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Half of Canadians don’t have enough cash to cover surprise costs: report

Canadians are squirreling away more savings money than ever, but a majority still come up short when unexpected expenses arise, says a new poll.<p>Sixty-eight per cent of Canadians surveyed have had to dip into their rainy day fund in emergency situations but the majority of them – 58 per cent – …

As the ground on marijuana shifts, Harper turns sensibly to a ticketing option

It only seems sudden, as immense social change often does. The ground is shifting on the prosecution of marijuana possession. It has shifted under no less than the stolid feet of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who, when asked last week by a reporter if he has smoked marijuana, replied, “Do I seem …

Japan building mile-long ice wall around Fukushima plant to stop radiation leaks

Japan is set to construct a nearly mile-long ice wall around the Fukushima nuclear plant in an attempt to stop the continuing leak of radioactive water. The plan was first proposed in May, and the Associated Press reports that it's now been adopted. The construction will place a series of thin …

Quebec wants secularism – for some

Wedge politics is a dangerous tactic, especially when it involves an attack on minorities. Unfortunately, it also often works.<p>Since the Parti Québécois government announced, through calculated leaks to sympathetic tabloids, its intention to prohibit public-service workers from wearing religious …

On the Charts: Eminem and Avenged Sevenfold Burst Pop's Bubble

In the first week after Labor Day, new albums and singles are starting to arrive that could define the fall shopping season. For the record …

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Channeling Sexual Energy Into Productive Energy

Sex. One of the greatest motivational forces in life. Our sexual impulses control so much of what we do, how we act, and the choices we make. But if not properly harnessed, they can lead to great destruction.<p>Sexual energy is what drives this urge. It is a life-energy. The vibe we give off when we …

Mars One: did you apply for the one-way trip to the red planet?

Read interviews with some of the applicants in the running to win a one-way ticket to Mars here.<p>The Mars One project will cost £4bn and hopes to recoup the cost in part by selling broadcasting rights: "This mission to Mars can be the biggest media event in the world," said Paul Römer, the …

UCL: Historic Space Pictures Published Online for the First Time - Telegraph

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Quentin Matheson Has Bike Stolen, Gets It Back In Style

There's just no replacing an old bike that's creaked its way along city streets, whisking you on its back to and fro.<p>Where to? Where fro?<p>(We do not …

How Canada can lead in telecom innovation once again

Imagine technology solutions that could help save $400-billion in healthcare costs, reduce the average commute time by one full week annually, and cut carbon emissions by 27 million tonnes in developed and developing countries. Sound like fiction? These and many other capabilities will be powered …

Asteroid crash in Quebec may have caused prehistoric climate change

The cause of a thousand-year cold period that killed off giant ground sloths, mastodons, and sabretooth cats continues to be in contention. While it's long been hypothesized that the major climate shift that occurred around 12,900 years ago was the result of a sudden flood of freshwater into the …

The new equation for estimating alien life across the universe

Many of us have glanced upwards at the stars and wondered whether there is other life out there somewhere. Few, however, have then tried to write down an equation to express the probability in numbers.<p>Sara Seager of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has done just that. Her equation collects …

Microsoft-Nokia deal: A great idea that came too late, and killed Windows.

Windows is dead. Let’s all salute it—pour out a glass for it, burn a CD for it, reboot your PC one last time. Windows had a good run. For a time, it …

Mysterious mummy found in German attic by 10-year-old boy

A mummy that would seemingly be of Egyptian origin has been discovered a long way from its apparent home. A 10-year-old boy found the sarcophagus along with a mummified body in the attic of his house in Diepholz, Germany last month, reports the AFP. But while the sarcophagus is inscribed with …