CTV News

Jack White makes limited vinyl record of live show in under 4 hours

Jack White played his new single "Lazaretto" for a couple of hundred fans on Record Store Day and four hours later a copy of the performance was available on a limited run of vinyl.

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Posted on 20 April 2014 | 1:54 am

Vancouver Sun

Long time coming: Blue Jackets stun Pens in 2OT to even series

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Matt Calvert banged home a rebound 1:10 into the second overtime and the Columbus Blue Jackets earned the first playoff victory in franchise history with a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night.

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Posted on 20 April 2014 | 5:50 am


Air Canada vows to fire employee caught on video tossing baggage

Air Canada is spending most of the weekend apologizing for what appeared to be a baggage-handling incident from a YouTube video that is circulating on social media. The video, titled “Air Canada baggage fail 20 ft bag toss in Toronto,” … Continue Reading

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Posted on 20 April 2014 | 3:59 am


Audi's latest hybrid concept car takes the TT family offroad, with 408HP under the hood

Audi's latest prototype packing an E-Tron hybrid drivetrain is this TT Offroad Concept that takes the TT family beyond the coupes and convertibles we're familiar with. Going on display at the Beijing Motor Show, it combines two electric motors (one...

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Posted on 20 April 2014 | 2:44 am

Ottawa Citizen

Photos: Top images from around the globe

View the best photographs from hot spots around the world.

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Posted on 20 April 2014 | 9:25 pm

Government of Canada

Minister Kenney issues statement marking the celebration of Easter

The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister for Multiculturalism, issued the following statement marking the celebration of Easter in both the Eastern and Western Christian churches

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Posted on 20 April 2014 | 3:54 pm


California Snowpack Melts With Breathtaking Speed as Drought Continues in Most of the Western United States

Severe drought continues in a large portion of the West, according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor report, issued yesterday. In California, already particularly hard hit by drought, the situation is worsening. Temperatures there were 9 to 12 degrees above normal, which caused breathtakingly rapid melt of the California snowpack. Some areas of the Sierra Nevada lost half of the water locked up in snow in just one week. Yet, there was little change in inflows into the state's starved res

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Posted on 18 April 2014 | 4:58 pm

Open Media

Motherboard: Bills C-13, S-4 are in like a Lion. Let's send them out like a lamb.

Remember CISPA, the U.S. bill that aimed to give the NSA carte blanche for spying on American citizens? Add a dose of steroids and you've got Canada's Bill S-4. Concerned? Let us know in the comments and help us fight back at http://OurPrivacy.ca

Article by Jason Koebler for Motherboard

Earlier this week, politicians in Canada introduced the Digital Privacy Act, a bill that looks a lot like the United States’ Cyber Information Sharing and Protection Act, which caused widespread outrage and was eventually killed in the Senate.

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Posted on 17 April 2014 | 5:51 pm

Mark Steyn

A Se'nnight of Steyn April 14-20

In case you missed it, here's the last seven days as seen by Mark

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Posted on 20 April 2014 | 2:00 pm


Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter dies in Toronto

Former American boxer became global champion for the wrongfully convicted

The post Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter dies in Toronto appeared first on Macleans.ca.

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Posted on 20 April 2014 | 8:59 pm

Huffington Post

7 Things Canadians Might Not Know About Canada


If beer companies advertised countries, Dos Equis would rep Canada -- it is the most interesting country in the world. But many of those living here would never guess it. Hence the need for an internet list to all Canadians. You're welcome.

1. Your fixated relationship with status quo healthcare is kinda weird.

Canadians hold onto their current version of healthcare like it's the world's last Montreal bagel. They somehow don't notice the following: it's not really universal (it mainly covers physician and hospital services); it costs more than a downtown of Vancouver condos (almost $193 billion total in 2010 and often close to half of all provincial budgets); other countries revamp their systems to provide better outcomes without going through a national existential crisis; and comparing our system to the United States is like lauding a gender equality policy because it compares well to Saudi Arabia's. (The U.S. is the OECD country that spends the most on healthcare while leaving over 16 per cent of its massive population uncovered.)

Healthcare in Canada, compared to other OECD countries, gets a solid "meh." Improving it could include greater universality, increased standardization among the provinces, or a two-tier system à la Switzerland, but it certainly does not include the tired status quo.

2. Your Charter of Rights and Freedoms is a robust protection of individual rights. Kind of.

This is old fodder for #CdnPoli geeks and constitutional scholars, but a surprisingly large chunk of Canucks don't know the following: Section 1 of the Charter guarantees all the rights described in the Charter as long as they fit within a "free and democratic society." This usually means two things to two different groups of people.

