• Do you feel healthier in the summer than the winter? Are you stronger, fitter and less likely to get ill in the warmer months?

    It’s not just your imagination. A new study from Cambridge University suggests the reason may be genetic.

    The study, recently published in the journal Nature Communications, suggests that over 5,000 human genes – almost a quarter of the more than 22,000 we all carry – show some form of differing seasonal performance level. Many that are crucial to keeping us healthy do their best work come summer.

    “In some ways, it's obvious,” Cambridge professor John Todd, director of the JDRF/Wellcome Trust Diabetes and Inflammation Laboratory, told ScienceDaily.com.

    “It helps explain why so many diseases – from heart disease to mental illness – are much worse in the winter months. No one had appreciated the extent to which this actually occurred.”

    "Given that our immune systems appear to put us at greater risk of disease related to excessive inflammation in colder, darker

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  • On the outside, it looks like a typical CUV... (Courtesy Hyundai)On the outside, it looks like a typical CUV... (Courtesy Hyundai)

    The story of the hydrogen fuel-cell car has a frustrating chicken-and-egg quality.

    The FCEV, short for fuel-cell electric vehicle, has been touted as the future of personal zero-emission motoring for the last 20 years.

    And why not? It takes the most plentiful element on Earth, hydrogen, combines it with air and passes them through chemically-activated membranes in the the fuel-cell stack to produce electricity to power the car. The only byproducts when pure hydrogen is used are water and heat.

    The hype around fuel-cells led many to believe we would all be able to buy an FCEV by now. Technological and cost hurdles proved more formidable than expected and public attention shifted to hybrids and battery-powered EVs, such as the Nissan Leaf and the luxury Tesla.

    But the major automakers have stuck with it. They believe FCEVs will offer the range and flexibility of a conventional automobile, something battery EVs can’t do, even with the fastest recharging setups.

    Players such as Honda,

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  • Ridge Quarles didn’t hesitate to help a customer in need. And his good deed is now going viral.

    A few weeks ago, Quarles, then an employee at a Louisville, Kentucky, Qdoba Mexican Grill, helped a regular customer get her order.

    The woman, unnamed in the press, had been dropped off at the fast-food restaurant by a Transit Authority of River City (TARC) bus that helps people with disabilities. Dr. David Jones, a fellow customer, helped her get into the restaurant where Quarles greeted her and helped her through the line.

    “Sadly enough she has to sit outside the restaurant until someone notices her or another customer that’s coming in has to let her into the building,” Quarles told WAVE 3 News, the local NBC station. “By now, she’s actually been in so many times that we know what she likes to eat.”

    Quarles recalled their recent exchange:

    “I had helped her through (the) line and sat her out in the lobby, got her a drink, got her utensils and napkin and kind of started to walk off and I

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  • There are few things as defeating as rounding the home stretch on the last leg of a trip and finding out your flight has been cancelled or you checked in a few minutes too late and now you’re bumped from the flight.

    But don’t despair; you’re protected says the National Airlines Council of Canada – an industry organization representing carriers like Air Canada, Air Transat, Jazz Aviation and WestJet.

    “NACC member airlines recognize the importance of consumer protection and have adopted the responsibilities and obligations outlined in Flight Rights Canada, the Government of Canada’s air travel consumer protection initiative,” Marc-André O'Rourke, executive director of the NACC told Yahoo Canada via an emailed statement.

    O’Rourke is referring to the passenger-geared initiative launched in 2008, which requires carriers to address concerns including denied boarding as a result of overbooking, delays, cancellations, passenger re-routing, and lost and damaged baggage. “(Except for)

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  • A new report identifies at least seven species of bumble bees found in Canada are at risk.A new report identifies at least seven species of bumble bees found in Canada are at risk.
    Friday is international Endangered Species Day and there was some small bit of good news this week for Canada’s species at risk.

    The Committee on the Status of Endangered Species says the outlook has improved for a precious few.

    The committee met earlier this month to review the status of 20 species and their latest report says the Spiked Saxifrage, a wildflower found only in Yukon and Alaska, has gone from threatened to special concern.

    And the Winter skate population found along Georges Bank on the Western Scotian shelf says the fish has improved from special concern to not at risk.

    “This good news was due to better survey data where we found more individuals (the plant) and findings of relatively large population size and no signs of decline (the fish),” Eric Taylor, a professor of zoology at the University of British Columbia and chairman of COSEWIC, tells Yahoo Canada News.

    But seven species were assessed as endangered, including the warmouth, a freshwater fish found only in the

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  • Conservative MP Michael Chong is just one of many MPs pushing for parliamentary reform. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred ChartrandConservative MP Michael Chong is just one of many MPs pushing for parliamentary reform. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand
    Hopes for reforming Parliament for the better may not have to die with the predicted death of Michael Chong’s Reform Act; a number of backbench MPs across party lines are committed to reforming Parliament if re-elected come October.

