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Health, Lifestyle, Science and Technology, Society

Activity mix hikes obese teens’ weight loss: study

Canadian research shows that obese teenagers lose more weight when they alternate aerobic exercise and resistance training rather than just doing one or the other. Scientists have long known physical activity can help people lose weight, but the study out» 

International, Science and Technology, Society

Computer bug could attack homes, cars, industry

Hackers around the world are exploiting the newly-identified “Shellshock,” also called “Bash” computer bug,” using worm viruses to look for vulnerable systems. They could affect home and industrial victims and others. This latest bug is considered to be worse than» 

Environment, International, Science and Technology

Canadian study changes knowledge of canyon rivers

Water flows down through a canyon, but new information from a Canadian study now changes just about everything that was thought about the dynamics of that flow. River flow through bedrock canyons is also climate-related, connected to mountain uplift, along» 

Health, Science and Technology, Society

Study reveals highs and lows of marijuana use

Canadian research has revealed clues about why low doses of marijuana can cause paranoia and why higher doses that mimic long-term exposure can lead to apathy and emotionally-blunted or depressive behaviour. Using rat models, Steven Laviolette and other researchers at» 

Environment, International, Science and Technology

Soot from Canadian wildfires increases melting on Greenland

Researchers studying Greenland’s massive ice-sheet are making some worrisome findings. Danish-born glaciologist Jason Box who has studied glaciers for two-decades is in the second year of a study called the Dark Snow project. He is with the Geological Survey of» 

Animals, Environment, Health, Indigenous, Lifestyle, Science and Technology, Society

Your drinking water is drugged

We as a society consume a lot of pharmaceuticals: painkillers, hormone replacements, blood thinners,  anti-depressants, and many many others. Some people of course also take restricted, so-called illegal drugs,  cocaine for example. But none are absorbed 100 percent. Some of» 

History, Science and Technology, Society

Robot sub may have found earliest habitation

Researchers scouring the water off Canada’s northern Pacific coast may have found the earliest evidence of human habitation in the country.  Experts from the University of Victoria and the government department responsible for national parks used an unmanned underwater vehicle» 

Animals, Environment, Science and Technology

Bobolink and barn swallow promising programme

For years a variety of environmental groups have been noting the decline of small grassland birds. According to the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC), both bobolinks and barn swallows, once very common, are now listed» 

Health, Science and Technology

Artificial sweeteners may raise blood sugar: study

New research suggests artificial sweeteners may set the stage for diabetes in some people.  Acknowledging the study is preliminary, scientists in Israel found that mice who had consumed artificial sweeteners had higher blood sugar and altered bacteria in their gut.» 

Animals, Environment, International, Science and Technology

Climate change and abnormal behaviour of gannets

Normally gannets are wonderful parents, carefully guarding and feeding their single chick. This year  in  highly uncharacteristic behaviour, about half the colony on the cliffs in southern Newfoundland suddenly abandoned their nests leaving  many of the chicks to starve. Seabird»