Year: 2012

Study: Space Radiation Could Cause Alzheimer’s

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket, carrying an X-37B experimental robotic space plane, lifts off from launch complex 41 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Dec. 11, 2012, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Scientists have found a new potential hazard to space travel: Exposure to radiation in space could cause brain damage and may…

New tuberculosis drug Sirturo wins U.S. approval

The Food and Drug Administration announced Monday that it had approved a new treatment for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis that can be used as an alternative when other drugs fail. The drug, to be called Sirturo, was discovered by scientists at Janssen, the pharmaceuticals unit of Johnson & Johnson, and is the first in a new class…

5 Simple Ways to Soundproof Your House

Is five minutes of silence too much to ask for? If there’s an amateur guitar player or a husband who watches football at full volume living with you, then yes, it might be. To maximize your peace and quiet around the house, try a few of these easy soundproofing strategies. These tips will reduce vibrations,…

Funeral held for dismembered Toronto woman

ci-funeral31 RENE JOHNSTON/TORONTO STAR Family leave the funeral for Guang Hua Liu, whose dismembered body parts turned up across the GTA this summer. An ex-boyfriend of the massage parlour owner has been charged with second degree murder. On Monday, away from the media cameras that had once dogged them, family members quietly mourned the death…

Canadian contributions 2012: from Parliament to literature to the universe

In a year that began with Canadian pop sensation Carly Rae Jepson’s international chart-dominance and ended with Canadian macaque Darwin the Ikea monkey’s international heart-dominance, several other compatriots made a somewhat quieter, if profoundly more significant, impact. Here are three Canadians who in 2012 were to government, literature and science what Jepson was to mindless…