Clicks of the Day: Thursday, June 7, 2012 Edition!

Welcome to Thursday, June 7 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

  • Three years after de-listing, gender reassignment surgery to receive public funding
  • “Days before Edmonton’s Pride Week was to kick off in Edmonton, the province confirmed gender reassignment surgery will once again receive public funding. The surgery was delisted three years ago by the Stelmach government. Health Minister Fred Horne stopped short of admitting the government made a mistake, but said the change was the right move.”

    Interesting!

  • Hwy. 63 toll booths mulled
  • “Toll booths might provide the solution to the one-billion- dollar question surrounding Alberta’s deadliest highway, says Premier Alison Redford. While ruling out pay roads in cities like Calgary, Redford said the one place the province is seriously considering cash-collection points is on Highway 63, the route used by oilsands workers to and from Fort McMurray.”

    Good idea ?

  • Health officials admit superbug lead to death of patient at Royal Alex
  • “Weeks after two types of drug resistant bacteria were brought into Edmonton by a woman who had surgery overseas, health officials have confirmed those ‘superbugs’ lead to the death of another patient at the Royal Alexandra Hospital… Health officials also admitted hand-washing compliance rates in Alberta hospitals are part of the problem, pointing to a recent review that showed 50 percent of staff throughout the province follow proper hand washing protocols. In Edmonton, the statistic is lower, at 43 percent.”

    Forgot to post this in yesterday’s Clicks. Health officials washing their hands should not even be a question… geez. Also:

  • Antibiotic for superbug in the works
  • “Local researchers are fighting back against a super bug linked to the death of a Royal Alexandra Hospital patient. University of Alberta microbiologist Mario Feldman is leading a study that aims to develop an antibiotic to take out the deadly bacteria Acinetobacter baumannii.”

    Good to know they’re working on it.

  • Body of missing boater recovered
  • “Nearly two weeks after a man slipped underwater on a lake west of Edmonton – and didn’t resurface – RCMP said his body has been found… Police said the body had since been taken to the Medical Examiner’s office in Edmonton, where the remains were identified as the 29-year-old Edmonton man who slipped beneath the waves of the lake on May 26.”

    Wear lifejackets… please.

  • Toronto bans plastic bags
  • “Toronto has become the first major city in Canada to ban plastic shopping bags in a surprise city council vote that the mayor denounced as ‘ludicrous.’ Mayor Rob Ford, who predicted the ban will face a legal challenge, had asked city council to scrap Toronto’s contentious five-cent levy for plastic shopping bags. Council supported the mayor and voted to scrap the tax – but then also agreed with a last-minute motion to ban bags outright, beginning Jan. 1.”

    Banning plastic bags, it’s so in right now.

  • Decision on Magnotta’s extradition expected soon
  • “German prosecutors said Thursday a decision on the extradition of Montreal murder and dismemberment suspect Luka Rocco Magnotta could be made within days, according to The Associated Press. A spokesman for the prosecutor’s office in Berlin told AP that a request has been made to transfer Magnotta into pre-extradition custody.”

    Chugging along to justice. Also…

  • Police probing possible Magnotta link to L.A. homicide
  • “The widespread travels of Luka Rocco Magnotta, both geographically and on the World Wide Web, are fuelling speculation he may have killed elsewhere.

    Montreal police are working with the Los Angeles Police Department to determine whether Magnotta could have been involved in the murder and beheading of a 66-year-old man in California in January. The head of Hervey Medellin was discovered near the famous Hollywood sign by a woman walking her dog on Jan. 17. A police search turned up Medellin’s hands and feet in the area, but the rest of his body remains missing.”

    Oy.

    World

  • After new Syria massacre, U.N. urges ‘substantial pressure’ on Assad
  • “With Syria lurching closer to sectarian warfare, world leaders on Thursday sought to apply new pressure on a government that they said showed no sign of honoring cease-fire agreements or halting the slaughter of noncombatants, but they remained divided on how to revive a peace process that U.N. officials conceded was in ruins. As new details emerged of the latest massacre of civilians, U.N. officials spoke for the first time of unspecified “consequences” for the Syrian government. Yet the refusal by Russia and China to embrace new economic sanctions meant that the world body was left without a clear path forward.”

