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Curriculum Development

This mulit-coloured corn is real and there's a fantastic story behind it

The story of Glass Gem corn begins with an Oklahoma farmer named Carl Barnes. Barnes, now in his 80s, is half-Cherokee. He began growing older corn …

Forestry

The history of poker

Don’t lose your shirt as we discover the origins of the world’s greatest card game<p>This week on The History of Fun, we take a deep-ish dive into the origins of poker, from its ancient beginnings to the Wild West gunfights of yore. There’s also some mention of the movie <i>Rounders</i>, which was pretty …

Board Games

Sale of recreation marijuana in Canada delayed until August

Canadians will have to wait until at least early August – and maybe as late as early September – to legally purchase recreational marijuana.<p>That’s …

Canada

Researchers create an e-skin that shows your heartbeat in real-time

Researchers from the University of Tokyo announced last week a new advancement in wearable technology: A highly flexible electronic skin display that shows your health information, allowing you to monitor vitals at a glance.<p>Made from nanomesh, the display is flexible, breathable, and stretchable — …

Nanotech

A Look Behind the Deal Between Google’s Sidewalk Labs and the City of Toronto

Google’s sister company Sidewalk Labs is planning to spend $50 million to redevelop a piece of Toronto’s waterfront called Quayside. The development …

Toronto

This is The Cost of Marijuana in 120 Cities Across The World

You might know where legally you can smoke marijuana in the U.S. but do you know how much it costs? Using information from the UN’s Office on Drugs …

Cannabis

CFTC Offers $100,000 Bounty to Crypto Pump-and-Dump Whistleblowers

<b>The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has created a bounty to encourage whistleblowers coming forward in exposing “pump-and-dump”</b> …

Cryptocurrency

Tesla's latest smart power grid experiment begins in Canada

Tesla's experiments with smart power grids are headed further North. Canada's Nova Scotia Power recently finished setting up a pilot project that will use a combination of Tesla's Powerwall 2 home batteries and utility-grade Powerpack batteries to create a more reliable wind power system. The …

Clean Energy

MapLab: No Map Is An Island

A biweekly tour of the ever-expanding cartographic landscape.<p><i>Welcome to the Valentine’s Day edition of MapLab. Sign up to receive this newsletter in your inbox here.</i><p>Compass points: Queer love, on the map<p>Maps leave out more than they include. For better or worse, that’s what makes them so seductive: …

Maps

The smartphone is eventually going to die, and we're not ready for what comes next

Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz thinks his company's mysterious goggles will, one day, be able to replace "your phones, your televisions, your laptops, your tablets," he said at Recode's Code Media conference on Tuesday.<p>It's a bold claim. But he's not the only tech executive who's claiming that the …

Augmented Reality

Guy Spends Almost A Year Gluing 42,000 Matches To Make A Giant Sphere, Sets It On Fire

Often we come up with a random yet intriguing idea but it remains just that, an idea. However, wallacemk was playing around with matches and such a …

Mind

CoinMarketCap now shows cryptocurrency prices in BCH, XRP and LTC

Popular price tracker CoinMarketCap has added the option to show cryptocurrency prices in three additional digital currencies: Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Litecoin (LTC), and Ripple (XRP).<p>This means that users will now have the option to view the value of all other coins based on the rate of one of these …

Cryptocurrency

New desalination membrane produces both drinking water and lithium

Seawater is a complex cocktail of useful minerals, but it's hard to separate out the specific ones we need. Now, a team of scientists from Australia …

Clean Energy

Schizophrenia patients calmed by video game

<b>People with schizophrenia can be trained by playing a video game to control the part of the brain linked to verbal hallucinations, researchers say.</b><p>Patients in a small study were able to land a rocket in the game when it was connected to the brain region sensitive to speech and human voices.<p>In time, …

