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Tech blog roundup

by Saleem Khan, CBC News Online

Robots, space (both real and in science fiction), the spin on Windows Vista and the surprising things people will click on while surfing the internet were all among the subjects that have caught our attention lately. Here's the list:

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CBC IN ITALY 36 coffins in a gymnasium: An Italian town mourns its earthquake victims
In the Italian town of Ascoli Piceno, 36 coffins laid out in a cavernous gymnasium bear the remains of some of the more than 280 people who died in Wednesday's earthquake.
The burkini is an option, not oppression, say those opposed to ban
The recent court decision overturning one French town's ban on the burkini is unlikely to put the debate about the body-concealing swimwear to rest. Some of those who have decried the ban say all the controversy won't stop women from wearing what they want.
Trump's doctor took 5 minutes to pen report dubbing candidate's health 'astonishingly excellent'
Donald Trump's personal physician told NBC News he needed just five minutes to write a glowing public assessment of Trump's health as a limousine waited to carry the letter back to Trump.
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Liberals commit $450M, up to 600 troops to UN peacekeeping missions video
Canada will commit roughly half a billion dollars towards UN peace support operations over the next few years, a commitment that includes hundreds of troops and police officers. The announcement is being made at an air base in Bagotville, Que.
'This is not OK': N.L. newspaper uses front page to blast sexist 'trolls'
The St. John's Telegram — which calls itself the People's Paper — used its front page Friday to respond to recent online harassment of one of its female journalists.
Premier Rachel Notley says her government may change course if budget plans don't work
With a record deficit approaching $11 billion, Premier Rachel Notley for the first time on Friday said her government may have to "re-calibrate" its plan to deal with the worst economic downturn the province has seen in 30 years.
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Tony Clement takes aim at bridge tolls, CBC in bid to become leader
Conservative Party leadership candidate Tony Clement says it's time to rebuild the party's relationship with Atlantic Canadians.
Liberals commit $450M, up to 600 troops to UN peacekeeping missions video
Canada will commit roughly half a billion dollars towards UN peace support operations over the next few years, a commitment that includes hundreds of troops and police officers. The announcement is being made at an air base in Bagotville, Que.
Stephen Harper leaves politics, gives up House of Commons seat video audio
Nearly a year after his federal election defeat, former prime minister Stephen Harper finally signalled the resignation of his House of Commons seat Friday, ending a career in politics that spanned more than two decades.
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Health »

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Video Britney Spears hitches a ride for James Corden's Carpool Karaoke
​Oops! James Corden did it again, sharing his Carpool Karaoke commute with Britney Spears on Thursday's edition of The Late Late Show.
Lawyer for Making a Murderer accused wants blood, DNA evidence tested
The attorney for a Wisconsin inmate featured in the hit Netflix documentary series Making a Murderer filed a motion Friday seeking permission to perform extensive scientific tests on evidence she believes will show he's innocent.
Dancing on a different stage: the balletic inspiration behind PS4's Bound video
Professional dancer Maria Udod helps translate her art into a playable character in Bound, a new game for the PlayStation 4.
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Technology & Science »

Dig reveals surprise about 'super-henge' near Stonehenge
A dig where researchers last year said they had detected a "major new prehistoric stone monument" buried near Stonehenge has revealed something quite different than expected.
Video Brazilian plant's 'sneeze' caught on video video
A plant in the Brazilian rainforest and one discovered fossilized in amber in Mexico and the Dominican Republic are similar because it appears the two release pollen in an explosive way, like a sneeze, researchers say.
Summer 2016 an 'exceptional' year for biodiversity in St. Lawrence River video
From North Atlantic right whales to narwhals to sunfish, this summer has proven to be a banner year for biodiversity in the St. Lawrence River.
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Money »

Analysis Janet Yellen, Jackson Hole and the anti-Davos
A fishing hole in the middle of Wyoming might not be the first place that leaps to mind when one thinks of venues for major world economic conferences, but the bucolic scene of Jackson Hole is just that. Once a year, the global elite descend on the area to listen to what the U.S. central banker has to say.
McDonald's Happy Meal mistake, and Rio's poor Olympic ROI: BUSINESS WEEK WRAP
From more details on how the Fort McMurray fire keeps burning red ink, to some valid questions about the costs of Canada's gold, silver and bronze medals, it was a colourful week in business news. The CBC's Jacqueline Hansen gets you caught up on the week that was in her video recap.
Canola dispute looms over Canadian PM's visit to China
A long-standing dispute involving Canadian canola exports to China threatens to overshadow Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's trip to the economic superpower that begins next week.
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Recap Jays light up Twins with a Martin, Smoak show to reclaim 1st in AL East video
Justin Smoak broke out of a slump with five runs-batted in, Russell Martin also drove in five and Josh Donaldson hit his 30th homer of the season as the Toronto Blue Jays' offence ignited for a 15-8 win over the Minnesota Twins on Friday.
Blue Jays reacquire catcher Dioner Navarro from White Sox
The Toronto Blue Jays have added depth at catcher for the stretch run by reacquiring veteran switch-hitter Dioner Navarro from the Chicago White Sox.
Preview Novak Djokovic ready to defend U.S. Open title
Friday's U.S. open draw set Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal as potential semifinal opponents, while No. 2 Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka are in the other half of the bracket.
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