Is it safe to use an extension cord for charging an EV?

Is it safe to use an extension cord for charging an EV?

My neighbor has an electric vehicle. He parks it in his driveway and uses a 50-foot [15-metre] extension cord to charge it from a plug on the outside of the house. Is that safe? I know from using power tools that too long a cord can lead to a drop in voltage. So could it … Read more

Are Barry and Beth saving enough to retire at 62, help their kids with down payments and take a big trip soon?

Are Barry and Beth saving enough to retire at 62, help their kids with down payments and take a big trip soon?

Barry and Beth.Tijana Martin/The Globe and Mail At age 52, Barry and Beth are enjoying their peak earning years, bringing in a combined salary of more than $450,000 a year. He works in education, she is a senior executive at an investment firm. They have two children in university. Beth and Barry have a $2-million … Read more

China fires missiles near Taiwan in drills after Pelosi visit

China fires missiles near Taiwan in drills after Pelosi visit

A woman uses her mobile phone as she walks in front of a large screen showing a news broadcast about China’s military exercises encircling Taiwan, in Beijing on Aug. 4.NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images China deployed scores of planes and fired live missiles near Taiwan on Thursday in its biggest drills in the Taiwan Strait, a day … Read more

Is it illegal for a driver to speed up while you’re trying to pass them?

Is it illegal for a driver to speed up while you’re trying to pass them?

We just drove from Victoria to Calgary and back with a dog and two kids. When we got to Alberta, there were a few times where drivers sped up when we tried to pass. They’d be going just at the speed limit and then floored it to 120 kilometers an hour as we passed. This … Read more

Flight delays and cancellations, missing luggage disrupt air travel over Canada Day long weekend

Flight delays and cancellations, missing luggage disrupt air travel over Canada Day long weekend

Travelers Michael and Patricia Bears, from Calgary, wait for in line at WestJet for another hotel voucher, after being stuck at Toronto Pearson International Airport in Toronto, July 2.Tijana Martin/The Globe and Mail Dressed in clothing from the previous day, Michael and Patricia Bears stood in a long, snacking line among other travelers waiting to … Read more

There’s a Surprising Similarity Between The Brains of Humans And Octopuses

There’s a Surprising Similarity Between The Brains of Humans And Octopuses

Scientists have already established that octopuses are smarter than your average invertebrate, but a new discovery suggests one of the reasons why: a specific molecular analogy with the human brain. Both the human genome and the octopus genome contain a high number of ‘jumping genes’ or transposons, which are able to duplicate themselves or move … Read more

How long will I have to wait to get an EV?

How long will I have to wait to get an EV?

We’re ready to trade in our gas-powered car for an EV, but what’s the wait like right now? I’ve heard a year, but I don’t know if we can wait that long. – Carolina, Toronto With interest in electric vehicles surging, expect to wait but for how long, it’s hard to say. Much depends on … Read more

Researchers Just Set a New Record For Data Transmission Speed

Researchers Just Set a New Record For Data Transmission Speed

Even if you’re enjoying gloriously fast broadband at home wherever you live in the world, you’re still going to be a long, long way behind the new record for data transmission: an incredible 1.02 petabits per second. That’s a million gigabits shifted down a line every single second. The record was set by a team … Read more