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When Did We Decide It Was OK to Let Our Bosses Choose Our Health Insurance?

This week, the Supreme Court hears oral argument in two cases asking whether for-profit business corporations have religious liberty rights. Hobby …

Research Ethics and Stem Cell Research in Canada: Are Special Rules Needed? (Montreal, Quebec) - Health Law and Science Policy Group - University of Alberta

The International Workshop “Research Ethics and Stem Cell Research in Canada: Are Special Rules Needed?” is organized by the University of Alberta's …

School Dress Code's 'Distracting' Leggings Battle Rages on

The fight to ban leggings rages on in middle America, but this time protestors sported a snappy new signs with the tagline: “Are my pants lowering …

Poll: White People Don't Want College Athletes To Be Paid

A poll conducted by the <i>Washington Post</i> and ABC News finds that a sizable majority of Americans are opposed to paying college players. Well, white …

College & University

How building a library of brains could save lives

California’s Brain Observatory is building a digital archive of human brains it hopes will help doctors cure life-threatening illnesses.<p>A library is being assembled in San Diego with the help of some 300 brain donors; people from all walks of life, some of whom are healthy and some of whom have …

The Brain

The man who proved Stephen Hawking wrong

He grew up in grinding poverty and was forever in trouble at school. So how did Leonard Susskind become one of the world’s greatest physicists?<p>The day that Leonard Susskind decided he was not going to follow his father into the family plumbing business, his parents were appalled. “My father was a …

Quantum Mechanics

UK moves to legalize controversial IVF technique

The United Kingdom today inched closer to legalizing a controversial method of reproduction, known as mitochondrial replacement, or ‘three-parent …

Genetics

Publisher reacts to fake-paper-gate

It’s general practice in research publishing to issue retractions for papers that must be withdrawn. But what to do when the papers in question are …

Journalism

Consultation on babies with three people's DNA

Controversial technique, currently banned, would prevent women from passing mitochondrial diseases to their children<p>The Department of Health has launched a three-month consultation on the draft regulations for a radical procedure that aims to prevent mothers from passing on serious genetic diseases …

Music-making card turns objects into instruments

Cities causing genetic changes in plants, animals

Wild things may be changing at a genetic level to survive in modern cities<p>Plants and animals have a long history of acclimatizing to city living - …

Chromecast pops up on TeamBuy for $51 (taxes and shipping included)

While we are still waiting for Google to make Chromecast, its HDMI streaming media player, available on the Canadian Google Play Store, many people …

John Chen’s simple plan to save BlackBerry

John Chen started his career like a lot of young engineers do: working the dreaded "third shift." Fresh out of college, Chen found himself on the floor of a mainframe computer assembly facility in southern California from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m., debugging machines and fixing manufacturing problems. …

Wearable gadget reminds users to stand up straight

Lumo Lift can be set to gently buzz when shoulders slump<p>A new wearable gadget on the market is a small clasp you wear on your shirt like a lapel pin …

New particle called quantum droplet discovered

Tiny dropleton has some characteristics of a liquid, like ripples<p>This is an artist's conception of a dropleton, a new kind of stable particle cluster …

of-life care

Timely talk about an issue of vital importance to all Canadians<p><i>Maclean’s</i> and the Canadian Medical Association travelled to communities across Canada …

US grants patent for disgraced scientist's fraudulent cloning research

Korean scientist Hwang Woo-suk is, to say the least, a controversial figure in the world of cloning research. He's produced hundreds of animals, including the first cloned puppy in 2005; more recently, he's worked on attempts to clone a preserved woolly mammoth. But one of his greatest achievements …

A computer made a math proof the size of Wikipedia, and humans can't check it

If you thought the mathematical proofs you did in high school were long, you haven't seen the newest one out of the University of Liverpool — computer scientists Alexei Lisitsa and Boris Konev came up with a math proof that takes up a huge 13-gigabyte file, greater than all of Wikipedia's pages …

When it comes to masking Venezuela’s troubles, Maduro is no Chavez

Gazing up at a giant photo of late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, shown grinning in a golden light, Maurimar Santeliz is overcome. She clutches her husband's hand. Tears well up behind her dark eyelashes and spill down her cheeks.<p>"It's just so hard to take in – that someone so vital could leave …

Venezuela

These Spas Will Make You Wanna...

...book a couple's massage! Although not all of us can afford to run off to Europe and splurge on an all-day couple's spa treatment, these heavenly hotels will sure get you in the mood. Hotel search trivago has put together a collection of 10 stunning properties that house even more impressive …

Looking backwards along a rover’s path on Mars

Last week, the rover Curiosity crossed successfully over some potentially hazardous terrain, at a place called Dingo Gap on Mars. This movie looks …

Space

Rational Paranoia: Scientist Pursued By Chemical Company For Studies

Tyrone Hayes thought a multinational chemical concern was out to discredit him. He was right.<p>You must read this article in the New Yorker about a scientist being pursued by a chemical company after showing that one of its products was harmful. Tyrone Hayes, a UC-Berkeley scientist, received funding …

Letters From Charles Darwin

From the Popular Science archives. Happy Darwin Day!<p><i>These letters originally appeared in the March 1903 issue of</i> Popular Science. <i>The "Hitherto Unpublished Letters of Charles Darwin" were compiled and edited by Darwin's son, Francis Darwin, and the British botanist Albert Charles Seward. Today would</i> …

The Dallas Buyers Club: don't buy this history

Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto are just what the doctor ordered, but this drama's message about sexuality and Aids is all bad medicine<p><b>The Dallas Buyers Club (2013)<br>Director: Jean-Marc Vallée<br>Entertainment grade: B<br>History grade: D–</b><p>Ron Woodroof was diagnosed as HIV positive in the 1980s. He was …