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Πέμπτη, 23 Μαρτίου 2017

''Riceman'' and his team want to compare how people would react to a pretty girl begging money for makeup vs a homeless girl begging money for food. To control, they have to the same girl play both roles. They filmed her playing each role for one hour. At the end, over 10 people talked to her and 6 people helped her when she begged for makeup and only 3 people approached her when she begged for food. It’s really bothering to know people would rather help someone with a creative or unusual sign than someone who has legitimate need. 

I hope people in our society can look past someone’s appearance and help those who’s really in need

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Δευτέρα, 20 Μαρτίου 2017

Former Chase Manhattan Chief Executive David Rockefeller has died at the age of 101.

Rockefeller died in his sleep at home in Pocantico Hills, New York, on Monday morning as a result of congestive heart failure, according to a family spokesperson Fraser P. Seitel.

The businessman, who had an estimated fortune of $3 billion, retired as head of Chase Manhattan in 1981 after a 35-year career.

According to a report in the New York Times:

Chase Manhattan had long been known as the Rockefeller bank, though the family never owned more than 5 percent of its shares. But Mr. Rockefeller was more than a steward. As chairman and chief executive throughout the 1970s, he made it “David’s bank,” as many called it, expanding its operations internationally.

His stature was greater than any corporate title might convey, however. His influence was felt in Washington and foreign capitals, in the corridors of New York City government, art museums, great universities and public schools.

Mr. Rockefeller could well be the last of an increasingly less visible family to have cut so imposing a figure on the world stage. As a peripatetic advocate of the economic interests of the United States and of his own bank, he was a force in global financial affairs and in his country’s foreign policy. He was received in foreign capitals with the honors accorded a chief of state.
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Demis Hassabis:  Head of Google Deepmind. The development of Artificial Intelligence will likely have the largest impact on our future and the team at Deepmind spearheaded by Demis seem to be the closest to getting to genuine AI.

Elon Musk: Space X, Tesla, Open AI, Solar City, Gigafactories, Hyperloop, colonizing mars, autonomous vehicles, beaming global internet from space….this one seems pretty obvious

George Church:  Arguably the world’s leading geneticist. He is at the forefront of genetic engineering and synthetic biology, fields that are reshaping our biological destinies and changing the nature of life on earth.

Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook has been investing heavily in virtual reality, artificial intelligence, health services, and satellite internet, to name a few. Also considering his age, personal wealth and the recent rumors that he might seek the presidency soon, this one also seemed like a no brainer.

Xi Jin Ping: Wavered most on this pick but chose him due to China’s bold stance made this week at Davos, sending by far the largest and most powerful delegation of any nation. Clearly China is growing more assertive on the international stage lead by their Premier who has consolidated power like no other Chinese ruler in recent history. China has put forth an ambitious new five year plan that they hope will position themselves as a global hub of innovation for the 21st century. He also seems bolstered by the fact that his biggest rival on the international stage just appointed a leader lacking in the subtle art of international diplomacy.

Others: Craig Ventor, Jeff Bezos, Ben Goertzel, Ray Kurzweil, Gary Marcus, Aubrey De Grey, Peter Thiel, Trump, Tim Cook, Sundar Pichai, Larry Page, Satya Nadella, random graduate student

Of course, any such list is inevitably going to be a little arbitrary and prone to bias so if anyone has a good reason why somebody else should be on this list please state your case below.
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The Body Hacking Convention in Austin, Texas took place a few months ago. It brought together a collection of people who share in the idea of using technology to augment our biological capabilities and enhance the human experience. Austin was a fitting place to hold such an event as the city’s motto suggests…

One of the strongest voices for this movement is Amal Graafstra, CEO and founder of Dangerous Things as well as a firm believer that biohacking is the next step in human evolution. As he pointed out many times, this is a process that has already begun. Whether it be through pacemakers or breast implants, we already fix any part of us that we need to or enhance anything we deem to be sub-par. We also walk around with computers basically attached to us everywhere we go that are connected to the internet and all of humanity at all times. It is natural that we will continue to push this trend forward by further augmenting our bodies and merging ourselves with the tools we create. And he doesn’t just talk the talk, he has transponders implanted into his hands that allow him to open doors, start vehicles and log into his computer with the wave of his hand. His company sells such implantable devices and he has pioneered many of the techniques used in the biohacking industry.

