Clicks of the Day: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 Edition!

Welcome to Wednesday, April 18 2012′s Clicks of the Day!

    Edmonton/Alberta/Canada

  • Strategic voting could tip the scales
  • “As the provincial election battle intensifies between the two parties on the political right, people who might have been considering voting for one of the left-leaning parties could resort to strategic voting. “Strategic voting is all about preventing your least favourite candidate from winning,” explains Grant MacEwan University political scientist Chaldeans Mensah. It’s a trend that’s becoming more prominent as April 23rd nears. Numerous signs and websites have been popping up around the province encouraging people to vote strategically, given how close the Wildrose and Progressive Conservative parties have been polling.”

    Will you be voting for someone you believe in or voting to prevent your least favourite candidate from winning?

  • Wildrose candidates’ gaffes raise ire of mayors
  • “The mayors of Alberta’s two major cities have waded into the provincial election campaign, saying the remarks of some candidates hurt the image of their cities. In particular, they focused on Allan Hunsperger and Ron Leech, two pastors running for the Wildrose in Edmonton and Calgary, respectively. Calgary’s Naheed Nenshi (who has repeatedly said he hasn’t endorsed a party) said Mr. Leech’s post-gaffe explanation – that he meant to say he wasn’t at a disadvantage because he’s white – didn’t address whether he believes, as he originally implied, that non-white candidates only represent non-white voters. Mr. Nenshi happens to live in the riding. Edmonton Mayor Stephen Mandel publicly questioned why Ms. Smith didn’t refute Mr. Hunsperger, saying homophobia isn’t welcome in his city. “We’re accepting and open and welcome everybody. We don’t want people to think that this is a place that people are not welcome,” Mr. Mandel told a local radio station.”

    When the mayors get involved you know it’s quite the election.

    World

  • U.S. condemns photos of soldiers posing with body parts
  • “A new revelation of young American soldiers caught on camera while defiling insurgents’ remains in Afghanistan has intensified questions within the military community about whether fundamental discipline is breaking down given the nature and length of the war. The photographs, published by The Los Angeles Times on Wednesday, show more than a dozen soldiers of the 82nd Airborne Division’s Fourth Brigade Combat Team, along with some Afghan security forces, posing with the severed hands and legs of Taliban attackers in Zabul Province in 2010. ”

    Awful.

  • Popocatépetl spews ash, Mexico prepares for possible evacuation
  • “Currently, the local alert level remains at a Yellow Level 3 alert. International Business Times reported this means “they expect explosive activity of an intermediate to high scale.” The next stage of alert would be a red alert, which would likely prompt evacuations.”

    Hope everyone is okay.

  • The 100 most influential people in the world
  • “They are the people who inspire us, entertain us, challenge us and change our world. Meet the breakouts, pioneers, moguls, leaders and icons who make up this year’s TIME 100.”

    Including ‘Rihanna,’ ‘Kristin Wiig,’ ‘Anonymous,’ ‘Peter Cashmore,’ ‘Stephen Colbert’ and more! Congratulations to them.

    Health

  • New technology offers breakthrough in cerebral palsy treatment
  • “American scientists say a new nanotechnology-based technique that can target hard-to-reach parts of the brain could be used to treat cerebral palsy. The treatment helped rabbits born with the condition regain mobility, marking a breakthrough in cerebral palsy research and providing patients with a hope that treatment may be available after birth.”

    Cool. Also cool – the rabbits were born with the condition and scientists didn’t just make them have it for the sake of research.

  • Breast cancer classification promises better therapies
  • “Researchers have found a way to classify breast cancer tumors into 10 distinct categories ranging from very treatable to extremely aggressive, a major step on the way to the long-sought goal of precisely targeting therapies for patients. The new categories, described in a study released Wednesday, should help scientists devise fresh approaches to treat some of the cancers and could spare many women the risks and pain of unnecessarily toxic treatments, oncologists said.”

    Great news.

