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Why is Canada’s life sciences sector flatlining?

Canada has a Silicon Valley of its own, a big one, but you've probably never heard of it, because it's devoted to life sciences, not gadgets like smartphones. It is called Toronto, a city normally associated with bloated banks and some ailing gold miners. The University of Toronto has one of the …

Whales on the Wrong Side of the World

In May 2010, a whale showed up on the wrong side of the world.<p>A team of marine biologists was conducting a survey off the coast of Israel when they spotted it. At first they thought it was a sperm whale. But each time the animal surfaced, the more clearly they could see that it had the wrong …

Whales

Why China's Pollution Could Be Behind Our Cold, Snowy Winters

As the airborne particles turn: Across the globe, dust (red-orange) is lifted from land, sea salt (blue) swirls up from oceans, soot (green and yellow) rises from fires and sulfur (white) streams from volcanoes and fossil fuel emissions.<p>It's March. It's freezing. And there's half a foot of snow on …

Pollution

Buying a New Air Force One Is Complicated

<b>Think it’s tough to buy a new</b> car? Try buying a plane that has all the bells and whistles fit for a president, including some that might not have …

Aviation

‘There will be blood’ in Canada from oil price collapse, JPMorgan warns

<i>These are stories Report on Business is following Friday, Jan. 30, 2015</i>.<p><b>Oil's toll</b><br>A major U.S. bank is warning Canadians what to expect from the rout in the oil market: "There will be blood."<p>That warning from JPMorgan Chase & Co. is largely aimed at the province of Alberta, home to Canada's oil …

Business (Canada)

How $40 oil would impact Canada’s provinces

What does Canada's economy look like with oil prices at $40 a barrel? Certainly it won't be the energy superpower envisioned by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.<p>If $40 a barrel still seems a ways off, consider that the benchmark price for oil sands crude is already trading in that price range. What's …

What you need to know about hydrogen fuel cell vehicles

Damn the torpedoes (and Teslas)! Two of Japan's biggest automakers are about to make sizable wagers on a different kind of clean fuel tech: hydrogen power. Toyota will launch the $57,500 Mirai fuel cell vehicle (FCV, above) next year, while hydrogen veteran Honda will out a model in 2016. But wait, …

Top 10 Weirdest Animal Stories of 2014: Editors' Picks

From a snake virgin birth to a real-life unicorn, 2014 was a banner year for the bizarre. See our editors' picks for weirdest animal stories.

Watch: World's Deepest Fish Lurks 5 Miles Down in Mariana Trench

The tissue-like fish lives at the very edge of survivable pressures, over 26,000 feet (8,000 meters) deep.<p>Things get weird for fish that live on the edge. A potentially new species of deep-sea snailfish with a bulbous head and partly transparent body has smashed the record for deepest fish in the …

CMHC releases data on foreign ownership of Canadian condos

The controversial issue of foreign ownership of condominiums in Canada finally has some hard data to go by.<p>Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. says the highest percentage of foreign investment in condos across the country is in Toronto, at 2.4 per cent.<p>That's considerably lower than what some critics …

Canadian Real Estate

New Study Doesn't Say 'Electric Cars Aren't Green' (Headlines To The Contrary)

Brace yourself, electric-car fans and advocates. It may be a bumpy ride for the next few days.<p>Yesterday afternoon, the Associated Press covered a new …

Electric Vehicles

World Moves One Step Closer to Climate Treaty

Compromise reached in Lima among UN negotiators, with much work remaining.<p>It could have been a scene in a political thriller, the negotiators meeting into the early hours Sunday morning, going 48 hours without a break. Finally, they concluded the UN's 20th climate conference with a draft agreement …