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From right to left: Simon Fraser University archaeologist Francesco Berna, his graduate student Meghan Thibodeau and Israel Hershkovitz, an Israeli scientist, help unearth major clues about the first modern humans in northern Israel. (Photo submitted)

Cave skull research includes local scientists

Whether modern humans mated with Neanderthals, evolved out of Africa or housed brains like humans today, are all questions two local archaeologists are helping answer after examining the skulls found at the Manot Cave in Israel.

New research recommends treating elevated blood pressure during pregnancy. (Fotolia)

Pregnant women should treat high blood pressure

Vancouver physician Dr. Laura Magee had restrained herself from using blood- pressure medication with pregnant patients in fear that lowering the pressure would harm the babies, but an international research study has now proven her wrong.

The Choose Children campaign includes a dramatic YouTube video with case numbers on children’s foreheads. (BCGEU video, screengrab)

Union calls for more child and family care workers

Vulnerable children and families are falling through the cracks of an under-resourced child welfare system “with desperately tragic consequences,” according to the union representing B.C.’s social services sector.

Aerial photo of the electronic toll Golden Ears Bridge connecting Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge. QMI Agency

B.C. spends $111K on north Fraser study

The north Fraser region is expected to start bursting at the seams with job opportunities in the next 10 years, according to a B.C. government funded $111,000 study released Thursday.

Student turned dominatrix awarded $1.5 million

A British Columbia girl who claimed a car accident changed her personality and turned her into a dominatrix was awarded $1.5 million in damages by the provincial supreme court this month. In 2008, Alissa Afonina was a passenger in her former boyfriend’s car when it drove into the ditch off Highway 1 and she suffered a brain injury.

About 120 University of B.C. students broke up into 20 teams to create robots that could "sniff out" bombs. The Dory 2.0 team's robot included six members who worked for the last month to ensure their robot could not only pick up the magnetic fields of the "bomb" but also drive in the sand. (Stefania Seccia, 24 HOURS)

UBC students’ robot cars detect ‘bombs’

Remote control cars no larger than a cereal box were designed and programmed to track down magnetic fields representing buried bombs and land mines for a University of B.C. mechanical engineering competition Wednesday.

Provincial privacy commissioner finds 3,779 suspected breaches reported to government ministries over three years. (Fotolia)

B.C. privacy breaches on the rise

Over the course of three years, 3,779 suspected privacy breaches were reported by government ministries, agencies and service providers, according to B.C.’s privacy watchdog.

B.C. Acorn members held a rally outside of a newly opened money lending store in Burnaby Tuesday. The group is calling on the city to institute zoning regulations to limit how many of these stores can operate in one area. (Stefania Seccia, 24 HOURS)

Group asks gov't to limit payday loan outlets

Burnaby Acorn held a rally outside a newly opened money lending store Tuesday to raise awareness about the dangerous proliferation of these types of businesses and to put pressure on the city and province to do something about it.

Pitt Meadows couple struggles to bring babies home

Greg Smith and Elaine Smith of Pitt Meadows are struggling to bring their new family home from Mexico City after their babies, born prematurely from a surrogate Mexican mother, are facing health issues and an ever-growing medical bill.