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When it comes to climate change not all opinions are valid, scientists say

When a panel of climate change skeptics held court at Ideacity, a TED Talk-like conference produced by Zoomer Media’s Moses Znaimer, some took aim at the ideological conference for giving fringe views a stage and a spotlight. About 97 per cent of climate scientists agree that humans caused global warming, also known as anthropogenic climate […]

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Cat clings to wing of plane during flight

A curious cat got the joyride of her life when she stowed away on a small plane. Romain Jantot from Kourou, French Guiana, the plane’s pilot, posted a video on YouTube of the scared-y cat clutching the plane’s wing for her dear nine lives high up in the air. The video has been viewed more […]

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10 words that just got added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary

By thestar.com Tues., May 26, 2015 Merriam-Webster is getting a little thicker. The dictionary has added more than 1,700 entries, with words describing everything from emerging technology to Mexican delicacies gone mainstream. Here are 10 of the best new additions to the lexicon. Chilaquiles, a Mexican dish, has been added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary. 1. […]

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The 5 best grocery stores in Toronto to find your soul mate

Looking for love? Try aisle nine! Grocery stores are the bars of the daytime; they’re a great place to spot someone you like, strike up a conversation, and, all being well, make plans for later. Looking for love? Loblaws at Maple Leaf Gardens offers a great selection of young working professionals….  (Tom Sandler) Serana Amin, 28, […]

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How-old.net guesses your age at your own peril

How-old.net is begging for a fight. The insult-triggering website built by Microsoft guesses people’s ages and genders from a photo. It’s an exercise in machine learning that caught on — Microsoft developers expected only about 50 people to test it, instead, the website has been used by more than 35,000 people. “We were shocked,” wrote […]

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Marine heat waves are lasting longer and hitting more often, research shows

By The Canadian Press Wed., April 11, 2018 HALIFAX—Heat waves in the world’s oceans are getting longer and more frequent, according to a new study that warns the phenomenon will likely continue to alter marine ecosystems, harm fisheries and kill various species. Eric Oliver of Dalhousie University in Halifax, who led a team of researchers […]

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The Dare: A week without emojis

Emojis are fun, and funny, and that’s why we use them. That’s why I thought I used them. But is it possible we use yellow faces because we actually have yellow bellies when it comes to getting real? Have emojis stripped us of our ability to use our words when we’re, you know, feeling things? […]

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How I survived my two-week digital diet

By Ofelia LegaspiSpecial to the Star Fri., Nov. 13, 2015 I’m a Millennial and I’m lucky. I was born in 1984, right on the cusp of the tech takeover. I recall text-commanded DOS computers, the grating sound of dial-up Internet and the advent of the first clunky cellphones the size of cordless receivers. Ofelia Legaspi […]

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Party’s back on if a new source of helium pans out

Don’t cancel your balloon order just yet! New sources of helium may soon be discovered. For years, scientists have been warning that the second most abundant substance on earth (helium) may be running out. Helium, the gas that fills balloons, is in short supply. It has industrial uses and the price has been increasing.  (Frank Augstein […]

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YouTube prank sparks discussion of online teen safety

A YouTube prankster has become an unlikely spokesperson for teen online safety, but experts say online child luring is no trick. Coby Persin, whose YouTube channel is known for prank videos with a touch of social commentary, tricked teenage girls he met online to meet him in person. SNAPCHAT: @cobypersin “What we found is something […]