THERE WERE MOMENTS when cracks appeared in Russia’s suffocating political reality, and fragments of its future shone through. Two days before the election that saw Vladimir Putin returned to power for a third term as president, to go along with four years in a prime ministerial holding pattern, self-described revolutionaries gathered in a downtown basement bar called Zavtra, meaning “tomorrow,” and plotted how to end Putin’s rule.
IN EARLY JANUARY, Saloua Benkhouya stood in front of a packed room at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. Armed with a Power Point presentation, the international director of strategy and infrastructure projects for SNC-Lavalin Inc. talked about the risks and mega-rewards of building highways, airports and other infrastructure in the Middle East and North Africa.By CHRIS SORENSEN
DICK TERESI is the former editor of Science Digest and author of The Undead, a newly released and unsettling inquiry into the demands of organ transplanting, and when and how the medical community decides someone is dead. Q: You began this project to explore how death is now determined, assuming that medical advances have surely pinned down the moment a person dies.
IN 2009, PAUL Hughes phoned up the city of Calgary to alert officials to six egg-laying hens being kept illegally in an urban backyard coop. Calgary’s bylaw services responded by issuing the owner of the chickens a $200 fine for “possessing and keeping livestock” in a prohibited area inside city limits.By ANTHONY A. DAVIS
HAVE TROUBLE SWALLOWING those notso-little pills that so often get stuck in your throat? Soon, a range of prescription medications may also be available in thin, fastdissolving films the size of a postage stamp, likely mint or watermelon flavoured—just like the breath-freshener films available at corner stores.By GUSTAVO VIEIRA
IT WAS AROUND this time four years ago that presidential candidate Barack Obama famously told primary voters in Ohio, a manufacturing-heavy state, that he might seek to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. “I think we should use the hammer of a potential opt-out as leverage to ensure that we actually get labour and environmental standards that are enforced,” Obama said.By LUIZA CH. SAVAGE
Businessman Ted Turner believes in diversification—financial and romantic. The 73-year-old CNN founder told the Hollywood Reporter he keeps four girlfriends in rotation—and that spending a week a month with each of them “is pretty much a general rule.”By ANNE KINGSTON
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