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About time: President Obama thanks Japan for manga, anime, emojis

At a formal half-hour long ambassadorial ceremony yesterday, President Obama thanked the country of Japan for manga, anime, karaoke and emojis.<p>To be fair, there may have been a bit more context than that.<p>Over the course of the full ceremony (which you can watch here), the President mentioned the …

Anime

Heart muscle cells regrown in medical research breakthrough

Unlike animals such as the salamander and the zebrafish, humans are unable to easily regenerate heart cells, making it difficult to recover from the permanent damage caused by heart attacks.<p>But scientists from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel and the Victor Chang Institute in Sydney have …

Medical Research

Aboriginal teen fighting for her life after assault in Manitoba foster care

Some of the swelling has gone down. Her nose is visible now, her eyes a little more so. The lids do not flutter, though, and her breathing is laboured.<p>The native teen is fighting for her life after an April 1 assault in downtown Winnipeg so violent that her family called in a minister to baptize …

Can a city become too big?

The number of megacities has been increasing so rapidly in the last few decades that many are experiencing serious growing pains. Molly Crain investigates.<p>There are now some three dozen megacities in the world, each sprawling areas home to more than 10 million people. Bigger cities come with …

Geography

Otaku ears-New line of earphones is designed specifically for listening to anime songs with

For <b>anime music</b> fans, the appeal of the songs is more than just their connection to the shows they serve as anthems for. Over the years, anime songs …

How Pretending I Didn’t Like Anime Almost Killed Me

I didn’t have the best childhood. My parents got divorced and I moved around a lot as a kid so it was hard to make friends.<p>One girl in Texas, her …

So long cars, hello self-driving taxis

If we want to look to the future of urban transportation, we could do worse than casting an eyeball on the little blue-and-white cars that are an increasingly familiar sight in North American downtowns.<p>Car2Go is just the latest in a string of car-sharing schemes, like Zipcar and AutoShare, that …

VAIO resurrects its flagship Z series with two new hybrid laptops

Now that the independent company's got rid of those pesky excess components, it's time for VAIO to make something new. And it's not a smartphone. Yet. The PC maker has announced two new PCs here in Tokyo: the VAIO Z and VAIO Z Canvas. The latter is actually eventual final version of the prototype …

Best Buy will let you try Samsung's Gear VR in stores on February 8th

One of the biggest obstacles to buying Samsung's Gear VR is... well, trying the darn thing. How do you know whether or not you'll like this phone-powered virtual reality headset without strapping it on your head first? That won't be too much of a problem in the near future, so long as you live in …

Virtual Reality

Android Phones Are Leaking Valuable Information, Here's How To Stop Them

In a Reddit post a user called Gooz announces his new Android app. Its goal is simple: to stop Google's Android leaking information to anyone who cares to probe for it. Gooz’s real name is Bram Bonné and he’s given a TEDx talk about the problems with Android giving over data that enables almost …

Wi-Fi

Sony's selling 20th Anniversary Edition PS4s for £19.94, but only in London

Anyone that remembers the glory days of Sony's first PlayStation console won't find it hard to look fondly upon the recently revealed 20th Anniversary Limited Edition PS4. Marking two decades since the OG PlayStation launched, Sony's also released a retro-inspired theme to pluck at the nostalgia …

Mystery of why millions of star fish dissolved into goo off Pacific coast solved

VANCOUVER — Scientists have cracked the mystery of what has killed millions of sea stars in waters off the Pacific coast, from British Columbia to …

Why are Antarctic seals trying to have sex with penguins?

A group of researchers say they have observed three new incidents of fur seals trying to have sex with king penguins on an island located in the …

Million dollar baby: Canadians handed $1M bill after woman gives birth in U.S.

A dream vacation has turned into a financial nightmare for one Saskatchewan couple, after a mom-to-be gave birth while on holiday in Hawaii.<p>Jennifer …

Paint, rust and leather protection? Skip them all

<b>I recently purchased a 2014 Dodge Dart Limited with a black leather interior and the dealership offered protection for paint, interior and rust. I do not want the paint protection, but would you recommend the leather and vinyl protection? The car will be parked in the sun on a daily basis. Also, an</b> …