    Seriously… how many more must die before Assad is stopped?

    Health

  • Researchers develop Alzheimer’s vaccine
  • “Researchers in Sweden have developed a vaccine that helps improve the symptoms of people with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease. The study, published in Lancet Neurology, says this is a breakthrough in the search for a cure to the dementia disease. The researchers noted the vaccine focuses on the amyloid precursor protein, which resides in the outer membrane of nerve cells and that, instead of being broken down, can form a harmful substance called beta-amyloid, which accumulates as plaques and kills brain cells.”

    Promising.

  • CT scans on children ‘could triple brain cancer risk’
  • “Multiple CT scans in childhood can triple the risk of developing brain cancer or leukaemia, a study suggests… They said the study underlined the fact the scans should only be used when necessary and that ways of cutting their radiation should be pursued.”

    I wonder what things in life we think are safe are actually ruining our lives.

  • Tablets help calm young cancer patients during radiation
  • “Radiation therapists with Alberta Health Services are successfully using tablet computers to help keep kids calm during treatments. A radiation therapy manager in Calgary says almost all pediatric patients under the age of seven used to be sedated before therapy. But in the last year radiation therapists were able to eliminate sedation for five out of eight children between the ages of four and seven. Mona Udowicz of the Tom Baker Cancer Centre says many young patients now remain relatively still as they watch a favourite movie, TV show or cartoon on their tablets.”

    Neat.

  • Music training improves the aging process, researchers say
  • “Music training has a lifelong good impact on the aging process, says a new study out of Northwestern University… Researchers discovered that older musicians had a distinct neural timing advantage. Researchers concluded that age-related delays in neural timing are not inevitable and can be avoided or offset with musical training.”

    Cool.

  • NFL hit with mega lawsuit accusing league of hiding information about damaging effects of concussions
  • “Former players are ganging up on the NFL, consolidating over 80 pending lawsuits into a giant “master complaint” that accuses the league of hiding information that links concussions to permanent brain injuries. Filed Thursday in Philadelphia, the suit seeks to hold the NFL responsible for the care of players suffering from long term neurological conditions including dementia. The suit also names Riddell, Inc., the helmet maker, as a co-defendant.”

    Intense.

    Technology/Social Media/Internet

  • Twitter flips the bird, adopts new logo
  • “Twitter has adopted a redesigned bird as its new logo, bringing uniformity to the symbol representing its brand. The new logo, which was announced Tuesday on Twitter’s blog, replaces Twitter’s lowercase “t” and the old bird. The new bird resembles the older logo but appears to be slimmer and is also tilted upward. “From now on, this bird will be the universally recognizable symbol of Twitter. (Twitter is the bird, the bird is Twitter),” said Doug Bowman, the company’s creative director. “There’s no longer a need for text, bubbled typefaces, or a lowercase ‘t’ to represent Twitter.””

    Lol. Looks good… (pretty much the same).

  • Google deploying planes over cities for 3D maps
  • “Google Inc is deploying a fleet of small, camera-equipped airplanes above several cities, the Internet search company’s latest step in its ambitious and sometimes controversial plan to create a digital map of the world. Google plans to release the first three-dimensional maps for several cities by the end of the year, the company said at a news conference at its San Francisco offices on Wednesday.”

    Mapping out the world, that Google. Also:

  • The HALO Trust launches Google Earth project to get mines out of the ground
  • “Here’s a fantastic usage of Google Earth, an organization has created a project that is tracking the removal of landmines.”

    Very cool.

  • Big rise in adults online, half of seniors now use Internet
  • “Pew Research Center’s latest report on Internet use shows that in the last 8 months the number of seniors going online have started to grow significantly; half of seniors now use the Internet. Latest research from Pew Research Center, April 2012, reveals that 53% of American adults age 65 and older now use the Internet or email.”

    Everyone’s getting online!

