NASA scientists to spend 8 months in isolation to pave road to Mars

A group of NASA-funded researchers are poised to enter an isolated geodesic dome on a remote Hawaii volcano to study human behaviour in long-term space exploration, including a planned voyage to Mars. The six scientists enter their new home Thursday on the Big Island’s Mauna Loa volcano for an eight-month stay. The team will have no physical contact with people ...

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Neil Young among artists, activists urging Trudeau government to reform electoral system

A collection of activists, political players and artists — including musician Neil Young — is calling on Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government to keep its promise to implement a new federal electoral system in time for the 2019 election. “We congratulate the newly appointed minister, the Hon. Karina Gould, and urge her to move to implement the key recommendation of the parliamentary committee ...

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People’s Choice Awards: Ellen’s winning record, Fifth Harmony’s quartet debut

Ellen DeGeneres set a record at the People’s Choice Awards, becoming the winningest entertainer in the show’s history, while popular singing group Fifth Harmony made a splash debuting as a quartet at the starry ceremony. DeGeneres picked up three trophies at Wednesday’s event: favourite comedic collaboration (sharing the award with Britney Spears), favourite daytime TV host and favourite animated movie voice, for ...

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Steven Mnuchin, Trump’s treasury nominee, grilled by Senate about banking record

U.S. president-elect Donald Trump’s choice for treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, defended his banking record in the aftermath of the financial crisis on Thursday, and tried to sell senators on why he should be given stewardship of the U.S. financial system. Elsewhere, Rick Perry, Trump’s pick to run the Energy Department, faced questions at a Washington, D.C., hearing about creating jobs in the industry and bolstering ...

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World oil demand rising in wake of production cuts: IEA

World oil markets are slowly tightening as demand rises while investors wait to see if production cuts agreed by OPEC and other producers will be implemented as promised, the International Energy Agency said on Thursday. In its monthly oil market report, the IEA said output cuts announced by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and 11 non-OPEC producers in ...

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Netflix streaming numbers grow as DVD-by-mail service wanes

​Originally cast in a starring role, Netflix’s original DVD-by-mail service has been reduced to a bit player — one that may eventually get killed off as the company focuses on its booming video streaming service. Netflix’s fourth-quarter earnings report released Wednesday provided the latest glimpse at the DVD service’s descent into oblivion as the streaming service hogs the spotlight. The ...

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Galen G. Weston succeeds father as George Weston CEO

New Will remain CEO of Loblaw Companies The Canadian Press Posted: Jan 19, 2017 8:12 AM ET Last Updated: Jan 19, 2017 8:29 AM ET Related Stories Galen G. Weston has been appointed CEO of George Weston Ltd., a role that his father held for decades before stepping aside several years ago as part of a staged succession plan at ...

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Quebec minimum wage to go up to $11.25

Quebec’s minimum wage workers will see a slightly bigger paycheque starting this spring. The minimum will go up by 50 cents in May, bringing the total to $11.25 per hour, Radio-Canada has confirmed. Labour Minister Dominique Vien is expected to make the announcement this morning. It will be the first of several increases to bring minimum wage up to $12.45 per ...

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