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Ancient Trees Show The Earth’s Magnetic Field Flipped

An ancient, well-preserved tree that was alive the last time the Earth’s magnetic poles flipped has helped scientists pin down more precise timing of that event – 42,000 years ago. The Earth is a giant magnet because its core is solid iron, and swirling around it is an ocean of molten metal. This churning creates [ Read More … ]


How to sail across the Pacific Ocean

The expanse of the Pacific is immense and diverse, offering some of the finest trade-wind cruising you’ll ever experience and a wealth of friendly cultures. It was the final days before we took off on the biggest sailing adventure of our lives.  We’re going to sail across the Pacific Ocean! Caffeine consumption was at an [ Read More … ]


Imagine visiting the most beautiful places in the world

Whether you are a nature lover or simply enjoy the outdoors there are a number of astonishingly beautiful places to visit. Earth is a beautiful place. From waterfalls and islands to forests and mountains, our planet boasts myriad natural wonders that can amaze even the most jaded observer. But it also boasts equally dazzling human-made [ Read More … ]


Earth’s natural wonders – survival in the extremes

Across the world, there are several breathtaking sights — Mount Everest, the Grand Canyon, the Amazon Rainforest. Although these natural wonders are awe-inspiring, they do not stand in isolation. People and animals live in these places, and each wonder has shaped their existence in fundamental ways. Many of Earth’s natural wonders are among the world’s [ Read More … ]


Remarkable facts about our Earth – the 3rd planet from the sun

Our world is a beautiful place and it has sustained everything living on it for millions of years. The Earth is a world unlike any other and is the only place in the known universe confirmed to maintain life. Our planet is the third planet from the sun and the only world known to support [ Read More … ]


Why do humans love to travel?

It is our nature to travel – our joy to travel. It is our paradoxical psychological disposition to wish for the contradictory conditions of stability and change: to stay and to go, to be and to explore, to rest and to travel unceasingly. Travel is more than going somewhere. It is a psychological event. It [ Read More … ]


Why would Aliens bother visiting Earth?

Humans have long suspected that we are not alone in the universe, and now scientists have said there may be dozens of alien civilizations lurking not too far from Earth. On October 19, 2017, a Canadian astronomer, Robert Weryk, was reviewing images captured by a telescope known as Pan-starrs1 when he noticed something strange. The telescope, situated [ Read More … ]


Armchair Travel – take your travel to the next level

Transport yourself without leaving the comfort of your own home. Armchair travel is a variant of a staycation. Instead of going out to explore, enjoy a traditional staycation, take a virtual vacation in your mind by bringing travel-themed media into your own home. When you can’t get on a plane or train or hop into [ Read More … ]


2.8-pound meteorite crash – lands in woman’s house

October 3rd, 2021, at11:33pm, many in Canada were recently treated to a fireball lighting the night sky above a lake in Golden BC.. The sight turned spectacular against the backdrop of a soaring mountain. For a woman, however, it was nightmarish when a meteorite pierced through the roof and landed next to her. The sound [ Read More … ]


COVID – Will day-to-day life ever be the same?

It’s probably a safe bet that making the decision to head for the departure gate is going to be a fraught choice for some time to come. Quite apart from dealing with the bureaucracy and rules, It appears as though post-pandemic travel will be to a very different new world. Will we be welcomed? Will [ Read More … ]


Earth Day 2018

Mother Earth, is 4.5 billion years old and is home to an estimated 8.7 million species of life. This is a time to reflect on what we are doing to make our planet a more sustainable and livable place; to create a harmony with nature.  Take the time to celebrate the planet’s environment and raise public awareness about fighting against [ Read More … ]


Job-stealing robot apocalypse

From science fiction to business fact – automation is taking over manufacturing and cutting off the very hand that feeds us. We are working ourselves out of a job and we are not ready for it. Canada, alone, will likely face the loss of up to 7.5 million jobs to automation over the next 10 to 15 [ Read More … ]


Do aliens exist?

