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YouTube pulls ads from more channels over offensive content

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​Alphabet Inc’s Google is making its second attempt in less than a year to protect advertisers on its YouTube user channels from being associated with videos featuring violence, gore or bad language. Under the new standards, Google will remove advertising from a “significant” number of YouTube channels, 99 percent of which generated less than $100 from ads in the last […]
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Meteor lights up sky over Windsor-Essex, triggers minor ‘earthquake’ in Michigan

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The United States Geological Survey has confirmed that a bright flash of light followed by a booming sound spotted in Windsor-Essex was a meteor that broke up over the Detroit area.  Social media across the region lit up with videos of the burning space matter Tuesday night around 8:10 p.m. Best video of the #meteor so […]
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What’s in your weed: Why cannabis strains don’t all live up to their billing

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Red Diesel, Moby Dick, Lemon Burst, or how about Girl Scout Cookies? All names for “bud,” the cannabis flower, and when the black market product goes legal in Canada this summer expect some heavy marketing of fancy names and their tantalizing effects. But plant scientists say the “sell” is hazy. Those buds have a mixed-up […]
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If you fish for these invasive crabs, you can’t sell them – you need to give them away free

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A Newfoundland fisherman says there’s money to be made from green crab, an invasive species that’s destroying the ocean habitat at the edge of Fortune Bay. But the department that’s in control of commercial licences, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, is taking a cautious approach. Preston Grandy, who fishes for lobster, scallop and sea urchins with […]
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Lobsters ‘very likely’ feel pain when boiled alive, researcher says

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The Swiss government’s recent ban on boiling lobsters alive may have had some Maritimers chuckling, but one researcher said there’s merit to the move, and that it’s “very likely” lobsters feel pain. Robert Elwood, professor emeritus of animal behaviour at Queen’s University in Northern Ireland, has spent more than a decade researching the issue.  He said there’s no easy […]
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10 Up-and-Coming WooCommere Plugins

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With WooCommerce powering over 40% of all ecommerce sites, there has been an explosion of plugins built to take advantage of it. Of course, there has been an impressive library of “official” extensions for quite some time. But we shouldn’t overlook the growing number of free offerings that are available on the WordPress plugin repository. […]
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Warming climate could affect life in Arctic Ocean, says new study

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Climate change is transforming the Arctic Ocean in ways that could permanently alter the food chain and impact ocean species, according to a new study. The study, published in the journal Science Advances, looked at the concentration of the chemical element radium-228 in the central Arctic Ocean and found that between 2007 and 2015 the concentration doubled. Though […]
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No, the full moon does not cause earthquakes, study finds

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The moon may be the cause of some things that happen on Earth, but earthquakes aren’t one of them, a new study suggests. There’s been an ongoing debate as to whether or not more earthquakes occur when the moon’s tidal forces — its pull — is strongest. The theory is the alignment of the sun, Earth […]
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Bitcoin prices drop as South Korea minister indicates ban still possible

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Prices of bitcoin and other digital currencies have skidded after South Korea’s top financial policymaker said Tuesday that a crackdown on trading of cryptocurrencies was still possible. Finance Minister Kim Dong-yeon said in an interview with Seoul radio station TBS that banning trading in digital currencies was “a live option.” He said the decision was […]
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Welcome to the neighbourhood. Have you read the terms of service?

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The L-shaped parcel of land on Toronto’s eastern waterfront known as Quayside isn’t much to look at. There’s a sprawling parking lot for dry-docked boats opposite aging post-industrial space, where Parliament Street becomes Queens Quay. To its south is one of the saddest stretches of the Martin Goodman trail, an otherwise pleasant running and biking […]
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