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Asteroid explosion lights up early-morning sky over Arizona

Fireball was 10 times brighter than the full moon<p>An overnight asteroid explosion over Arizona lit up the sky so brightly that it appeared as if it …

"Gaslighting": One of the Most Dangerous Forms of Mental Manipulation We All Deal With

The universe can be a funny place sometimes.<p>I’ve been doing a lot of research about a form of mental abuse that a lot of us are not only susceptible …

North Korea sentences former Va. man to 10 years of hard labor

TOKYO — North Korea has sentenced a former Virginia man to 10 years in prison with hard labor for subversion, its official news agency said Friday, in the latest case involving an American being detained by Kim Jong Un’s regime.<p>Kim Dong-chul, 62, who was born in South Korea but became a U.S. …

North Korea

RCMP made serious mistakes during Ottawa shooting: sources

CTV News has learned of serious mistakes by RCMP officers when shots rang out on Parliament Hill last October.<p>The new details shine light on what …

Three-year ocean voyage discovered thousands of new, unfamiliar viruses

A study of plankton reveals just how little we know about the ocean<p>Pirates and storms on the open seas couldn’t stop these scientists. Over the course of three and a half years, researchers traveled the world in a boat named Tara, gathering genetic information belonging to more than 35,000 plankton …

Biology

Canada will retaliate against American meat-labelling laws by autumn

Canada will likely be able to impose retaliatory tariffs against the United States by late summer or early fall, if Washington doesn't repeal its country of origin labelling rules.<p>The World Trade Organization ruled Monday that the American label requirements, known as COOL, violate America's trade …

'Save the bees' plan unveiled by U.S. government

Plan calls for restoring 7 million acres of bee habitat in the next five years<p>The Obama administration hopes to save the bees by feeding them …

Ecology

GMO debate shows big opinion gap between scientists, public over safety

A major restaurant chain eliminating foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) was sure to be controversial.<p>Chipotle Mexican Grill …

Agriculture

Science Seeks to Unlock Marijuana Secrets

As the once-vilified drug becomes more accepted, researchers around the world are trying to understand how it works and how it might fight disease.<p>There’s nothing new about cannabis, of course. It’s been around humankind pretty much forever.<p>In Siberia charred seeds have been found inside burial …

In the warm, wood-panelled concert hall of @barbicancentre. I've been to many great performances here, including most memorably the Gewandhaus Leipzig's truly awesome Beethoven symphony cycle in 2011. Home to the London Symphony Orchestra, the Barbican also have a great programme of visiting orchestras, including most recently the Berlin Philharmonie and the New York Philharmonic. #emptybarbican

Mining towns in Ontario feel shortchanged on resource riches

Ontario mining towns with rich gold and nickel deposits sit on billions in resources, but they feel poor and ignored.<p>"You get to a point you're …

Mining

B.C. First Nations group rejects $1-billion offer for LNG venture

Lax Kw'alaams members voting in the final of three meetings have unanimously rejected a $1-billion cash offer from Pacific NorthWest LNG, declining to give aboriginal consent sought by the project while creating uncertainty for plans to export liquefied natural gas from British Columbia's north …

Man wins lawsuit against Toronto police board after 'carding' incident

There was no video or audiotape and no witnesses – except police officers. Just one man's word that a Toronto police officer punched him in the eye and mouth when he wouldn't take his hands out of his pockets during the controversial practice known as "carding."<p>But a judge believed the man, a …

Great white shark's close encounter with film crew captured on video

Documentary filmmaker Dave Riggs came almost face-to-face with a female great white shark and her 300, give or take, serrated triangular teeth.<p>Riggs …

White Shark

What would you pay to be happy?

