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

 25-May-16 Google patents sticky glue to catch pedestrians hit by self-driving carsGoogle has come up with a strange way to help pedestrians should they be hit by one of the company’s self-driving cars – sticky glue. The idea is pretty simple – the self-driving car would have a sticky glue-like adhesive layer positioned on the front hood, front bumper and the sides of the vehicle, according to a recently published patent application from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. That way, if the car were to hit a pedestrian, they would “stick” to the hood of the car instead of bouncing back onto the road.
 24-May-16 David Saint-Jacques to be next Canadian astronaut in spaceQuebec engineer and doctor David Saint-Jacques will be the next Canadian to work in space aboard the International Space Station. Saint-Jacques, 46, is scheduled to travel to space aboard the Russian Soyuz rocket for a six-month mission in November 2018. “I promise to live up to your expectations,” Saint-Jacques told a group of schoolchildren gathered Monday at an Ottawa museum, where Minister of Science and Innovation Navdeep Bains announced his assignment.
 20-May-16 Winnipeg entrepreneur brings farms into the cityA local entrepreneur is bringing farms into the city and calling it a ‘hyper local’ way to get your food.  “I realized that our food is travelling way too far to get to us,” David Gingera, owner of CitiGrow said. CitiGrow is a network of 22 micro-farms in and around Winnipeg. The farms produce chemical free. Gingera said it’s through companies like his that people learn just how much food we can grow here at home.
 19-May-16 Printed book sales rise for first time in four years as ebooks declineSales of printed books have grown for the first time in four years, lifted by the adult colouring book craze and 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland, as ebooks suffered their first ever decline. “Digital continues to be an incredibly important part of the industry, but it would appear there remains a special place in the consumer’s heart for aesthetic pleasure that printed books can bring,” said Publishers Association chief executive Stephen Lotinga.
 18-May-16 3-D Technologies Help The Blind Experience Art More FullyAs you travel through the galleries of the Canadian Museum of Human Rights, you may notice visitors doing the unthinkable: touching the art. While handling paintings and sculpture is usually forbidden, the Museum of Human Rights is currently hosting the first-ever exhibition of a specially developed collection of paintings made to be enjoyed by touch.
 17-May-16 How Libraries - Yes, Libraries - Are Helping People Ditch Stuff They Don’t NeedHave you ever checked out a sewing machine from your local library? What about a guitar or a 3D printer? If you haven’t, you might soon.  Public libraries across the country are housing so-called “libraries of things,” from which people can borrow useful items for a short time instead of buying them outright. This is a largely hidden feature of the growing “sharing economy,” but it may be poised to take off as many Americans become increasingly concerned about waste and environmental sustainability.
 16-May-16 This is your brain on communicationNeuroscientist Uri Hasson researches the basis of human communication, and experiments from his lab reveal that even across different languages, our brains show similar activity, or become "aligned," when we hear the same idea or story. This amazing neural mechanism allows us to transmit brain patterns, sharing memories and knowledge. "We can communicate because we have a common code that presents meaning," Hasson says.
 13-May-16 Winnipeg man builds Fort Gibraltar with LegoBrick by plastic brick, a Winnipeg photographer has recreated Fort Gibraltar with Lego. The iconic fences, pathway, buildings, interiors and even the fort’s re-enactors are featured in the Lego Fort Gibraltar Dan Harper built. It took 6,340 pieces, and Harper estimates somewhere around 50 hours of brick-clicking building, but it was “spectacular” project he says was worth it, “because it’s such an iconic Winnipeg thing.”
 12-May-16 Life hacks: the apps I use to pretend that I'm a competent adultI am not a very organised person. When I decided to make my lunch at home, rather than buy it at work, it took the better part of a year before I could reliably leave the house in the morning with the lunch in my bag, rather than in the fridge. When I started going to the gym, I would often only realise I’d skipped it when I unpacked my gym bag the morning after, only to notice that the clothes were unworn. As a coping mechanism, I’m a serial consumer of life hacks, those tips and tricks designed to help people like me get through the day in a rough simulacrum of adulthood.
 11-May-16 A 15-year-old boy from Canada may have discovered a forgotten Mayan cityA 15-year-old boy believes he has discovered a forgotten Mayan city using satellite photos and Mayan astronomy. William Gadoury of Quebec came up with the theory that the Mayan civilization chose the location of its towns and cities according to its star constellations. He found that Mayan cities lined up exactly with stars in the civilization's major constellations.
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