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The decisions behind the scenes of the Liberals’ infrastructure plan

<i>The Globe and Mail is hosting a debate on the economy among the leaders of the three main political parties on Thursday at 8 pm (ET). Click here for more details.</i><p>The Liberal Party's plan to dive back into deficit in support of an ambitious infrastructure program has been months in the making, but …

Canada

9 Great DIY YouTube Channels

Get ready to build some things.<p>Get ready to build some things.<p>1 Steve Ramsey<p>5 Think<p>8 Scotty Kilmer

Sorry, mom and dad, but you can’t have it all. Someone has to be the ‘lead parent’

"Having it all" has always struck me as an essentially juvenile and ultimately pernicious myth. No one gets to have it all.<p>Responsible adulthood means making choices, and in choosing one way of life or course of action we necessarily exclude others. You can't opt to dedicate yourself to climbing …

Parenting

How Do You Know If You Have A Tickborne Illness?

Ticks spread more than just Lyme disease. Knowing risks and symptoms could help you get better diagnosis—and treatment.<p>When you think of illnesses spread by ticks, Lyme disease probably comes to mind. It makes sense. After all, it’s arguably the most publicly discussed tickborne illness, at least …

The Lexus Hoverboard glides above ground and can jump over a car. Here’s how it works

Imagine, if you will, being handed what looks like a skateboard that almost magically hovers an inch or three above the ground. See yourself running, …

How listening to Mozart could prevent epileptic seizures

Scans show brainwaves of those with epilepsy appear to synchronise with music by Mozart and John Coltrane<p>Listening to jazz or Mozart might stop epileptics having seizures, new research has suggested.<p>Epileptics react differently to music than those who do not have the disorder, new research …

The Brain

Are Your Leftovers Still Safe To Eat? Avoid Food Poisoning With These 5 Tests

Time to toss those expired chicken tenders<p>Between the reports of <i>E. coli</i>-tainted spinach and <i>Listeria</i>-laden ice cream, it’s easy to become paranoid about what to eat. And rightly so: One in six Americans will get a food-borne illness this year. But a number of new and soon-to-exist food-monitoring …

York University

NDP in favour of sustainable oil sands development, Mulcair says

A federal NDP government would support Alberta's oil sands, but place much stricter environmental regulations on any new resource development, Thomas Mulcair says.<p>The New Democratic Party Leader was responding Sunday to an accusation by Stephen Harper that the NDP's "not-so-hidden agenda" is to …

Canada

These 29 Car Ads From 60 Years Ago Are Undeniably Cool

Back to a time when everything was cool.<p>In the earliest years, <i>Car and Driver</i> hewed so tightly to the interests of sports-car owners that it was called <i>Sports Cars Illustrated.</i> Here we present a collection of some of our favorite ads that featured in the pages of <i>SCI</i> from our first issue in 1955 …

Sports Cars

When a ‘floating village’ falls to earth

Wang Tangye, 57, and Qiao Fukui, 59, live in a cave house that they will soon have to leave, as the government relocates their village. It has been wrecked by coal mining. (photos by Nathan Vanderclippe)<p>When a ‘floating village’ falls to earth<p>As the government moves away from the dirtiest of fossil …

China

What the world looks like with a bionic eye

The University of Washington has shown for the first time what the world looks like for someone fitted with a bionic eye<p>The world as seen by someone fitted with a bionic eye has been recreated for the first time by scientists to help people decide if they want the device.<p>Researchers at The …

10 Weird Albums Rolling Stone Loved in the 1970s You've Never Heard

Some albums don't fit neatly into any category: they are experimental, or spoken word, or a fusion of jazz and opera, or actual recordings of whale …

Music

Alaska Is Airlifting Trash That Washed Up From The 2011 Tsunami In Japan

Planes, Barges, and Trash Bags<p>When a massive tsunami hit Japan in 2011, the wall of water killed nearly 16,000 people and in one horrendous instant, washed out to sea schools, businesses, even whole neighborhoods. Some of the flotsam and jetsam of people's lives were buoyant, from soccer balls to …

Flashback: Joe Pesci Goes Country With Travis Tritt

Travis Tritt and Joe Pesci share the same February 9th birthday, and in 1992, when the two teamed up to unbuckle the former's hit, "Bible Belt," they …

Country Music

Lamb of God Singer Reveals What He Remembers of Deadly 2010 Czech Show

<i>In 2012, Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe was arrested in the Czech Republic and charged with manslaughter for allegedly pushing 19-year-old Daniel</i> …

Middle School

The sad, strange life of Joseph Stalin's daughter

Svetlana Alliluyeva spent a lifetime trying to escape the shadow of her father. Patricia Treble speaks to her biographer, Rosemary Sullivan<p>The first …

Frank Lloyd Wright

Could you sleep, eat, work and bathe in 86 square feet? Introducing the Ecocapsule

The tiny-house movement has been gaining traction ever since U.S.-based architect Sarah Susanka published her bestseller <i>The Not So Big House</i> almost two decades ago. And a growing number of people are rejecting the mortgage trap to live pared-down lives in 100- to 400-square-foot spaces. But in …

What's a Ghost Moose? How Ticks Are Killing an Iconic Animal

As New England winters get warmer and shorter, ticks are driving a worrisome decline in a species that's crucial to the region's economy.<p><b>EAST MOXIE TOWNSHIP, Maine—</b>Lee Kantar crouches over a dead moose calf and pulls a clump of hair from its straggly shoulder.<p>A few days earlier, the sickly …

D-Day 1944 Planning Operation Overlord World War II

In the August 1944 edition of Popular Mechanics, we explained how the Allies planned the greatest invasion in history.<p><i>On June 6, 1944, Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy. In the August 1944 issue, Popular Mechanics published "How the Invasion Was Planned," detailing how the huge land</i> …

Philosophy of the Large Hadron Collider

There have been many tedious discussions about the value of philosophy for modern science. I find it much more interesting to ask if and in what way modern science can advance philosophy<p>The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the European Organization for Nuclear Research CERN in Geneva is the world’s …

Physics

Monkey day care

Growing up as a child research subject<p><b>As a toddler</b> in 1981 and 1982, I attended a day care with monkeys. Or, perhaps more precisely, I was part of a study in the form of a day care that involved monkeys. I was two, then three. I remember nothing.<p>I know about it because my dad liked to tease me …

Psychology

Bug Off: Why Insect Eating Is More Gimmick Than Reality

Bugs are the hottest new trend in food!<p>Sound familiar? It should. Almost two years ago, in the wake of a FAO report on edible insects, National Geographic, along with everyone else, was writing about how bugs could save us all. Even before that, in 2010, Dutch entomologist Marcel Dicke gave a …

TED Talks

Stephen Harper's not-so-smooth re-elections

Want the truth? You’ll have to wait. Paul Wells on broken promises to come in the election lead-up<p>Listen to Paul Wells read his column, or subscribe …

Canada

Where International Standard Units Come From, Part One: The Meter

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the International System of Units, PopSci is looking at the origin and continued preservation of five of our favorite standard units<p><i>Think of the most fussy science teacher you ever had. The one who docked your grade if the sixth decimal place in your answer was</i> …

Customer accuses Direct Energy of misleading sales tactics

A woman in Grande Prairie, Alta., is accusing Direct Energy of using misleading sales tactics to trick her into a utility contract.<p>The company calls …