Clicks of the Day: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 Edition!

Welcome to Wednesday, July 11 2012′s Clicks of the Day!

Clicks of the Day is a daily round up of news posted Sunday through Thursday with quantity and quality of content differing depending on how busy Linda’s day is.

    Edmonton/Alberta/Canada

  • Dozens face more than 100 charges in undercover drug bust
  • “In an effort to curb illegal activity in the downtown core, Edmonton police have carried out an undercover drug operation – and laid more than one hundred charges. After a six-week focused drug operation, 30 people were arrested, and now face 155 charges related to drug trafficking.”

    Intense. Well done, police.

  • Vancouver roads most congested in Canada: study
  • “Vancouver is the most congested city in Canada when measured by rush-hour traffic, a new study has found. Los Angeles is the worst in all of North America, the study also reveals… Edmonton made the greatest strides in dropping its rank from eighth worst congested city in North America to 23.”

    My commute is excellent ! :)

  • City looks to install ‘smart’ parking meters
  • “Some drivers may be left fuming if the city makes the move to a new parking meter system that allows for higher rates at popular destinations. And the proposed switch to the so-called “smart” parking meters could also put the brakes on free on-street parking after 6 p.m.”

    That would be very upsetting.

  • Stephen Harper draws criticism for Calgary is Canada’s ‘greatest’ city comment
  • “Other politicians across the country aren’t pleased after hearing his Stampede declaration.”

    Nooo!! :P

  • Alberta begins carbon capturing
  • “For the first time ever, Alberta will bury millions tonnes of carbon dioxide from upgraded oilsands bitumen. Under Shell Canada Ltd.’s Quest carbon capture and storage project, more than a million tonnes of CO2 will be captured from Fort Saskatchewan’s Scotford Upgrader and stored deep underground every year. The Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) recommended the Quest project, aimed at reducing carbon dioxide levels believed to have a harmful greenhouse effect on the atmosphere.”

    Hmm.. Good right? I am not all that educated on carbon capture techniques. Although storing it deep underground makes me wonder how safe it would be for the underground.

  • Fire knocks out 911 service for up to 30,000 in Calgary
  • “An explosion in the electrical room in Calgary’s Shaw Building took out 911 service for up to 30,000 landline customers and disrupted Internet, cable and local radio stations.”

    Yikes!!

    World

  • Costa Concordia captain admits being distracted ahead of sinking
  • “The captain of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia said in an interview broadcast Tuesday that he was distracted by a phone conversation shortly before the cruise liner crashed into a reef off an Italian island and capsized, killing 32 people. Francesco Schettino described the collision to private Italian TV channel Canale 5 as a “banal accident” in which “destiny” played a role.”

    Oyyy.

  • Afghans protest public slaying of woman, call for more rights for women
  • “Dozens of men and women took to the streets of Kabul on Wednesday to protest the recent public slaying of an Afghan woman accused of adultery whose brutal, execution-style killing was captured on video… It was a reminder that girls and women still suffer shocking abuse in Afghanistan, but the protest also indicated that people’s views on women’s rights here could be slowly changing.”

    Sad story. We are so lucky in Canada.

  • Cuban cholera outbreak reaches Havana
  • “The BBC has learned that a patient has been diagnosed with cholera in the Cuban capital, Havana, days after three people died in a rare outbreak in the south-eastern town of Manzanillo. More than 50 people were infected and about 1,000 have received medical attention.”

    Uh oh.

    Health

  • H1N1 vaccine linked to potentially fatal nervous system condition: study
  • “Researchers in Canada have found that for every million doses of the H1N1 pandemic vaccine that were administered in 2009/10 there were two extra cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome which can be fatal in extreme cases. The benefits of vaccination still outweighed the risks, they concluded as the risk of death from H1N1 in the region was one in 2,500. It was found the increased risk was between 12 per cent and three fold, due to small numbers involved.”

    Hmmm.

  • Your dog or cat may be good for your baby’s health
  • “A new study from Finland suggests babies who grow up with pets, especially dogs, are not as likely to develop colds and other respiratory infections by the time they reach one year old.”

    Hooray! :)

    Technology/Social Media/Internet

  • China’s video sites ordered to censor content
  • “If you run a video website in China, you will now be charged with a daunting task: watch all your content and censor out any questionable content before posting… Chinese video websites can be held legally liable if they fail to comply with the self-screening and censorship policy.”

