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Posts tagged with ‘health’ (56)


Interactive map shows global air pollution in realtime


Posted by Sabrina Doyle in Mapping on Monday, January 25, 2016



Plume Labs' World Air Map provides a realtime snapshot of air pollution in major cities around the world.

Air pollution is largely invisible, affects everyone's health, and is mostly out of any single person's control. But tech company Plume Labs wants to empower people to make smarter decisions with its World Air Map, which shows realtime air quality around the world.

The data comes from local monitoring stations in over 150 cities. While these results are already released publicly, the desktop-based World Air Map and companion smartphone app aim to put the information in context and make it more ...

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Mapping calorie consumption by country


Posted by Sabrina Doyle in Mapping on Tuesday, November 10, 2015



How many calories are consumed per capita around the world? (Dorina Andress/Wikimedia Commons)

It’s a sad fact that some countries have too much food while others do not have enough. But how does Canada stack up, compared to the rest of the world?

To learn more about global consumption patterns, addiction treatment provider Recovery Brands looked at how many calories are consumed on average within the 34 member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

What they found might make you lose your appetite.

While the United States served up enough daily ...

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Scientists discover jet lag gene in mice


Posted by Siobhan McClelland in Travel on Tuesday, October 15, 2013



(Photo: islandjoe)

Weary travellers may soon have some relief from tiresome jet lag symptoms.

A recent study found that mice that didn’t have a particular gene in the brain were able to adjust to jet lag changes faster than regular mice. The study came out of research examining the circadian clock, a master clock in the brain that synchronizes clock systems throughout the body and controls behaviour.

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Antarctic research could help NASA limit risks to astronaut health


Posted by Sabrina Doyle in The Polar Blog on Saturday, September 21, 2013



Researcher Christian Otto at the South Pole, with the station visible in the distance over his shoulder. (Photo courtesy of Christian Otto)

As Christian Otto knelt on the side of Mount Everest measuring brain pressure, the emergency physician from Kingston, Ont., never guessed the experience would lead him to space research. But when NASA realized it was facing one of the most serious dangers to the health of its astronauts in recent decades, they solicited Otto’s expertise.

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Yukon summer adventure: The fine art of atlatl throwing


Posted by Allen Macartney in The RCGS on Saturday, June 30, 2012


The day before leaving on my 1,500-km solo canoe trip, Grant Zazula, Yukon's paleontologist, gave me a lesson on how to toss a deadly atlatl.

What is an atlatl?

It's a hunting weapon that native hunters used to extend the kill zone when out stalking game.

A regular spear can only reach a limited distance, but by using an atlatl (a length of notched wood helps propel the spear) you can extend your range and force. Native hunters used these until the bow and arrow were discovered, but some ...


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