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Percentage of dual-income families nearly doubled in past 40 years

A report by Statistics Canada says the percentage of dual-income Canadian families with children has nearly doubled over the past 40 years.<p>The report says the proportion of dual-income families was 69 per cent in 2015 compared with just 36 per cent in 1976.<p>Saskatchewan had the highest percentage …

China produced nearly eight times more steel than any other nation in 2015

As the map reveals, supplied by the World Steel Association, this was a continuation of the dominance seen in 2015.<p>According to the group, China produced 803.8 million tonnes of steel during the year, close to eight times more than second placed Japan with 105.2 million tonnes.<p>In other words, it …

Oil prices edge higher in thin trade; OPEC eyed

(Reuters) - Oil prices inched up toward $50 a barrel on Monday, although uncertainty ahead of an OPEC producer-group meeting later in the week was expected to cap gains.<p>Pump jacks are seen at the Lukoil company owned Imilorskoye oil field, as the sun sets, outside the West Siberian city of Kogalym, …

Why being the king of currencies has its pitfalls

LONDON (Reuters) - The world is getting an object lesson on the problems of having one dominant global currency and even the supposed prime beneficiary, the United States, can see the downside.<p>A man wears U.S. dollar sign rings in a jewellery shop in Manhattan in New York City November 6, 2014. …

Asian stocks uneven as oil falls, China concerns loom

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stock markets were uneven on Wednesday as the price of oil fell and concerns about Chinese recovery weighed.KEEPING …

Oil soars past $46 to a more than six month high

Oil futures soared past $46 a barrel on Wednesday to settle at their highest level in more than six months.<p>The climb was supported by a U.S. …

Argentina returns to bond market after 15-year isolation

<b>Argentina has returned to the international borrowing markets with a sale of sovereign bonds that ends 15 years of exile since its 2001 default.</b><p>The country is raising up to $15bn, but demand for the bond issue was strong and attracted orders worth $65bn.<p>Some of the money will go to repaying …

With cheaper gas, the guzzler is making a comeback

The steady improvement in fuel economy in the Canadian vehicle fleet has ground to a halt amid the drop in gasoline prices and the surge in popularity of crossovers and pickup trucks.<p>The average fuel consumption of new vehicles rose to 10.3 litres for every 100 kilometres travelled last year from …

Oil prices fall as concerns over Doha 'freeze' meeting grow

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil futures fell from fresh four-month highs in choppy trading on Wednesday as comments from Russia’s energy minister added to doubts a producer meeting set for Sunday in Doha to discuss freezing output would yield a positive outcome.<p>Pump jacks are seen at the Lukoil company …

Huge Adani mine lease angers Australia reef advocates

<b>The Queensland state government has approved three leases that will allow Indian company Adani to build an enormous coal mine in Australia.</b><p>But the decision to grant the leases to the Carmichael mine has dismayed environmentalists who say it poses a risk to the Great Barrier Reef.<p>The project is …

China's Yuan Drops and Seen Going Lower

China’s yuan eased against the dollar on Wednesday, despite a firmer midpoint setting by the central bank.<p>The People’s Bank of China set the midpoint …

Obama calls for change and freedom in Cuba

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Barack Obama called for the U.S. embargo against Cuba to be lifted and for Cubans themselves to embrace change in a historic address from Havana.<p>"It's time to lift the embargo," Obama told Cuban officials and dignitaries gathered at the Grad Teatro de la Havana Alicia Alonso, …

Iranians exasperated as U.S. sanctions frustrate deal making

DUBAI/LONDON (Reuters) - More than two months after international nuclear sanctions on Iran were supposed to have ended, frustration is deepening that few trade deals are going through as foreign banks shy away from processing transactions with the country.<p>A money changer poses for the camera with …

Theme Parks Used to Raise Ticket Prices by $5--Now They're up $20 Overnight

Harry Potter's not to blame for this.<p>On Monday, Universal Studios Hollywood announced new admissions prices, effective immediately. It comes as no …

China says slowing economy won't stop anti-pollution efforts

BEIJING (AP) — China will not return to its era of pursuing economic growth at the expense of the environment despite its slowing economy, the …

Energy East hypocrisy costs all Canadians

What is the relationship between the following three events?<p>Foreign Affairs Minster Stéphane Dion says in February that the government won’t stop the controversial $15-billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia despite what he terms the Kingdom’s “terrible” human rights record because “very surely … the …

Iran pushing forward with plans to ramp up oil output

Iran will push forward with plans to pump an additional one million barrels of oil per day into an already oversupplied global market, a senior Iranian oil official told CNN in an exclusive interview.<p>"Iran is not the cause for this turmoil," Deputy Oil Minister Amir Hossein Zamaninia told CNN's …

Economic Survey backs hybrid seeds in boost for GM food

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India should look to introduce high-yielding hybrid seeds to lift its lagging farm productivity, a finance ministry report urged on Friday, in what is being seen as government support for cultivation of genetically modified food crops now banned.<p>Children play in a mustard …

Decline of Coal Demand Is 'Irreversible'

Demand for thermal coal is declining, a trend that appears to be “irreversible.”<p>That is the conclusion from Goldman Sachs, which published a new …

The radical plan to destroy time zones

By Adam Taylor<p>Adam Taylor<p>Foreign reporter who writes about a variety of subjects<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Last Summer, North Korea did something a little odd. On the 70th anniversary of Korea's liberation from Japanese occupation, the closed and authoritarian state announced it was permanently turning its …

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Why brains are beautiful

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/health/1226000/1226837_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534398370_0909c2c465d4efe11a7137b37860cc3d<p><b>When I picked up the human brain in my hands, several things ran through my mind. My immediate concern was I might drop it or that it would fall</b> …

Overfishing is as big a threat to humanity as it is to our oceans | Dermot O'Gorman

As market leader John West commits to sustainably sourced tuna, WWF Australia CEO says the move will drive fishery reform, helping to provide food security for Pacific islanders as well as save vulnerable marine species<p>There has never been a more urgent time for seafood businesses and fishing …

Giant flightless bird wandered the Arctic 50 million years ago: A single toe bone found on Ellesmere Island in the 1970s is described for the first time

A single toe bone found on Ellesmere Island in the 1970s is described for the first time<p>New research confirms there really was a giant, flightless …

Never Grow Up: Man Quits Job, Builds Dream Treehouse Dwelling

[ By Steph in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ]Fed up with his fast-paced life in New York City, Foster Huntington quit his job, hopped into a …

How is Fukushima’s cleanup going five years after its meltdown? Not so well.

By Anna Fifield<p>Anna Fifield<p>Beijing bureau chief.<p>Email Bio Follow<p>FUTABA, Japan — Seen from the road below, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station looks much as it may have right after the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami that caused a triple meltdown here almost five years ago.<p>The No. 3 …