– a virtual travel experience

By: Linda Wasylciw

Asteroids’ kinetic energy

Is the Earth slated for another devastating asteroid impact? There are an estimated 10 million objects are out ‘there’, drifting as if searching for a target. Very large, mountain-sized objects, that measure 15 to 20 kilometers across, could cause mass extinction and are the easiest to spot but strike least often. Smaller objects, those the [ Read More … ]

Human trash weighted…

Humans technology has produced an astounding 30 trillion tons of ‘stuff’, from buildings to cars and computers. And that number is still growing!  Our technological footprint is larger than life. Total living matter including people, plants, animals, insects and bacteria is estimated to be around 4 trillion tons of carbon. And as a backlash to mankind’s [ Read More … ]

Flesh-Eating Worms are Back

Screwworms had been eradicated from Central America, Mexico, and the United States more than 30 years ago. However they can still be found in Africa, India, the Caribbean, South America, and in Southeast Asia. Once again the little buggers are moving northward.  These worms have caused a great concern because they do exactly as it [ Read More … ]

Water is the life-blood of Earth

Water is vital for life on the planet and is the first victim of climate change. Losing water because of climate change is a stark reminder that what happens in the atmosphere affects everything on land and in the seas.  Sadly, foresight has never been a hallmark of political action, always waiting until a crisis [ Read More … ]

Larsen C primed to split

This iceberg, the size of Prince Edward Island, will fundamentally change the landscape of the Antarctic Peninsula. A growing crack in the ice shelf suggests that the iceberg, an area of up to 5,000 square kilometers, is likely to calve soon. Scientific evidence indicates that climate change has caused thinning of the ice shelf. The [ Read More … ]

Please pass the popcorn

The binturong has a face like a cat, a body like a bear, a prehensile tail like a monkey and releases an aroma reminiscent of buttered popcorn. This creature is rarely spotted in the wild and lives in the  dense tropical rain-forests of Southeast Asia. The meaning of the word binturong is unknown as the [ Read More … ]

Fossilized dinosaur brain unearthed

It is about the size of a hardball, which proves that the Iguanodon, had relatively small brains. This find dates back 133 million years, to the Early Cretaceous, and was found on a beach in Sussex, England.  Scientists discovered that the meninges, the exterior tissue of the brain, as well as capillaries, fossilized because the [ Read More … ]

Space brain on Mars

may very well occur when astronauts are travelling to the Red Planet. It is a cognitive effect from being exposed to cosmic rays. According to a study, in rodents, this cognitive impairment might impact an astronaut’s ability to multitask, make quick decisions, and to respond to unanticipated events. For the first explorers, going to this [ Read More … ]

Feline-ing out of here

Felines are aloof and mysterious, kings of their backyard jungles, and able to blend into the savage world around them; stalking, growling, and leaping—their eyes wide, their ears back, their teeth bared. There are 38 species of wild cats in the world and more than 30 different breeds of domestic cat. Domestication is thought to [ Read More … ]

Oh Canada, our home and hungry land

Canadian foods are a cuisine of cuisines, offering much more than a pot of stew.  Enjoy Montreal-style smoked meat, Maple syrup, Peameal bacon, Butter tart, Poutine and Nanaimo bar. But it goes far beyond those few items for Canada’s culinary contributions range from centuries-old savoury soups to rich desserts with mysterious histories. It’s an overarching [ Read More … ]

From middens to forest

Early inhabitants of the Pacific coast, dating back  six thousand years until only a couple of hundred years ago,  ate a lot of clams. They left behind big piles of empty shells, called middens. it has been discovered that these middens are leading to the trees growing in their midst to be fuller, taller, and healthier than their [ Read More … ]

It’s all in what they eat

The Yellow-shafted flicker, a type of woodpecker found in eastern Canada and the northeast United States, has more recently been seen sporting a few red feathers. that anomaly left scientists wondering: had they been interbreeding with its western cousin, the Red-shafted flicker? Not so. It was simply that their diet had changed. The Yellow-shafted flicker has [ Read More … ]