    Hrmmm.

  • NYC phone booths to be resurrected as wi-fi hotspots
  • “Some of the 12,400 phone kiosks across the city will be spruced up for use as more than toilets of the homeless–instead, you’ll be able to tap into the rusted, fecal totems for gloriously free WiFi. The program will eventually extend to all five boroughs, says the Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications.”

    Really cool!

  • Amazon targets Apple’s Game Center with GameCircle
  • “Amazon has announced GameCircle, a platform that comes with some of the features found in Apple’s Game Center. Designed for the Amazon Kindle Fire, GameCircle will attempt to engage players by tracking their achievements and delivering a leaderboard to see how they stack up against other folks. In addition, Amazon says GameCircle supports a syncing function that lets users save in-game progress to the cloud and pick up where they left off after restoring their tablet or switching to a different device.”

    Everyone’s always copying Apple.

    Business/Work/Economy/Media

  • Video game collection sells for $1.25M
  • “So you’ve spent 15 years amassing what might be the most impressive collection of rare video games on the entire planet. What do you do now? Sell it to a Canadian. For $1.25 million dollars. No, that’s not a typo. A 32-year-old video game enthusiast in France put his entire collection of roughly 7,000 old-school game cartridges and discs up for auction on eBay, asking a cool one million Euros for the lot (about $1,247,775 in Canuck-bucks, plus an extra $1,250 for shipping.) And it sold, at least provisionally, to a man in Quebec.”

    Wowsa!

    Environment/Space/Animals/Science

  • Fossil find of ancient life ‘nursery’
  • “A volcanic eruption some 579 million years ago buried and fossilized a “nursery” of the some of the world’s earliest animals, British scientists say. Researchers from the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, in collaboration with the Memorial University of Newfoundland, discovered more than 100 fossils in Newfoundland rocks of what are believed to be “baby” rangeomorphs, bizarre frond-shaped organisms that lived 580 million to 550 million years ago that were unlike any creature alive today.”

    Neat!

    Weird News, Other News & Fluff

  • U.S. woman kept friend’s corpse for months as company
  • “A woman said she kept the dead body of her companion in a chair in their southern Michigan house for months because she didn’t want to be alone.
    Linda Chase, 72, said she kept the remains of Charles Zigler clean and dressed and talked to the body while watching NASCAR on television.”

    Oh, geez.

  • Death of baby panda has sent Japan into mourning
  • “The death of a rare newborn Giant Panda at Tokyo’s oldest zoo has interrupted regular TV programming and sent shock waves across Japan. The unnamed male cub, weighing just 144 grams, was found lying on its back against his mother’s stomach early this morning. The Globe and Mail says the zoo issued a statement saying “they administered cardiac massage and other treatment but they confirmed the death at 8:30am.” It is believed to have died of pneumonia when being fed by its mother Shin Shin and milk got into his lung.”

    So sad :’(

  • Dog adopts baby chimpanzee after its mother dies at zoo
  • “Thanks to Reddit user dmonnens, the world gets to see these heartwarming photos of a dog who, according to the thread, adopted a baby chimpanzee after its mother died at a zoo. Since the dog had just given birth, it was able to raise the baby chimp with her litter of puppies.”

    Utterly precious!!!

  • Homeless couple in Sao Paulo, finds duffel bag with $10,000 in cash, turns it over to police
  • “When the duo stumbled across a duffel bag containing 20,000 Brazilian Reais ($9,831) at 3:30 a.m. Sunday, Folha de S.Paulo reports they decided to do the right thing and turn it over to police. Santos found the bag near a bus station when he and his wife went to investigate why a nearby shop’s fire alarm had gone off. Though they could desperately use the funds, they never considered taking the money. “I learned from my mother to never take anything that belongs to others,” he told TV Globo.”

    Very impressed.

  • World’s most expensive foods
  • Including a $69 “haute” dog, $110 ramen noodles, and a $1,000 bagel! Who pays for that stuff!

  • Internet cat video film festival to be held in Minneapolis
  • “Move over, Cannes, Minneapolis might just be home to the greatest film festival ever. On August 30, feline aficionados will have the chance to laugh in unison with others at the first-ever Internet Cat Video Film Festival. Viral videos of cats doing their thing will be projected on a building wall near the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis, KARE 11 reports. Leading up to the festival, people have the chance to submit their favorite clips through the festival’s nomination form. The submission period will close on July 30.”