A number of other devices (and the people they are lodged in) were also showcased at this event. Many were focused on allowing humans to intuit new senses, believing we are limited in the ways we can experience and interact with the world to just the five or so senses we are born with. There was North Sense, a device that allows people to feel where north is like a homing pigeon, there were implantable magnets that allow people to pick up objects like Magneto, some even strong enough to let people sense magnetic fields around them, echolocation goggles that help blind people detect objects in front of them, vests that enable the person wearing it to feel the world around them, a company called Cyberise selling everything implantable from chips to thermometers and an eyeborg who had a camera embedded into one of his eye sockets.

However, they were not the irrational sci-fi fanatics that many who first hear about them assume. They are a collection of very forward-looking scientifically minded people who believe in augmenting their biology for the betterment of themselves and the species. It seems this is where we are trending, gradually technology is spreading to every part of our lives and it is only a matter of time before we start making it permanent parts of our identity. The people attending this conference see themselves as simply catching the wave before most people have even seen the tide rising.

They are also keenly aware of how contentious the movement they are starting is, an assortment of ethical issues surrounding it were at the heart of nearly every talk and discussion at the conference. Among the questions addressed were a person’s right to augment their body however they see fit, whether programming code should be considered free speech, if it is incumbent upon us to push technology and augmentation forward to make the species more fit for survival, as well as the fear that many have that the growing gap in equality will continue to grow and that biohacks may lead to the species itself splitting into ‘the enhanced’ and ‘the naturals’ based solely on who can afford to pay for all these upgrades.

It is a fascinatingly complex issue further obfuscated by the reality that there is a blurry line between fixing something and enhancing. If a child is born with a genetic defect that we can treat it seems obvious that we should, but what if gene editing techniques can endow that child with an improved immune system so that they virtually never get sick? At what point do we say it is okay to replace a severed arm with a prosthetic that can restore some function but not okay to give people an arm that works much better than their biological one so others don’t start hacking off their arms to become Robocops? A myriad of such questions pop up when we think about all that we may soon be able to do.

There are no easy answers but the main take away from this conference is that society needs to start talking about these things because whether we like it or not it is becoming a part of our reality and we need to be ready for some very weird things on the horizon.


Much of what was discussed at the conference falls under the label of a growing movement known as transhumanism. It is a movement that aims to facilitate the next step in our evolution as we go from human to something beyond human. Recently a number of transhumanist parties have formed around the world primarily centered around three core tenants: that science and reason should be the basis for decision making not ideology, that government’s main responsibility is to eliminate existential threats to life on earth, and the promotion of science and technology for the betterment of all. Transhumanism also embodies the same ethos that pervaded the body hacking conference, the belief that technology will inevitably swallow the world and that it is actually changing us for the better, proponents of both believe we should accept that change and embrace the possibilities that come with it.

Not all share the movement’s optimism. Many associate much of the progress being made in the world, as well as the rise of ever more factional politics, with a dystopian vision of the future where we either end up destroying ourselves or becoming slaves to the organizations and technologies we are creating. This seems frighteningly plausible especially when you consider that one of the strongest backers of many of the technologies espoused by transhumanists is the military community, DARPA in particular, who envision the creation of universal soldiers equipped with a range of bionic sensors encased in indestructible exo-suits effectively making them superhuman. The development of such a soldier seems to already be at the forefront of the next global arms race.

But transhumanists argue that just the opposite is possible, they believe that by augmenting our biology and merging with technology we can liberate ourselves from many of the inconveniences of life, allowing us to more fully express who we are. Almost every tool that we have created, from the spear to the computer, has given us a better quality of life, and allowed us to live healthier, longer and more enlightened lives. This new age of technology will further facilitate that arc, freeing us from the drudgery of work, ridding us of disease, further connecting us to each other and allowing us to truly explore the limits of reality.

References: Benjamin Stecher
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Σάββατο, 11 Μαρτίου 2017

INCREDIBLE footage has emerged of a magical glowing ice cave in the Arctic created by a sculptor who has been carving ice for over 30 years.

Tim Linhart, from New Mexico, USA, has been building frozen concert halls for over a decade – and he has filled his latest one with fully functional musical instruments also made out of ice.
Incredible footage shows the inside of a concert hall in Swedish Lapland carved entirely out of ice.
American sculptor Tim Linhart has been carving instruments from ice for around 20 years.

Tim has filled the hall with fully functioning musical instruments made from ice.

Tim carved his first frozen instrument sitting on top of a mountain around 20 years ago and says he became enchanted with the idea of making more from the second he first played it.

He said: “I plucked on the wires and I heard the sound coming out from inside the instrument.

