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The ‘automotive underclass’ and other things you may have missed this week Add to ...

For many of us, Monday to Friday races by in a blur. We know it can be a struggle to delve beyond the big headlines and keep on top of all the interesting stories out there. We’re here to lend a hand: In case you didn’t see them the first time, a collection of stories you may have missed this week on globeandmail.com.

DIY driver

Are you part of the “automotive underclass” – the type of driver who does his or her own repairs “not as a lifestyle choice, but out of sheer desperation?” Globe Drive columnist Peter Cheney writes about his days as a broke student, salvaging junkyards for spare parts, taping up a smashed rear window with duct tape, and more. And read why, even though he can now afford a mechanic, he still prefers to do the work himself.

Quiet, please

Shhh, keep it down. That’s what the CRTC is asking Rogers to do with its ad volumes, claiming it’s received repeated complaints about loud commercials on the company’s television stations. See how the company responded.


Should the United Nations govern the Internet? That’s the question that officials will be debating in Dubai next week, with leaked drafts of proposals showing that many states are pushing to give the UN – and in some cases, specific countries – more control over the content and structure of the Internet.

Shaking off the fear

Living with stage fright can make life difficult for any person, but even more so if you’re an aspiring singer. Indie performer Jenn Grant tells The Globe about her experience as a teenager struggling with stage fright so crippling that it would leave her trembling during performances.

The smell of fear

Can humans smell emotion? A study published earlier this month found that participants who smelled sweat samples from donors who were in a state of fear or disgust also made facial expressions conveying fear or disgust.  One of the authors of the study explains what the findings mean and how his research may have practical applications.

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