    Business/Work/Economy/Media

  • Research In Motion stops production of lower priced 16GB BlackBerry PlayBook
  • “Research In Motion says it is discontinuing the lowest-priced model of its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. A spokeswoman for the company says the Waterloo, Ont.-based company has stopped production on the 16GB Wi-Fi PlayBook. Remaining supplies at retailers and distributors will be the last quantity.”

    Never any good news with RIM lately, eh.

  • Many food industry workers barely getting by
  • “There’s a disturbing irony within the food industry: Many of its employees rely on food stamps… According to a new report by the Food Chain Workers Alliance, only 13.5% of food industry workers earn livable wages. The median wage is $9.65 an hour, and 86% of workers are earning either subminimum, poverty or low wages. Due to such depressed earnings, many food industry employees also struggle to just to eat, creating a rather depressing irony that those who feed us can barely feed themselves.”

    How sad.

    Environment/Space/Animals/Science

  • Loss of biodiversity an equal threat to climate change: study
  • “The accelerating loss of plant and animal species around the planet is becoming as great a threat to global health and prosperity as climate change, concludes a newly published review of hundreds of research studies. “We should be just as worried about biodiversity loss,” said Diane Srivastava, a University of British Columbia zoologist who helped write the paper, which appeared this week in the prestigious journal Nature.”

    :(

  • 20 sea lions shot to death along coasts of Washington and Oregon
  • “The bodies of about 20 sea lions have been discovered along the coasts of Oregon and Washington over the last two months, most of them shot to death. Who did it? No one knows, but there are a few guesses as to why—the playful but voracious creatures have long been blamed by fishermen and others for lunching on prized stocks of salmon and sturgeon, which swim along the Pacific Coast and up the Columbia River.”

    Ughhhh.

  • Americans’ heads getting bigger
  • “Modern life may be going to your head. It’s not clear why—medicine? cars? supermarkets?—but the skulls of white Americans, and perhaps of other races and nationalities, have become slightly taller and roomier, according to new forensic research… the growth translates to roughly a tennis ball’s worth of new brain room.”

    Interesting!

    Entertainment

  • [Video]: Ellen’s first monologue
  • “It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly 9 years since Ellen first stepped out to her monologue mark to start the show. Here’s a rare look at that very first monologue that started us on this long and exciting road.”

    Wow! Congrats to her for nine years! Also, her style has definitely changed for the better, lol.

    Weird News, Other News & Fluff

  • The Huffington Post secretly hosts entire vertical dedicated to Sideboob
  • “There are many things to say about Ariana Huffington not least of which is her seemingly endless ability to get people to go to websites. Consider this another victory, as we recently uncovered a vertical just off the beaten path of HuffPo, yet still entirely on their servers: HuffPo Sideboob.”

    Lol!!

  • [Video]: ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ re-cut as a suspenseful thriller
  • “A few music changes, a little editing here and there, and a movie’s tone changes completely.”

    Video editing, it’s an amazing thing.

  • [Video]: Kitten and bunny wrestling
  • Too cute!!


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

Loki and Thor getting comfortable with their getaway backpack (in case of a zombie apocalypse).


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Clicks of the Day: Thursday, April 12, 2012 Edition!

Welcome to Thursday, April 12 2012′s Clicks of the Day!

    Edmonton/Alberta/Canada

  • Opposition piles on Redford in Alberta election leaders debate
  • “Alberta’s three opposition leaders took turns piling on the premier in the only televised leaders debate of the hotly contested provincial election campaign. They challenged Progressive Conservative Leader Alison Redford on her government’s deficit budgeting, the alleged bullying of doctors and a legislature committee where members were paid for not meeting. Redford spent the night fending off the shots while trying to land a few of her own.”

  • Alberta Leaders’ Debate analysis
  • “PC Leader Alison Redford, Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith, NDP Leader Brian Mason and Liberal Leader Raj Sherman faced questions and challenged each other on a variety of issues, including the no-meet committee, the Wildrose promise of an energy dividend, health care, education and much more. Edmonton-based political blogger Dave Cournoyer found it harder to declare a winner, although he agreed that first-timer Smith did well.”

    Did the debate change your mind? Confirm your choice? Make you even more undecided?

