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Link of the Day Archives

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

 14-Dec-17 Winter warrior: Learn how to run in the cold from experts who say it's more fun than you thinkIf you've got the right gear, Lindsay Somers says running in the winter makes you feel like a warrior.  "There's this victory.… I'm, like, in this secret spacesuit and no one knows who I am and it actually is … the most empowering, exciting thing," she said.
 13-Dec-17 More Canadians shift to online shopping as holiday season beginsE-commerce is taking over in the United States as the holiday shopping season goes into full swing, and Canada isn't far behind.  Online shopping sales are set to overtake in-store sales for Christmas gifts for the first time, according to one survey. Deloitte asked U.S consumers how they plan to spend their money during the holidays and found that, on average, 51 per cent of a shopper's gift budget will go toward online purchases.
 12-Dec-17 Staring into a baby’s eyes puts her brain waves and yours in syncWhen you lock eyes with a baby, it’s hard to look away. For one thing, babies are fun to look at. They’re so tiny and cute and interesting. For another, babies love to stare back. I remember my babies staring at me so hard, with their eyebrows raised and unblinking eyes wide open. They would have killed in a staring contest.
 11-Dec-17 How freezing a soap bubble turns it into a ‘snow globe’Frigid air can transform an ordinary soap bubble into a glittery “snow globe.” No shaking required.  When a bubble is placed in a freezer set to –20° Celsius, delicate ice crystals swirl gracefully across the soapy film, gradually growing larger until the bubble freezes solid.
 08-Dec-17 Holiday spending out of control, Canadians tell surveyMany Canadians believe their holiday spending is out of control, with more than half saying they'll spend more than they budgeted, an online survey for CIBC suggests.  When asked how much they're planning to spend, respondents said an average $643 on gifts and another $300 on decor and entertaining.
 07-Dec-17 UN signals 'end' of throwaway plasticThe end of the era of throwaway plastic has been signalled by UN environment ministers meeting in Kenya.  They signed off a document stating that the flow of plastic into the ocean must be stopped.
 06-Dec-17 'Classic' Canadian winter making a comeback"As a whole, Canadians should expect a wild ride from start to finish,” Chris Scott, Chief Meteorologist at The Weather Network, says of Winter 2017/18.  "It's safe to say we’ll all be participating in winter this year."
 05-Dec-17 Sorry, Grumpy Cat—Study finds dogs are brainier than catsThere’s a new twist to the perennial argument about which is smarter, cats or dogs.  It has to do with their brains, specifically the number of neurons in their cerebral cortex: the “little gray cells” associated with thinking, planning and complex behavior —all considered hallmarks of intelligence.
 04-Dec-17 Neurotoxin found in some Lake Winnipeg algaeA new study found a neurotoxin linked to diseases including ALS and Alzheimer's in blue-green algal blooms in Lake Winnipeg.  Researchers from the University of British Columbia tested samples of 30 different blue-green algae, or cyanobacteria, blooms in the Manitoba lake, gathered by Lake Winnipeg Research Consortium.
 01-Dec-17 Manitoba takes baby step toward improving 'overly complicated' daycare legislationThe Manitoba government has introduced a legislative change it believes will clarify and streamline current rules governing the operation of daycares and home-based child care in the province.
 30-Nov-17 Everything Worth Knowing About ... Autism Spectrum DisorderThere is no cure. The causes are only partially understood. And treatments are limited to tackling symptoms, not the condition itself. One in 68 school-age kids in the U.S. have autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a range of developmental conditions usually marked by social, behavioral and communication issues.
 29-Nov-17 Even a tiny oil spill spells bad news for birdsBirds don’t need to be drenched in crude oil to be harmed by spills and leaks.  Ingesting even small amounts of oil can interfere with the animals’ normal behavior, researchers reported November 15 at the annual meeting of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry North America.
 28-Nov-17 Gâteau à l'orange: The story of a recipe that survived the HolocaustIn a world where the daily headlines are increasingly filled with acts of violence and targeted hate, Alex Buckman is fighting back... with an heirloom recipe.
 27-Nov-17 26 Facts about LibrariesLearn 26 interesting facts about libraries that you may not know.
 24-Nov-17 We got a good look at the interstellar asteroid and it’s weirdScientists now know what that interstellar visitor — the asteroid that recently zipped through our solar system from outer space — might look like. And it’s an oddity.
 23-Nov-17 Robot companions are just what the doctor orderedIn hospitals and elder care centers, companion bots might make a variety of experiences less painful or lonely.
