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Google and Blizzard team up on a StarCraft made just for AIs

AIs have more or less mastered chess, Go and a number of other highly cerebral games — how will they do on something like StarCraft II, which combines high-level strategy with the need for quick reaction times and tactical thinking? Probably great, honestly. And this collaboration between Google’s …

Artificial Intelligence

Montreal Children's could be home to school, library, and housing

The city of Montreal has firm ideas about how to make the downtown core attractive to families as it plans to add 50,000 new residents by …

As tennis officials try to keep millennials watching, massive changes could be coming to tennis

Millennials.<p>It isn’t a particularly frightening word, but in some ways it’s an intimidating one. At least it is to the movers and shakers in tennis. …

Rafael Nadal

Le Boucan Smokehouse

A little Southern-style BBQ smokehouse a bit away from the busy downtown area. Their signature spiced BBQ chicken wings are some of the best in the …

The Science of Memory: How to Effortlessly Boost Your Retention and Recall

There's an easy way to improve your memory, but don't take my word for it - here's the research.<p>Have you ever had trouble remembering names? I know I have. There's nothing more embarrassing than having someone who "knows you" start a conversation while you're running through your mental Rolodex and …

Sleep

Montreal Comiccon draws include Star Trek, Batman celebrations

Montreal city hall had some very special guests Thursday morning: the Hulk, Deadpool and Chewbacca were there, along with several of their associates.<p>…

This physicist has a groundbreaking idea about why life exists

Why does life exist?<p>Popular hypotheses credit a primordial soup, a bolt of lightning, and a colossal stroke of luck.<p>But if a provocative new theory is correct, luck may have little to do with it. Instead, according to the physicist proposing the idea, the origin and subsequent evolution of life …

Physics

Montreal's Christmas Eve record-breaking temperature matches Los Angeles

The only thing missing are the palm trees.<p>The temperature in Montreal on Christmas Eve reached 16 C by mid-afternoon, a coat-shedding 20 degrees …

Christmas Eve

Best restaurants of 2015: Lesley Chesterman's picks

If I were to compile an all-around best restaurants in Montreal list, I could choose 50 terrific restaurants right off the bat. Perhaps not …

Neil deGrasse Tyson: 'The delusion is thinking that SpaceX is going to lead the space frontier'

Neil deGrasse Tyson is the most ubiquitous presence in popular science these days. Coming off of a successful reboot of Carl Sagan's <i>Cosmos</i>, he started a new television show (called <i>StarTalk</i>, based on a long time radio show and podcast of his), he hosts panels and Pluto brunches at the Hayden …

Sexual Harassment

P.K. Subban pledges $10 million to Montreal Children’s Hospital

P.K. Subban says hockey fans will discover he's not the person many critics make him out to be and that his pledge of at least $10 million for a children's hospital should demonstrate his altruism.<p>"When I hear things about me being a selfish person or being self-centred or cocky or arrogant, these …

John Sculley: 'Steve Jobs was misrepresented in popular culture'

It goes without saying that Steve Jobs is perhaps the most famous business leader of the century, if not of all time. The late co-founder of Apple has become a deified figure since his death in 2011 aged 56 from pancreatic cancer, with each new product launch incurring a rash of ‘What Would Steve …

National Geographic Travel

The Montreal Impact aren't fazed by massive CCL task vs. Club America

MONTREAL -- If Montreal Impact coach Frank Klopas is feeling the heat ahead of the biggest game in his managerial career -- and one of the most …

Montreal's Saint-Denis Street Will Host A Free Outdoor Circus This July

<b>Circus and entertainment enthusiasts gather 'round, because we have some great news for you.</b> Next week on July 10 and 11, Saint Denis street is going …

Abandon the foolish 'war on the car.' It's holding back our cities.

The proposed redesign of Montreal’s Saint Catherine Street is innovative, needed—and a sign the driver-vs.-pedestrian rhetoric is tired.<p>They had us …

The Real Leadership Lessons of Steve Jobs

His saga is the entrepreneurial creation myth writ large: Steve Jobs cofounded Apple in his parents’ garage in 1976, was ousted in 1985, returned to rescue it from near bankruptcy in 1997, and by the time he died, in October 2011, had built it into the world’s most valuable company. Along the way …

Xiaomi Mi Note is the best 'made in China' phone you've never heard of

What's tall, thin and has a nice curved back?<p>I'm not talking about a supermodel. I'm talking about Xiaomi's flagship Mi Note smartphone. The hottest …

4 Animated GIFs That Reveal The Secret To Great UX Testing

All designers should use these techniques to test their designs.<p>Great designs don’t just fall out of a designer’s brain. More often than not, they’re the result of rigorous testing, using a nebulous mix of scientific and not-so-scientific techniques. But if you’re not sure what the difference …

GIF Animations

Six lessons we can learn from geniuses

Whether it’s designing a supersonic vehicle, helping the blind to see or creating space history, what can we learn from the great minds behind these feats?<p>Our series The Genius Behind has taken you inside the minds of people who are making the impossible possible. Whether it is designing the …

Genius

Neil deGrasse Tyson's polarizing Christmas tweet gets 72,000 retweets

On Christmas day, astrophysicist and author Neil deGrasse Tyson tweeted about a man who was born Dec. 25, and changed the world by age 30. But he …

Where to Eat in Montreal Now

That Montreal's food scene is impressive is hardly news, but a spate of new restaurants embracing the locavore ethos means there are more reasons than ever to visit this island city. The Mile End district continues to lead the hipster foodie boom, while well-trodden, developed, and …

Bistros

Montreal Comic Con Cosplay 2014

Finally, a comic convention came to the doorstep of our Canadian friend Kiltak at Geeks Are Sexy, and he got the pictures to prove it! See <b>a gallery</b> …

Canadian Hockey

A pilot explains why it’s time to get over your fear of turbulence

Turbulence: spiller of coffee, jostler of luggage, filler of barf bags, rattler of nerves. But is it a crasher of planes? Judging by the reactions of many airline passengers, one would assume so; turbulence is far and away the number one concern of anxious passengers. Intuitively, this makes sense. …

Airports

Alibaba's Success Is Another Wake-Up Call From China To Americans. Hear It?

I grew up in New England, a part of the U.S. with relatively few connections to China compared with, say, California. I’ve lived here in Shanghai for almost the past dozen years, been in Asia even longer, and regularly try to get one of my sisters back at home to visit China. Her clan by marriage …

Africa's Multi-Level Floating Hotel with an Underwater Room

The Manta Resort is a beautiful, multi-room hotel that sits on the Indian Ocean island of Pemba. The spectacular getaway offers not only a place to rest your head for the night, but also some truly breathtaking views from its unique, underwater room. The floating structure, made of local hardwood, …

Scuba Diving