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Carnegie Institution for Science Department of Terrestrial Magnetism discovers Kepler-16b

Kepler-16b is the first confirmed alien planet, scientists say. With two suns, it's still freezing.

Russian hockey club Lokomotiv Yaroslavl killed in plane crash

"This is the darkest day in the history of our sport. This is not only a Russian tragedy," president Rene Fasel said in a statement following a tragic plane crash that killed a professional hockey...

Opinion: Fish farming not a culprit of the declining salmon stocks

This week, the federal government’s Cohen Commission of Inquiry into declining Fraser River sockeye salmon stocks has begun its focus on aquaculture, which is the farming of fish or...

Chinese blogger Guo Meimei breaks her silence

Guo Mei Mei, the 20-year-old Chinese blogger and aspiring celebrity, caused an uproar in June when she raised suspicions of buying luxury sports cars, designer hand bags, and going on business-class...

London riots: When the riots reach your doorstep

Read the reaction of co-workers at an office in North London, as reported by a former VO editor, as they receive word that looters are on their way.

UK rioters face "swift justice"

"Two people already jailed for their part in last night's disorder – swift justice," Greater Manchester Police tweeted. Reportedly, the two men have been sentenced 10 and 16 weeks for public order...

South Africans celebrate National Women's Day

"You strike a woman, you strike a rock." The 55-year-old phrase, which refers to the hard resilience and strength of women, was sung on August 9, 1956, by about 20,000 South African women who marched...

Finding hope in my home town after the tsunami

Masumi Kikuchi heads back to Kamaishi, Japan, to witness the devastation first hand, and to help supply survivors with food, materials -- and hope.

Water for Elephants premiers this Sunday

Think you can't make it to the Water for Elephants movie premiere in New York City? Yes, you can. Virtually.

Remembering the lessons of Polytechnique

Twenty one years ago today, I was studying at McGill University. On that day I vividly recall twenty or so of us watching Radio Canada’s live coverage in horror as the carnage was...
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