The truth is out there? Somewhere? Experts are often left scratching their heads, wondering if we really have been visited by creatures from another planet. In less than 100 years over 3,500 exoplanets, from thousands of star systems, have since been located. And, according to NASA scientists, alien life could be found within the next few [ Read More … ]


Few animals have grandmas

Animals have families just as complex and diverse as our own, however only a handful of animals — mostly humans and other primates, whales, and elephants — get to have grandmas. And don’t look for grandpa for they have long gone – left the herd, so to speak. Feral cat colonies are based around multigenerational [ Read More … ]


National Espresso Day

There are many things to love about Costa Rica: gorgeous landscape, clean beaches, warm weather  year round and premier coffee. Costa Rica is regarded as one of the world’s premiere coffee growing regions due to its volcanic soil and ideal drainage. The most popular is the coffee plant varietal Caturra (Coffea arabica var. caturra) offers great body, often full, [ Read More … ]


National food of French Polynesia

Poisson cru consists of raw fish marinated with lime juice, soaked in coconut milk and is so delicious and light that it melts in one’s mouth. Chevreffes, another popular Tahitian entree, is a tasty, freshwater shrimp dish.  Locals still consume copious quantities of ma’a Tahiti, especially on Sunday. And, like their Polynesian counterparts, Tahitians still cook [ Read More … ]


Perpetual Growth cannot grow indefinitely

Unfortunately, we live in a world of capitalists who thrive on the great Myth of Perpetual Growth, endless growth, ad infinitum, forever, till the end of time. And, driving the economists’ growth is population growth causing the earth to burst at its proverbial seams. What the world and economics needs is sustainable growth: the maximum [ Read More … ]


Fog-bows are rainbows’ cousins

The stunning white rainbow is an illusion created when sunlight shines through a bank of fog. The colour is lost due to the much smaller, tiny droplets of water in fog. Fog bows are almost white with faint reds on the outside and blues inside. The colours are washed out because the bow in each colour is very [ Read More … ]


Asteroid 2012 TC4

has  skimmed the earth at a distance of around 4,200 miles, a mere cat’s whisker in astronomical terms. Earth has avoided another catastrophic asteroid collision. The space rock is believed to be bigger than the Chebylinsk meteor  which exploded above Russia, damaging thousands of buildings and injuring 1,500 people. Asteroid 2012 TC4 is estimated to be between 10 and 30 [ Read More … ]


Yellowstone’s super-volcano

with a magma reserve, two and a half times larger than previously estimated, is about to erupt. It could create an explosion that is predicted to be 2,000 times the size of Mount St Helens 1980’s eruption.    Eruptions only need a few decades of gestation before exploding and this super-volcano has the ability to expel 1,000 cubic kilometres [ Read More … ]


Plants are complex

Plants are rooted to the spot, perceiving the world without eyes, ears or brains yet they can see, hear and smell. Plants have sophisticated sensing devices tuned to varying conditions, enabling them to move towards moisture in the soil — even from quite a distance – even a recording of running water.  And although light is food, [ Read More … ]


Baby it’s hot outside

When things heat up outside there are wide ranging impacts, from a bumpier plane ride, to a worsening of pollen allergies and a cooling down of things  in the bedroom. Yes, lowered sex drives. When a heat wave hits you are uncomfortable, sweaty and sluggish and so goes the drive to partake in a little horizontal refreshment. Therefore, while [ Read More … ]


Oceans of plastic

8 million tons of plastic, worldwide, ends up in the ocean each year and it is estimated that by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish, in terms of weight, in the world’s oceans. It is estimated that at least one million sea birds and one-hundred thousand marine mammals die each year. That number will only increase, over [ Read More … ]


Humans need gravity.

You cannot see, touch, taste or smell gravity but its effects are obvious: that constant downward pull on our faces, shoulders, backs, necks, chests, organs, legs and feet. Gravity never gives up, nor does it discriminate and  we will all experience change to our bodies as a result of life on this planet. Gravity is not [ Read More … ]