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One of Canada's biggest music festivals is on pause because of a small bird and its nest of four eggs

<b>(CNN) —</b> Every July, people from all across Canada travel to Ottawa for Bluesfest, one of the country's largest music festivals.<p>But this year, preparations for the festival are on hold to protect one very special attendee: a mother bird and her nest.<p>Workers discovered the bird, a killdeer, guarding …

Music Festivals

Japanese hermit forced to give up his remote island paradise after nearly 30 years living naked and foraging for food

Masafumi Nagasaki was living in a state of perfect bliss, spending his days wondering naked and alone on a Pacific island, watching baby turtles hatch from eggs and foraging for food.<p>That is, until reports of his ill health prompted police to take him away from his Robinson Crusoe-like existence …

Japan

Was Science Wrong About Being Right?

Much of what defines us as a species is all in our heads.<p>First and foremost, we’ve got these big, powerful brains, and small faces tucked underneath …

Evolution

Build your home in four weeks: The DIY energy-efficient houses that cost for just $140k

Build your own house in four weeks: The DIY homes that ANYONE can put together – and they cost just $140,000<p><b>Anyone can put together an</b> …

Wales

Activating "grandmother neurons" could reset body clock

Humans have evolved to do stuff during the day and sleep at night, but international travel or shift work can throw off that natural rhythm. Finding …

Neuroscience

Do Other People Seem Really Stupid Right Now? Harvard Scientists Have an Amazing Explanation

The really good news is that it's not you. It's probably them.<p>Do your co-workers seem dumber lately? Is your boss a little slow on the uptake? Are your employees having a hard time doing things they'd normally accomplish?<p>There could be a simple reason, according to Harvard scientists: It's so hot …

airconditioned

Recipe: Easy Green Olive Pasta — Recipes from The Kitchn

When you sauté green olives and garlic in butter, the results are magical. The olives warm and soften, and the garlic infuses the fat with its rich …

Italian Food

Free Edmonton to Elk Island shuttle to start July 28

A trip to Elk Island National Park isn't far from Edmonton for most people — unless you don't have a car.<p>But a bus service that has made Algonquin …

Canadian National Parks

Photos of an Incredible Secret Rainforest Hidden in The Heart of Africa

The land humans forgot.<p>Atop Mount Lico in northern Mozambique is a site that few have had the pleasure of seeing – a hidden rainforest, protected by …

Ecology

GOLDSTEIN: Media wedded to Liberal dogma, Tory MP says

In a series of tweets Tuesday, Conservative MP Michelle Rempel accused the Toronto Star and other media of unfairly labeling her party “Trump North” …

Edmonton

Marijuana Isn't Gateway Drug to Heroin, Cocaine, Other Substances, Study Finds

A new analysis finds that while marijuana legalization has led to higher rates of cannabis consumption in Colorado and other states with similar …

Cannabis

Russian beast thought extinct for 60 YEARS 'spotted roaming mountains by stunned tourists'

A rare beast believed extinct for decades has been spotted roaming a mountain range in Russia by stunned tourists.<p>The Sailugem bear had not been seen …

Wildlife

Mysterious ancient civilization left signs across vast desert

People don’t tend to spend days traveling through the desert if they can help it.<p>Which could be why most people outside Saudi Arabia have never heard …

Archaeology
Mexico

12 Edible Bugs That Could Help You Survive

In many parts of the world, eating bugs is commonplace. Insects are actually the most abundant protein source on the planet, and many of them boast …

Insects

China blocks John Oliver on social media after scathing show

BEIJING (AP) — A popular Chinese social media site is censoring discussion of "Last Week Tonight" and its HBO host John Oliver after he mocked Chinese President Xi Jinping, his apparent sensitivity about being compared to Winnie the Pooh and his country's crackdown on human rights.<p>Attempts to send …

China

Army vet accused of using a butter knife, bare hands and teeth to decapitate his mom

It was a confession that cops in Stone County, Mississippi, will likely never forget.<p>On the morning of June 7, local deputies questioned 29-year-old …

Crime

Parliament ends Canada’s 95-year prohibition on cannabis

In a historic vote, Parliament has changed Canadian law to lift the 95-year-old prohibition on cannabis and free millions of adults to openly smoke, ingest or grow the drug without fear of a criminal record.<p>The adoption in the Senate of Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act, means that a legal, …

Cannabis

These Most Dangerous Plants in The World Will Make You Want to Stay Indoors Forever

Nature, you scary.<p>At the height of North American summer, many plants are at their most dangerous.<p>We don't normally think of plants as particularly …

Plants

Runes

Runes are letters in the runic alphabets of Germanic-speaking peoples, written and read most prominently from at least c. 160 CE onwards in …

Archaeology

Playful bear cubs captured by Alberta wildlife photographer

Alberta wildlife photographer Rick Price captured images of bear cubs dangling from branches and just generally celebrating their new lives …

Bear Cubs

Enigmatic Stone Balls from 5,000 Years Ago Continue to Baffle Archaeologists

Some of the most enigmatic human-made objects from Europe's late Stone Age — intricately carved balls of stone, each about the size of a baseball — …

Archaeology

Built 6,000 Years Before Stonehenge, This Is The Oldest Temple On Earth

"Gobekli changes everything."The post Built 6,000 Years Before Stonehenge, This Is The Oldest Temple On Earth appeared first on All That's …

Archaeology

What It Means to Be Loved by a Dog

NASHVILLE — There’s a story my husband has been telling for nearly 15 years, since not long after United States forces invaded Iraq. In a news report, American soldiers were going door to door with bomb-sniffing dogs, trying to persuade the citizens of Baghdad to adopt a well-trained pet.<p>Many …

Pets

Mozambique: the secret rainforest at the heart of an African volcano

A ‘dream team’ of scientists scaled Mount Lico and found a wealth of new species<p>Standing in a pit in the red soil of a mountaintop forest in northern Mozambique, Dr Simon Willcock was dirty but very excited. “Undisturbed forest is incredibly rare,” he said. “That is why we scaled a 125-metre-tall …

Natural History Museum

They wobble like jelly, they tap dance: Meet the unusual frogs of the Western Ghats

As wildlife filmmakers and photographers, my twin Ajay and I have been on a few near-impossible missions: scouring the Kanchenjunga for the red panda …

A child in Idaho was treated for plague in the first human case in the state in 26 years

A boy in Idaho is recovering after contracting plague – the first human case in the state in more than two decades, health officials say.<p>Christine …

New Zealand's Mount Taranaki granted 'living person' status

When it comes to indigenous reconciliation, New Zealand has long been far ahead of most colonial countries. And now, in recognition of its hallowed Māori status, Mt Taranaki on NZ’s north island has been granted the same legal rights as a living person – a standing also recently afforded to the …

Saiga antelopes: the Ice Age survivors now in peril

Central Asian antelopes - the saiga - are one of the few animals to have survived the Ice Age.<p>Once prevalent from Siberia all the way to western Europe, today they're a critically endangered species only found in parts of Kazakhstan, Russia and Mongolia.<p>The BBC's Abdujalil Abdurasulov has followed …

Ice Age

Villagers in Bageshwar burn forest after leopard kills 7-year-old boy, animal declared man-eater

Angry villagers in Harinagari area of Uttarakhand’s Bageshwar district set a forest on fire Monday evening after a leopard killed seven-year-old …