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Marcus Hondro

Digital Journalist based in Vancouver, B.C, Canada, Canada. Joined on Dec 14, 2011



Drug trial of Metformin to begin, may increase lifespan to 120

The idea of living in a healthy body as long as 120 years has to be appealing to virtually everyone. But it's impossible, no? No, actually, it may not be, scientists say, and a drug has been approved for trial that could be a longevity breakthrough.

Breathtakng drone video shows 2,000 beluga whales in Arctic

CBC News in Canada obtained a wonderful drone video of over 2,000 beluga whales in the waters of Nunavut's Cunningham Inlet. The spectacular footage was shot by a 24-year-old adventure tour guide, who describes it as a beluga "party."

High-strength marijuana is increasing cases of psychosis: study

A newly-released study from London has found high-potency marijuana is of great danger to the brain. Skunk cannabis is the name of the high potency marijuana studied - there are many others - and the results reveal it may be leading to psychosis.

Op-Ed: Did Donald Trump hit new low by mocking reporter with disability?

Donald Trump's scraped the bottom of the pool before, likely his entire life though we've been more privy to it of late. But mocking a physical disability, with loopy gestures and crude voice? What does it say about those who continue to support him?

Canadian 'dinosaur' discovered in 1845 rebranded as a Dimetrodon

A fossil found in Canada two centuries ago believed to be from a dinosaur has now been found to be a creature called a Dimetrodon. These large beasts actually pre-date dinosaurs by many millions of years.

Orca whale spotted and no longer tangled up in rope

If you happened to be worried about T77A, the killer whale struggling due to having become tangled up in rope and a float off the coast of Vancouver Island, worry no more. It has somehow managed to untangle itself.

Man who called himself Phuc Dat Bich admits name was a hoax

This story is a bit of a mind phuc, if you will pardon the word. An Australian man of Vietnamese roots posted an account on Facebook of his ongoing trials and tribulations due to his name: Phuc Dat Bich. But he now says the whole thing was a hoax.

New report finds climate change will increase world poverty

A newly published report from the World Bank Group finds climate change will dramatically increase the number of the world's impoverished people. Published as an eBook, the news it heralds is bad but it is also, the report says, preventable.

Study: Pre-diabetes on rise and 1 in 3 will develop diabetes

A combined research effort from the Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam and Harvard School of Public Health in Boston has made helpful findings in the field of diabetes. It discovered half of adults at age 45 have developed prediabetes.

Surrey shooting: One man dead, one injured in targeted hit

Vancouver - There was yet another shooting in Surrey, this latest one came early Saturday morning and RCMP believe it was a targeted hit. One man died on scene, another is in hospital.

Heart-warming video as 101-year-old B.C. woman plays in snow

The views of a rather simple video posted online Friday are, like the white stuff does in a heavy snowfall, piling up. It's not much on the surface, just a woman playing in snow. What is making it interesting is her age.

Polar bear population being reduced by climate warming in Arctic

A report released yesterday from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) paints a rather dismal picture for the future of polar bears. The report says their numbers may be dramatically reduced, thanks to global warming.

Op-Ed: Vancouver Canucks on a losing streak, heading for high draft pick

If there are any Vancouver Canuck fans, any hockey fans anywhere, who are of the opinion the Canucks have any chance whatever of winning the Stanley Cup this year then state your case in the comments section below. Or forever hold your peace.

Swiss farmer finds 4,166 Roman-era coins buried in his orchard

A Swiss farmer in the Aargau area near Zurich was working on digging out a molehill that was harming his cherry tree recently when he found something far more valuable than fruit: buried Roman-era coins. The treasure trove of coins date back 1,700 years.

Whale watchers: Humpbacks returning to Salish Sea in big numbers

This may be the year of the humpback as one of the world's largest whales is being seen in record numbers in the West Coast's Salish Sea. Whale watchers and marine biologists regularly record sightings of new whales and humpbacks are topping the list.

Tigers, piranhas may join crocodiles as Indonesian prison guards

Jakarta - The recent story about crocodiles being used as guards over drug convicts in Indonesia has a new twist. Those nasty crocodiles may have co-workers alongside them — tigers and piranhas.

Toronto police arrest 21-year-old man in murder of woman, 82

Toronto - The Toronto police have arrested a young male in the murder of an 82-year-old woman. The man was recently released from prison where he spent time after being found guilty of a vicious assault.

Great start to 43rd Medicine Hat Bantam AAA hockey tournament

The Medicine Hat News has called the Medicine Hat Hockey Hounds Bantam Tournament a "must see" for hockey scouts, so you know the calibre of play is high. As is often the case, this year's tournament, the 43rd, is also proving to be very competitive.

Apple issues apology to 6 black students kicked out of store

The Apple Corporation issued an apology to the six African-Australian students who were kicked out of one of their retail stores in Melbourne. It appears to be a horrific case of racial profiling.

Video: RCMP won't charge man for racist attack on Calgary cabbie

Calgary - The case of a racist rant by a white male against a cab driver who was driving him home will not wind up in court. The Alberta RCMP said today the expletive-laden explosion was dealt with when it happened, though the passenger was not charged.
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