Chris Illman

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Shell pulls plug on long-delayed Alberta oil sands mine

Royal Dutch Shell PLC has scrapped plans for a long-delayed oil sands mine, becoming the latest company to pull the plug on a major Alberta expansion as crude prices hover near multiyear lows.<p>The global oil giant said on Monday it is withdrawing an application with federal regulators to build its …

Ancient Chinese Buddha statue has a mummy with surprises inside

A 1,000-year-old Buddha statue from China has revealed some surprises, after being given a thorough medical exam, including CT scans and an endoscopy.<p>…

Archaeology

WIND Mobile launches $39 monthly plan, includes unlimited data in Canada and the United States

WIND Mobile has unveiled a new plan that could possibly assist the carrier in getting closer to its goal of one million subscribers.<p>The $39 month …

United States

Demand for iPhone Highest Ever, Market Research Firm Says

The iPhone 6 launch doubled Apple’s sales in the December quarter of 2014, says Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, based on a survey they …

Dino Unearthed: New horned dinosaur part of ROM exhibit

The public will get its first look at the fossils of a new species of dinosaur — a cousin of the Triceratops — when a new exhibit opens at the Royal …

How Samsung will utilize the rotating ring on its round smartwatch

Samsung is rumoured to be unveiling its own round smartwatch at MWC in early March (though, technically, the company usually hosts its Unpacked …

Case Maker Performs an iPhone 6 Drop Test from Space

Urban Armor Gear tested their new White Composite Case for the iPhone 6 by dropping the device from outer space. While space drop tests aren’t …

Beagle 2 spacecraft found intact on surface of Mars after 11 years

So near and yet so far. New images show that the UK’s Beagle 2 successfully landed on the surface of Mars in 2003 but failed to fully deploy its solar panels. Without these, it could not communicate with Earth and scientists lost contact.<p>The discovery images come from the HiRISE camera on Nasa’s …

Space Science

Canadian police services refuse to pay fees to Rogers for help in tracking customers

Canadian law enforcement agencies are reportedly refusing to pay Rogers for help in tracking customers via their phones.<p>According to the Canadian …

Fossil found by P.E.I. boy fills gap in reptile evolution

A fossil of a lizard-like creature found by a boy on a Prince Edward Island beach is a new species and the only reptile in the world ever found from …

Apple hikes app prices in Canada and Europe, spurred by currency swings

Apple Inc. changed the prices of software applications from Canada to Europe today, in one of the company's more comprehensive global responses to currency swings in recent years.<p>With the U.S. dollar rising, Apple earlier this week told software makers selling programs through its online App Store …

A day of gunfire, explosions and resilience

Video: In just more than a minute, Maclean’s contributor Nick Kozak captures a day like no other in Paris<p>When the worst seemed over — 20 dead at last …

Armed French gendarmes swoop on villages in manhunt for newspaper attackers | News Home | Reuters

CORCY, France (Reuters) - Armed and masked anti-terrorism police swooped on woodland villages northeast of Paris on Thursday in a manhunt for two brothers suspected of being the Islamist gunmen who killed 12 people at a French satirical weekly.<p>French special intervention police conduct a …

Apple Wins Patent for Future Flexible iPhones and Other iOS Devices

The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has today granted Apple a patent for not only flexible displays, but also for possible future flexible …

Audi and LG tease gorgeous smartwatch at CES

Audi’s CES press conference made headlines today for its in-car partnerships with Android Wear manufacturers LG, Samsung and NVIDIA. However, it was …

Sony's new wireless headphones are both waterproof and motivational

Sony’s new B-Trainer headphones are nothing if not ambitious. Actually, describing them as ‘headphones’ don’t quite do the product justice, as the …

Kepler 438b: Most Earth-like planet ever discovered could be home for alien life

An alien world that orbits a distant star in the constellation of Lyra may be the most Earth-like planet ever found outside the solar system.<p>The planet, named Kepler 438b, is slightly larger than Earth and circles an orange dwarf star that bathes it in 40% more heat than our home planet receives …

Astronomy

Target Could Exit Canada This Year, After $2.1 Billion U.S. In Losses: Analyst

Target Corp. will likely make a decision within the next few months on whether or not to “pull completely” out of Canada, a prominent retail analyst …

There will be plenty of Galaxy S6 accessories to buy when the smartphone launches

Rumours of Samsung’s next flagship smartphone started after leadership changes within its design team and poor sales of the Galaxy S5. Many Samsung …

Gear & Gadgets

Intricately-Detailed Paper Cut Animals Mimic Ink-Drawn Lines

Berlin-based artist Max Gärtner produces intricate paper cutouts that have the quality of ink-drawn lines. Heads of jaguars, lionesses, and the wings of birds are all crafted using curvy bold marks that create contour, add visual weight, and define form. Large groups of lines wrap around each to …

Research supports theory that drought and climate conditions reduced Mayans from a regional power to survivors abandoning cities to virtual extinction<p>A massive underwater sinkhole surrounded by reefs, caves and sharks has provided archaeologists with clues in the mystery of the fall of the Mayan …

Archaeology

Not just a stocking stuffer: Gift cards a money-laundering loophole

To most, gift cards are an increasingly common stocking stuffer, on which Canadians spend an estimated $6-billion a year. But to organized crime, they are also an inviting loophole to launder money.<p>Police and money-laundering experts believe organized crime is using gift cards, along with prepaid …

'Dragon' dinosaur with ultra-long neck found by Alberta researchers

A new species of dinosaur with a neck half the length of its body has been discovered by University of Alberta paleontologists in China.<p>And the …

Ryan Roche Wins Eggnog-Chugging Contest, Is Hospitalized For 3 Days

A Utah man set a new eggnog-chugging record among his co-workers to win a steakhouse gift certificate – and a trip to the hospital.<p>“I just decided I …

New 'Treasure Map' Shows Where Earth's Oldest Water Is Hidden Underground

Scientists have long known that pockets of ancient water exist deep beneath Earth’s surface. But first-of-its-kind new research that shows where the water is located--and just how old it really is--has raised some eyebrows.<p>"A global picture of just how extensive these deep waters could be has not …

Six dead as garbage truck ploughs into Christmas shoppers in Glasgow | News Home | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Six people were killed when a rubbish truck ran out of control and careered down a pavement crowded with Christmas shoppers in Glasgow, Scotland, on Monday, people, police said.<p>A woman looks at flowers close to the scene where a refuse truck crashed into pedestrians in George …

Bedbugs put to rest after discovery by SFU scientists

After more than 180,000 bedbug bites, biologist Regine Gries hopes she's drained the life out of the global bedbug epidemic.<p>Ms. Gries, along with her husband and biologist Dr. Gerhard Gries, chemist Dr. Robert Britton and a group of students at Simon Fraser University have discovered what they …