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'Seals require only half of their brain to fall asleep'

Toronto, Feb 20 (IANS) Believe it or not, seals require only half of their brain to fall asleep, thanks to the presence of specific chemicals, suggests a biological study.

Sammy rested for Zimbabwe ODIs as Dwayne Bravo takes over

St. John's (Antigua), Feb 18 (IANS/CMC) West Indies selectors have rested captain Darren Sammy for the upcoming One-Day International series against Zimbabwe, which bowls off in Grenada Friday.

Researchers model erratic heartbeat in real time

Toronto, Feb 18 (IANS) Using powerful X-rays, researchers have modelled arrhythmia in real time.

Age just a number for NHL great Jagr

Vancouver, Feb 16 (IANS) When Czech ice hockey star Jaromir Jagr turned professional in the 1990-91, four of his Dallas Stars teammates were yet to be born.

Windies cricket chief lauds women's team for reaching final

St. John's (Antigua), Feb 15 (IANS/CMC) West Indies Cricket Board president Julian Hunte has congratulated the West Indies women's team for reaching their first ever World Cup final.

Bilingual babies know grammar by 7 months

Toronto, Feb 15 (IANS) Babies can differentiate between two languages and begin to learn them with vast, different grammatical structures, even at seven months, says a new research.

Greenhouse emissions in cities can be reduced

Toronto, Feb 13 (IANS) It is technically feasible for cities to slash their greenhouse gas emissions by 70 percent or more in the long-term, says a new study.

New method to detect explosives

Toronto, Feb 13 (IANS) Some people still get past security with explosives on them, but this may no longer be possible with scientists revealing a foolproof method to detect molecules linked to explosive mixtures.

Ex Indian Canadian MP quits amid tax-evasion charges

Toronto, Feb 9 (IANS) Sukh Dhaliwal, a former Indian Canadian member of parliament, has resigned as a British Columbia Liberal Party candidate in the coming provincial election amid tax-evasion charges, media reports said.

Canada's Senate seeks review of tariffs

Ottawa, Feb 7 (IANS) A Canadian Senate committee has called on the federal government to review tariffs on imports with the goal of narrowing the price gap on consumer goods between Canada and the US.

Conserve energy, say sweater-clad Canadian grannies

Toronto, Feb 6 (IANS) Dozens of sweater-clad grannies sprung into action in the Canadian city of Toronto this week ahead of the third annual National Sweater Day, which falls Thursday, to remind people the importance of energy conservation.

Gibson signs new contract as Windies head coach

St. John's (Antigua), Feb 6 (IANS/CMC) Ottis Gibson has signed a new three-year contract as Head Coach of the West Indies cricket team, the West India Cricket Board (WICB) said.

Ice loss could wipe out polar bears

Toronto, Feb 5 (IANS) An unexpected increase in Arctic sea ice break-up and warming trends could wipe out half the polar bear numbers in a single year, warn researchers.

Gas stumps brain from recovery post-stroke

Toronto, Feb 5 (IANS) Nitric oxide, which plays a key role in penile erections, could also damage brain cells (neurons) during stroke and hamper their recovery from the attack, say researchers.

Teen friendships key to adult attitudes

Toronto, Feb 3 (IANS) The key to understanding how people come to care about their community might lie in the relationships fostered as adolescents, say researchers in psychology.

Davis Cup: Spain roar back to life against Canada

Vancouver, Feb 3 (IANS) Spain fought off Davis Cup elimination by winning the doubles competition against Canada 4-6, 6-4, 6-7, 6-3, 6-2 on the hardcourts of the University of British Columbia campus.

Davis Cup World Group: Canada shock top-ranked Spain

Vancouver, Feb 2 (IANS) Five-time Davis Cup champions Spain found itself in an unusual position after going down 0-2 in the opening match of their World Group first round match against Canada.

Zebrafish stem cells could heal human retinas

Toronto, Feb 1 (IANS) Stem cells from zebrafish, the staple of genetic research, could regenerate damaged cones in retinas and restore eyesight to people.

Disasters bring out best in older children: Study

Toronto, Jan 31 (IANS) Natural disasters seem to bring out the best in older children, prompting even nine-year-olds to become more sharing, just as six-year-olds turn more selfish, says a study.

Two new BlackBerry phones unveiled

Toronto, Jan 31 (IANS) Canada's tech giant Research In Motion Ltd, now renamed just BlackBerry, has launched the much delayed BlackBerry 10 with a slew of new features and innovations.

23 small meat-eating dino species identified

Toronto, Jan 24 (IANS) Canadian researchers used fossilised teeth to identify as many as 23 species of small meat-eating dinosaurs that roamed in western Canada and the US, 85 to 65 million years ago.

Canada's exports to emerging markets rise

Vancouver, Jan 23 (IANS) Canada's exports to emerging markets have been growing since 2000 despite the strong Canadian dollar as the country's trade relatively shifted away from traditional markets, a think tank said.

Dietary trends behind higher phosphorus use

Toronto, Jan 18 (IANS) Dietary trends are behind greater quantities of mined phosphorus being used in producing food consumed by an average person over a year, says a new study.

Sarwan returns for Australia ODIs

St. John's (Antigua), Jan 16 (IANS/CMC) The West Indies selectors have recalled experienced batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan for next month's limited overs tour of Australia.

Synthetic 'poop' cures nasty gastric infections

Toronto, Jan 9 (IANS) A synthetic "poop" developed by researchers can cure nasty gastrointestinal infections caused by C. difficile, a toxin-producing bug.