  • Conservative popularity falling in wake of recent criticism: poll
  • “After enduring weeks of criticism over robocalls, the F-35 and the budget, the federal Conservative party is virtually tied with the NDP in public opinion, suggests a new Ipsos-Reid poll conducted exclusively for Postmedia News and Global TV. But the controversies haven’t stuck to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who continues to enjoy strong approval ratings throughout most of the country.”

    Hmmm.

  • Canadians dig themselves deeper in debt
  • “Canadians dug themselves even deeper in debt in the first part of 2012, despite repeated warnings of the danger that carries. A consumer credit report released Thursday by Equifax Canada showed that Canadians pushed their non-mortgage debt 3.4 per cent higher in the first quarter than a year earlier.”

    We just don’t learn.

  • Police-reported hate crimes down in 2010: StatsCan
  • “Canadians reported fewer hate crimes to police in 2010, Statistics Canada reported Thursday. But while the number of reported hate crimes appears to be down, some of the the report’s findings still concern activists and academics. (But) the decline might not represent a trend.”

    Sad that racism is still so real. Hope hate crimes continue to decline.

  • Ontario bill targets cellphone contracts and prices
  • “Ontario is hanging up on “price gouging” by mobile phone companies with legislation that would cap the costs of cancelling service, provide up-front pricing details and plain-language contracts. The law from Consumer Minister Margarett Best incorporates two previous private member’s bills by Liberal MPP David Orazietti in an effort to ease “cell shock” when customers open their invoices.”

    Would be nice to make this country-wide, lol.

    World

  • North Korean Rocket Said to Fail Moments After Liftoff
  • “North Korea defied international warnings of censure and further isolation on Friday, launching a rocket that the United States and its allies called a provocative pretext for developing an intercontinental ballistic missile that might one day carry a nuclear warhead. But in what was a major embarrassment to the North and its young new leader, the rocket disintegrated moments after the launching, and American and Japanese officials said its remnants fell harmlessly into the sea.”

    Extremely anticlimactic, though that’s probably a good thing.

  • April 11 a day of many earthquakes
  • “On Wednesday, 11 April 2012, earthquakes increased globally. Powerful magnitude 8.6 earthquake triggers tsunami, magnitude 7.4 earthquake shakes Mexico City, and magnitude 5.9 quake hits Oregon’s coast. According to ABC news, a massive 8.6 magnitude earthquake struck the Indonesian coast, triggering an Indian Ocean tsunami that distressed the populaces throughout the region. According to Fox News, another powerful earthquake shook Mexico’s massive capital. According to Reuters, a magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck off Oregon’s coast and was followed by a smaller quake off central California’s coast.”

    End of the world…

    Health/Science

  • WHO: Dementia cases to triple by 2050
  • “Our population is aging, and age-related diseases such as dementia are on the rise. According to a WHO report, the worldwide incidence of dementia is expected to double by 2030 to 65.7 million and triple by 2050 to 115.4 million.

    Very sad.

    Technology/Social Media

  • Pinterest changes the way brides plan their weddings
  • “Meet the Pinterest bride. For her, planning a fairy-tale wedding without the tool is, well, inconceivable. Indeed, Smith estimates that 90% of her rustic mountain event will be inspired by or pulled directly from Pinterest, as she wishes. With its heavily female demographic and emphasis on DIY derring-do, Pinterest and brides go together like love and marriage. But it’s not just the women in white who are touchscreen-tapping into the power of the 2-year-old site. “It’s changing the industry” for vendors, planners and magazines, says Anne Fulenwider, editor in chief of Brides.”

    Yesss!!!!

  • iPad to Dominate Tablet Sales for Years
  • “‘Despite PC vendors and phone manufacturers wanting a piece of the pie and launching themselves into the media tablet market, so far, we have seen very limited success outside of Apple with its iPad,’ said Carolina Milanesi, research vice president at Gartner. ‘As vendors struggled to compete on price and differentiate enough on either the hardware or ecosystem, inventories were built and only 60 million units actually reached the hands of consumers across the world. The situation has not improved in early 2012, when the arrival of the new iPad has reset the benchmark for the product to beat.’”