The Brain

LCBO opts for Shopify to run online marijuana sales

The Ontario government has inked a deal to use Shopify Inc.'s e-commerce platform for cannabis sales online and in stores as part of its plan to be the province's sole distributor of legal recreational marijuana.<p>The Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation (OCRC), a subsidiary of the Liquor Control …

eCommerce

This Is The World’s Most Challenging Puzzle Book

Escape Rooms have become a go-to tourist attraction in many major cities over the past few years, and it’s easy to understand why. Solving hard …

Mathematics

Researchers use stem cells to grow functioning kidney tissue inside the human body

Medical Marvel<p>In a remarkable medical first, research funded by The Medical Research Council and Kidney Research U.K. helped researchers create human …

Amazing

'Sinking' Pacific nation is getting bigger, showing islands are geologically dynamic: study

The Pacific nation of Tuvalu — long seen as a prime candidate to disappear as climate change forces up sea levels — is actually growing in size, new …

Climate Change

This Raspberry Pi Bundle Deal Is Designed For DIY Retro Gamers

There are a lot of reasons to own a Raspberry Pi, but anecdotally, I think somewhere north of 90% of people buy them to build retro game consoles. …

Raspberry Pi

Give Coachella to Canada: U.S. journalist says Canadians buoyed Palm Springs-area economy

'A Canadian colony in California might not be paradise. But it sounds pretty good, eh?'<p>Many Canadians head to California's Coachella Valley during …

Canada

How quantum dots supercharge farming, medicine and solar, too

This emerging category of nanoparticles has futuristic uses far beyond boosting colors on high-end TVs.<p>What if you could grow vegetables in half the time? What if a surgeon could see cancerous cells throughout an entire operation? What if solar panels could become significantly cheaper and easier …

Clean Energy

This electronic skin can heal itself — and then make more skin

No-waste e-skin<p>In a quest to make electronic devices more environmentally friendly, researchers have created an electronic skin that can be completely recycled. The e-skin can also heal itself if it’s torn apart.<p>The device, described today in the journal <i>Science Advances</i>, is basically a thin film …

Nanotech

Meet the pirate queen making academic papers free online

Alexandra Elbakyan is plundering the academic publishing establishment<p>In cramped quarters at Russia’s Higher School of Economics, shared by four students and a cat, sat a server with 13 hard drives. The server hosted Sci-Hub, a website with over 64 million academic papers available for free to …

Social Sciences

Ontario's new standard lease could crack down on 'wild west' rental agreements

Tenant's group hopes province's standard lease form will prevent 'rampant illegal terms' in agreements<p>Ontario has created a new, standard lease form …

Housing

Uruguay Legalized Marijuana and the Crime Rate Has Plummetted

The small, progressive South American nation has ended its war on drugs and has no regrets.<p>Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Canada gets the headlines for its plan to legalize marijuana …

Cannabis

Scientists have proven the existence of the strangest state of matter: superionic ice

In 1935, the <i>Harvard Crimson</i>, a student-run newspaper of Harvard University, carried the following clip:<p>Percy W. Bridgman ’04, professor of physics, can now make ice which will not melt until a temperature higher than the boiling point of water is attained.<p>This was newsworthy indeed. Bridgman went …

Chemistry

Here's why 100 qubit quantum computers could change everything

At 100 qubits a single quantum computer processor would, theoretically, be more powerful than all the supercomputers on the planet combined. We may be closer to that milestone than you think and the world isn’t ready.<p>Quantum computers are spooky devices that don’t follow the normal rules of …

Quantum Computing

Why Elon Musk’s SpaceX launch is utterly depressing

Elon Musk is right: silly and fun things are important. But some of them are an indefensible waste of resources<p>On Wednesday, two things happened. In Syria, 80 people were killed by government airstrikes. Meanwhile, in Florida, Elon Musk fired a sports car into space. Guess which story has dominated …

Elon Musk

Move aside Uber, London cabbies have it it all mapped out in driver battles

Joe Pearson admits he wasn't the most attentive student. During his years in secondary school, the 24-year-old native Londoner spent more time messing around than paying attention.<p>There's a tinge of regret in his voice as he tells me his story, but a quiet confidence quickly replaces it. He'll need …

England