 22-Nov-17 Manitoba throne speech promises public service transformation, changes to health care and child welfareManitoba's Progressive Conservative government is setting its sights on streamlining the civil service, reducing the number of children in care and a continued transformation of health care as it enters its third session.
 21-Nov-17 New Guidelines Tell Parents When To Introduce Babies To Peanut ProductsAfter multiple recent studies showing that feeding peanut-containing foods to infants can reduce the risk of peanut allergies, there are new federal guidelines for parents about when to start feeding their infants such foods.  The National Institutes of Health announced Thursday that a panel of allergy experts recommends that parents introduce peanut-containing foods into the diets of babies as young as 4 to 6 months.
 20-Nov-17 Idling your car in winter not worth your time or gas, driving educator saysIdling your vehicle during the winter isn't worth your time or gas, says an expert with the Alberta Motor Association.  "It's a myth with modern vehicles," driving educator Ron Wilson told the Calgary Eyeopener on Wednesday.  "Start the vehicle up, let it idle 30 seconds to a minute and you're on the way."
 17-Nov-17 Expanded parental leave, new caregiver benefit, to come into effect Dec. 3New mothers and fathers planning to begin their parental leave on or after Dec. 3 will be able to spread their federal benefits over a longer period of time.  The federal government's long-promised changes to parental leave rules will go into effect early next month, says Families Minister Jean-Yves Duclos, allowing eligible new parents to take up to 18 months of employment insurance benefits after the birth of a child.
 16-Nov-17 New use for old books: Fold them into works of artBooks have more uses than might be obvious. Sure, you can press flowers in a heavy one and set out the pretty ones as decoration. You can read the darn things. But have you tried turning a book into three-dimensional sculpture?  The process can be quite simple; the result a beautiful conversation piece.
 15-Nov-17 How the CD-ROM Killed the Physical EncyclopediaThe fast demise of the physical encyclopedia came about thanks to an upstart publisher, an indecisive giant, and the world’s biggest software company.
 14-Nov-17 As ice retreats, frozen mosses emerge to tell climate change taleSome mosses in the eastern Canadian Arctic, long entombed in ice, are now emerging into the sunlight. And the radiocarbon ages of those plants suggest that summertime temperatures in the region are the warmest they’ve been in tens of thousands of years.
 13-Nov-17 Zika hasn’t been in the news much, but that doesn’t mean it’s goneLess than a year after the World Health Organization declared Zika is no longer a public health emergency, the virus seems to have fallen from public consciousness, at least outside of heavily affected areas. The mosquito-borne virus staged a massive assault on the Western Hemisphere in 2015 and 2016 (SN: 12/24/16, p. 19), but this year, Zika appears to be in retreat.
 09-Nov-17 Manitoba may be first majority non-white province in recent Canadian historyManitoba could be the first majority non-white province in recent history, according to a University of Winnipeg economist, who says Ottawa needs to step up in order for cities and provinces to maintain successful integration.
 08-Nov-17 Forest bathing: A practice with roots in Japan gains a foothold in CanadaWhen you enter a forest with Ronda Murdock, you introduce yourself to plants, you imagine your feet planting roots and you just might make friends with a tree.  This is forest bathing. It's a meditative-like practice which involves immersing oneself in nature, sometimes with a guide, like Murdock, and interacting with your surroundings using all five senses.
 07-Nov-17 Why You Should Read That Whole Text Book Right NowI have a new message that might not be very popular: Read the textbook. And I don't just mean, like, here and there. Read the whole thing as as soon as possible. I know many students have different ideas about the role of the textbook in college courses, so let me go over some of the reasons that students should start reading right away.
 06-Nov-17 Archaeologists discover mysterious void deep within Great Pyramid of Giza Archaeologists have uncovered a mysterious enclosure hidden deep inside the Great Pyramid of Giza, the oldest of the seven wonders of the ancient world.  The massive cavity stretches for at least 30 metres and lies above the grand gallery, an impressive ascending corridor that connects the Queen’s chamber to the King’s in the heart of the historic monument. It is the first major structure found in the pyramid since the 19th century.
 03-Nov-17 A global chocolate shortage? Scientists race to beat the threat from climate changeIn stores across Canada, stacks of the humble chocolate bar sit on the shelves, ready to be given away to eager trick-or-treaters.  But that may not always be the case. As global climate change intensifies, the cocoa trees behind your favourite chocolate bars face a growing threat from drought and disease.
 02-Nov-17 Nazi-looted books found in German librariesA man in California holds a book in his hand. It contains a personal dedication from his former school teacher. The elderly man was the only member of his family to survive the Holocaust. Beyond a family photo and one item of clothing, the book is the only thing that he has from his former home country. He has tears in his eyes.
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