One side sees it as a slap in the face to a legitimate bill of rights that guarantees your right to this or that no matter what. The more skeptical crew insists that the beauty of the Charter is that it recognizes that no right is absolute, that rights sometimes conflict, and that in some cases the common good should prevail. This latter perspective is built into Section 1 and its temperament has allowed Canada to talk about things like free speech, gun control and healthcare without the conversation being monopolized by "But the 1st/2nd/etc. Amendment...".

3. You're so much younger -- and so much older -- than you think.

It's always weird when a backpacker returns from a Europe trip and proclaims "There's so much history over there," as if nothing happened in North America before the white folks showed up. Canada changed relatively recently -- 1999 saw the territory of Nunavut delineated from the Northwest Territories. But this change only brought Canada's old and new -- or First and Later -- into stark contrast. The name of this 'newest' territory means "Our Land" in Inuktitut, language of the Inuit people that have legitimately called the place their land centuries before Confederation.

4. Your provinces are more powerful than a polar bear on steroids.

Here's Cdn Poli Sci 101 -- the Fathers of Confederation got together. They began the great Canadian tradition of accommodating disagreements by convincing a motley crew of colonies to form one political arrangement. To ensure the longevity of this arrangement they gave all the oh-so-sexy policy areas (like taxation!) to the national government and all the can't-possibly-become-important policy areas (uh, education and healthcare) to those lowly provinces. Shake, bake, and fast forward a hundred years or so. Ta-da! The provinces oversee many of the areas most important to the daily lives of Canadians. Provincial Premiers can, within their provinces, hold almost as much sway as leaders of nation-states do in their countries.

5. You're even more multicultural than you think.

When paranoid American right-wing politicians fear The Immigrant, they need only look at Toronto. Half of Canada's biggest city is foreign born -- more than L.A. or New York -- and yet it usually manages lower crime and unemployment rates. It is a unique mark of the Canadian political scene that nowhere on the political spectrum -- even the far right -- will you find a serious anti-immigrant party. The provincial Parti Quebecois comes closest, but look what happened to them during the last Quebec election (i.e. even breaking up the country can be more popular in Canada than intolerance).

6. You're less partisan than you think.

There will always those who think that the mere whiff of their party near Parliament will magically yield super policies that erase income inequality or gets the Leafs into the play offs. Canadians in general, however, don't guarantee their political allegiance to anyone. The research on this is contested, but it does suggest that a main theme in Canadian partisanship is its flexibility. Voters change their minds depending on the context. Just because Party A managed to align those suburban voters with these coastal ones by selling a particular conservative message does not stop Party B from doing the same next time around by putting a new spin on a progressive message. Canadians, it seems, do not suffer from absolutism.

7. Peacekeeping may be a dish half-baked.

Canadians love to contrast the peacekeeping focus of Canada's military missions with an American imperialistic approach. There is a healthy stream of International Relations research, however, that understands the emergence of Canadian peacekeeping in the '90s as nothing more than a marketing ploy to sell the massive budget cuts of the Chretien government to the Department of National Defense (i.e. our soldiers are keeping peace, ergo we don't need to buy expensive weapons systems). The silver lining here is perhaps that the large-scale acceptance of the peacekeeping narrative by Canadians points to something in their political culture that prefers steady accommodation versus guns-a-blazin' solutions.

All that to say that beavers, mounties and ostensibly indefatigable politeness does not cut it -- if they ever did -- when it comes to the Canadian political soul. It's a big, exciting and complex country. Stay interesting, my friends.


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Posted on 20 April 2014 | 3:22 am

CTV Atlantic

Body of missing N.B. man found

Police confirm that the body found on Val-d'Amour Road in Campbellton is that of Stacey McDavid.

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Posted on 19 April 2014 | 11:30 pm

1000 Awesome Things

#525 That teacher

Put your hand up if you ran from doorbells, hid behind pant legs, and avoided eye contact with grownups as a shy little kid. Brothers and sisters, if your hand is up right now, you are not alone. Yes, mute … Continue reading

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Posted on 18 April 2014 | 4:01 am


Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter dead at 76 after losing battle with prostate cancer

Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, the boxer who was wrongly convicted of a triple murder in 1966 but spent two decades in jail died on Sunday after a long battle with prostate cancer. The news was first reported by the Globe and […]

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Posted on 20 April 2014 | 1:30 pm


40 awesome finds from Vintage Crawl Toronto 2014

vintage crawl 2014 torontoVintage Crawl Toronto returned to Toronto's west-end vintage shops this week, letting vintage hoarders of all era allegiances have a blast shopping, drinking, and snacking (instead of doing it at home on Etsy, like on a typical Thursday night). Forty or so retailers scattered from Kensington Market to Parkdale signed on to take part in the spring 2014 edition of the event. Stores stayed open from 7pm until midnight, offering discounts, drinks, and more than one plate of homemade cookies.

