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

 22-Aug-14 Glacier melt worldwide now caused mainly by humansMan-made greenhouse gas emissions have become the dominant cause of melting in glaciers from the Alps to the Andes that is raising world sea levels, a study said on Thursday.  Human emissions accounted for an estimated 69 per cent of loss of ice from glaciers from 1991-2010, overtaking natural climate variations that had been the main driver of a retreat since the mid-19th century, researchers wrote in the journal Science.
 21-Aug-14 A brief history of USBIf you were using a computer anytime before the dawn of USB in the Pentium and Pentium II eras, connecting pretty much anything to your computer required any one of a large variety of ports. Connecting a mouse? Maybe you need a PS/2 connector or a serial port. A keyboard? PS/2 again, maybe the Apple Desktop Bus, or a DIN connector. Printers and scanners generally used big old parallel ports...
 20-Aug-14 Zombie camp teaches Manitobans how to survive possible apocalypse"A bunch of survivors have come to this land and we’re here to train and prepare ourselves for the possible zombie apocalypse,” said Deidter Stadnyk of Zombie Survival Camp. Twenty “survivors”  camped out starting Friday night on property owned by CD Trees. They were trained in archery, weaponry and wilderness survival before a simulated zombie outbreak Sunday.
 19-Aug-14 The Future of College? The Future of College? A brash tech entrepreneur thinks he can reinvent higher education by stripping it down to its essence, eliminating lectures and tenure along with football games, ivy-covered  buildings, and research libraries. What if he's right?
 18-Aug-14 What Do Blind People Actually See?In 2004 Peter König made a special belt: one that always vibrated on the side of it facing north. Put on the belt and face north, and it would vibrate in the front; turn to face west and it vibrated on the right side. König, a cognitive scientist at the University Osnabrück, Germany, gave it to a man named Udo Wächter to wear as part of a pilot study. After just six weeks, Wächter had developed an amazing and much-improved sense of direction. Even in a town 100 miles away, he could immediately point to his home.
 15-Aug-14 Ebola vaccine developed in Winnipeg is headed for AfricaUp to 1,000 doses of an Ebola vaccine developed at the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg will soon be on their way to West Africa to help stop the spread of the worst outbreak of the disease the world has ever seen.  Canada announced it would donate between 800 and 1,000 doses of the vaccine to the World Health Organization, which will decide who will get the doses and how they will be distributed.
 14-Aug-14 Octopus mom waits record 4½ years for eggs to hatchHuman mothers spend nine long months watching what they eat and lugging around a growing belly as they wait for babies to be born, but that's nothing compared to what a mother deep-sea octopus endures.  At 4½ years, an octopus has claimed the record for the longest known egg-brooding period or pregnancy in the animal kingdom.  A deep-sea octopus observed by researchers from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in California sat with her arms wrapped around her eggs for 53 months, apparently without eating the entire time.
 13-Aug-14 How dinosaurs shrank into birdsScientists have mapped how a group of fearsome, massive dinosaurs evolved and shrank to the likes of robins and hummingbirds.  Comparing fossils of 120 different species and 1,500 skeletal features, especially thigh bones, researchers constructed a detailed family tree for the class of two-legged meat-eaters called theropods. That suborder of dinos survives to this day as birds, however unrecognizable and improbable it sounds.
 12-Aug-14 Huge waves detected in Arctic waters for 1st timeWaves rearing as high as the second-floor windows of a building have been detected in the Beaufort Sea for the first time. Arctic waves are normally kept in check by sea ice, which has traditionally covered large areas of the Arctic Ocean even in the summer. But warmer temperatures as a result of climate change are melting away more and more of that ice.  A wave gauge deployed in the Beaufort Sea in the western Arctic in 2012 has already measured some of the consequences, recording wave heights of almost five metres during a September storm.  "That's a lot bigger than anything previously recorded up there,"
 11-Aug-14 Interlake history a stellar sagaLake Winnipeg is central to the tale told by Glenn Sigurdson. It has profoundly influenced the people travelling on its waters and occupying the lands along its shores.  Joining the Cree, who have lived in the environs for generations, were the Icelanders.  Author W.D. Valgardson provides a strong start to Vikings on a Prairie Ocean in his foreward, offering insight into Iceland's population (some 300,000) and social/political situation a century ago. He details how the migration of people from Iceland to what is now Manitoba was prompted by volcanic eruptions in the 1870s.
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