“And I was so excited by what I heard that I put on my skis and skied all the way down to the village and told them what had happened to me and how excited I was.

“They pretty much thought I was a kook.

“Well, on that day I sort of had a dream – a vision of what could one day become. Welcome to my dream.”

Incredible footage shows inside the latest magical frozen concert hall that shows off Tim’s life’s work.

The structure is filled with frozen instruments – including icy guitars, frozen drums and beautifully sculpted violins.
The magical ice cave glows in all the colours of the rainbow and hold concerts which people can attend.
Tim said he carved his first instrument from ice 20 years ago and had a vision of what it could become.
Ever since creating his first instrument from ice, Tim has been working to perfect his methods.

The beautiful glowing igloo is located in Luleå, Swedish Lapland, and was specially designed to keep the delicate instruments cool – even when the concert hall is full of people.

Tim explained: “You got hot bodies next to cold instruments and they’re melting…the strings on the stringed instruments begin to get softer and the pitch goes down.

“On the pipe instruments [the pitch] begins to go up, so you’ve got the orchestra going in two different directions.”

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Τρίτη, 7 Μαρτίου 2017

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Aquarium workers figured out his escape route from his suction-cup tracks.

An octopus at an aquarium in New Zealand slipped through a gap at the top of his enclosure in a bold attempt for freedom, before making his way to a drain pipe which led to the ocean. The octopus, named Inky, used to be a resident at New Zealand’s National Aquarium until his escape last year. He managed to slip through a gap at the top of his enclosure that was left by maintenance workers at the aquarium and made his way across the floor of the facility to a six-inch wide drain. The aquarium workers only worked this out because of the suction cup prints that Inky’s tentacles left behind, mapping his escape route. He managed to squeeze his body, which is around the size of a football, through the pipe, due to the fact that octopuses are very malleable, before he made his break for the Pacific Ocean, according to reports. Aquarium manager Rob Yarrall told Radio New Zealand, “He managed to make his way to one of the drain holes that go back to the ocean. And off he went. And he didn’t even leave us a message.”

Inky had been living in the aquarium since 2014 when he was taken in after being caught in a crayfish pot. When he arrived, his body was scarred and his arms were injured. He was then named ‘Inky’, the name chosen from nominations submitted to a contest run by the Napier City Council. The aquarium’s curator of exhibits, Kerry Hewitt, said at the time that Inky was “getting used to being at the aquarium”, but added that staff would “have to keep Inky amused or he will get bored.”

Surprisingly, this isn’t the first time that a captive octopus has tried to escape from an aquarium. Back in 2009 at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium in California, a two-spotted octopus took apart a water recycling valve, before directing a tube to shoot water out of the tank for a total of 10 hours, which consequently caused a huge flood. Following this incident, Scientific American asked octopus expert Jennifer Mather about the animals’ intelligence and previous such hijinks at aquariums. She said, “They are very strong, and it is practically impossible to keep an octopus in a tank unless you are very lucky. … Octopuses simply take things apart. I recall reading about someone who had built a robot submarine to putter around in a large aquarium tank. The octopus got a hold of it and took it apart piece by piece. There’s a famous story from the Brighton Aquarium in England 100 years ago that an octopus there got out of its tank at night when no one was watching, went to the tank next door and ate one of the lumpfish and went back to his own tank and was sitting there the next morning.”

Yarrall claimed at the time that they intend to improve the way that the tank is secured, as one other octopus remains in Inky’s prior tank. He told Hawke’s Bay Today, “They are always exploring and they are great escape artists. We’ll be watching the other one.”

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Σάββατο, 4 Μαρτίου 2017

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Never stop living.

Attaining centenarian status might be a grandiose accomplishment for many, but 99-year-old Annie is determined to do more than that in her long life. In fact, she’s outlined an entire bucket list of everything she’d like to do before she passes, and one of the goals was to get arrested.

Fortunately, she didn’t need to commit a serious crime to make this a reality. Instead, she contacted the Nijmegen-Zuid police station and authorities were more than willing to help her dream come true.

Like a hardened criminal, Annie was handcuffed and “briefly allowed” to sit in a cell with fastened handcuffs. This occurred after officers picked her up from her home. A rare exception was made for the 99-year-old, as citizens who haven’t committed a crime aren’t ordinarily allowed to be in the cells.

The photos below perfectly encapsulate how pleased Annie was to be able to check “go to jail” off her bucket list. She clearly loves to live on the wild side and because she’s an advocate for living life to the fullest, her story has been shared on True Activist.

