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FIFTH ESTATE

Motherisk hair test evidence tossed out of Colorado court 2 decades before questions raised in Canada

A capital murder trial in Colorado in 1993 raised serious issues with the reliability of Motherisk hair tests more than two decades before any issues were raised about the tests in Canada, a joint investigation by The Fifth Estate, CBC Radio’s The Current and the Toronto Star has found.

Eureka! 7 easy steps to a more creative mind

Legend has it that the Greek mathematician Archimedes had the first Eureka! moment of inspiration 2,200 years ago. CBC Radio's Ideas explores the neuroscience behind Eureka! moments and provides tips on how to make your own.

Chronic pain poorly understood, costing Canada billions

One in five Canadians suffers from chronic pain, and if you're one of the millions affected — and you're lucky — you have a doctor who knows how to treat your symptoms. If not, you're likely in for a long wait for help.

How rise of Egypt's el-Sissi parallels Pinochet: Ariel Dorfman

Chilean author and intellectual Ariel Dorfman sees a number of troubling similarities between Gen. Abdel Fattah el-Sissi's rise to power in Egypt, and the rise of another military strongman, Chilean general-turned-president Augusto Pinochet.

Corporate Canada pays low taxes but contributes in 'lots of other ways'

Corporate Canada is often derided for not paying its fair share in taxes, but one of its top advocates argues that the corporate income tax rate doesn't give a full picture of how Canadian businesses contribute.

Iraqi Farouk al-Kasim behind Norway oil fund that is envy of world

Thanks partly to the efforts of a geologist originally from Iraq, Norway has squirrelled much of its oil revenue away in a fund for future generations, a decision that is paying enormous social dividends.

The Vatican radical: James Carroll on Pope Francis

Pope Francis has become known as a radical in recent months for his positions and style of leadership, but it's a marked difference from the more conservative impulses he showed for years prior to becoming pontiff.

Stigmatizing depression a dangerous trend: Andrew Solomon

Journalist and author Andrew Solomon is a vocal advocate for people suffering from depression, calling for more progressive attitudes about the disease so that those suffering from it can feel comfortable getting the help they need.

Food waste, overeating threaten global security

There's growing concern that the developed world's food consumption is becoming a threat not just to health, but also to global security.

Secret Supreme Court hearing focuses on security certificate

The Supreme Court of Canada will hold a hearing this week that is so secret the court will not even confirm where it is being held because of national security concerns.