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Clicks of the Day: Tuesday, March 6, 2012 Edition!

Welcome to Tuesday, March 6 2012’s Clicks of the Day!

  • Bed bug problem growing in Edmonton area
  • “Edmonton is booming with bed bugs. They arrived almost a decade ago and getting rid of the pests will not be easy. Through an an access to information request filed by globalnews.ca, we have set up an interactive map below to let you see where the worst infestations have taken hold. Just 5 years after arriving in the city, infestations north of downtown were the worst in all of Alberta.”

    I’m still surprised that the apartment Mike and I lived in last year had no bed bugs, given how they appear to be in so many…

  • Conservatives end four years of denial, plead guilty to illegal campaign spending
  • “Now, after four years of denying that it broke the rules on election spending during the 2006 campaign, the federal Conservative Party has admitted that it overspent on ads in the vote that brought Harper to power. On Thursday, the party and its fundraising arm pleaded guilty of spending more than the $18.3-million legal limit and of filing an election return that failed to report all the expenses it incurred.”

    Tsk.

  • Health Canada accused of not telling whole story on ‘whole wheat’ bread
  • “Five years after unveiling a proposal to end consumer confusion over “whole wheat” claims on bread products, Health Canada now says it has no plans to change the food-labelling rule… Studies linking the consumption of whole grains with a lower risk of obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes have made whole grains popular among health-conscious shoppers. But when grains are refined, the nutrient-packed germ and bran are gone — undermining the disease-fighting potential.”

    Hmmm.

  • Need for milk causes hiccups, says researcher
  • “They’re annoying and have dozens of “cures” that vary, but an Ontario researcher says there’s a concrete reason why people get the hiccups. The odd and bothersome reflex often has resulted in confusion about its purpose, but Dr. Daniel Howes of Kingston, Ont., said it goes back to our earliest days and the need for babies to get enough milk.”

    Interesting.

  • Eating fish can keep your brain young
  • “According to a new study, the benefits of eating fish go beyond heart health: A higher intake of omega-3 fatty acids can slow brain aging and improve memory and thinking skills.”

    Does this count delicious raw fish!?! :) Yum. Sashimi.

  • Docs advising ‘surprisingly few’ overweight Canadians to shed pounds: study
  • “Canada may be in the grips of an obesity epidemic but doctors are advising “surprisingly few” overweight or obese Canadians to lose weight, a national survey finds. Less than a third of overweight people who responded to the survey had ever been advised to lose weight by a physician, without specifically asking.”

    Time to be straight up with people!

  • Robotic cheetah ‘breaks speed record for legged robots’
  • “A headless robot dubbed “Cheetah” has set a new world speed record, according to its owners. The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency said the four-legged machine achieved 18mph (29km/h) on a laboratory treadmill… the project was part of efforts to develop robots designed to ‘more effectively assist war fighters across a greater range of missions.'”

    Sure sounds like this robotic cheetah will one day be part of the destruction of mankind, lol.

  • U.S. charges members of hacking group Anonymous
  • “Six suspected leaders of the international hacking organization known as Anonymous were charged by U.S. authorities of computer crimes, dealing a major blow to the loose-knit group that has wreaked havoc on the websites of government agencies and major corporations.”

    That’s unfortunate…

  • Will Apple Begin Selling the New iPad March 16?
  • “With Wednesday’s launch of the iPad HD now pretty much a forgone conclusion, a report has surfaced of a mysterious “Apple Store event” planned for Friday, March 16. 9to5Mac cites an ‘Apple Store source who has been reliable in the past’ for a speculative report about an announcement that day. ‘Naturally, this points to an iPad 3 launch on the Friday just nine days after tomorrow’s announcement.'”

    Most likely!

  • 100 Million Americans Now Own Smartphones
  • “For the first time, more than 100 million Americans have smartphones, according to a report by research firm comScore MobileLens… About 234 million Americans over the age of 13 used cellphones in January, meaning that the penetration for smartphones in the U.S. is around 43.3%.”

    I’m surprised the percentage of total cell phone users aren’t smartphone users, lol. Who wants a dumb phone? ;)

  • Pingram Founder: Why I Mashed Up Pinterest and Instagram
  • “If you’re a fan of Instagram and Pinterest, then get ready to fall in love with Pingram. Modeled after Pinterest, the site allows you to view Instagram photos in the same way you might browse through pins on Pinterest… Much like on Instagram, you can browse through the photos of people you’re following on Pingram and check out a feed of the top photos of the moment. Where the fun comes in is Pingram’s Pinterest functionality. If you see a photo you like (or just want to share your own snapshots), you can pin pictures to Pinterest directly from the site.”

    Interesting!! I do love both…

  • Radio stations join advertisers in cutting ties to Limbaugh after remarks about law student
  • “A second radio station has dropped Rush Limbaugh’s talk show in reaction to his derisive comments about a Georgetown law student advocating that birth control be covered by the Jesuit university’s health care plan… Limbaugh called Georgetown University student Sandra Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute” last week after she urged lawmakers consider the importance of contraception coverage in their discussion of national health care policy. He apologized to Fluke on Saturday in writing and discussed it on the air Monday… That was too little, too late for many. A slew of advertisers have left the show and at least one other radio station, KPUA in Hilo, Hawaii, has stopped airing it.”

    Ouch.

  • [Photos]: Australia floods cause huge spider webs
  • “It might look like a scene from a scary movie, but these spiders are actually crawling outdoors in Australia. They’re suspended in the air, their webs woven on sticks on a bush.”

    Frightening.

  • Video of dog playing piano and singing goes viral
  • “A video of a dog singing and playing the piano has become the latest viral sensation after it was posted on YouTube where it’s been seen by nearly a million viewers.”

    Lol, so funny!


Thor and (or) Loki Photo of the Day:

Loki decided to attack Thor while she was napping on me today, lol.


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Linda

Linda Hoang is an Edmonton blogger who writes about food, travel, lifestyle/events and pets. She’s also a social media/digital specialist with a journalism background. Linda is in love with her city and loves exploring and promoting Edmonton and other places she visits with her husband Mike. Linda is also the founder of the Edmonton International Cat Festival (and has 2 cats herself, along with 2 dogs).

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