99-year-old Annie wanted to fulfill her life-long dream of going to jail…
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…so contacted officials at a local police station. 
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They made her dream come true, and she was more than 
pleased to check the feat off her list.
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Τετάρτη, 22 Φεβρουαρίου 2017

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A man who brutally bashed a kangaroo to death with a crowbar with another man near Bunbury will spend almost a year behind bars.

Craig Jamie House and Vance Geoffrey Jarvis, who represented themselves in court, both pleaded guilty in the Bunbury Magistrates Court on Tuesday to ill-treatment of an animal, according to the ABC.

ABC News said he told the court ‘I tried to put out the ‘roo in the most humanely way I could’.

However, the magistrate said that the use of dogs, rocks and hitting the animal on the head were not humane.

Jarvis said he only got involved to put the kangaroo out of its misery.

House was found to be the instigator and was jailed for 11 months while Jarvis was fined $10,000 (£6,000).

David van Ooran from the RSPCA said: ‘It’s incredibly rare — I can’t think of a time in recent years and decades where this has occurred.

‘This is a very strong penalty and a very appropriate penalty … it was clearly a horrific and sickening act against a defenceless animal, behaviour like this is completely unacceptable.

‘It’s excellent to see that the magistrate in this case has awarded a prison term.’
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Κυριακή, 19 Φεβρουαρίου 2017

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By Whitney Webb

A Danish man has been charged with ordering and paying for the sexual abuse and rape of hundreds of Filipino children.

In recent months, numerous adults have been brought to justice for their rampant sexual abuse of children as several notable pedophile rings have been broken up and exposed. While most of the perpetrators have been charged with numerous counts of child rape and sexual assault, one Danish man has outdone them all, having been charged this past Wednesday with 346 counts of ordering and participating in sexual assaults or the rapes of minors. The 70-year-old man, whose name has been withheld by the authorities, had been ordering “on-demand” child rape and sexual abuse live-streams that he then stored on his computer. The victims, some as young as three, were largely from the Philippines. The man paid around $40 or less for each act, which was then live-streamed on his computer.

The charges against the unnamed man are detailed in an 119-page indictment which describes the disturbing and depraved nature of the acts in which he was allegedly involved. In one case, a four-year-old girl was sexually abused by her own mother at the request of the Danish man. In another instance, a three-year-old girl was forced to perform oral sex on a five-year-old girl.

The online predator was arrested in Brøndby, a suburb of Copenhagen, last February after Copenhagen Vestegn Police received a tip from foreign law enforcement. However, due to the enormity of the evidence, prosecutors, as well as police, worked for well over a year in order to sift through all of the information in order to formally press charges in what is being called a “historic scale case.” Flemming Kjærside of the Danish National Police’s Cyber Crime Center commented on the massive and historic scale of the case, telling Ritzau news agency that “as far as I know we’ve never had a case in the whole world in which one person is charged with so many assaults.”

Though the case is indeed historic for the number of charges brought against an alleged sexual predator, it is not the first time that pedophiles in Denmark have been caught ordering sexual abuse and related crimes online. In one case in 2014, a man from North Jutland was sentenced to 3.5 years in prison for ordering the rape of several Filipino children. Then, a year later, ten people were arrested in connection with a similar case, though nine of them were then released due to lack of evidence. Evidence is often hard to come by during investigations of such crimes as many perpetrators do not store the recordings of the live streams on their computers. This most recent case is set to go to trial on February 28th in the city of Glostrup where a verdict is anticipated in June.

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Σάββατο, 18 Φεβρουαρίου 2017

The Japanese stay warm in the winter with this ingenious invention dating back to the 14th century that serves as a sitting area with the added comfort of a giant warm bed. The kotatsu is a simple construction made with a low table-frame and a giant blanket sandwiched under a tabletop to capture heat and keep you toasty in the winter cold.

Kotatsus were originally just a table with a blanket, but modern innovation has reinvented the design to create hybrids called oki-gotatsu. Oki-gotatsu are a bed-table-couch combo.
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Although the production of these tables has declined over the years because of the widespread adoption of indoor heating, they’re still used in most Japanese homes as space heaters during the cold months. They're convenient because the blanket can be removed from under the tabletop during the summer months to turn the kotatsu into an ordinary table.
The kotatsu is traditionally a place for the family to gather and mingle, but it’s also a great place for relaxing with a mug of hot cocoa and a good book. With the addition of the sofa, you’ll never want to use your bed again!

