Jonathan D'Ambrosio

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The Big Future: Will cars ever drive themselves?

Self-driving cars still feel like a sci-fi technology, decades away from reality — but you'd be surprised. A lot of the things we need to put them on the road already exist, and the rest is just around the corner. In this week's <i>Big Future</i>, we look at just how close we are to a computer-controlled …

‘He betrayed the justice system’: Lauded Montreal cop turned Hells Angels mole gets eight-years prison

MONTREAL — Benoit Roberge spent years cultivating and working organized crime sources before becoming a mole himself for the very people he …

Apple’s (Product) RED Contributions To Help Fight AIDS Reaches $70 Million

According to a tweet from the (RED) Twitter account, Apple’s (Product) RED contributions to help in the fight against AIDS has reached $70 million. …

This STD makes crickets want to have way more sex

The downside is that the virus also makes them unable to reproduce<p>The mechanisms that some viruses employ to infect their hosts could easily be characterized as "clever." There exists a virus, for instance, that makes caterpillars climb treetops, where they die and scatter virus-infected particles …

For Canadian real estate exposure plus growth, look south

A bevy of statistics suggest Canada's housing market is indeed in that "soft landing" that, just last summer, seemed a best-case scenario.<p>Investors need not plow through the homes-sold data for evidence, though: Just look at the shares of three major mortgage-finance companies recommended in this …

How to plan a round-the-world trip

Itʼs the ultimate trip: circumnavigating the planet, and stopping off wherever takes your fancy. Great for travellers who want to see it all, or who are just plain indecisive. But booking a round-the-world (RTW) trip can be a complex business. Hereʼs our guide to getting started.<p>How to do it<p>The …

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The Top 25 ‘Pictures of the Day’ of 2014

At the end of every quarter the Sifter highlights the top 25 ‘Pictures of the Day‘, culminating in an epic <i>Top 100</i> at the end of the year (check out …

IPolitics

Lawrence Martin: Guy Giorno, former chief of staff to Stephen Harper, has taken on the role of the Conservatives’ ethics enforcer. That should keep …

The Art of Science: the stunning interiors of fish - in pictures

Prof Adam Summers uses marine specimens as the medium in a project which not only captures the beauty of the sea creatures but also reveals the anatomical structure for research and learning

Top Discoveries Awaiting NASA's Next Big Telescope

Astronomers eagerly await the launch of the $8 billion James Webb Space Telescope.<p>It will see back in time farther than any space telescope ever has before—back to the first light following the big bang.<p><b>It will watch the first stars and galaxies form.</b><p><b>And it will hunt for distant habitable planets</b> …

Dopamine and Teenage Logic

Young minds are often portrayed as stews of hormones and impulse; but the decisions they make are often deeply rational and deserving of greater consideration.<p>I once counseled a 17-year-old, I’ll call her Katey, who admitted that she had planned to get “completely smashed” at a school-related …

Black holes should be redefined, says Stephen Hawking in new paper

Black holes don't actually exist in the way we traditionally think of them, renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has proposed in a short but potentially revolutionary paper.<p>Classical theory holds that no energy or information can ever escape a black hole, but the principles of quantum physics suggest …

Coffee vs. Beer: Which Drink Makes You More Creative?

<i>Mikael Cho is the co-founder of ooomf, a network that connects short-term software projects with handpicked developers and designers. Mikael writes about psychology, startups, and product marketing over on the ooomf blog.</i><p>I didn’t know what I was going to write about today.<p>When this happens, …

Why you can't travel at the speed of light

A short history of Einstein's theory of relativity<p>Albert Einstein is famous for many things, not least his theories of relativity. The first, the special theory of relativity, was the one that began the physicist's reputation for tearing apart the classical worldview that had come before. Special …

Space 2013: a year in the life of the universe - in pictures

From powerful solar flares erupting on the surface of the Sun, to spectacular storms on Saturn, exquisite new pictures of distant galaxies, and the infamous Chelyabinsk meteor that streaked across Russia, Robin McKie charts the course of a year in the life of the cosmos in a series of spectacular …

20 Amazing Chemical Reaction GIFs

Blood meets hydrogen peroxide<p>Source: Iitmne<p>Sodium acetate crystallization<p>Source: Imgur<p>Belousov–Zhabotinsky reaction<p>Source: GIF Trunk<p>Water bridge …

Surgeons successfully implant 3-D printed skull

Several months ago, neurosurgeons in the Netherlands took off most of a young woman's skull and replaced it with a chunk of plastic.<p>Dr. Bon Verweij, a brain surgeon with the University Medical Centre in Utrecht, recently released a graphic video of the procedure. Verweij had done partial …

Kurt Cobain anniversary: The voice of a generation

Left by visitors at Viretta Park were images of Kurt Cobain and candles extinguished by Saturday’s rain. The park, at 151 Lake Washington Blvd. E., …

What would Kurt Cobain's music sound like today?

In the new issue of <i>Entertainment Weekly</i>, I ruminate over the anniversary of the death of one of the last great rock stars with a simple question: Had …

Men's Fashion, Style, Grooming, Fitness, Lifestyle, News & Politics | GQ

Drinking<p>Don't put away that whiskey just because it's getting warm out.<p>By Natalie B. Compton1 day agoView More<p>Long Reads<p>Chris Smith sold his company, chartered a yacht, and set off with his model girlfriend to see the world. Or did he?<p>By James Vlahos8 hours agoView More<p>Dating<p>Why do we always hang …

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Nasa cuts ties with Russia over Ukraine crisis, except for space station

After insisting that space relations would not be altered by earthly politics, Nasa on Wednesday said it was severing ties with Russia over the Ukraine crisis, except for the International Space Station.<p>Nasa employees cannot travel to Russia or host visitors until further notice. They are also …

7 Habits of Incredibly Happy People

While happiness is defined by the individual, I’ve always felt it foolish to declare that nothing can be learned from observing the happiness of …

6 Things to Do When You Feel Small and Insignificant

<b>“Tough times never last, but tough people do.” ~Robert Schuller</b><p>On nights when the stars shine bright in the Arizona desert, I remember to tell myself …

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Editing Your Life's Stories Can Create Happier Endings

<b>Listen · 8:54</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>It was a rainy night in October when my nephew Lewis passed the Frankenstein statue standing in front of a toy store. The 2 1/2-year-old boy didn't see the monster at first, and when he turned around, he was only inches from Frankenstein's green …

8 Things Happy, Successful People Never Say

<i>That’s what careless words do…<br>They make you love life a little less.</i><p>How well have you chosen your words? Have you put them to positive or negative …

60 Things to Be Grateful For In Life

<b>“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” ~Cynthia Ozick</b><p>How often do you pause to appreciate what you have in life?<p>…

64 Mind-Blowing Facts That Will Make You Feel Incredibly Happy

Did you know that smiling actually improves your mood? That one was free, now here are 63 more!<p>1. Every year, hundreds of new trees grow because of squirrels forgetting where they buried their nuts.<p>2. There is a basketball court on the top floor of the U.S. Supreme Court Building. It's known as the …

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27 Things You Need To Know About Happiness

We all have different ideas of how to achieve total bliss. For some it's in the company of loved ones, for others it's following their passions -- but is there more to it when it comes to the bigger picture of happiness?<p>It turns out there are a lot of factors that can affect whether you're sporting …