World’s largest reef newly discovered

The mouth of the Amazon River, where it meets the Atlantic Ocean, has been hiding what could be one of the world’s largest reef ecosystems, a reef system that stretches over thousands of square kilometres. River mouths, especially one as muddy as the Amazon, are not generally thought to be good environments for reefs, for [ Read More … ]

Wilderness Survival 101

For any avid outdoors man, hiker, or hunter, getting lost in the wilderness is a very real fear.   Be prepared and know what to do. Survival Rule One — Stay Calm 8 basic survival skills: Build a shelter:  that is dry, well drained and reasonably flat. Make a fire: it can keep you warm and [ Read More … ]

Grape Debate

Toast to Canada. The market share in quality wineries and wine has grown—not only in Ontario and Britiah Columbia but also in Quebec and Nova Scotia. The early days of growing grapes in Canada was a difficult one, yet perseverance has reflected success, with modern viticulture practices and proper selection of grape species. Canada’s wine-making [ Read More … ]

Our World is Erupting

A volcano is a rupture in the crust of a planetary-mass; our earth, whereby intense manifestations of the fiery power contained deep within the Earth release hot lava, volcanic ash, and gases to escape from a magma chamber below the surface. Volcanoes tend to exist along the edges between tectonic plates, massive rock slabs that [ Read More … ]

Drilling for Earthquakes

Earthquakes are unpredictable, can strike with enough force to bring buildings down and occur every day. On average there are: 100 earthquakes daily 680 earthquakes in a week 3,400 earthquakes per month 42,000 earthquakes in a year But what is more frightening are the growing number of earthquakes and tremors caused by human activity. Scientists [ Read More … ]

A World Without Bees

leaves a sting to mankind. Perhaps the biggest foreboding danger facing humans is the loss of the global honeybee population.  Death and extinction of bees is occurring at alarmingly rapid rates due to pollution, rising water temperatures and loss of habitat. In the last half decade alone 30% of the bee population has disappeared and [ Read More … ]

Cats are Kneady

playful pets, fearsome fighters and deadly hunters. They captivate and intrigue the human species; all the while mercilessly exploiting us. Yet strangely enough we house the creatures, establishing an arrangement that seems mutually beneficial.  They’re one of our favorite pets, yet we still know very little about them. Maybe it’s their independent attitude that intrigues [ Read More … ]

Dream time – sea, sand and sun

Follow the island peaks and venture beyond to atolls that ring a coral lagoon, crystal clear waters filled with tropical fish and a sea bed covered in oyster shells with pearls nestled inside . The leaves are rustling ever so lightly in the soft breeze and there is such tranquility. Yes, it is none other [ Read More … ]

Capybaras eat poop

This giant, web-footed, guinea pig is native to South America, though now moving northward and has made Florida its home. They are rodent-like creatures and can grow to up to 140 pounds, dieting on grass — their own young (why not, when they have up to eight at a time)  — and its own poop. [ Read More … ]

Oh, what a tangled web humans weave

altering the planet and affecting other species. They realign with people, all the while changing themselves. Thousands of years ago mankind shinned up and down trees, stretched their legs, then chased the dumber animals across the savannas of Africa. What a breakthrough it was when man invented the bow and arrow, though language was likely [ Read More … ]

7 Wonders of Life

are quite different than the 7 wonders of the world. They are the most precious things in life, for they can not be bought, traded, found or created.  

Grolar Bears or Pizzlies

Melting Arctic ice has brought polar bears and grizzly bears together, creating a hybrid offspring, known as Pizzlie Bears or Grolars, posing a risk to biodiversity. Polar Bears, very strong swimmers, have roamed the Arctic for 38 million years and, though born on land, spend most of their time on the sea ice, pretty much [ Read More … ]