    Unsurprising.

  • Don’t look now Facebook users, but you’re being watched
  • “There can’t be many Internet users who haven’t heard of social network site Facebook. But worryingly, it’s not just our friends who are keeping up with what we’re doing online. Debt collectors, potential employers and even lawyers could be finding out much more than you’d want them to. Here are some of the worrying trends developing on the site and how you can take steps to avoid being spied on.”

    Check those privacy settings!

  • ‘Socially assistive’ bots to help kids read, exercise, and more
  • “What if kids with special needs had their own robot to work with them every day in school, guiding them toward long-term educational goals that develop not only their cognitive and social skills but also healthy habits such as exercise? Maja Mataric, co-principal investigator who serves as the vice dean for research and professor at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, wants to endow robots with the ability to help people with special needs. A team of 17 principal investigators from Yale, Stanford, MIT, and the University of Southern California think that with their expertise in computer science, robotics, educational theory, and development psychology, they can do just that.”

    Very cool. (Sadly, until the robots become aware and turn on humans).

  • 77% of Consumers & 82% of Employees Trust a Tweeting CEO
  • “A new study from BRANDfog (via eMarketer) might explain why employees are up in arms over (inflated?) reports that hiring managers are asking for Facebook credentials. It seems that it could boil down to a complete lack of trust in any company executive that doesn’t “get” social media. According to employees surveyed, 82% of them have more trust in a CEO that engages in social media.”

    It’s always good when the person leading you understand what’s up.

    Business/Consumer/Media/Economy

  • Is Your Job Killing You?
  • “Welcome to the future of work: a world where everything moves faster, the hours are longer and steady jobs are harder to find. Work has always been central to our lives… but now, technology and the pressure of competing in a global economy is threatening to turn back the clock, making our toil an all-consuming affair once again. Studies show that we’re more productive than ever. But even as our careers give us a sense of purpose and belonging, research shows they’re also driving us toward some pretty self-destructive behavior, raising the question: Are our jobs killing us? By committing to a lifetime of labor, much of it sedentary, are we inadvertently exposing ourselves to a kind of stress our bodies weren’t designed for? Research suggests that in general, the more we work, the worse our bodies fare. But how far does that wisdom go?”

    Interesting points to ponder.

  • Apple Ebook Buyers to Get Compensation from Publishers
  • “After getting slapped with an antitrust lawsuit, publishing houses Simon & Schuster, Harper Collins and Hachette have agreed to compensate people who bought ebooks from Apple’s iBookstore at elevated prices. The publishers said they will “use a formula based on the number of states participating and the number of eBooks sold in each state” to determine amounts due, but did not specify how consumers will be reimbursed — by check, a discount on future purchases, or some other mechanism. Details are to be finalized in the coming weeks.”

    Justice!!

  • Rents Record In Manhattan
  • “The average Manhattan apartment commanded $3,418 in monthly rent in March, according to a first-quarter report to be released on Thursday by brokerage Citi Habitats, That is the highest rate since the firm began tracking such data in early 2002—topping the previous record of $3,394.”

    I can’t even imagine living with that rent for an apartment.

  • OC Register assigns 70 reporters to cover one baseball game
  • “A “news mob” of Orange County Register reporters will descend on Angels Stadium for opening day… So what exactly does an Angels news mob cover?

    A real estate reporter is doing a story about how property values around Angel Stadium have gone up. A business reporter talked to the manufacturer of Angels bobbleheads. A technology reporter interviewed the person who picks the songs and video clips that run during the game. The person who usually covers celebrity gossip filed a story about the 1870s-era baseball cards that are in a Library of Congress collection. One reporter is writing a story about an Angels fan who plans to propose to his girlfriend at the opening-night game. Reporters are being encouraged to find stories that aren’t regularly on their beats, to take stylistic risks that normally wouldn’t fly, and generally to get outside of their comfort zones.”

    Really interesting concept!!