    Hehehehe!!!! So cool!!


Thor (and/or Loki) Photo of the Day:

Thor got a new box to play in today! Loki’s not allowed in, lol.


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Linda

Clicks of the Day: July 6, 7 & 8 2012 Weekend Edition!

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Clicks of the Day: Monday, May 7, 2012 Edition!

Welcome to Monday, May 7 2012′s Clicks of the Day!

Clicks of the Day is a daily round up of news posted Sunday through Thursday.

    Edmonton/Alberta/Canada

  • Hundreds of charges laid in traffic blitz on Hwy 63
  • “RCMP and Alberta Traffic Sheriffs have laid nearly 700 charges, after a four-day effort to promote safe driving on one of Alberta’s most notorious highways.”

    Yeesh.

  • Fire truck technology to turn red lights green clears committee
  • “The city is poised to try out a system to let fire trucks turn red lights green despite concerns the technology won’t work for other Edmonton emergency services. The traffic signal pre-emption pilot project involves installing transponders on trucks that will use GPS to ensure lights are green at upcoming intersections so the vehicles can go through without stopping or blasting their horns. This is expected to improve response times by up to 30 per cent, keep Edmonton quieter and reduce costs for maintenance and fuel, Fire Chief Ken Block said Monday.”

    Interesting!

  • Edmonton airport No. 3 in poll of Canada’s worst airports
  • “Edmonton International Airport was voted the third-worst Canadian airport in a national poll released Monday. The online survey by Internet travel company Flightnetwork.com showed 9.9 per cent of respondents ranked Edmonton as Canada’s worst airport.”

    That’s too bad.

  • Mental-health strategy calls for overhaul of current system
  • “Canada’s first-ever national mental-health strategy calls for an overhaul of the country’s current mental-health system, saying too many Canadians don’t have the access to care for their psychiatric and psychological health that they already enjoy for their physical health… The report, which was five years in the making, contains more than 100 recommendations on how to improve mental health care for Canadians, calling on both the federal and provincial governments to help bring them about.”

    Important changes.

  • Rethinking immigration: The case for the 400,000 solution
  • “Canada is facing a demographic crunch and labour shortage that will hinder our future prosperity. The solution: More economic immigrants who are selected for their skills. Scroll through the interactive below to delve into the challenges of immigration and possible fixes. Hear from immigrants and innovators. Share your own immigration story and see what immigration looks like in your community according to the latest available census data.”

    Fantastic Globe and Mail special feature on immigration. Be sure to check the ‘where does your community fit in’ tab for specific Alberta information.

    World

  • CIA foils new al Qaeda underwear bomb plot against jet
  • “The CIA thwarted an ambitious plot by al-Qaida’s affiliate in Yemen to destroy a U.S.-bound airliner using a bomb with a sophisticated new design around the one-year anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden, The Associated Press has learned. The plot involved an upgrade of the underwear bomb that failed to detonate aboard a jetliner over Detroit on Christmas 2009. This new bomb was also designed to be used in a passenger’s underwear, but this time al-Qaida developed a more refined detonation system, U.S. officials said.”

    Well done, CIA.

    Health

  • Forecast predicts jump in severe obesity in U.S.
  • “Today, just over a third of U.S. adults are obese. By 2030, 42 per cent will be, says a forecast released Monday. That’s not nearly as many as experts had predicted before the once-rapid rises in obesity rates began levelling off. But the new forecast suggests even small continuing increases will add up.”

    Eep.

  • Have poor eyesight? Maybe you should have played outside more
  • “Why can’t we see? I’ve always assumed that, in my case, it’s because my parents both have bad eyes. But according to a new paper in The Lancet, genetic factors can’t explain why increasing numbers of people need glasses. Studies in places like Singapore of people of a variety of backgrounds—Chinese, Malay, India, in this case—show that genetic heritage doesn’t impact rates of near-sightedness. It’s impossible to explain the boom in bad eyes without looking at how people spend their time… More time spent outside protects against near-sightedness, according to the study. One comparative study that the authors cite found that “time spent outdoors” was the only factor that distinguished kids of Chinese heritage in Singapore, who had high rates of myopia, from kids of Chinese heritage in Sydney, who didn’t. It might be the bright light. It might be the chance to look at objects further away than a computer screen. But going outside helps. That doesn’t have to mean playing sports. It can just mean being outside.”