A fellow shopper likened the evening to a sort of fashion Halloween - you traipse from door to door (hopefully wearing the outlandish clothes you only yank out of your closet once a year), picking up killer vintage scores and couple of free beers instead of those SweetTarts and Fizz candies nobody ever wants to eat. (I say it's even closer to fashion's Nuit Blanche, only the streets aren't totally clogged, and everybody's in bed by 1am. Magic.)

I stuck to Dundas West, Ossington and Parkdale this time (five hours goes surprisingly quickly when you're up to your elbows in awesome clothes), trawling through a dozen stores for the craziest statement pieces and best time-honoured basics the past has to offer. The nature of vintage, of course, means I can't guarantee any of these are still in stock. In fact, I might have bought a couple of them already (sorry) (no I'm not).

Here are 40 of my favourite finds from the spring 2014 Vintage Crawl Toronto.

Lead photo: Leopard pony hair pumps, Chosen Vintage, $62.

vintage crawl 2014 toronto'60s Pucci dress, VSP Consignment, $398

vintage crawl 2014 toronto'90s Calvin Klein boots, Chosen Vintage, $82

vintage crawl 2014 torontoBeaded minidress, Bright Brown pop-up at the Henhouse, $35

vintage crawl 2014 torontoEye bracelet and rings, Chief Salvage Co., $18/$12

vintage crawl 2014 toronto'40s sequined bolero (made in France), Emporium by I Miss You, $40

vintage crawl 2014 torontoEvan Picone slingbacks, Penny Arcade Vintage, $32

vintage crawl 2014 toronto'70s Lanvin dress, Life of Manek, $199

vintage crawl 2014 torontoPink leather skirt, Silver Falls Vintage, $45

vintage crawl 2014 torontoCutout boots, 69 Vintage, $90

vintage crawl 2014 torontoHeart-patch acid-wash-and-lace jeans, Chosen Vintage, $52

vintage crawl 2014 torontoWool military cropped jacket, 69 Vintage, $65

vintage crawl 2014 torontoTooled leather bag, Emporium by I Miss You, $39

vintage crawl 2014 torontoBoots, House of Vintage, $80

vintage crawl 2014 torontoFloral bomber jacket, Soop Soop, $45

vintage crawl 2014 torontoLace-up leather boots, Penny Arcade Vintage, $125

vintage crawl 2014 toronto'50s day dress, House of Vintage, $145

vintage crawl 2014 torontoCrochet crop top, Silver Falls Vintage, $32

vintage crawl 2014 torontoRed leather shorts, House of Vintage, $65

vintage crawl 2014 torontoCutout boots, Penny Arcade Vintage, $40

vintage crawl 2014 toronto'70s Saint Laurent jumpsuit, VSP Consignment, $398

vintage crawl 2014 toronto'90s heels, Silver Falls Vintage, $52

vintage crawl 2014 toronto'80s Levi's acid-wash jacket, Life of Manek, $29

vintage crawl 2014 toronto'90s beaded linen minidress, Penny Arcade Vintage, $80

vintage crawl 2014 torontoToronto-made leather jacket, Penny Arcade Vintage, $90

vintage crawl 2014 torontoBrocade boots, Emporium by I Miss You, $65

vintage crawl 2014 toronto'60s beaded cocktail dress, Life of Manek. $179

vintage crawl 2014 torontoThigh-high boots, 69 Vintage, $120

vintage crawl 2014 torontoStriped cropped tank, House of Vintage, $30

vintage crawl 2014 torontoBlue canvas trench, Life of Manek, $79

vintage crawl 2014 torontoBrocade skirt, Bridge and Bardot, $45

vintage crawl 2014 torontoSuede rhinestone-studded heels, Chosen Vintage, $65

vintage crawl 2014 torontoZebra-patterned sequin top, 69 Vintage, $60

vintage crawl 2014 torontoSequined dress, Bridge and Bardot, $100

vintage crawl 2014 torontoHandmade beaded dress, 69 Vintage, $170

vintage crawl 2014 torontoMoto-zip denim dress, Public Butter, $20

vintage crawl 2014 torontoFringed jacket, 69 Vintage, $375

vintage crawl 2014 toronto'60s change purses, Life of Manek, $20

vintage crawl 2014 torontoFlower brooch, Public Butter, $20

vintage crawl 2014 torontoSilver Ziggy Stardust boots, House of Vintage, "display only" (sigh)

Coin purse photo courtesy Life of Manek.

