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Link of the Day Archives

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

 15-Jul-19 Music engagement and achievement predicts higher grades in math, science and EnglishWhat does maturing mean after elementary school? Here’s one thing it shouldn’t mean: dropping music at school.
 12-Jul-19 11 books Alice Munro loves, and you will tooWant to read like a Nobel Prize winner? They say great writers start out as great readers — so here are 11 books Alice Munro has mentioned over the years as being influential to her own life and work.
 11-Jul-19 Your Hummus Habit Could Be Good For The EarthHummus is having a heyday with American consumers, and that could be as good for the soil as it is for our health.
 10-Jul-19 Origami robots that reshape and transform themselvesTaking design cues from origami, robotician Jamie Paik and her team created "robogamis": folding robots made out super-thin materials that can reshape and transform themselves. In this talk and tech demo, Paik shows how robogamis could adapt to achieve a variety of tasks on earth (or in space) and demonstrates how they roll, jump, catapult like a slingshot and even pulse like a beating heart.
 09-Jul-19 Space traffic is our next wicked environmental problem"Most of what we send into outer space never comes back," says astrodynamicist and TED Fellow Moriba Jah. In this forward-thinking talk, Jah describes the space highways orbiting earth and how they're mostly populated by space junk.
 08-Jul-19 An incredible journey: Arctic fox walks over 3,500 km from Norway to CanadaReached Ellesmere Island via Greenland months after setting out from Svalbard archipelago.
 05-Jul-19 Remembering Apollo 11: What to Watch and Listen ToAs the 50th anniversary of the moon landing approaches, these movies, television shows and podcasts help shine a light on the story.
 04-Jul-19 The Love of Books: The Brave Librarians of SarajevoIn the midst of war, library staff in Sarajevo risked their lives to rescue over 10,000 precious books and manuscripts.
 03-Jul-19 Inside the secret, million-dollar world of baby eel traffickingUndercover Canadian government operation highlights global concerns around smuggling to feed Asian demand.
 02-Jul-19 Elementary students create new book in an effort to understand reconciliationStudents created kid-friendly versions of the TRC's 94 recommendations with pictures and poems.
 28-Jun-19 What almost dying taught me about living"The hardest part of my cancer experience began once the cancer was gone," says author Suleika Jaouad. In this fierce, funny, wisdom-packed talk, she challenges us to think beyond the divide between "sick" and "well," asking: How do you begin again and find meaning after life is interrupted?
 27-Jun-19 The Death Of The Family SecretAncestry and other DNA-testing companies are bringing old family secrets to light. These friends are now dealing with the truth about their fathers.
 26-Jun-19 Another Brutal Fact About the Ice Age Arctic: The HyenasScientists have suspected that an extinct species of hyena, Chasmaporthetes ossifragus, must have traveled over the Bering Land Bridge from Siberia. But they never had definitive proof, until Jack Tseng, a paleontologist at the University at Buffalo, examined two mystery fossils that had sat in museum drawers for 40 years.
 25-Jun-19 Music For Plants Is Real (Even If The Science Isn't)The bestselling 1970s book The Secret Life of Plants has been effectively debunked — but that hasn't stopped Stevie Wonder, Solange and scores of ambient musicians from chasing its leafy muse.
 24-Jun-19 Tactile photographs that display worlds of light, shadow and moodFor years, tactile photographs for the blind conveyed a limited amount of information about the original image and focused mainly on basic descriptive elements. In this talk, artist and photographer Truls Nord describes a printing technique he developed to help blind people experience photography in all its glory.
 21-Jun-19 Increasing open access publications serves publishers’ commercial interestsResearch and discoveries need to be shared. And when those discoveries are publicly funded, they should be openly accessible. Academic journals are the main forum researchers use to share new discoveries with other researchers, particularly in the sciences.  Over the past 20 years, there has been a push to make journals freely available to anyone with an internet connection.
 20-Jun-19 So Long, Exoplanet HD 17156b. Hello ... Sauron?In the last two decades a new wonderland of naming opportunities has emerged with the discovery of planets around other stars, potential cradles of life and far-future adventure.
 19-Jun-19 Book subtitles are getting ridiculously long. What is going on?Todd Stocke, senior vice president and editorial director at Sourcebooks, said that subtitle length and content have a lot to do with finding readers through online searches.
 18-Jun-19 What Aladdin — And Napoleon — Teach Us About CopyrightAs Disney will argue, you don't want intellectual property law to be too permissive or there will be little incentive to create new music or movies. But, when copyright is too broad and strong, the consumer loses out.
 17-Jun-19 The healing power of readingReading and writing can be acts of courage that bring us closer to others and ourselves. Author Michelle Kuo shares how teaching reading skills to her students in the Mississippi Delta revealed the bridging power of the written word -- as well as the limitations of its power.
 14-Jun-19 Winnipeg General Strike Graphic NovelDownload a free digital copy of the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike Graphic Novel by The Graphic History Collective and David Lester.
 13-Jun-19 This one weird trick will help you spot clickbaitHealth headlines are published every day, sometimes making opposite claims from each other. There can be a disconnect between broad, attention-grabbing headlines and the often specific, incremental results of the medical research they cover. So how can you avoid being misled by grabby headlines? Jeff Leek and Lucy McGowan explain how to read past the clickbait.

 12-Jun-19 The Comeback of the CenturyWhy the book endures, even in an era of disposable digital culture.
 11-Jun-19 90 facts about the wild world of Maurice SendakTo celebrate Sendak's life and work, CBC Books has compiled a list of 90 things you might not know about the popular children's author and illustrator.
 10-Jun-19 Why Gulping Down a Cold Drink Feels So RewardingIn a study of mice, researchers found no links between the neural systems related to reward and monitoring water intake.
 07-Jun-19 The story we tell about millennials — and who we leave outMillennials are now the largest, most diverse adult population in the US -- but far too often, they're reduced to the worn-out stereotype of lazy, entitled avocado toast lovers, says author Reniqua Allen. In this revealing talk, she shares overlooked stories of millennials of color, offering a broader, more nuanced view of the generation. "Millennials are not a monolith," she says.
 06-Jun-19 Why giant human-sized beavers died out 10,000 years agoGiant beavers the size of black bears once roamed the lakes and wetlands of North America. Fortunately for cottage-goers, these mega-rodents died out at the end of the last ice age.
 05-Jun-19 The Books of College Libraries Are Turning Into WallpaperUniversity libraries around the world are seeing precipitous declines in the use of the books on their shelves.
 04-Jun-19 The Adorable Custom of ‘Telling The Bees’Whenever there was a death in the family, someone had to go out to the hives and tell the bees of the terrible loss that had befallen the family. Failing to do so often resulted in further loss such as the bees leaving the hive, or not producing enough honey or even dying.
 03-Jun-19 The mysterious science of painIn 1995, the British Medical Journal published a report about a builder who accidentally jumped onto a nail, which pierced straight through his steel-toed boot. He was in such agonizing pain that any movement was unbearable. But when the doctors took off his boot, they discovered that the nail had never touched his foot at all. What's going on? Joshua W. Pate investigates the experience of pain.
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