    Environment/Space/Animals

  • Life on Mars discovered from decades old data?
  • “A new paper published in the International journal of Aeronautical and Space Sciences concluded that there is life on Mars, based on old data from the 1976 Viking Mission to Mars. Three experiments looked for life on Mars, but only one—the Label Release experiment—found evidence. The Label Release tests found signs of CO2, a gas emitted by all living organisms, in the soil. For years, scientists largely ignored the data and concluded that they were signs of geological formation, not biological. But a group of mathematicians and neurobiologists had a different idea. Since biological organisms are more mathematically complex than non-living matter, the samples that showed evidence of biological life should be more complex than a control (non-living) sample. They were right.”

    We come in peace, martians!

    Entertainment

  • ‘The Casual Vacancy,’ JK Rowling’s New Book: Release Date Announced
  • “Today, Little Brown announced the title of JK Rowling’s upcoming adult novel: “The Casual Vacancy.” In the novel, the unexpected death of Barry Fairweather leaves Pagford, the small town he lived in, in shock. Pagford appears to be a peaceful, serene town, but underneath that, it is a town at war. Fairweather’s death leaves an empty seat on the parish council, and this causes the biggest fight Pagford has ever seen.”

    I’m not utterly intrigued by the synopsis but will likely be reading and sure I’ll become attached!

    Weird News, Other News & Fluff

  • Titanic Sinking 100th Anniversary: All aboard! Real photos on board the Titanic before it sank
  • “These photos was taken by Fr. Browne, an Irishman of the Jesuit order who survived the disaster. The pictures are now digitally remastered so life aboard the Titanic can be shared with the world.”

    Crazy.

  • Indian politicians place $2000 bounty on marauding vampires
  • “The villages around the Indian town of Dharmapuri are in the midst of an unusual problem. Unsubstantiated reports of vampires draining cattle have frightened entire communities such that residents are staying off the streets after sunset. To quell the spread of this unmitigated bullpucky, local politicians have placed a price on these nonexistent vampires’ heads. Evidence of a re-dead vampire (or a Ratha Kaatteri) nets an amateur Van Helsing 1 lakh of rupees, or a smidge under $2000.”

    Bizarre. Hope innocent people aren’t murdered for money.


Loki Photo of the Day:

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Clicks of the Day: Tuesday, January 10, 2012 Edition!

Welcome to Tuesday, January 10 2012′s Clicks of the Day!

  • The Greek parents too poor to care for their children
  • “Greece’s financial crisis has made some families so desperate they are giving up the most precious thing of all – their children. One morning a few weeks before Christmas a kindergarten teacher in Athens found a note about one of her four-year-old pupils. ‘I will not be coming to pick up Anna today because I cannot afford to look after her,’ it read. ‘Please take good care of her. Sorry. Her mother.’”

    Wow… this is crazy.

  • IllumiNITE competition aims to revitalize downtown park
  • “A project is underway to revitalize a park and alley in downtown that has become underused.”

    I’m sure Edmontonians will rise to the occasion :)

  • Food Network series to serve up four Edmonton eateries
  • “If you’re at the Sugar Bowl, Highlands Kitchen, Tres Carnales or Urban Diner (High Street) this week, watch for film crews grabbing footage of memorable meals from these four local favourites.

    The restaurants are tapped to appear on an upcoming instalment of the Food Network show, You Gotta Eat Here.”

    Cool! Article also highlights the Edmonton Dishcrawl as well. I had looked into organizing Edmonton’s first dishcrawl but decided not to because of the hours of commitment that had originally been proposed. Not sure if I could have committed :) I knew someone else would instantly jump in to organize though! First one’s already sold out.

  • A tale of two pipelines: the Northern Gateway and the Keystone XL
  • “The country has been split on two controversial plans to construct oil pipelines through several provinces and into the United States. While supporters say the pipelines will create thousands of jobs as unemployment rates plummet, critics say the proposed plans could lead to mass oil spills and destruction of natural ecosystems.”

    I’m on the side of the critics…

  • Churchill LRT ticket machines will sniff out terrrorist threats
  • “Train riders validating their tickets at Edmonton’s Churchill LRT station will also have them scanned for explosive and radioactive materials this spring. Under a federally funded pilot project, ticket machines at the station will be modified to sniff out potential terrorist threats in a test of technology aimed at boosting safety for commuters without slowing them down with airport-style lineups.”

