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Episode date 20 December 2012
Interviews and reports
Are you an early riser, or a night owl? Check your DNA
New research has discovered a genetic factor that helps to determine whether you are predisposed to get up early in the morning, or whether you like to stay up and active late at night.

Sunnybrook Health Sciences neurologist, and  University of Toronto professor, Dr Andrew Lim, lead the research which was seeking to determine if genetic mutations can account for differences in people’s circadian rhythm, or internal biological clock. In other words why some entire families tend to be early risers, while others tend to be active later into the night.  The findings were published in the November issue of Annals of Neurology.

As a byproduct of the study, the research also found out that the same genetic traits also determine whether you are more likely to die around 11AM, or around 6 PM
Be prepared for cloud computing, it's the future of data accessibility
David Fraser is an Internet, technology and privacy lawyer with the Canadian legal firm McInnes Cooper. He advises clients on Canadian privacy issues and advises them on implementing cloud computing projects.

This past week he made a presenation to the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) entitled " Government Procurement, data location, privacy and the border".

In a conversation with RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda, he talks about the advantages of cloud computing, and about the need to be informed about computer security.
All of the Mother Reindeer
Professor Robert Weladji at work in the field
It's that time of year, when reindeer come dashing into our awareness.  And Professor Robert Weladji has some food for thought on the care and management of reindeer poulations, particularly the mothers in the herd.

Robert Weladji, is Associate Professor of Animal Ecology, Department of Biology at Concordia University.  His specialty is large mammals, herbivores specifically, from elephants and rhinoceros’ in Africa to caribou, moose and sheep in northern environments.

His work began as a wildlife officer in his native Cameroon.  Then he continued his studies pursuing a master’s degree in Norway.   On returning to Cameroon he worked for a time with the World Wildlife Fund.  It was following this he returned to Norway and his growing love for research, doing a PhD in the Population Dynamics of large herbivores, and the reindeer population served his interests best.  His work has taken him to herds in Russia, Iceland, Sweden and Finland.  He’s developed a fondness for reindeer as he’s discovered they are an adaptable and very resilient species.

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The Gift of a Longer Life
Photo courtesy CBC/Samantha Craggs
It̢۪s beginning to feel like Christmas for a 16-year old in Hamilton, Ontario. Devin Scullion is grateful for the gift of a drug trial that̢۪s changing his life. Devin has progeria, a rare disease that causes rapid aging. [...]
Has he, or hasn't he?
An Ontario man says he has cracked a British WWII coded message that the top experts in England could not. The story began when a man in England was repairing a disused fireplace in the 1980's, During renovation, the bones of a long dead pigeon were found. [...]
Biofuel credits behind mystery train crossing U.S.-Canada border, back and forth
Photo CBC News
The mystery of why a train crossed back and forth across the Canada-U.S. border without ever unloading its cargo has been solved. [...]
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