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5 must-reads from CBCNews.ca you may have missed

01/05/2013 07:30 EST | Updated 03/07/2013 05:12 EST
This week, India's masses rallied in support of a 23-year-old who died after being gang-raped, a First Nations chief spent her fourth week on a politically motivated hunger strike, scientists shared how modern science is revamping our notions of how humans think, Canada's world junior hockey team lost its chance to play for gold, and the U.S. narrowly avoided the so-called "fiscal cliff."

Here are five stories from CBCNews.ca you may have missed:

India gang-rape victim galvanizes nation

Hundreds of thousands of Indians took to the streets in near daily protests across the nation after a 23-year-old woman was gang-raped for more than an hour on a moving bus. The woman's death moved people to call for stricter punishments for sexual assault in a nation known for its sluggish legal responses to attacks on women. Under intense public pressure, the government has responded by setting up special fast-track courts to tackle crimes against women. But will public momentum fizzle or will this be the moment that changes a culture?

WARNING: This story contains graphic details

- Read the story:Can India's anti-rape moment change a culture?

Hunger strikes and the human body

First Nations Chief Theresa Spence subsisted on tea and fish broth for a fourth consecutive week, hoping to pressure Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Gov. Gen. David Johnston to meet with her and other First Nations leaders. Her camp called for solidarity protests and unity with the Idle No More movement, claiming increased urgency as the prolonged hunger strike took its toll on Spence's health. Without adequate nutrition, Spence's muscle and lean body tissue will be breaking down, doctors say, and eventually she could experience anemia, chronic diarrhea and protein deficiency.

- Read the story:How a hunger strike affects the human body

Food addiction, relationships and dopamine

Neuroscientists, equipped with top-notch technology, are busily studying what makes humans do what we do. For some scientists, dopamine is emerging as the key to allowing us to interact with the environment, influencing food addiction, motivation and relationships. The story is part two of a four-part CBC series called Inside Your Brain exploring how modern neuroscience is changing the way we think about the way we think.

- Read the story:Ancient systems in the brain drive human cravings

Canada's world juniors team loses chance at gold

For the fourth consecutive year, the Canadian world juniors team won't be bringing home the gold after a 5-1 semifinal loss to the United States. The team, which won a bye into the semifinal round after defeating Russia in the tournament's round-robin portion, was outplayed by the U.S. in every aspect of the game. From not starting the game strongly to taking too many penalties, there are many reasons why Canada can only hope for bronze in the 2013 tournament.

- Read the story:Many reasons for Canadian juniors' semifinals flop

Obama's fiscal cliff crisis management

On New Year's Day, a divided U.S. Senate passed a House-approved bill to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff," a perfect storm of economic calamities including a tax-hike for all salaried workers and government spending cutbacks. It's being touted as a short-term Band-Aid solution to a problem that will resurface in a slightly varied form in the near future, as tough decisions about government spending were postponed. CBC's senior Washington correspondent Neil Macdonald asks if Obama will do the sensible thing: slightly raise everybody's taxes and cut government spending?

- Read the story:Can Obama finish the fiscal cliff?

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