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Child, 6, dies after being hit by vehicle in Scarborough

Child, 6, dies after being hit by vehicle in Scarborough

A 6-year-old boy has died after being struck by a vehicle in Scarborough Friday afternoon, Toronto police said. Const. Craig Brister told The Scarborough Mirror they received a call around 3:30 p.m. that a child and an adult had been hit by a car at Halfmoon Square and Canmore Boulevard, near Ellesmere and Conlins roads in Scarborough. Toronto paramedics said ... Read More »

Police say two dead, three hurt in rail crash

Police say two dead, three hurt in rail crash

RCMP confirm two people have died following a train derailment in the small B.C. community of Woss. Ambulance crews from across Northern Vancouver Island responded to the incident and the injuries are believed to be very serious. The RCMP is investigating the accident and the area has been cordoned off as they try to determine what caused the train to ... Read More »

Scientists Find Yet Another Reason Why Naked Mole-Rats Are Just Weird

Scientists Find Yet Another Reason Why Naked Mole-Rats Are Just Weird

Naked mole rats — yes, like Rufus from “Kim Possible” — are really weird mammals. Naked mole rats (Heterocephalus glaber) have never been the most conventional mammal – the scrotum-looking creatures are resistant to cancer, can survive almost 20 minutes without oxygen, and can barely feel pain. But new study has revealed that they’re even more bizarre than scientists could ... Read More »

Vancouver belugas died from unknown toxin: investigation

Vancouver belugas died from unknown toxin: investigation

A toxin killed two beluga whales that died suddenly in November 2016, according to a five-month-long investigation by the Vancouver Aquarium. Dozens of toxologists, doctors, and genome specialists contributed to the investigation but could not determine the exact toxin, the aquarium said in a written release. But the investigative team determined the toxin was likely introdued to the whales either ... Read More »

Winnipeg scientists develop 1st new antibiotic in decades

Winnipeg scientists develop 1st new antibiotic in decades

Researchers at St. Boniface Hospital have developed a drug that could finally beat antibiotic-resistant infections. The drug, dubbed PEG-2S, has received a provisional patent, and its development is highlighted in a study published today in the Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology (CJPP). Without affecting healthy cells, the drug prevents the proliferation of a harmful bacteria that possesses a specific ... Read More »

Largest asteroid to fly extremely close to the Earth (Photo)

Largest asteroid to fly extremely close to the Earth (Photo)

An asteroid over a kilometer across flew safely past the Earth. It was the largest asteroid to pass us in over a decade (the last one was Toutatis in 2004), and there are no known asteroids that size that will get as close for another decade. Brad Tucker, an astronomer at the Australian National University, said: “This tells us how ... Read More »