– a virtual travel experience

By: Linda Wasylciw

Message from space

Scientists have warned that responding to such a message could lead to the destruction of Earth – but if aliens made contact with humans we would almost certainly attempt a response. The trouble being – there is no plan and if a unifying moment were to occur…what does one say? Welcome…. Stephen Hawking has actively warned that [ Read More … ]

Our love-hate relationship with fire

Fire provides warmth, safety, clean drinking water and cooked food. But fire is also an unruly beast, bringing with it the threat of devastation and death. Our evolutionary history has been shaped by fire. Intense fire, while obviously destructive, can be vital for maintaining biodiversity and evolution has adapted the plants and animals in particularly fire-prone [ Read More … ]

Wind is essential

After a few days without wind warm, moist air would not move around and precipitation would cease. Water might still evaporate but it could not travel. The sea would be fine but everywhere else would get very dry, very quickly. Small lakes and land away from a large body of water would dry up. Plants, animals [ Read More … ]

Fiji – a tropical dreamscape

What makes Fiji exceptional is not simply the sights and unforgettable experiences; it’s the people. Fiji is sea, sand and sun  plus so much more. Indigenous Fijian culture dates back centuries and is heavily influenced by Polynesian customs. Enjoy Fijian cooking with foods, pork, chicken, fish, sweet potato, yam and taro cooked to mouth-watering perfection, in a lovo, an underground [ Read More … ]

Producing a documentary is an art

It is not a science. Technology has complicated and enriched filmmaking today making production easier which means that the competition is tougher. Anyone with an I-phone can shoot a video but it’s crucial to maintain high production values when producing documentaries. A documentary must be of personal interest, educational and inspiring but above all it must be captivating and of the highest [ Read More … ]

Look up, way up.

66 million years ago dinosaurs faced a huge blow when a large object an asteroid, from space, crashed into our planet, impacting climate change – quickly and dramatically. Earth became inhospitable and evolution was forever changed. There have been at least 5 other occurrences, a kind of sterilization affect, with impacts that wiped out 90 per [ Read More … ]

Ancient astronomy-based clock

The Antikythera mechanism was at first it was thought to be a corroded lump when found in a shipwreck off the coast of Greece, near Antikythera in 1900. The meshing bronze gears connected to a crank that move hands on the device’s face in accordance with the Metonic cycle, the 235-month pattern that ancient astronomers [ Read More … ]

Pluto’s new friend – 2014 UZ224

A new dwarf planet has been discovered, looping around the sun, in the region beyond Pluto. This tiny ‘trans-Neptunian object’ is a finding that has added a new face to the solar system’s family portrait.  UZ224, estimated to have a diameter of around 530 km,  takes 1,100 years to complete a single orbit of the Sun. This [ Read More … ]

Rotting, burping and farting to oblivion

Natural Gas and Petroleum Systems are the largest contributors to atmospheric methane gas. A very close second is agriculture, which represents roughly 1/3 of global greenhouse gasses. Livestock and decaying organic matter produces high levels of methane and the largest contributors are dairy cows and beef cattle. Cows produce 50-100 times more methane than pigs [ Read More … ]

Beam me up, Scotty

Star Trek’s 1966 series featuring futuristic technology such as handheld wireless communication devices, portable tablet computers, information stored on solid chips, video conferencing, voice recognition computers and beam weapons is an image of the modern world. The only thing missing is the Vulcan and transporters that can beam people from place to place.  Imagine a future, [ Read More … ]

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 … ]