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Isolation, despair and Attawapiskat

Former prime minister Jean Chrétien is being criticized for his comments on Attawapiskat, and he deserves to be. In the wake of the latest crisis at the isolated native community, involving an apparent suicide pact among 13 young people, Mr. Chrétien was asked for his thoughts. He managed to put …

How Porn Is Messing with Your Manhood

Finding a needle in a haystack would be easier than finding an adolescent male who hasn’t seen online porn. Surveys indicate the average boy watches …

Psychology

If You Have This Gene, Don’t Smoke Weed

The genes that predispose pot dependence are also linked to schizophrenia and depression.<p>According to new research, you don’t sit around in …

The Live and Let Die star says Idris Elba could not play the super spy and ‘political correctness be damned’<p>The first African American actor to play a major Bond villain, Yaphet Kotto, has said that 007 cannot be black.<p>In an interview with the Big Issue, Kotto was asked for his views on the …

James Bond

Judge Rules 'Slender Man' Stabbing Suspects Will Be Tried as Adults

Two Wisconsin girls who are accused of repeatedly stabbing a schoolmate in an effort to please a fictional character called "Slender Man" should be charged in adult court, a judge ruled Friday.<p>Both girls, who were 12 at the time of the attack — one has since turned 13 — face charges of attempted …

Islamic State accepts Boko Haram's allegiance pledge

Islamic State has accepted a pledge of allegiance by Nigerian extremist group Boko Haram, announcing the expansion of the Syrian-based organization into sub-Saharan Africa.<p>In a move seen as a propaganda boost to Islamic State, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau last week pledged allegiance to the …

Africa

Gay-straight alliances now mandatory in Alberta: ‘We’re no longer that redneck, roughneck province’

EDMONTON – In a stunning about-face, the Progressive Conservative government Tuesday passed a new law making the approval of gay-straight alliances …

Record 17,000 join 'Pinstripe Nazi' anti-Islam march in Germany

A record 17,000 people have joined the latest in a string of demonstrations against Islam in Dresden, eastern Germany, celebrating the rise of their far-right populist movement by singing Christmas carols.<p>The march on Monday night was organised by Patriotic Europeans Against Islamisation of the …

Scientists make quantum leap, teleport data from light to matter

We're one step closer to creating the Ansible communicator in "Ender's Game," the warp drive envisioned by Mexican physicist Miguel Alcubierre and a "Star Trek"-style Transporter.<p>Or we can at least keep thinking that while scientists do the hard, incremental physics required to keep us dreaming of …

Quantum Physics

Canada's new prostitution laws: Everything you need to know

1. Going after the buyers<p>The bill criminalizes the buying of sex – or “obtain[ing] for consideration… the sexual services of a person.” The penalties include jail time – up to five years in some cases – and minimum cash fines that go up after a first offence.<p>2. What’s a “sexual service”?<p>The bill …

States subjecting death row inmates to longer deaths amid scramble for drugs

US death penalty states face a deepening crisis in their struggle to procure medical drugs for use in lethal injections, with new evidence that the increasingly random methods being used are subjecting condemned prisoners to prolonged and possibly excruciating deaths.<p>A Guardian survey of death …

Astronomers find ‘habitable’ Earth-like planet for first time

After years of combing the heavens, astronomers have found planets that are the same size as Earth as well as planets in a temperature zone where water may be able to remain liquid.<p>But until now they have never found a planet that is both of those things.<p>That moment has finally arrived with the …

Rob Ford allowed to change votes on Mandela, Olympic motions

Toronto City Council has given Mayor Rob Ford a do-over, allowing him to change two controversial votes that shocked council and made international headlines.<p>Mr. Ford, known for his contrarian voting habits, was the lone dissenting vote on two items Wednesday afternoon: a move to rename a city …

This 'Fish Car' Lets A Goldfish Drive Around

Drinking and driving is frowned upon. But swimming and driving is okay.<p>Where's the fish? The fish is out for a drive.<p>A company called Studio diip has created a mobile aquarium that can be "driven" by a fish. The four-wheeled device has a digital camera mounted above that can recognize which part of …

Chickens Wear Prosthetic Dinosaur Tails, For Science

Simulating ancient gaits with barnyard fowl<p>The humble chicken is distantly related to the _T. rex. _This raises an important scientific question: How could we make chickens walk like they're little dinosaurs? A new study provides the equally important answer! And also video!<p>Researchers from the …

Diamond: Britain's answer to the Large Hadron Collider

The darling of particle physics might be the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at Cern, but as a practical tool it's no match for the UK's Diamond Light Source. Located at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory campus at Harwell in Oxfordshire, Diamond is an alchemist's dream, a place where beams of light …

Jean Chretien celebrates 80th birthday with 80 family and friends in Montreal

MONTREAL — Former prime minister Jean Chretien is celebrating his 80th birthday on Saturday.<p>Chretien — who was PM for more than a decade between 1993 …

Doctors Vacuum A 2-Foot-Long Clot Out Of Man's Leg

The human body is so weird.<p>So we don't know how 62-year-old Todd Dunlap is feeling right now. We just can't imagine. Last month, doctors vacuumed a two-foot-long clot out of his leg veins—a first for the state of California, according to UCLA, where Dunlap was treated.<p>Dunlap's doctors used a …

A $1,000 Ikea House For Refugees

Mundane business know-how combats gut-wrenching human tragedy.<p>Making sure that there's enough shelter available for populations displaced by war is a challenge of cost and scale. Fortunately, challenges of cost and scale are something businesses can be <i>really good at</i>. Ikea, best known for making …

New ultra-thin glass is just two atoms thick, earns Guinness World Record

A new record for the world's thinnest sheet of glass has been set, and it comes in at just two atoms thick. The ultra-thin glass, now recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records, was an accidental discovery by scientists at Cornell University and Germany’s University of Ulm. As they were …

I have faith in Quebec. So should you

Earlier this week, Premier Pauline Marois unveiled her government’s much-anticipated plan to legislate values in Quebec. As I have said since her Parti Québécois first announced this plan back in the 2012 election campaign, I categorically oppose it. Like our fellow Canadians elsewhere, Quebeckers …

Charter of Quebec values would ban religious symbols for public workers

Public employees would not be allowed to wear overt religious symbols at work under the proposed charter of Quebec values, released by the Parti …

Controversial Quebec charter exemptions based on idea that some religious symbols have become purely secular

The Christian exemptions to Quebec’s proposed secular Charter of Values — which would allow the crucifix to remain in the National Assembly, the …

Lifting the veil from Quebec’s economy

The Islamic veil that Quebec civil servants would no longer be authorized to wear in the workplace under the province's proposed new secular charter is quite becoming to Pauline Marois's Parti Québécois government.<p>By stirring the Quebec identity pot, the PQ is recreating a recipe that proved …

Charter of Values hints that Quebec having second thoughts over mad dash for immigrants

Ever since its birth rate plunged in the 1960s, Quebec has, like the rest of Canada, been on a mad dash to fill its ranks with immigrants from the …