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Salamander jumping ability has a surprising twist

Unique 'flat catapult' mechanism propels amphibians upwards<p>An analysis of the physics of how salamanders jump reveals a "new way to get vertical lift …

Turn down heat to reduce obesity risk, scientists propose

How letting our body spend more energy to maintain its temperature could help with weight loss<p>Keeping homes a little chillier as temperatures drop …

Signing an agreement in principle for free trade between Canada and the European Union, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said the deal is, "the biggest deal Canada has ever made. Indeed, it is an historical achievement." It could be up to two years before the deal gets final approval, however, and details of the agreement remain under wraps pending "drafting and fine tuning." Read details of the announcement here: http://bit.ly/H1rQqx Watch Harper announce the agreement he says is "bigger than NAFTA": http://bit.ly/1cBS39W Then weigh in on the CTVNews.ca poll question of the day: Is free trade good for Canada?

Amid controversy, two Canadian universities financially back debate over Shakespeare's 'true identity'

Could Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford, have been the real author of William Shakespeare's plays and poetry?<p>The short answer is: No, there's no evidence whatsoever. And ever since a fellow named J. Thomas Looney first proposed the idea in 1920, academics in English and Theatre departments …

Toronto No. 2 in list of world’s most reputable cities, Vancouver slides

Rejoice Toronto, for despite your headline-making mayor, your often sad-sack sports teams and your crumbling Gardiner Expressway, you have been named the second most reputable city in the world.<p>This comes from the Reputation Institute, a consultancy which polled 22,000 consumers in G8 …

One killed, two injured in Calgary shooting

Calgary police say they are searching for a suspect after one person was killed and two others injured in a shooting in the city's downtown.<p>Officers arriving on the scene near Western Canada High School found one man already dead and two others suffering from gunshot wounds.<p>The pair, a man and a …

New Brunswick standoff spurs cross-country protests

The fallout is expected to continue after a protest against shale gas exploration in the eastern New Brunswick community of Rexton turned violent.<p>Sympathy protests were staged across the country Thursday, and more are planned for today.<p>The mayor of the village of Perth-Andover in western New …

How far will Quebec go to nurture its video game industry?

It is the one piece of good news that stands out in an otherwise grim Quebec fall. Video game developer Ubisoft Entertainment SA will invest $373-million over seven years and create 500 positions in Montreal.<p>In a province that added a dismal 5,000 jobs in the past year, this private investment …

Ancient oxygen discovery shakes up history of life on Earth

Soil analysis by B.C. scientist suggests photosynthesis evolved more than 3 billion years ago<p>Oxygen appeared in the Earth’s atmosphere up to 700 …

Yes, you can turn off video Auto-Play in the new Instagram

Instagram updated its iOS and Android apps to support video capture and playback today, and while the update may place the service into Vine’s …

Alien matter found on the moon

Magnesium-rich spinel and olivine found in the central peaks of lunar craters<p>Unusual minerals found in craters on the moon may be alien, a new study …

Gawker Crowdfunding $200,000 to Prove Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Smokes Crack

Rob Ford’s term as the mayor of Toronto has been littered with controversy and bizzare spectacles. This latest one, though, is perhaps the craziest …