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Posted on 19 April 2014 | 7:52 am


Ford Mustang: A guy's car?

Ford Mustang: A guy's car?

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Posted on 20 April 2014 | 10:00 pm

Metro News

Sex offender accused in new SkyTrain incident

A convicted sex offender is scheduled to appear in court this week after being arrested in connection with an incident involving young girls on the SkyTrain. Transit police say James William Conway, a 39-year-old Surrey man, was arrested April 13 … Continue Reading

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Posted on 20 April 2014 | 9:30 pm

The Province

Police seek help locating missing Burnaby man

Burnaby RCMP are asking the public to be on the lookout for a missing 49-year-old man. Sergio De Blasio was last seen on Thursday when he told his family that he was going to Canadian Tire.

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Posted on 20 April 2014 | 5:49 am

Rabble CA

Wife of Canada's prime minister shows callous disregard for missing and murdered women

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Posted on 19 April 2014 | 4:48 pm

Zoom It

Butterlies on the loose in Montreal

This year "Butterflies Go Free" in Montreal from from February 20, 2014 to April 27, 2014, so you still have time to get in on the fun...

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Posted on 19 April 2014 | 10:30 am


Historicist: The Supreme Chief Ranger of the IOF

Oronhyatekha built the Independent Order of Foresters and the tallest building in Toronto.

Sketch of Oronhyatekha. The Toronto World, August 27, 1897.

If Oronhyatekha were alive today, he’d be considered an expert networker. He jokingly referred to himself as a “joiner,” accepting memberships in many prominent social organizations of his era. Relying on his extraordinary social skills to overcome prejudice he faced as a Mohawk, he built the Independent Order of Foresters into one of North America’s […]

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Posted on 19 April 2014 | 4:00 pm

Quirks and Quarks

Vertebrates and Plant Power - 2014/04/19 - Pt. 3

A primitive insectivore is the ancestor of the first large plant-eaters.

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Posted on 17 April 2014 | 4:00 am

Sun Columnists

Spying on Uncle Vova

A momentous intelligence question arises with Russia’s Crimean invasion, aggression against Ukraine and Georgia, and menace facing Moldova and the Baltics.

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Posted on 19 April 2014 | 11:00 pm

The Progressive Economics Forum

Fur trade and tar sands

Here is Joseph Boyden talking with the Globe and Mail last fall about his novel Orenda: “You look at this novel and you think immigration, who you allow in and who you don’t. The Hurons allow in the ones who ulimately destroy them, because the Huron aren’t perfect either. They need the trade, and how […]

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Posted on 19 April 2014 | 6:30 pm

Religious News Blog

Texas takes possession of FLDS cult’s ranch

yfz ranch

Authorities in Texas have today taken physical possession of the 1,700-acre Yearning For Zion Ranch that until recently belonged to the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS).

Under Texas law, law enforcement can try to seize property that was used to commit or facilitate certain criminal conduct.

Full story: Texas takes possession of FLDS cult’s ranch

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Posted on 17 April 2014 | 9:29 pm

Much Music

Jimmy Fallon shares secrets from 30 Rockefeller

From his years on Saturday Night Live, to Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and now to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the famous building at 30 Rockefeller has been good to Jimmy Fallon. Now the comedian is sharing some stories from the iconic building, including which SNL alum seemed to have gotten his hands […]

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Posted on 18 April 2014 | 10:31 pm


Police charge teen in CRA Heartbleed privacy breach

UWO student charged with mischief after SIN numbers were stolen.

The post Police charge teen in CRA Heartbleed privacy breach appeared first on MoneySense.

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Posted on 16 April 2014 | 8:41 pm


Calgary stabbing victims' families speak out

Calgary stabbing victims' families speak out

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Posted on 19 April 2014 | 11:17 pm

National Post Blog

Video: Air Canada apologizes after baggage handler apparently drops luggage six metres

Air Canada is apologizing after a video apparently showing a baggage handler dropping luggage from roughly six metres off the ground hit social media

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Posted on 19 April 2014 | 10:05 pm

Wired Science

These Are Some of the Oldest Living Things on Earth

Animals sometimes sleep inside the hollows of giant 2,000-year old baobab trees inside Kruger Game Preserve in South Africa. Humans too, sometimes use the trees, for more dubious purposes -- a jail, a toilet, a pop-up bar -- as photographer Rachel Sussman discovered when she toured the park to photograph the trees for her new book, The Oldest Living Things in the World.

