TEDTalk: Deepika Kurup’s Quest For Clean Water

As I’m sure you’ve all heard, we’re currently facing a global water crisis.  Most of the world does not have access to clean water, and as such, thousands of people die, every day.  When Deepika Kurup heard about this in 2012, she was determined to change this.  At the age of 14 she decided to start tackling this global problem.  Honestly, the more I see these types of videos, and hear about these stories, the worse I feel about myself.  I mean, I never made my kitchen into a lab, I just made it into a mess (zing, rimshot, lots of laughs).  Anyways, Deepika Kurup is pretty awesome, and has come up with a pretty neat solution- so check it out!

This TEDTalk About Smelfies and Synthetic Biology Might Be The Weirdest Thing You Watch All Week

This one is a bit of an odd one, and I kind of don’t know what sort of introduction to give because of it.  Smell is important, we are all effected by smells- so what if we could talk smells one step further.  What if we could create smell selfies- smelfies?  Whether or not you’ve ever asked this question before, Ani Liu’s talk on Smelfies and synthetic biology might just make you start.  Or at the very least, it may just open up your imagination to what we might be able to achieve through crazy new science experiments.

TEDTalk: A New Idea To Recycle Styrofoam

We all know styrofoam is awful.  We can’t do anything with it, it takes a million (well maybe ~500) years to breakdown, and everyone loves to fight about whether or not it’s recyclable, or whether or not their city recycles.  Or maybe that’s just a discussion that I frequently have.  Anyways, we don’t really have any answers as to what to do with styrofoam- but that might be changing.  A group of kids might have just found the answer.

Could Robots Save The Environment?

Elon Mush made news this week when he made plans to connect the human brain with artificial intelligence. While this has some people fearing we are slowly turning into real-life terminators, we shouldn’t write off robots all together. In a TED Talk, engineer Jonathan Rossiter, explains how future robots can help us in removing pollution and even diagnosing human diseases.  Continue reading

Screw These Tree Growth Burial Pods, Caitlin Doughty Has A Better Idea

I’m sure you’ve seen that organic burial pod thing that likes to make the rounds on Facebook every so often.  You know the ones I’m talking about.  It’s the one where you bury your dead in, what is essentially, a giant tree seed.  Yeah screw that, Doughty has a better idea- just compost your body!  Also, she’s got a lot of information about how burials currently go, and it is not like how we think it is at all- plus it’s real wasteful.  It’s all pretty darn interesting!

Is Litter Removal About To Be Crowdsourced?

It may sound like some crazy, shadow, undercover, conspiracy theorist’s wet dream of a group, but Jeff Kirschner’s litter app- Litterati- might just help clean up the world.  For your Friday viewing pleasure is the TEDTalk Kirschner gave all about his app, complete with an Elon Musk look-a-like spectator, a completely awkward, stand on this red dot, presentation format, a standing ovation I possibly audibly laughed at, and an app that is actually pretty darn interesting, and might make some real changes.

 

TGIF: Yawning Cats

Well this week was a trashfire type of week.  Unless you’ve been living under a rock, I don’t need to go into detail about why this week was just brutal to get through- and if you have been living under a rock, is there room for another person?  While I’d like you to just reread/read this article again, I feel like I still need to give you all something new.  So here it is.  Turn off your brain, forget about all of your worries, and watch kittens yawning.  Because screw this turd encrusted asshole of a week.  I think we all just need a break.

Flashback Friday: Hinterlands Who’s Who

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Hello friends!  It’s Friday- YAY ALMOST THE WEEKEND!!!  So for today, we’re taking you back over the past 50 years to enjoy some of the greatest television ever made: The Hinterlands Who’s Who.  That’s right, we’re going back to a time when tv ads told you to contact the government to learn more about beavers, chipmunks, and Canadian geese.  So get ready for that haunting theme, that matter-of-fact voice, and those warm fuzzy feelings of your childhood. Continue reading

11 Hours Of Cute Sleeping Puppies

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Well internet friends, I just don’t know what to say.  I mean, what the hell just happened?  So instead of saying anything (and the internet is saying a lot of things), or spewing out hate and vitriol (which is definitely a part of what the internet is saying), I think what we all need right now is a warm, calming hug.  And I mean everyone, not just the winners, the losers, or the spectators alone, but all of us.  Unfortunately, I can’t give out hugs over the internet- so here’s the next best things.  Hopefully- and I honestly mean this- hopefully, this will help you out in some way.  Here are 5 puppies sleeping for 11 hours.

Featured Contributor Vincent Luk: The James Bay Shorebird Project

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Earlier this summer, I had the opportunity to go up north to the Hudson Bay lowlands for the Western James Bay Shorebird Project. Three weeks in a remote location on Moose Cree First Nation land to work on a multi-agency collaborative monitoring and research project towards the conservation of shorebird species. It was an incredible adventure that brought me into the heart of the Canadian wilderness, and taught me so much about birds and field work. As a photographer and visual storyteller, my assignment was to document what I saw and share the amazing work that’s being done up there. Continue reading

Top 10 Live Animal Cams

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You know, travelling around the world and seeing nature in all its natural beauty is pretty difficult and pretty expensive.  Fortunately for us lazy, poor people, we have the internet, and with the internet comes certain perks.  We can get news for free, we can illegally torrent things to feel like pirates, and we can watch some awesome live feeds of animals in their natural habitats.  Today, we’re more focused on that last one, by bringing you the best of the best when it comes to live animal cams.  Sure, sometimes nothing much is happening with them, but when they’re on, they’re on!  So here are, in no particular order, our 10 favourite live animal cams! Continue reading

Top 10 Animal Fails

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They say to err is human, but I’d argue we’re not the only ones who make mistakes.  I mean, I’ve personally seen my dog run into a screen door on multiple occasions, and birds hit windows so often that big cities hire bird clean-up crews to collect dead birds every morning.  While that second one might not be too funny, there are plenty of great videos out there of animal fails that are quite funny.  So here are ten of my personal favourite animal fail videos: Continue reading

Cats and Cardboard Boxes= Happiness

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I don’t know about you guys, but I could really go for something uplifting right about now, and I think I’ve found the best remedy.  What do you get when you give a cat a cardboard box?  Millions of hits on youtube, and an overload of cuteness.  Money can’t buy you happiness, but I think cats with cardboard can, so here are ten videos of cats being all adorable and such, hopefully you haven’t seen them before. Continue reading

Oakville Students Raise Awareness for the Environment

We find it very uplifting and encouraging to see so many young people getting involved in environmental issues. A group of students at Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School in Oakville got together after watching some documentaries and decided to do something. The documentaries in question were “Sharkwater” and it’s follow up “Revolution”, which inspired them all to get the word out about shark-finning. When a letter-writing campaign didn’t get the response they wanted, they decided to put together a viral music video, which turned out to be both informative and very catchy! These guys are some amazing young people and if you want to help out their cause, you can go to http://fin-free.com/petitions and sign the petition to ban the shark fin trade! Now, CHECK OUT their video below!

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