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Κυριακή, 12 Φεβρουαρίου 2017

By Jessica Murray

The rays are shot with bows and arrows and then knocked over the head with baseball bats.

Recent reports have found that hunters are using the breeding season of rays to their advantage by shooting entire families for a competitive contest. Every year, numerous groups of cownose rays swim from Florida to the Chesapeake Bay to give birth. Jeff Pierce, legislative counsel for the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), told The Dodo that the cownose rays add a beauty and mystery to the ocean and “researchers have shown that these rays are actually very intelligent, that they have preferences and ideas of their own”. However, in recent years, the rays’ goal of reaching the Chesapeake Bay just before they give birth has ended in a cruel fate. Hunters climb into boats and shoot the rays in the water using bows and arrows, as part of a contest called the Battle of the Rays.
Due to the competition taking place during the same time as birthing season for the rays, the majority of the rays that are shot are pregnant females that would have been just about to give birth. The rays that don’t die from being shot by a bow and arrow are then clubbed in the head until they are dead. The implications of this practice are having a serious impact on ray populations, especially as rays only carry one baby at a time. The killing competition was originally encouraged by the state of Virginia, who even started a campaign, with the use of tax dollars, to promote the killing of the rays for food; despite them having a horrible taste which some have likened to urine. It was also promoted at one time by a now-debunked theory that there was a need for less rays, as this would then help to increase the dwindling oyster harvests.

Despite the theory being shown as false, the contests still continued due to the fact that a large number of people wanted to kill the rays in the name of sport. Back in 2015, the ray killing contest was filmed after Maryland-based Fish Feel asked Showing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK) to get involved. Stuart Chaifetz, an investigator for SHARK, told The Dodo, “The video we captured that year, and in 2016, featured animal cruelty so violent and vicious that it brought international condemnation down upon these contests and spurred more than 146,000 people to sign a petition against them”.

Chaifetz proceeded to talk to WBALTV after witnessing first-hand the violence and cruelty of the contest in 2015. He said, “As they were dying, they gave birth as a last chance to get their babies out, who were killed themselves”. Maryland state senator, Ron Young, decided that something must be done after viewing the footage of the 2015 contest, which showed the rays being beaten to death before being thrown back into the water. He told WBALTV, “They shoot them, they pull them up, they beat them with a baseball bat, they throw them in a barrel and [the rays] suffocate, and then they dump them back in the water. It’s just very inhumane. I don’t think we should treat any live species that way”. He has since drafted Senate Bill 268 in a bid to make contests, including Battle of the Rays, illegal. You can sign a petition to save the rays here.

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The dairy farm employee was caught abusing the animal through video surveillance

A dairy factory farm worker was arrested on Friday after he was seen physically abusing an animal in his work environment, according to The Fresno Bee. Through the use of surveillance recording, a dairy supervisor told the authorities that he had seen the employee hitting a cow with a metal pipe. The tapes in question show the employee, Pablo Carcamo, hitting the cow with the pipe as she was being loaded into the milking station. Authorities have since arrested him on charges of animal abuse and he will face a judge on Tuesday. His bail has been set at $50,000.

Despite the shocking treatment of animals in an employee’s care, incidents like this are not uncommon on factory farms. An international non-profit organization, called Mercy For Animals, that is dedicated to preventing cruelty to farmed animals, has conducted more than 50 undercover investigations on farms throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The result of every investigation has produced horrific results, providing clear evidence of animal cruelty. During one investigation conducted by Mercy For Animals in May 2014, workers were exposed at Canada’s largest dairy factory farm, Chilliwack Cattle Sales, beating, kicking, and punching animals through the use of undercover video. The footage also showed the workers using a combination of chains and tractors to pull the cows into the air, as well as poking and squeezing festering wounds, and even punching bulls in the testicles.

The shocking investigation led to 20 animal cruelty charges against Chilliwack Cattle Sales factory farm and its owners, which then led to convictions. The factory farm proceeded to plead guilty to three separate counts of animal cruelty, whilst Wesley Kooyman, one of the farm’s owners, pled guilty to one count. Kooyman was sentenced to the maximum monetary penalty allowable by law, alongside the company, which was $75,000 per count. Farm owner Kooyman was also prohibited from owning animals, as well as not being allowed to have any control over the factory farm for the period of one year. This was the first time that a factory farm and its owner have been convicted of animal cruelty that was conducted by the farm’s employees, after an undercover investigation conducted by an animal protection group. The investigation also led to BC agricultural minister, Norm Letnick, to reexamine and then amend the BC Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act to incorporate the Dairy Code of Practice, which outlines the minimum guidelines when working with Canada’s dairy cows, with a particular focus on their treatment and welfare.