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Posted on 18 April 2014 | 10:30 am

Eureka Science News

Plants with dormant seeds give rise to more species

Seeds that sprout as soon as they're planted may be good news for a garden. But wild plants need to be more careful. In the wild, a plant whose seeds sprouted at the first warm spell or rainy day would risk disaster. More than just an insurance policy against late frosts or unexpected dry spells, it turns out that seed dormancy has long-term advantages too: Plants whose seeds put off sprouting until conditions are more certain give rise to more species, finds in a team of researchers working at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center in North Carolina.

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Posted on 19 April 2014 | 10:37 am

The Toronto Star Columnists

Pennsylvania mayor eats at town’s 24 restaurants — in one day

JENKINTOWN, PA.—The mayor of a small town in the Philadelphia suburbs can offer a guarantee to his constituents: He won’t be going to bed hungry.

Jenkintown Mayor Ed Foley, in a gut-busting campaign to draw attention to the tiny borough’s varied restaurant scene, set out to visit all 24 of them on Saturday, starting with a pre-dawn visit to IHOP.

“With one pancake,” Foley said in late afternoon. “And IHOP does not want to sell you one pancake.”

The second-term Democrat said he’s had to battle “mom guilt” from restaurant staff as he has eaten his way across Jenkintown, a town so small that he only needed to build in 15 minutes to walk from place to place.

“I really am having fun with it,” he said shortly before his 16th stop of the day. “You feed on the energy of all these people who are excited to have you in their restaurant.”

He said several restaurants have opened in Jenkintown in recent years — and more are poised to join them in the coming months — but he was surprised to count them and see 24 restaurants now populate a town of less than a single square mile. About 20 years ago, he said, Jenkintown had only one place to eat.

At some stops he was able to limit his intake: an egg and a piece of bacon at Joey Tate’s, a single cupcake at Velvet Sky.

But when he hit La Pergola, his request for one latke produced three — along with a bowl of matzo ball soup.

And at Taste the Difference, a soul food takeout and catering place, they responded to his humble order of rice and beans with two ribs, collard greens and macaroni and cheese.

“I ate it all,” said Foley, whose day job is in marketing for a Philadelphia insurance company.

Foley conceived the meal marathon, complete with photos on social media and a custom hashtag, as a way to promote Jenkintown’s first restaurant week, which starts Tuesday. Several restaurants have set up shop in Jenkintown in recent years and a couple more are scheduled to open in the coming months.

What about all those calories? Foley didn’t count them, figuring it wouldn’t be very accurate anyhow.

“I did weigh myself before I started and I plan to weigh myself tonight,” he told a reporter. “Just for science.”


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Posted on 20 April 2014 | 3:02 am

Canadian Tech Blogger - MobileSyrup

Samsung Galaxy S5 gets its first post-release update

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 has only been on sale for about a week, but the company has already issued its first update. Still based on Android 4.4.2, build G900W8VLU1AND is a 28MB update that offers “improved performance,” which is the most generic of changelogs we’ve seen. The build was created on April 11th, as opposed to


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Posted on 19 April 2014 | 10:20 pm

The Daily Galaxy

'Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey' (Sunday's Episode 7) --Preview & Background for "The Clean Room"

In Episode Seven, The Clean Room, Neil deGrasse Tyson starts our journey traveling to the shallow seas that formed what we now know as the Grand Canyon a billion years ago in what then was the Precambrian Epoch to find...

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Posted on 19 April 2014 | 3:38 pm

The Movie Blog

Mrs. Doubtfire Sequel In The Works But Not Everyone Is On Board

  Mrs. Doubtfire was an iconic family film of the 90s and like many other iconic films, Hollywood has seen their opportunity to capitalize on the popularity. The film is...

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Posted on 18 April 2014 | 3:05 am


The search for MH370: Why can’t we find it?

For all our state-of-the-art imaging technology, we are better at searching the surface of the Moon than the depths of the ocean. Philip Dooley looks at how science has measured up to the task of finding the Malaysian aircraft.

The post The search for MH370: Why can’t we find it? appeared first on Cosmos Magazine.

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Posted on 15 April 2014 | 1:20 am