  • Ottawa woman celebrates 21st birthday with new lungs
  • “Helene Campbell celebrated her 21st birthday at Toronto General Hospital on Wednesday, less than two weeks after she and her family had conceded to themselves that reaching such a milestone was extremely unlikely.”

    Happy birthday Helene!

  • Avian flu researcher plans to defy dutch ban on publishing paper
  • “One of the researchers involved in the controversy over whether to publish research on mutant versions of H5N1 bird flu, has said he plans to submit his paper to Science without applying for an export control license as demanded by the Dutch government.”

    Why does he want to get this published…

  • Drinking water improves exam grades, research suggests
  • “Students who take water into the examination hall may improve their grades, a study of 447 people found. Controlling for ability from previous coursework results, researchers found those with water scored an average of 5% higher than those without.”

    When something’s good for you, it’s really good for you! ;)

    Technology/Social Media

  • Facebook CEO Zuckerberg made US$1 billion Instagram purchase on his own
  • “Facebook shocked the tech community with its $1 billion acquisition of Instagram, but perhaps more shocking is the price the photo-sharing app’s CEO originally wanted for his company: US$2 billion. During three days of quiet negotiations, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg halved Kevin Systrom’s asking price–all without involving bankers or his own board of directors, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.”

    Intense. I didn’t think those kinds of huge company decisions could really be made without discussing with a board lol.

  • 15-year-old arrested for hacking 259 companies
  • “Austrian police have arrested a 15-year-old student suspected of hacking into 259 companies across the span of three months. Authorities allege the suspect scanned the Internet for vulnerabilities and bugs in websites and databases that he could then exploit. As soon as he was questioned, the young boy confessed to the attacks, according to Austria’s Federal Criminal Police Office. The boy allegedly stole data and published it publicly after breaching the security infrastructures of 259 firms. He also defaced many company websites and boasted about his accomplishments on Twitter, where he also posted links to his data dumps.”

    If he can do this at the young age of 15… bet you he’s going to be recruited by some government agency for future work (once he is out of jail).

  • Next iPhone said to ditch glass for Liquidmetal, arrive in June
  • “After a brief hiatus, the long-standing rumor that Apple will employ more metal in the iPhone, has made a return — and even taken a new twist.
    Citing unnamed industry sources, Korean news site ETnews says Apple will use Liquidmetal technology for the next iPhone, which the outlet boldly claims will be unveiled at Apple’s annual worldwide developers conference.”

    It will look slick I’m sure.

    Business/Consumer/Media/Economy

  • To pay off loans, grads put off marriage, children
  • “They can’t buy a house, visit their families in Ohio as often as they would like or spend money on dates. Plans to marry or have children are on hold… High school’s Class of 2012 is getting ready for college, with students in their late teens and early 20s facing one of the biggest financial decisions they will ever make. Total U.S. student-loan debt outstanding topped $1 trillion last year, according to the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and it continues to rise as current students borrow more and past students fall behind on payments. Moody’s Investors Service says borrowers with private student loans are defaulting or falling behind on payments at twice prerecession rates.”

    Rough times.

    Environment/Space/Animals


  • ‘Egg laying led to dinosaur doom’
  • “The fact that land-bound dinosaurs laid eggs is what sealed their fate of mass extinction millions of years ago while mammals giving live births went on to thrive, scientists said on Wednesday. In a new explanation for mammals’ evolutionary victory over dinosaurs, researchers said a mathematical model has shown that infant size was the clincher. Given physical limitations to egg size, dinosaurs had comparatively small young. Some came out of the egg weighing as little as two to 10kg, yet had to bulk up to a hefty 30 or 50 tonnes.”

    Really interesting.

  • Jellyfish population on the rise, perhaps due to global warming and pollution
  • “Global warming, pollution and human activity in marine habitats are not generally regarded as good things — unless you’re a jellyfish. Then — according to a study of the jellyfish population by University of B.C. researchers — they have an upside. Jellyfish, which give many swimmers the creeps, are increasing in the majority of the world’s coastal ecosystems, UBC researchers have found in what is being billed as the first global study of the abundance of jellyfish.”