    Interesting. Can’t say I’ve always thought of Churchill LRT Station as being a hot target spot for terrorist activity but lol.

  • Education minister outlines 10 new ways to improve the system
  • “Under the 10-point plan, the government will start work immediately to: reduce travel time for students who spend more than an hour on the school bus and add technology such as wireless Internet service so students can work during bus trips… launch a review of full-day kindergarten and how it could be implemented… offer more opportunity for students to earn post-secondary credits in high school” and more!

    Those three sound most interesting in my eye. Let’s hope the plan gets implemented! ;)

  • Alberta seeking 25,000 participants for cancer causes study
  • “The province’s health authority is hoping to recruit more than 25,000 Albertans to participate in the long-term research study into the causes of cancer. A team of health workers set up a temporary clinic Tuesday in a northwest church to give locals the opportunity to join the Alberta Health Services study, which will track the health of almost 50,000 Albertans over the next half-century.”

    I don’t make the age cut but if you do, could be interesting to be a part of!

  • Global News Live Tweet: Consumer Electronics Show
  • “The annual 2012 International CES (Consumer Electronics Show) opens its doors to more than 150,000 attendees in Las Vegas this Tuesday.

    This annual technology Mecca, much like a fashion show, will preview the newest and greatest gizmos and trends from giant TVs to HD movie-shooting wearable cameras and of course, all things Internet… Global’s tech guru Steve Makris is tweeting live from the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.”

    Be sure to follow along!

  • [Study]: Tablets Will Replace Laptops, Say 46% of Americans
  • “A full 46% of Americans think tablets will replace laptops in the future, according to a poll of 1,155 American adults. This is especially true among adults ages 30 to 64. Young adults (ages 18 to 29) and those older than 65 are a little more skeptical. Only roughly a third think that tablets will eventually eliminate the need for laptops.”

    I don’t think they will!

  • Your Smartphone Is One Step Closer to Becoming Invincible
  • “It seems technology companies are finally tuning in to that most basic of tech consumer problems: dropping devices in the toilet. Unveiled this week at CES, Liquipel is a clear coating that protects smartphones from dying in a watery grave. And if Liquipel can connect with enough smartphone vendors this week at CES, it could come with your next phone.”

    Ah, technology of the future. I’m surprised there aren’t waterproof phones. (Or if there are, more widely-known ones?)

  • Reddit Announces Blackout to Protest SOPA
  • “Reddit, in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), will be shutting down normal operations on Jan. 18 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET. During that window, visitors to the site will find a message about SOPA and its sister bill in the Senate, the Protect IP Act (PIPA). There will also be links which will provide more information about the two bills and suggestions on how to take action against SOPA and PIPA.”

    Good for Reddit.

  • So, what’s an ultrabook, again?
  • “Ask Intel, ask any laptop manufacturer at this year’s CES what’s going on, and ultrabook is going to come up. It’s all anyone can talk about… So, what are ultrabooks, exactly? … Well, now it’s a thinner, sexier laptop, still under an inch, most likely using a lower-voltage, more power-efficient processor, maybe with graphics, maybe with a DVD drive. Maybe you want one, maybe you don’t.”

    Whatever it is, I don’t think I want one, lol.

  • Hedwig, Is That You? Snowy Owls Apparate Into the U.S.
  • “According to the Associated Press, snowy owls are swooping into the States for a massive migration this winter.”

    Lol, this wins for clever headline ;) Apparate, hehe. Snowy owls are beautiful!

  • [Video]: Korean 7th Graders do Daft Punk
  • Lol, South Koreans have all the fun ;) Kind of slow starting off but pretty fun video!

  • [Video]: Little GIrl and Lion Zoo Staredown
  • It is a really, really big lion (Aslan!!!!)

  • [Video]: Closing Time: Kitten vs. Mirror
  • Sooooo cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)


Thor Photo of the Day:

Mike took this photo when he got home today! Thor & me having the best nap on my day off, lol.


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