    That would explain my poor vision. I was barely outside growing up (still am primarily an indoor-dweller).

  • Type 2 diabetes treatment may put disease in remission
  • “A new study by Toronto researchers on a new way to treat type 2 diabetes shows it may cause temporary remission of the disease in up to 75 per cent of patients. The new treatment involves taking four shots of insulin — the medication required by some diabetics to control blood sugar levels — per day for just one month. This is a change from the usual treatment, which involves daily insulin shots over an extended period of time.”

    Cool.

  • Free online fitness program ‘the future’
  • “But the evolution of the fitness video industry continues. Among the relatively new options is BeFit in 90 — a free 90-day workout system on YouTube starring bubbly Olympic sprinter-turned-fitness guru Samantha (nee Davies) Clayton. “It’s the first time an online fitness program for 90 days has ever been given away. So I’m really excited to be involved,” Clayton tells Sun Media.”

    Very interesting. I have bookmarked the BeFit in 90 YouTube channel.

    Technology/Social Media

  • App designed to help parents find missing children
  • “When the mother of a 14-year-old boy from Atlanta, Georgia disappeared earlier this year, she turned to her smartphone for clues using an app called Family Tracker that helped track his location. It is one of several apps that allow parents to track the whereabouts of their children.”

    Useful, useful apps.

  • Disney technology turns everything into a touch device
  • “You’re already used to touch-enabled PCs, tablets, and smartphones, but eventually almost everything in your house could have a touch sensor, including doorknobs, cereal bowls, sofas, water, and even your own body. That’s a reality scientists at Disney Research in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — part of the Walt Disney Company’s commercial research arm — are working toward with a new touch and gesture recognition platform called Touché. The new technology relies on “swept frequency capacitive sensing” capable of processing far more information than current touch sensors that monitor a single frequency to detect single and multiple finger movements. Touché can monitor multiple frequencies, allowing it to understand hand grasps, complex finger gestures, and body position such as when a user is covering her ears or uses his elbows to lean on a table.”

    Just a matter of time of course.

  • Magnetic bacteria may help build future bio-computers
  • “Magnet-making bacteria may be building biological computers of the future… The research may lead to the creation of much faster hard drives, the team of scientists say.”

    Weird.

  • Soaking up spilled oil with… sponges?
  • “A new kind of sponge made of carbon nanotubes can soak up hundreds of times its weight and only grabs oil. The solution to cleaning up oil in the ocean might be the same as cleaning up a spill in your kitchen.”

    Fantastic.

  • The environmental impact of your pointless Googling
  • “Those cat videos don’t come out of thin air. Each time you use the internet, massive data servers need power, and power causes emissions. While tech companies are trying to be more efficient and use renewable energy, there is still a cost to every search.”

    I have definitely never thought about it like that before. Eep.

  • iPavement Puts a World of Knowledge Beneath Your Feet
  • “Now that the United Nations has declared internet access a human right, any small step that helps get more people online is worth celebrating. That’s why iPavement, the latest creation from Spanish tech company Via Inteligente, is so genius. Constructed of a calcium carbonate stone, iPavement looks like your average piece of square tile. But one should never judge a tile by its cover. At iPavement’s core is a 5GB microprocessor that can support both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.”

    Wow that’s very cool.

    Business/Consumer/Media/Economy

  • Amazon plans its next conquest: your closet
  • “Amazon is so serious about its next big thing that it hired three women to do nothing but try on size 8 shoes for its Web reviews. Full time. The online retailer is shooting 3,000 fashion images a day in a photo studio using patent-pending technology. And it is happily losing hundreds of millions of dollars a year on free shipping — and even free returns on apparel — to keep its shoppers coming back. Having wounded the publishing industry, slashed pricing in electronics and made the toy industry quiver, Amazon is taking on the high-end clothing business in its typical way: go big and spare no expense.”

    Intense. (Sidenote: we LOVE Amazon. Best service ever).

  • Mastercard unveils PayPass Wallet Services, a new way to pay
  • “MasterCard announced PayPass Wallet Services Monday, a new global offering that makes it easier and faster for customers to make purchases in stores and online, by allowing those purchases to be made with a single click or tap.”