    One of these MPs is B.C. New Democrat Kennedy Stewart, who’s been talking to other members about ways to work together to mend what many say is an ailing institution.

    The first goal right now for these MPs is re-election, obviously, but they’ve agreed to meet after Oct. 19, to sit down and make some parliamentary reform plans.  

    “I’ve talked with a number of members from my own party and from other parties, like Mr. Chong,” Kennedy told Yahoo Canada News, “about after the election…getting together right away and trying to hammer out four or five items that we might be able to work on together in terms of parliamentary reform.”

    In addition to Chong, Stewart said Liberal MP Stephane Dion, Craig Scott from the NDP and Conservative Brad Trost, among others, are

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  • Ever wonder if that device that never leaves your hand is taking a toll on your attention span?

    A 54-page Microsoft study that looked at surveys of more than 2,000 Canadians — and monitored 112 people’s brain activity —  says it is.

    In fact, we now have shorter attention spans than goldfish, a fact researchers believe can be linked to our inability to put down our smartphones and other portable devices.

    A study in 2000 revealed that Canadians had 12-second attention spans, on average. That number has now dropped to 8 seconds, an entire second shorter than that of goldfish.

    “Canadians with more digital lifestyles (those who consume more media, are multi-screeners, social media enthusiasts, or earlier adopters of technology) struggle to focus in environments where prolonged attention is needed,” reads the study.

    The study found a number of concerning statistics and “addiction-like behaviours” from the always-connected respondents: 44 per cent of respondents claimed they had to

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  • Kate Middleton and Prince William Charlotte Elizabeth Diana to the world. Kate Middleton and Prince William Charlotte Elizabeth Diana to the world.

    It’s a global baby shower for baby Charlotte.

    Leaders around the world are offering gifts and charitable donations in honour of the youngest royal, who was born on May 2.

    To celebrate the birth of the newest addition to the Royal Family, the Canadian federal government is giving a charitable donation to a pro-vaccine group in Princess Charlotte of Cambridge’s honour.

    Ottawa will give $100,000 to Immunize Canada, a group that promotes the understanding and use of vaccines for children.

    “To mark this wonderful occasion, the Government of Canada is pleased to announce a $100,000 donation to Immunize Canada. This child-focused charity is dedicated to promoting the understanding and use of life-saving vaccines to help ensure children across Canada get the best start in life,” Harper said in a statement.

    “Canadians recognize that the Royal Family has always been engaged and conscientious when it comes to the health and well-being of Canadian children. It is therefore fitting that this

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  • It’s palindrome week! Every date is the same backwards


    Attention all number nerds! Today is 5/13/15.

    Read backwards, it’s 5/13/15.

    Yesterday was 5/12/15. Backwards: 5/12/15.

    From May 10th to the 19th, every date can be read forwards or backwards and it will be the same. It’s palindrome week!

    A palindrome is a word, phrase — or, in this case, a number combination — that can be read both forwards and backwards, like: “kayak,” “Madam, I’m Adam,” or “Go hang a salami, I’m a lasagna hog.”

    Find a long list of palindromes here

    This month’s 10 days of palindromes:











    It’s the most exciting time for number nerds since March 3rd of this year, or Pi Day, when the date read 3/14/15. (At 9:26:53 a.m., the date and time represented the first 10 digits of π.)

    These five-digit palindromes are not as rare as seven- or -eight-digit-date palindromes, like 1/10/2011 or 01/02/2010.

    According to Aziz Inan, an engineering professor at University of Portland who tracks palindromes,

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  • Man Writes Book On How To Convince Women To Get Bigger Breasts

    Ivan LeCasque believes he is saving relationships by teaching men how to persuade their partners to have boob jobs. Really.

    A man in America has written a book to teach men how to convince their partners to get a boob job.

    This modern day Prince Charming, Ivan LeCasque, has penned ‘The How To Convince Her To Get Bigger Breasts Manual’ after successfully persuading four partners to go under the knife.

    Yes this is real and no apparently it is not illegal in the US to be this creepy.

    Before we all grab our pitchforks of moral indignation and torches of ‘This guy? REALLY?’, LeCasque claims that he is actually helping couples and their sex lives.

    "I can understand how shallow that would seem, but when you’re going to be with somebody for 40 or 50 years, should you really resign yourself to a sex life that’s not satisfying," claims the Miami resident.

    The 49-year-old has persuaded four women to have breast augmentations, including his current partner Victoria who went from a 26D to a 26K at his request.

    Victoria was only too happy to go under the knife for her beau and while she claims that every woman has the right

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