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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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Special Report A country without cash: Zimbabwe is so desperate it's selling off its elephants
After nearly 40 years of Robert Mugabe’s rule, Zimbabwe is broke — so broke that it’s selling its elephants. CBC News explores the dying days of a dictatorship that continues to punish its people.
'The house literally collapsed on us': Mosul airstrikes that killed hundreds of civilians condemned video
The United Nations and Amnesty International are sounding the alarm over the rising number of Mosul residents killed by coalition and Iraqi forces as the battle to free Iraq's second largest city continues.
Analysis 'The White House is in disarray': Trump struggles to find 'easy win' after health-care dud
Most of Donald Trump's achievements so far have come via executive orders, proclamations and appointments. Lacking any legislative victories following the health-care bill implosion, tackling tax reform may not be a recipe for that kind of success.
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'I welcome a dust-off' of NAFTA, says Bank of Canada's Stephen Poloz
Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz says there could be room to improve the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Senator Don Meredith invited to committee hearing on ethics case April 4 video
The Senate ethics committee will continue its closed-door meetings Wednesday to consider sanctions against Toronto-area Senator Don Meredith over his relationship with a teenage girl.
Analysis Erin O'Toole winning Conservative caucus as it shuns leadership front-runners Bernier, O'Leary
Erin O'Toole has surpassed Andrew Scheer as the favourite choice for leader among Conservative MPs, though they might instead get Maxime Bernier or Kevin O'Leary.
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Politics »

Senator Larry Smith elected leader of Senate Conservatives
Senator Larry Smith has been elected the new Leader of the Opposition and the Conservative caucus in the Senate, defeating Ontario Senator Linda Frum and Nova Scotia Senator Stephen Greene in the Tuesday vote.
Analysis Erin O'Toole winning Conservative caucus as it shuns leadership front-runners Bernier, O'Leary
Erin O'Toole has surpassed Andrew Scheer as the favourite choice for leader among Conservative MPs, though they might instead get Maxime Bernier or Kevin O'Leary.
Health of Canadian democracy improving, but concerns remain, poll suggests
A new report from Samara Canada suggests Canadians feel better about the state of their democracy than they have in two years — but they say there's room for improvement from MPs.
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Health »

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Arts & Entertainment»

Family files lawsuit in Canadian filmmaker's Florida Keys dive death
The family of a Canadian filmmaker and conservationist who died during a shark filming excursion in the Florida Keys has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.
Drake's More Life smashes records, including his own
He started from the bottom, but now Drake's sitting atop the music charts again. More Life, the Toronto rapper's latest release, is officially a record-breaker.
Expanded audiobook of The Handmaid's Tale on the way
Margaret Atwood hasn't quite finished telling The Handmaid's Tale, with the Canadian author contributing fresh material for a special audiobook edition set for release next week.
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Technology & Science »

New Supermassive black holes give birth to stars, astronomers discover
A team of astrophysicists has discovered that supermassive black holes at the centre of galaxies aren't just destroyers of stars, but also their creators.
2 Canadians win Gairdner Awards for contributions to medical science
Two Canadian researchers are among the winners of this year's Gairdner Awards, which recognize some of the most significant medical discoveries made by scientists around the globe.
Trump to issue executive order rolling back Obama climate change policies
​President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order Tuesday aimed at moving forward on his campaign pledge to unravel former President Barack Obama's plan to curb global warming.
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Money »

Home Capital shares dive after company terminates CEO
Shares of Home Capital Group Inc. traded down more than eight per cent on the TSX on Tuesday, a day after the company said it had terminated its top executive.
Purolator stops accepting new parcels as threat of strike looms
Package delivery firm Purolator suspended acceptance of new shipments Tuesday after its largest union issued 72 hours' notice of a possible strike, which would commence Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. ET.
'I welcome a dust-off' of NAFTA, says Bank of Canada's Stephen Poloz
Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz says there could be room to improve the North American Free Trade Agreement.
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Consumer Life »

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Sports »

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U.S. women's hockey reaches tentative deal in pay dispute: report
USA Hockey and the women's national team reached a tentative agreement in their wage dispute that will avert a boycott of the upcoming world championships, according to a USA Today report on Tuesday.
Video Mark McMorris suffers serious crash video
The Olympic medallist suffered numerous injuries, including a broken jaw, ruptured spleen and a collapsed left lung, while backcountry snowboarding in Whistler, B.C.
For Mark McMorris, risk of backcountry snowboarding is part of the sport video
Despite the dangers involved, for many of the world's best snowboarders a ride in the backcountry is a return to the sport's roots — and an essential part of their lives.
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Diversions »

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