    Payment system of the future?

  • Study: Detaching from work email lowers stress, increases focus
  • “A new study suggests that cutting back on email time lowers stress on the job. Researchers examined the issue and found that people who are frequently on their email during the course of the day experienced increased heart rates and were less focused… Researchers uncovered that those participants constantly on email “changed screens twice as often” and remained in a “high alert” state of mind. There were distinct differences in heart rates between being on email and access being removed… When cut off from email, it was discovered the individuals experienced a higher degree of relaxation and were more focused on tasks. Additionally, people disconnected from email engaged in more in-person interaction, increasing personal contact with others.”

    One of those obvious results kinds of studies. Mike would love if I didn’t check my work email so much after work. It’s just a compulsive disorder kind of thing I think… I think I’m still healthy, lol.

  • Postmedia signs three-year deal with The Canadian Press after five-year absence
  • “Postmedia Network Inc. — the proprietor of some of Canada’s most storied newspapers, including the National Post, the Montreal Gazette and the Ottawa Citizen — is returning as a client of The Canadian Press after a five-year absence, the national news agency announced Monday… The decision in 2007 to sever ties with CP and establish an in-house alternative, called Postmedia News, was the right decision at the time, Postmedia said Monday in a statement. ‘This also means we will say goodbye to some of our colleagues at Postmedia News. This is the most difficult part of such a decision and our gratitude and best wishes are with them.’”

    I see… very sad that people are losing their jobs.

    Environment/Space/Animals/Science

  • New fossils show Australia had cosmopolitan, globe-trotting dinosaurs
  • “Scientists said Monday a new fossil discovery suggested Australia’s dinosaurs were cosmopolitan globe-trotters, unlike the “unique weirdos” of its current wildlife.

    “Paleontologist Erich Fitzgerald said an ankle bone fossil found 87 kilometers from Melbourne indicated that meat-eating dinosaurs known as ceratosaurs lived in what is now Australia some 125 million years ago. He said the finding suggested that back then Australia had the same large, well-known predators such as tyrannosaurs and allosaurs, which are found around the world. ‘The dinosaurs we see here are not unique weirdos like modern koalas and kangaroos on a global scale,’ Fitzgerald told AFP. ‘Contrary to the modern animals we see in Australia, these meat-eating dinosaurs in Australia represent globe-trotting groups which spread out across the world before the continents began to separate.’”

    Neat. :)

    Weird News, Other News & Fluff

  • Wife watches as soldier husband dies while talking on Skype
  • “The wife of a U.S. Army captain who watched her husband slump forward dead while he was on Skype with her has raised questions about official report that her army medic husband Bruce Kevin Clark, died of “natural causes” while serving in Afghanistan. According to a statement by Susan Orellana-Clark, released by her brother, Bradley Taber-Thomas, ‘Clark was suddenly knocked forward. The closet behind him had a bullet hole in it. The other individuals, including a member of the military, who rushed to the home of Capt Clark’s wife also saw the hole and agreed it was a bullet hole.’”

    Wow can you imagine? Also, that’s awful that it would take that long to get someone to check on him.

  • Pencil vs Camera: Incredible images mixing photography and pencil drawings must be seen many, many times to be believed
  • “Innovative artwork that blends photography, pencil drawings, “imagination and reality” is wowing art aficionados both online and offline.”

    Really fantastic photos/sketches!!

  • Monty, a tiny hero, saves Patricia Peter’s life
  • “Monty’s heroics were recognized Monday when he was inducted into the Purina Animal Hall of Fame in Toronto. Since it began in 1968, the national pet program has recognized the life-saving heroics of 155 pets and service animals. This year, three of the four honourees were dogs, much to Monty’s consternation.”

    So great!! Gotta love our pets. <3

  • Famed fat New Mexico cat ‘Meow’ dies over weekend
  • “A cat that got national attention for tipping the scales at 39 pounds (18 kilograms) has died from apparent complications of his morbid obesity, an animal shelter said Monday.”

    This makes me very sad.

  • 10 heart-warming animal friendships captured on YouTube
  • I love interspecies mingling!!!! :’(


Thor & Loki Photo of the Day:

Thor and Loki are still wary of our furry houseguest Poppy but hopefully they’ll become friends soon. He’s still with us for another week and some so that’s plenty of time!


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Linda