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Alzheimer’s breakthrough: scientists home in on molecule which halts development of disease

Cambridge scientists raise prospect of new generation of treatments after finding technique to limit development of biggest cause of dementia<p>Scientists have found a method which could potentially stop the growth of Alzheimer’s disease in its tracks, raising the prospect of a wave of new treatments …

Multiple-Star Birth Revealed in Stellar Nursery

Quadruple-star system will emerge in 40,000 years.<p>Astronomers have have gotten their first good look at the beginnings of a quadruple-star system.<p>The discovery could lead to a better understanding of why some stars, such as our sun, are loners, while many others are born into systems with two, …

Universe

Amateur Astronomers Discovered A 120-Mile-Tall Plume Coming Off Mars

Almost nothing like it has ever been observed on the red planet before<p>On March 12, 2012, amateur skywatchers noticed something unusual coming off of Mars' southern hemisphere. It was an extremely bright plume, extending 120 miles or more into the Martian sky. Clouds, aurora, and other Martian …

B.C. wildfires: 80 Australian firefighters headed to Canada

Eighty Australian firefighters have been deployed to British Columbia, where fires have destroyed 200,000 hectares of land, the largest area scorched …

Wildfires

On the hunt for an ancient society in Lake Huron

Lisa Sonnenburg cradles a stone flake about the size of a fingernail in the palm of her hand.<p>"This is one of our best ones," said the geoarcheaologist at the University of Michigan. "What's cool about this is you can actually see where it's been split off from the rock."<p>To Dr. Sonnenburg and her …

Quebec Civil Code Amendment Would Redefine Animals As Living, 'Sentient' Creatures

QUEBEC - Quebec's new agriculture minister is promising to clean up the province's bad reputation as one of the best places to be an animal …

Some brain functions 'protected from aging,' study suggests

Researchers at the University of Adelaide conducted a study that suggests parts of the senior brain function just as well as during their prime. The …

The Brain

Quebec to amend Civil Code to better protect animals

Cats, dogs and other animals will no longer be considered as “personal property”<p>QUEBEC – Quebec’s new agriculture minister is promising to clean up …

Fifty years ago Sunday the U.S. launched into the long, costly war in Vietnam

NEW YORK — A dubious threat to U.S. interests. A swift vote in Congress for broad presidential war powers in response. A long, costly and bitterly …

Testing underway on Ontario patient with Ebola-like symptoms

Diagnostic testing is underway for a patient at a Brampton, Ont., hospital being treated for flu-like symptoms after travelling from Nigeria, where the deadly Ebola virus recently broke out.<p>Brampton Civic Hospital has isolated the patient, who was admitted on Friday, as a precaution and has put in …

Ukrainian rebels say they ready for ceasefire

KIEV (Reuters) - Pro-Russian separatists said on Saturday they were ready for a ceasefire with the Kiev government after increasing gains by Ukrainian forces against rebel forces.<p>A Ukrainian serviceman uses a pair of binoculars as he guards a checkpoint near Debaltseve, Donetsk region August 6, …

Russia

Care For A Glass Of Tailings Pond Water, Premier Clark?

In the days since the horrific failure of the tailings pond dam at the Mount Polley Mine, one thing is clear to me, and I suspect many would agree.<p>As …

Earthquake rumbles Red Deer area, knocking out power and shutting down gas plant

The ground rumbled in Alberta on Saturday as the strongest earthquake the province has seen in over a decade hit an area west of Red Deer.<p>Natural Resources Canada reported the 4.3 magnitude quake happened at 9:28 local time near Rocky Mountain House.<p>It said there were no reports of damage, and that …

Test results in suspected Ebola case in Toronto due in 24 hours

TORONTO (Reuters) - Test results on a patient being treated in a Toronto-area hospital for a suspected case of Ebola are due within the next 24 hours, Ontario’s health ministry said on Saturday.<p>Samples from the patient, who recently came to Canada from Nigeria, have been sent to the National …

Disease

Flow from breached B.C. tailings pond in Cariboo region has been reduced: province

Government said there has been a dramatic drop in the amount of material leaking from a breached tailings pond that contaminated waterways in the province's Cariboo region.<p>Millions of cubic metres of waste water and silt have leaked into lakes, creeks and rivers surrounding the Mount Polley mine, …

Israel, Palestinians launch new three-day truce

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel and the Palestinians held their fire early on Monday at the start of a new 72-hour ceasefire proposed by Egypt that took effect at 2100 GMT.<p>Palestinians react as they put out a fire in an apartment which witnesses said was hit by an Israeli air strike in Beit …

Israel

Israel-Gaza Violence Resumes, Defying Ceasefire Efforts

By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Allyn Fisher-Ilan<p>GAZA/JERUSALEM, Aug 9 (Reuters) - Israel launched more than 30 aerial attacks in Gaza on Saturday, killing five Palestinians, and militants fired rockets at Israel as the conflict entered a second month, defying international efforts to negotiate an …

Maliki defiant as his special forces deploy in Baghdad

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Special forces loyal to Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki were deployed in strategic areas of Baghdad on Sunday night after he delivered a tough speech indicating he would not cave in to pressure to drop a bid for a third term, police sources said.<p>An Iraqi police officer …

Middle East

The former Knight Piesold Ltd. engineers who designed the Mount Polley tailings pond containment system say the company had warned mine owners in 2011 that the containment pond was "getting large." On August 4th, a breach of the tailings pond's earthen wall sent billions of litres of potentially toxic waste water into local waterways and lakes: http://cbc.sh/6nbLPCF