    Perhaps they’ll take over the world.

    Entertainment

  • Iconic TV host Dick Clark dead at 82
  • “Perennial New Year’s Eve master of ceremonies and American Bandstand host Dick Clark, whose long-running television dance show helped rock ‘n’ roll win acceptance in mainstream America, died on Wednesday at age 82. Clark, one of America’s best-known TV personalities and the longtime host of ABC’s annual New Year’s Rockin’ Eve broadcast from Times Square in Manhattan, suffered a heart attack and died at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California, publicist Paul Shefrin said.”

    May he rest in peace.

  • Netflix gets it: Arrested Development’s 10 new episodes to premiere at the same time
  • “Netflix first won fans over back in November when it announced it was producing 10 new Arrested Development episodes for its streaming video service. Ultimately, it was a smart move for the streaming video company; the show, which ran for three seasons before prematurely getting yanked by the suits at Fox, has a strong cult following. Today, Netflix has confirmed the entire 10-episode fourth season will premiere on the same day, at the same time.”

    Pretty sweet! Arrested Development is on my list of shows to watch.

    Weird News, Other News & Fluff

  • Burger King Japan’s bacon special: man creates whopper with 1,050 strips
  • “Burger King Japan is offering a promotion in which you can add 15 strips of bacon on your burger for a mere 110 Yen, or $1.24. Fifteen bacon strips are chump change for some porkophiles, though. In the video below, a dude attempts to chow down on a Whopper with 1,050 BACON STRIPS, or 70 15-strip upgrades.”

    Oh my.


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

Comfiest cats.


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Clicks of the Day: Sept. 30, Oct 1, 2 2011 Weekend Edition!

Welcome to the three-day roundup …

Weekend Edition (September 30, October 1, 2) of Clicks of the Day!

(I only do one Clicks of the Day post for the weekends so that I can actually have a weekend, lol. And amount of content will fluctuate depending on how much of a weekend I actaully have!)

  • Scientists Find Fried Egg Nebula
  • “Scientists at the European Southern Observatory announced the discovery of something they’ve dubbed the Fried Egg Nebula, a super-rare star located about 13,000 light years from Earth.”

    Cool! Could have named it something cooler though, lol.

  • Sex will pose a huge challenge for interstellar travel
  • “The effects on a developing fetus would likely be even more severe, perhaps disrupting normal embryonic development and even neurological functioning. A baby’s body and bones may develop differently in weightlessness. And then there’s birth to think about.”

    LOL.

  • More than half of Canadians believe their sex life is great
  • “When it comes to sexual intimacy, more than half of Canadians believe their love life is great.”

    Lol, what are your thoughts? Meanwhile…

  • More youngsters having unsafe sex
  • “Young people across the globe are having more unprotected sex and know less about effective contraception options.”

    Lol.

  • Women Truly Are the Tougher Sex
  • “New research suggests that women are not only tougher than men (as if there was any doubt), but are also hard-wired to better resist infections and certain diseases, such as cancer.”

    Woot, woot. Well done women! :)

  • Archie Comics: Finally, some respect?
  • “They’re as much a part of Americana as Spider-Man, but Archie and his pals don’t always get the respect they deserve.”

    I love(d) Archie comics! <3 Still would if they weren't so freaken expensive nowadays!

  • 10 Crazy Science Experiments that Wound Up In Your Kitchen
  • “Jell-O went through generations of scientists before becoming what we know it today.”

    Interesting read about the history of certain foods/ingredients!

  • [Infographic]: How Your Cell Phone Will Replace Your Wallet
  • “This interesting infographic should give you a pretty good idea how things evolved from a time when live stock was used as a currency to the present era when one can simply link a credit card to a smartphone and use it to pay for just about anything from restaurant bills and parking meters to cab fares.”

    Really interesting! And definitely going to happen.