The source of our happiness is closer than ever to being located, measured and commodified. Alex Renton meets the ‘psychoeconomists’ and asks, have they created a monster?<p>The happiest man in the world is a 67-year-old Buddhist monk called Matthieu Ricard. He starts his day sitting in a meadow in …

Happiness

The ten most expensive paintings in history

Wealthy buyers in the Gulf and China have set a string of records as they have snapped up some of the world's most important artworks in recent years<p>When Pablo Picasso's masterpiece, <b>Les Femmes d’Alger, sold for $179 million (£116 million) in New York on Monday night</b>, it smashed the record for a …

15 Important Lessons We Learned from Our Fave TV Moms

Who runs the world? Moms. While we love our own moms so much, the hard-working mums from some of our most beloved TV shows are pretty great too. In between comforting their kiddos and cracking jokes at their spouses, they’re also teaching us some pretty valuable lessons. Scroll on for some rad …

TV

Fossils fill evolutionary gap between fish and 4-legged beasts

How did fish evolve into four-legged beasts that roam the land? A key part of that mystery has been solved by fossils found on a Nova Scotia …

Evolution

How allowing that early sip of alcohol can influence a child’s mind and future

When a child asks for a sip of dad's beer, what's a conscientious parent to do?<p>For Cameron Wallace, 36, the answer is clear: "My four-year-old son gets very small sips of my homebrew."<p>Those early tastes will be the first step in his ongoing education about the pleasures and risks of drinking …

New York man pleads guilty to sexually abusing Amish sisters

<b>(CNN) —</b> An upstate New York man who abducted two Amish girls last August has pleaded guilty to 21 counts of sexual abuse and making child pornography, authorities announced Friday.<p>Stephen M. Howells II, 39, also pleaded guilty to counts of kidnapping and sexually exploiting four other children on …

Crime

‘Air Sex: The Movie’ Is An Insincere Masterpiece About Making Love Out Of Nothing At All

<i>Part tour documentary, part comedy special, part exploration of sexuality in today’s society, Air Sex: The Movie follows comedian Chris Trew as he tours North America hosting the raunchy, weird and hilarious phenomenon known as The Air Sex Championships. Longstanding rivalries clash. Old and new</i> …

New Orleans

2016 Viper ACR: Dodge raises the street-legal supercar stakes

Dodge has fired another salvo in the ongoing horsepower race. The company Friday announced it will sell a 2016 version of its Viper supercar.<p>The hand-built two-seater boasts a 645-horsepower 8.4-liter V-10 engine. Its 600 pound-feet of torque is the most "of any naturally aspirated sports-car …

'Dorito Effect' author says flavourful foods have us craving all wrong

For decades we've been trying to pinpoint what has sparked the obesity crisis. First, we assumed it was fat that was the problem, then it was carbs, …

Walmart to buy 13 former Target Canada stores and a distribution centre

Retailer to hire about 2,400 to set up and staff stores and another 1,000 for distribution centre<p>Walmart is buying 13 of the former Target Canada …

Joss Whedon says militant feminists didn't drive him from Twitter

Director left social media network to focus on his work, not to flee trolls<p>Director Joss Whedon deleted his Twitter account on Monday following …

Texas law bans cities from banning fracking

Texas moved Monday to ban its own cities from imposing prohibitions on hydraulic fracturing and other potentially environmentally harmful oil and …

Oil

'Food Babe,' Dr. Oz under fire as accusations of quackery mount against nutrition gurus

Accusations of misinformation, fear-mongering roil health and nutrition blogosphere<p>Some big names in the health and nutrition blogosphere came under …

30 Unbelievable Places That Are Hard To Believe Really Exist

Our Earth is full of wonders and beautiful places. Here is a collection of some breathtaking places that are hard to believe really exist.<b>(h/t:</b> …

Northern Ireland

Why You Shouldn't Ignore The Video Mode on Your Camera

There has been a certain reluctance amongst some photographers to accept the fact that video is here to stay on stills cameras. It’s understandable, …

Developers plan shipping container housing across Canada

VANCOUVER -- They were once rusting hulks relegated to junkyards.<p>Now shipping containers are being repurposed into stylish homes that developers plan …

Housing