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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, Economy, Environment, Health, International, Politics, Science and Technology, Society

IJC calls for public input into microplastics in Great Lakes

The growing concern over microplastics in the Great Lakes between Canada and the U.S.A, has attracted the attention and concern of the bi-national “International Joint Commission” (IJC). It is seeking public comment on recommendations it will soon make to Canadian» 

Health, Lifestyle, Science and Technology, Society

HPV-related mouth and throat cancers on worrisome increase

(Comments welcome for all RCI stories at bottom of each story) In a special report this week (link below) the Canadian Cancer Society said that mouth and throat cancers related to the human papilloma virus (HPV) are rising quickly, and» 

Health, Science and Technology

New Canadian study will look at effects of long space missions on astronauts’ brains

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is teaming up with researchers from the University of Calgary for a new experiment that will study how long-duration missions to the International Space Station (ISS) affect astronauts’ brains, the agency announced today. The study» 

History, International, Military, Science and Technology

“We were here”, legacy of WW-I soldiers beneath the battlefield.

A century ago, tens of thousands of young Canadians and other Commonwealth soldiers were living in tunnels under the WW-I battlefields around Vimy Ridge, and also Arras, France They might spend, hours, days, or even weeks underground and to pass» 

Health, Indigenous, Lifestyle, Science and Technology, Society

Medicine will cut ‘shocking’ lung infections in Inuit babies

Indigenous babies in parts of Canada’s north have the highest rates of serious lung infection in the world, research shows. But it also shows that giving a medicine called palivizumab to prevent infection can dramatically reduce that rate in some» 

Animals, Economy, Environment, Health, International, Politics, Science and Technology, Society

Legal appeal of GM salmon decision

A court case is now awaiting a verdict in Canada’s Federal Court of Appeal. The case centres on government approval for the sale of genetically modified salmon as a food for human consumption. Ecojustice lawyers on behalf of environmental groups,» 

Animals, Economy, Environment, Health, International, Politics, Science and Technology, Society

Former Health Canada scientist against trade deals.

Canadian Shiv Chopra recently returned from the Hague where a mock international tribunal, and parallel “People’s Assembly”, were discussing if the multi-national bio-tech and chemical giant Monsanto, can be held accountable under human rights laws. Micro-biologist and veterinarian, for over» 

Environment, International, Science and Technology, Society

Climate change doubles western U.S. forests burned: study

A new study suggests that human-caused climate change has doubled the amount of U.S. land burned by forest fires since 1984. The study’s lead author says climate change knows no borders and conditions are similar in Canada. A massive fire» 

Environment, International, Politics, Science and Technology

Huge free trade penalty against Canada

(note: comment submission form is located at the bottom of each story on the site) It is another example of what those opposed to international trade deals have been saying about the ability of sovereign governments to enact domestic policy»