  • Are Cell Phones the Cigarettes of the 21st Century?
  • “And while it’s unlikely that the negative effects of cell phones are anywhere close to those of smoking, it does raise the question: Will our grandchildren look at us talking on our cell phones the moment our plane touches down, or while sitting in the doctors office, with the same mix of nostalgia and moral superiority that we feel toward those dated characters on Mad Men?”

    An interesting comparison.

  • U.S. government paid out $600 million to dead people
  • “The federal government has paid out more then $600 million in retirement and disability benefits to deceased federal workers and the problem doesn’t appear correctable in the near future.”

    Wow. Government Fail.

  • Homebrew iPhone 5 design prototype looks absolutely amazing
  • “Ben Miller of BenM.at, a German mobile website, decided to compile all of the rumors he’s heard about case leaks, specs, and mock-ups, and build his own mock-up of what he thinks the iPhone 5 will look like.”

    Interesting! Looks nice. I think all iPhones have looked nice though ^_^

  • The Frugal ‘New Normal’ Has Become the Norm
  • “Americans today are even more likely than they were a couple years ago to say that saving more, being more frugal and cost-conscious, and, interestingly enough, spending more time with their families, were priorities in their lives.”

    Good, people should be more frugal and cost-conscious! Some things people waste money on are ridiculous…

  • Facebook Privacy: 3 Fights to Expect When You Get the New Timeline
  • “Just when you thought you’d survived all Facebook-related quarrels, the new timeline is sure to expose more hurt feelings and suspicions.”

    Timeline won’t be hurting anyone of my Facebook friends’ feelings or get me in any trouble. How about you? lol.

  • Research In Motion Denies PlayBook Discontinued As Exodus Of Execs Continues
  • “Research In Motion has denied an analyst’s report Thursday that the company has seized production of its PlayBook tablet PC.”

    Well if it hasn’t yet it definitely will. RIM is going down, down, down.

  • 700 arrested after protest on NY’s Brooklyn Bridge
  • “Protesters speaking out against corporate greed and other grievances were maintaining a presence in Manhattan’s Financial District even after more than 700 of them were arrested during a march on the Brooklyn Bridge in a tense confrontation with police.”

    This “Occupy” movement is gaining quite a bit of steam.

  • Activists to occupy Canadian cities following Wall Street protests
  • “Activists are planning an occupation of Toronto’s financial district, following in the footsteps of protesters currently camped out on Wall Street.”

    Could this be an entire North American revolution?

  • Canadian Border Fence: U.S. Eyes Barriers On The 49th Parallel
  • “The United States is looking at building fences along the border with Canada to help keep out terrorists and other criminals.”

    Dumb!

  • Alberta’s Alison Redford travelled the world, came home to be premier
  • “Alison Redford certainly took her own unique path to the top — one that was equal parts tenacity, unconventionality and scorched earth.”

    Learn about your new premier, Albertans.

  • New Girl Gets Full Season Order
  • “Two weeks in and the Zooey Deschanel series is clearly a success for FOX, becoming the number one series on Tuesdays among Adults 18-49 and this season’s No. 1 new series among Adults 18-34, Women 18-34 and Teens.”

    I. Love. Zooey. Deschanel!! New Girl is pretty good as well :)

  • ‘Arrested Development’ Coming Back for One More Season
  • “‘Arrested Development’ creator Mitch Hurwitz announced today that the show will be coming back to television — five years after it was cancelled.”

    Great news for a lot of fans. I didn’t watch Arrested Development but I’ve heard great things.

  • Digital Cerebellums Allow Scientists To Extract, Record Information In Rat Brains
  • “The cyborg rats are here. Scientists at Tel Aviv University have, for the first time, used “digital cerebellums” to restore brain functions of rats that had previously been lost. According to New Scientist, the program essentially created “cyborg” rats, with a portion of their brain function being replaced by a chip.”

    Hm.

  • Meet AlphaDog, the terrifying robot horse the military’s building
  • “This remote-controlled equine machine is designed to carry 400 lbs of payload on 20-mile treks over uneven terrain.”

