Ways to Maximize a Small Garden

Beautify even the tiniest backyard or windowsill.<p>You don't have to call Versailles home to design a stunning outdoor space — even with a petite patch of green, the creative planters and unique ideas here will make your garden fit for a king.

Landscaping

I'm A Woman Who Doesn't Have Or Want Kids, And I'm Happy

How I stopped feeling “selfish” about being child-free.<p>Throughout my twenties, as it became ubiquitous among women my age, I waited patiently for my maternal instinct to kick in. Over time, I suspected I might be lacking it entirely. It’s not that I don’t like kids; in fact, I love spending time …