Solution to morphine's side-effect in sight

Toronto, Jan 7 (IANS) Popular painkiller drug morphine comes with a devastating side-effect, inflicting greater pain on users rather than easing their agony. But this could hopefully be a thing of the past, says a study that found new ways to make the drug more effective.

Canada invites skilled foreign workers

Ottawa, Jan 4 (IANS) Canada plans to give employment to skilled foreign workers in a bid to address the country's serious" labour shortages, a media report said Friday.

Canada opens doors to skilled foreign workers

Ottawa, Jan 3 (IANS) Canada began accepting applications from skilled foreign workers Wednesday under a new programme to address labour shortages being witnessed in parts of the country.

Watershed year for Windies cricket: WICB

St. John's (Antigua), Jan 1 (IANS/CMC) Julian Hunte, president of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), has described 2012 as a watershed year in West Indies cricket.

India, Sri Lanka, Windies for Tri-Nation Series

St. John's (Antigua), Dec 21 (IANS/CMC) The West Indies and Sri Lanka will renew their rivalry then they face each other in a limited overs Tri-Nation Series next year, that also involves powerhouse India.

Canada Post achieves delivery record

Vancouver, Dec 20 (IANS) Canada Post, the country's primary postal operator, delivered a record 1 million parcels across the country last Thursday, the company said.

West Indies, Pakistan to split Caribbean tour

St. John's (Antigua), Dec 20 (IANS/CMC) Pakistan's tour of the West Indies in 2013 is likely to be split because of scheduling issues.

Bullying creates mental problems for children later

Toronto, Dec 18 (IANS) Bullying by peers at school may bring on mental health problems for children later by altering the expression of a gene involved in regulating mood.

Immigrant employment rate in Canada rises

Vancouver, Dec 15 (IANS) Employment among immigrants in Canada increased 4.3 percent in 2011 over the previous year, Statistics Canada announced.

Undermanned Raptors fall to Nets

Toronto, Dec 13 (IANS) The shorthanded Toronto Raptors lost 88-94 against the Brooklyn Nets in NBA action here for their 19th defeat.

Mussel inspired gel can heal ruptured arteries

Toronto, Dec 12 (IANS) A new gel, inspired by the mussel's knack for clinging, can be painted onto ruptured arteries and veins, protecting them.

Canada adds over 59,000 new jobs

Ottawa, Dec 8 (IANS) Canada added 59,300 new jobs last month, making the unemployment rate drop 0.2 percentage points to 7.2 percent, showed government statistics.

WICB praises Chanderpaul

St. John's (Antigua), Dec 7 (IANS/CMC) The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has praised veteran middle order batsman Shrivnarine Chanderpaul for regaining his ICC ranking as the top Test batsman in the world.

Antibiotic-gobbling bug unearthed

Toronto, Dec 7 (IANS) Bugs exposed to antibiotics for long periods are known to develop resistance to drugs by quickly pumping them out of their cells or modifying the compounds so that they're no longer toxic. Now new research has uncovered a soil bacterium that breaks down the antibiotic and uses it for growth.

Bank of Canada keeps benchmark interest rate unchanged

Ottawa, Dec 5 (IANS) The Bank of Canada, the Canadian central bank, has announced that it would keep its trendsetting interest rate locked at 1 percent, which turns out to be the 18th consecutive time for the benchmark rate to remain unchanged over two years.

Key molecule behind Alzheimer's identified

Toronto, Dec 4 (IANS) Canadian researchers have identified a key molecule that controls a scissor-like protein responsible for sprouting of plaques -- the telltale sign of Alzheimer's disease.

Canadian think-tank seeks Asia-related education investment

Vancouver, Dec 4 (IANS) Canada needs to invest on Asia-related education and skills training to further promote economic ties with Asia, according to results of an opinion poll released by a Canadian think-tank on Asia ties.

'Smiley shaped sensor can detect metabolic problems'

Toronto, Dec 4 (IANS) Canadian researchers have developed a sensor shaped like a smiley face which could help doctors detect metabolic problems in patients by attaching it to their skins.

Canadian economy expands

Ottawa, Dec 1 (IANS) Canada's real gross domestic product (GDP) grew just 0.1 percent in the third quarter this year, 0.6 percent at an annual pace, Statistics Canada announced.

Canadian city bans bullying

Vancouver, Nov 30 (IANS) Port Coquitlam in western Canada's British Columbia province has become the first city to impose an anti-bullying law that prohibits consensual fighting in public places.

Insects' chill−coma recovery mechanisms revealed

Toronto, Nov 29 (IANS) Researchers have identified the mechanisms by which insects can recover from a paralyzed state in extreme cold, called chill−coma, which may give a new insight into managing agriculture and biodiversity in a changing climate.

Stem cell discovery may revive damaged heart

Toronto, Nov 28 (IANS) A new discovery that tricks aging stem cells into rejuvenating mode could enable scientists to create youthful patches for damaged or diseased hearts and heal them, according to a Canadian study.

Raptors fall to Spurs in NBA

Toronto, Nov 26 (IANS) The Toronto Raptors lost 106−111 against the San Antonio Spurs in double overtime in NBA action.

'Lunar cycle doesn't trigger psychological instability'

Toronto, Nov 25 (IANS) Scientists have punctured the popular myth that links lunar phases with psychological instability −− a belief surprisingly shared by doctors and nurses.

'Super−Jupiter' sized planet found near massive star

Toronto, Nov 20 (IANS) A team of Canadian astrophysicists has discovered a 'super−Jupiter' sized planet around the massive star Kappa Andromedae, having a mass at least 13 times that of Jupiter and an orbit somewhat larger than Neptune's.


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