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Link of the Day Archives

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

 01-Aug-14 Can you spot the fake photo or video?Social media is brimming with photos and videos linked to the news of the day. Some are legitimate, and some are fake — and it's not always easy to tell what's what. But if you have an internet connection, you have access to tools that let you do your own digital fact-checking. Day 6 talks to Craig Silverman, editor of Regret the Error and the Verification Handbook, about simple techniques people can use to root out hoaxes.
 31-Jul-14 NHL warns hockey’s future threatened by climate changeThe National Hockey League released its Sustainability Report, an annual review of how the league and its member teams are tackling environmental concerns, and issued with it a warning in a letter from commissioner Gary Bettman. "Our sport can trace its roots to frozen freshwater ponds, to cold climates,” said Bettman. “Major environmental challenges, such as climate change and freshwater scarcity, affect opportunities for hockey players of all ages to learn and play the game outdoors."
 30-Jul-14 Why Seven Hours of Sleep Might Be Better Than EightHow much sleep do you really need? Experts generally recommend seven to nine hours a night for healthy adults. Sleep scientists say new guidelines are needed to take into account an abundance of recent research in the field and to reflect that Americans are on average sleeping less than they did in the past.  Several sleep studies have found that seven hours is the optimal amount of sleep—not eight, as was long believed—when it comes to certain cognitive and health markers, although many doctors question that conclusion.
 29-Jul-14 Wanted: Girls Who CodeThat’s the question being asked at Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, and other tech companies, as well as in university computer labs. Over the past three decades, the number of women involved in coding and programming has plummeted. In 1984, 37 percent of all computer science college graduates were women. Today, that figure stands at a mere 12 percent.
 28-Jul-14 The Article That Told the World About the Holocaustn July 22, 1942—seventy-two years ago to this day—the first inhabitants of the Warsaw Ghetto were placed in rail cars and deported to Nazi concentration camps. Accounts of exact numbers vary, but less than six months later, the ghetto held only approximately 50,000 of the original 550,000 Jews. The rest had been deported. Most had died or would soon die in Treblinka, at the hands of the Nazis. Five months after those deportations began, on December 22, 1942, The New Republic published one of the very first accounts of the Holocaust that would reach Western eyes.
 25-Jul-14 Getting Over Procrastination“It’s a common pulse of humanity,” ...We’ve all likely experienced the feeling. There’s that project we have to finish, that email we have to send, that phone call we need to make. But somehow, despite our best intentions, we never seem to get any closer to doing it. “One thing that defines procrastination isn’t a lack of intention to work,” Steel said. It’s the difficulty of following through on that intention.
 24-Jul-14 The 100 best Canadian songs ever We thought narrowing down last July's list of the 100 greatest Canadian albums was difficult, but just try deciding on the best Canadian songs with a staff of music lovers of all ages sprawled coast to coast. Apparently we love a challenge (and a great fight), but the dust has settled and we're pleased to present CBC Music's 100 best Canadian songs ever.
 23-Jul-14 Crucifix unearthed in Ferryland after 400 years undergroundBut while the artifact is small, it garnered quite a response from professor Barry Gaulton, who said the Catholic cross in an otherwise English settlement is a significant discovery.  The colony was originally settled by Calvert in the early 1600s as a place where Christians could openly practise their religion without fear or persecution, making the colony the birthplace of religious tolerance in British North America.
 22-Jul-14 Being a Better Online ReaderCertainly, as we turn to online reading, the physiology of the reading process itself shifts; we don’t read the same way online as we do on paper.  The contrast of pixels, the layout of the words, the concept of scrolling versus turning a page, the physicality of a book versus the ephemerality of a screen, the ability to hyperlink and move from source to source within seconds online—all these variables translate into a different reading experience.
 21-Jul-14 How to speak so that people want to listenHave you ever felt like you're talking, but nobody is listening? Here's Julian Treasure to help. In this useful talk, the sound expert demonstrates the how-to's of powerful speaking — from some handy vocal exercises to tips on how to speak with empathy. A talk that might help the world sound more beautiful.
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