    Sigh. If we don’t die of horrific natural disasters then we’re surely going to be killed by technology!

  • Arctic ozone loss at record level
  • “Ozone loss over the Arctic this year was so severe that for the first time it could be called an “ozone hole” like the Antarctic one, scientists report.”

    Ruh roh.

  • Hollywood downloads a post-DVD future
  • “The movie studio business model is poised for its biggest shift in years as Hollywood turns to Internet delivery as the only way to boost home entertainment revenues.”

    Are DVDs going the way of CDs and cassettes?!

  • The perfect DiY underground house for post-apocalyptic living
  • “No mention of this place being secured against vampires and zombies, but just take one look at it and you can tell no monster is going to get inside. It’s ready for just about any disaster you could throw at it.”

    Weird!

  • Is this the weirdest hotel room in the world?
  • “Forget the penthouse suite, one unusual hotel is sending its most important guests 500ft below ground to sleep.”

    Pretty creepy. I wouldn’t want to stay there.

  • Belgian eccentric who sees everything in black and white… because he thinks he’s a penguin
  • “The 79-year-old, nicknamed ‘Monsieur Pingouin’ (Mr Penguin) dons his favourite hooded black-and-white penguin costume when he takes trips out in local neighbourhood.”

    Lol.

  • Plane Hits Ferris Wheel In Australia
  • “An ultra-light plane crashed into a Ferris wheel at a rural festival in eastern Australia on Saturday, trapping two children on the ride and two adults in the aircraft for hours.”

    LOL HOW DO YOU MISS A FERRIS WHEEL?!

  • 100 articles that every journalist should read
  • “What should journalists read about journalism? Should we be influenced by musings about the relationship between blogging and journalism, or by some timeless advice from George Orwell?”

    Huurray! Will be on my reading list for awhile now. #yegmedia – take note!

  • Wife Of UK Lawmaker, Convicted Of Kitten Theft
  • “The estranged wife of a British lawmaker was convicted on Friday of stealing a kitten from the house of her husband’s lover.”

    Lol.

  • Man caught trying to smuggle hummingbirds in his underwear
  • “An air passenger has been caught trying to smuggle more than a dozen live hummingbirds inside his pants. The tiny birds were discovered hidden in special pouches sewn inside the Dutchman’s pants at Rochambeau airport in Cayenne, French Guiana.”

    Oh geez. What is up with people.

  • Adele’s ‘Someone Like You’ Video
  • “Now, she’s released the music video for the ballad, and, in continuing with her stripped down, talent-only oeuvre, it simply features her walking along a river in Paris, contemplating a past lover in black and white.”

    Beautiful song. Great, simple, music video.

  • Michelle Obama shops incognito at Target
  • “The AP reported that Secret Service agents, dressed casually, arrived at the store 30 minutes before the first lady, who shopped with an assistant. She reportedly spent 30-40 minutes shopping and was only recognized by her cashier.”

    That hard to go out to buy a few things from Target hey, oh the life of a world leader’s wife.

  • [Hanged]: Jasper Collins
  • “Collins’ condition worsened after his conviction. In the weeks before his execution, he became violent and tried to escape his cell, and had to be restrained with a straitjacket. Other times he chewed on his blankets, hit his head repeatedly on the wall of the jail cell, and tried to bite anyone who approached him.”

    The Journal’s series on capital punishment in Alberta continues with ‘Jasper Collins.’ Creepy.. interesting read.

  • [Video]: Cute Kitty Falls Asleep
  • “Cute wittle kitty has an adorable case of the Afternoon Sleepies.”

    SO CUTE. <3

  • The Earthscraper, a 65-story-tall skyscraper buried under Mexico City
  • “This here’s concept art for BNKR Arquitectura’s Earthscraper, an inverted skyscraper shoved deep under the surface of Mexico City. ”

    Whoa! Weird. But cool.


Thor Photo of the Day:

Hehehe!!! Stuck in a box.


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