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A list of the past entries in our "Link of the Day" feature:

 28-May-15 Self-driving cars: 5 ways they could change city lifeGoogle's newest self-driving car is set to hit California roads this summer and Nissan has reiterated that it hopes to have its first self-driving models on the road by 2020. Self-driving cars could be coming soon, in spite of a few hurdles that need to be overcome, including some safety concerns. It's worth considering some of the unexpected changes they could make to our lives, especially once technology and laws allow them to cruise around town with no humans inside.
 27-May-15 Driverless truck corridor from Mexico to Manitoba proposedTrucks hauling cargo from Canada through the United States to Mexico and back navigate border crossings without the need for passports, visas or even a driver to steer them. It's an idea that's not too far-fetched, says a group that met in North Dakota last week. Marlo Anderson with the Central North American Trade Corridor Association says members are working to turn the idea into reality.
 26-May-15 WPL offers members free access to lynda.comLyndaLibrary is a version of the popular lynda.com service tailored for libraries. lynda.com is a leading online learning company that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. With your Winnipeg Public Library card, you can access the hundreds of thousands of videos lynda.com offers. There is something for everyone, with courses for the very beginner to professionals.
 25-May-15 Sophie Scott: Why we laughDid you know that you're 30 times more likely to laugh if you're with somebody else than if you're alone? Cognitive neuroscientist Sophie Scott shares this and other surprising facts about laughter in this fast-paced, action-packed and, yes, hilarious dash through the science of the topic.
 22-May-15 3D Drawings on Vending Machines in GermanyLook at each vending machine carefully and then look at the drawing depicted where the “inards” of the machine actually do the work.  This is too funny when you look at each photo.   Somebody has tapped into her inner child and is making a load of $$ and having fun doing it. There is an employment company in Germany whose name is ‘Jobs In Town’.  Its motto, as you can see, is “life’s too short for the wrong job” – – – its working premise is to match folks with jobs that suit them and that they will enjoy.
 21-May-15 Does peer review do more harm than good?On March 24, Mark Maslin, like the other members of Scientific Reports’ editorial board, received an email with huge ramifications. The message—from the academic journal’s publisher, Nature Publishing Group—told Maslin that his publication was doing a pilot project for a new article-evaluation process. For $750, authors could now fast-track papers through peer review and get a yay-or-nay verdict from a paid pool of third-party reviewers within three weeks.
 20-May-15 #Bookface Brings Book Cover Art into the Real WorldLibraries aren't just palaces of dead trees anymore. Lots of libraries and librarians have embraced technology and social media. And one library-centric hashtag has caught on in the wider book-loving world: #bookface. The idea is to take a book cover and stage a photo that appears to complete it. It's life-meets-(cover)art!
 19-May-15 What happens when our computers get smarter than we are?Artificial intelligence is getting smarter by leaps and bounds — within this century, research suggests, a computer AI could be as "smart" as a human being. And then, says Nick Bostrom, it will overtake us: "Machine intelligence is the last invention that humanity will ever need to make." A philosopher and technologist, Bostrom asks us to think hard about the world we're building right now, driven by thinking machines. Will our smart machines help to preserve humanity and our values — or will they have values of their own?
 15-May-15 Victoria Day: A look at the queen on screenVictoria Day, a federal holiday in Canada recognized by all but four provinces, is celebrated as the annual kick-off to summer in Canada. But, often lost in the long weekend of fireworks and two-fours is the woman behind the holiday. Victoria Day (which is celebrated by no other country) marks the birthday of Queen Victoria, who was born 196 years ago on May 24. The great- great- grandmother of Queen Elizabeth II reigned from 1837 to 1876.
 14-May-15 Programming bacteria to detect cancer (and maybe treat it)Liver cancer is one of the most difficult cancers to detect, but synthetic biologist Tal Danino had a left-field thought: What if we could create a probiotic, edible bacteria that was "programmed" to find liver tumors? His insight exploits something we're just beginning to understand about bacteria: their power of quorum sensing, or doing something together once they reach critical mass.
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