A further undercover investigation was conducted last year by the MFA at Perdue Farms in North Carolina. The latest investigation exposed the farm’s workers kicking chickens, before throwing them and violently stomping them to death. Danny Miranda, the employee caught on camera through the undercover investigation, pled guilty to three counts of criminal animal cruelty. He was then sentenced to 45 days of imprisonment, 12 months probation and a prohibition on working with animals in the future.

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Πέμπτη, 9 Φεβρουαρίου 2017

Cape Breton Island does not have a high enough local population to meet demand Flickr/Dennis Jarvis
Cape Breton is a small and beautiful island just off the east coast of the Canadian state of Nova Scotia. This remote, idyllic paradise is the place of dreams for those who want a simpler life, living off the grid and closer to nature. Now a local business The Farmer’s Daughter Country Market wants to help people make this dream into a reality. They are offering a job and a place to build a home to anyone who wants to move to Cape Breton


“We can’t give you big money, but we can give you an awesome life, ” reads the business’s advertisement on Facebook, “Our business is busy from May to December, with slower months January to April, so you can enjoy our amazing winters. We have lots of good ideas, and we want to continue to build on our accomplishments, but we don’t have enough hands to help.” They said that they can only offer modest wages for the work but that there are other perks involved. The business will give anyone who wants to come and work for them 2 acres of woodland where they set up their own homes. If they stay in Cape Breton for five years, then they will transfer ownership of the land to them as a gift. In the meantime, they would be given full access to the farmland owned by the business so that they could truly live off the land. 

The business has solid reasons for making such an unusual and generous offer to outsiders. The population of Cape Breton has been decreasingly steadily for a number of years. In the past, corporate development has been seen as the offer to the stagnating community but, as the business owners explained, this has often come at a cost, both to the quaint way of life enjoyed on the island and the beautiful local environment. The business wants to expand in a different way by inviting like-minded people to work with them in an environmentally responsible way. 

The small business has already hired all available adults from the local area to work with them, along with three families from British Columbia. They hope to hire another three or four individuals or families to come and work with them in the springtime. Anyone who is interested is invited to email their CV along with a personal letter to

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Τετάρτη, 8 Φεβρουαρίου 2017

It’s often argued that everything our ancestors did and said gets stored into our brains. Their experience and knowledge gets passed down from generation to generation. This may explain why we know or react to certain things without having any prior knowledge.

Kulning is an ancient herding call used in the Scandinavian region. The call is a high pitch tone that can reach long distances. The herding call sounds more like a haunting and sad melody meant to echo through mountains and alleys.

It was getting late and foggy on a magical night when Swedish artist Jonna Jinton wanted to try kulning. She wanted to find out if the animals would answer to the call their own ancestors heard when the women called them. Kulning might just be one of the most beautiful and enchanting sounds ever made.

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Τρίτη, 7 Φεβρουαρίου 2017

Carlo Ratti Associati
Who doesn't want a fit and healthy body? It's not the desire that people lack, it's sometimes the determination. Many people would kill to have a fit physique but the journey to obtain one can be very challenging. Exercise is key but it's not necessarily a fun activity to participate in. Have you ever gone running on a treadmill or pedaled on a stationary bike and thought to yourself, "this is boring, how much longer do I have to do this?"

An Italian firm from Carlo Ratti Associati created a brilliant way to make exercise less boring and actually inspire people to do it more. They designed a boat that requires the people within to exercise in order to keep it moving down the Seine River in Paris.

The boat is 65 feet long (20 meters) and is designed to hold up to 45 people. “The Paris Navigating Gym investigates the potential of harnessing human power,” said Carlo Ratti.

“It’s fascinating to see how the energy generated by a workout at the gym can actually help to propel a boat. It provides one with a tangible experience of what lies behind the often abstract notion of electric power."

Don't pack your bags just yet, the boat is still in development. Nonetheless, the designers have given an estimate that the project will be done in 18 months.
Carlo Ratti Associati
The boat moves by converting the pedal power into utility grade electricity. In order for the navigating gym to have enough electricity, it needs a certain amount of passengers on-board.
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However, the boat will be able to use renewable energy sources (like the photovoltaic cells on its roof) during times when there's not enough passengers.
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One more reason to add Paris to your travel bucket list!

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