Thousands of British Columbians woke up without power Sunday morning after strong winds knocked out hydro across the South Coast.
According to BC Hydro, around 65,000 customers woke up in the dark in Metro Vancouver, the Sunshine Coast and across Vancouver Island.
“The high winds have caused significant damage to our system, including downed power lines and damaged power poles,” said BC Hydro spokesperson Tanya Fish.
Read Article: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/wind-wreaks-havoc-leaves-thousands-without-power-in-b-c-1.4497309
It’s quite a time for weird weather, and it doesn’t get much weirder than snow falling in one of the hottest places in the world.
On Sunday, Ain Sefra, a desert town in Algeria known as the “Gateway to the Sahara,” experienced a substantial amount of snow for reportedly the third time in 40 years. Some reports say parts of the area got nearly 15 inches of snow, but Ain Sefra officially reported less than one inch.
Read Article: http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/09/africa/sahara-snow-trnd/index.html?sr=twCNN010918sahara-snow-trnd0159PMStory
The Federal Communications Commission’s recent decision to dismantle net neutrality regulations in the United States is a subject of controversy among internet service providers, subscription networks, civilians and lawmakers. This decision could potentially create a ripple effect in the future for Canadians — but how?
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Trust has always been a key instrument of economics. Up until recently, central banks have acted as the metaphorical custodian of trust, employing complex processes that force populations to participate in bank accounts and credit cards to earn trust benefits, like credit scores. Yet, devastating moments such as the 2008 U.S. financial crisis that took an enormous taxpayer-funded bailout showed the same centralized and slow processes were weakening and could not adapt quickly enough in a digital economy. Further, banks have become the number one target for malicious hackers. As a result, banking systems, credit rating agencies and other traditional legal instruments no longer remain effective mechanisms for P2P reputation and trust measurement.
Read Entire Article: https://www.law.com/sites/almstaff/2018/01/08/how-blockchain-technology-can-drive-the-legal-industry-forward/?slreturn=20180009024231
With the tiny screen bouncing around in front of us, tinny sound quality and frequent interruptions, watching a movie during a flight is hardly an immersive experience.
Yet, frequent fliers may have found themselves – or at least witnessed others – welling up at the most innocuous of films while on a long airline journey. Even lighthearted comedies such as Bee Movie, Bridesmaids and The Simpsons can trigger the water works in passengers who would normally remain dry-eyed if watching these on the ground.
Read Article: http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170919-how-flying-seriously-messes-with-your-mind
How Vancouver, British Columbia expects to achieve and surpass its childcare goal of 1,000 new spaces in 3 years.
The City of Vancouver is three years into its four-year plan to create 1,000 childcare spaces, and says it’s on track to surpass its target.
In the last three years, the city says it has achieved 98 per cent of its target to create 1,000 new childcare spaces across the city.
It opened 78 new spots last year and another 200 will open in 2018 in Marpole, Kitsilano and downtown.
Parents like Candace Li say it’s good news but not good enough considering the waiting lists and demand.
“I put my child on the waiting list since I was three months pregnant and they didn’t get in there until after [they were] one years old,” Li said.
“So I waited almost like two years to get into the childcare.”
Read Article: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/vancouver-says-it-will-surpass-childcare-goals-this-year-1.4474035
Viable synthetic DNA
[Scientists] produced in a test tube a totally artificial copy of a type of DNA virus.… The particular type of viral DNA (called Phi X174) the researchers made is an extremely simple molecule of only five or six genes. Their achievement, however, lays the foundation for eventual synthesis of more complex DNAs. — Science News, December 30, 1967
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PEOPLE LOVE THEIR libraries. And when their governments put money toward them, they even love to visit them. A 2012 report by the Institute of Museum and Library Services found that when investment in libraries drops, as it has in the US since 2009, usage typically falls with it. But the inverse was also true; the more public funds libraries receive, the more people tend to use them.
Perhaps that’s because a good library is more than a repository for books—it’s a community resource. It may also explain the recent spate of high-design libraries (and bookstores) popping up around the globe. Many of them function not just as singular temples to the written word, but community centers, auditoria, concert halls, and public gardens. All of them are works of art in themselves. Here are ten of note.
Read Article: https://www.wired.com/2016/09/settle-10-beautiful-libraries-earth/?mbid=social_fb
By: David P. Ball Metro Published on Thu Dec 07 2017
It would be preposterous to imagine a river, tree or orca hiring a lawyer, if only because of their lack of opposable thumbs or access to a retainer budget.
But it's not actually such a wild idea for one University of British Columbia law professor, just one of a growing chorus of legal experts who think it's time for Canada to consider following in New Zealand and Bolivia's footsteps.
"In our current legal system we regard everything that’s not human as property: wildlife, forests, water, and so on," explained Vancouver lawyer David Boyd, associate professor of law, policy, and sustainability at UBC's Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability, in a phone interview. "But that property-based system has been a huge impediment to solving the environmental problems plaguing us today.
Read Entire Article: http://www.metronews.ca/news/vancouver/2017/12/07/nature-needs-legal-rights-b-c-law-prof.html
We often say the same sweet, nonsensical things to our dogs that we say to our babies—and in almost the same slow, high-pitched voice. Now, scientists have shown that puppies find our pooch-directed speech exciting, whereas older dogs are somewhat indifferent. The findings show, for the first time, that young dogs respond to this way of talking, and that it may help them learn words—as such talk does with human babies.
Read Article: http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/01/what-dogs-hear-when-we-talk-them
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