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Health, Science and Technology

Tactic helps see the fine print without glasses, say researchers

An international team of neuroscientists has found that people can improve their ability to see fine visual detail by looking at a rapidly flickering display for about 10 seconds. There are two major pathways that carry information from the eyes» 

Animals, Environment, Society

Over 40,600 acres of forest protected

Various groups and public agencies celebrated National Forest Week from September 18 to 24 to raise awareness about Canada’s forest heritage and its value. The Nature Conservancy of Canada used the occasion to announce 25 projects to acquire and protect» 

Environment, Politics, Society

Phase out coal faster, save lives, urges think-tank

The energy think-tank, Pembina Institute is urging the province of Alberta to speed up its promised phase-out of coal-fired electricity plants. The government vows to shut down the 18 plants by 2030. But the institute says doing so faster could» 

Health, Lifestyle, Society

Doctors advised to not talk about weight with teens

Obesity and eating disorders are prevalent in adolescents in Canada and the U.S. and the American Academy of Pediatrics has advice for doctors wanting to prevent both. A new report suggests that they avoid talking to teens about weight and» 

Arts and Entertainment, Education, Health, Lifestyle, Society

Summer reading can boost kids’ well-being: author

Summer is short in Canada, but it’s a particularly good time to encourage children to read, says author and parenting columnist Ann Douglas. Canadians tend to think about reading in terms of academic improvement and expanding vocabulary. But Douglas says» 

Environment, Science and Technology, Society

Team to study, collect Arctic plants

Botanists from the Canadian Museum of Nature are travelling to Hudson Bay, near the community of Arviat, Nunavut on an annual mission to study and collect Arctic plants. They will spend four weeks on flat, coastal tundra peppered with small» 

Health, Science and Technology

Snake venom could help cystic fibrosis patients

New research suggests that a protein in the venom of a South American rattlesnake could help counter a genetic defect which causes cystic fibrosis. CF is the most common fatal genetic disease affecting Canadian children and young adults and there» 

Environment, Lifestyle, Politics, Society

Thumbs up for Ontario law to cut greenhouse gases

A leading environmental group is applauding an Ontario law to cut carbon emissions that cause climate change. Canada’s most populous province has created a legal obligation to reduce emissions by 80 per cent below 1990 levels by 2050. ‘A very» 

Health, Science and Technology, Society

Concussion can affect child-parent interactions

Pre-school children are prone to concussions and a new study suggests that mild brain injuries can adversely affect their relationships with their parents. Good relationships with parents in the early years translate into better social skills later on, say psychologists.» 

Animals, Economy, International, Society

Scientists question Swedish ban on lobster imports

Sweden is concerned that North American lobsters may be invading European waters and it wants the European Union to stop the import of live lobsters. Canada exported millions of dollars of the live crustaceans to Europe in 2015. The European market»