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

 29-Jul-16 TerryFox.orgOn August 1st, Manitobans honour Terry Fox. Terry Fox was a Canadian athlete, humanitarian, and cancer research activist. In 1980, with one leg having been amputated, he embarked on a cross-Canada run to raise money and awareness for cancer research. Although the spread of his cancer eventually forced him to end his quest after 143 days and 5,373 kilometres, and ultimately cost him his life, his efforts resulted in a lasting, worldwide legacy.
 28-Jul-16 Video of snowboarder chased by bear was part of viral video ‘social experiment’Back in April, the Internet was rife with debate over a video showing a bear supposedly chasing a snowboarder. The video, which has been viewed over eight million times, showed a woman strapping on her snowboard, extending a selfie stick and cruising down a hill while listening to music. Midway through the video, a bear appears in the background — it appeared to be chasing her.
 27-Jul-16 Do students lose depth in digital reading?For both parents and teachers, knowing whether computer-based media are improving or compromising education is a question of concern. With the surge in popularity of e-books, online learning and open educational resources, investigators have been trying to determine whether students do as well when reading an assigned text on a digital screen as on paper. The answer to the question, however, needs far more than a yes-no response.
 26-Jul-16 How Gallaudet University Has Reimagined Architecture for the DeafThe majority of our built environment is designed for people who hear, with little regard for how the hearing-impaired navigate a space. But what would a space look like if it were designed for the deaf? This video from Vox and Curbed focuses on Gallaudet University, the world’s only liberal arts institution for the deaf, and the ways the campus is tailored to the needs of its students.
 25-Jul-16 What will be the next big scientific breakthrough?Throughout history, speculation has spurred beautiful, revolutionary science — opening our eyes to entirely new universes. "I'm not talking about science that takes baby steps," says Eric Haseltine. "I'm talking about science that takes enormous leaps." In this talk, Haseltine passionately takes us to the edges of intellectual pursuit with two ideas — one that's already made history, and the other that's digging into one of humanity's biggest questions with admirable ambition (and a healthy dose of skepticism from many).
 22-Jul-16 This Is Your Brain on Silence“Silence, Please” has proven to be the most popular theme in Finland’s rebranding, and one of the most popular pages on VisitFinland.com. Maybe silence sells because, so often, we treat it as a tangible thing—something easily broken, like porcelain or crystal, and something delicate and valuable.
 21-Jul-16 Three Steps To Get Up To Speed On Any Subject Really, Really FastI was staring at a serious problem. To help our firm win a multimillion-dollar consulting contract, I had five days to tell my new boss everything there was to know about airline bankruptcies. Problem was, I didn’t know the first thing about airline bankruptcies. You have just a few days to learn everything there is to know about a subject you know nothing about. Now what?
 20-Jul-16 Nature is everywhere — we just need to learn to see itHow do you define "nature?" If we define it as that which is untouched by humans, then we won't have any left, says environmental writer Emma Marris. She urges us to consider a new definition of nature — one that includes not only pristine wilderness but also the untended patches of plants growing in urban spaces — and encourages us to bring our children out to touch and tinker with it, so that one day they might love and protect it.
 19-Jul-16 These are the dirtiest places in your officeAccording to the Canada Safety Council, “Dr. Charles Gerba, a microbiologist at the University of Arizona, discovered that the average office toilet seat had 49 germs per square inch.”  While that sounds pretty off-putting, it goes on: “Desktops had almost 21,000 germs per square inch, and phones had more than 25,000 germs per square inch.”
 18-Jul-16 Why You’re Going To Want A 360 CameraIf you’d told me six months ago I’d be stoked about shooting VR videos, I would have laughed at you. Most of the VR experiences I’ve had have made me a little nauseous, so shooting my own wasn’t exactly something I was clamoring to do. Then I went to a dinner party where a friend of mine had a 360 camera and was taking photos of the group. I had to try it out. Bzzzt.
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