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To launch the Barcode of Life project, the Canadian beaver's barcode was flashed on the CN tower Saturday. Photo: Rick Turner/iBOL
Animals Technology

“Barcode” Of A Beaver On CN Tower

Canada is leading the way in “barcoding” all animals on earth.

Scientists around the world are undertaking a massive project to help protect animals. And Canadians (in fact, Torontonians) are leading the way.

One day, the project will allow you to point your camera phone at an animal or a bug and a screen will pop up with the name of the species and a description of it.

Message in a bottle
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Message in a bottle

Talk about a slow postal system. More than two years ago, Cally Rumbolt’s father put a note in a bottle and set it adrift off the shores of the Grand Banks of Newfoundland. This year, Sofi-Ona Hamer fished it out of the North Atlantic Ocean near Scotland. Cally’s dad is a fisherman, and in 2007 and 2008 he sent dozens of notes in bottles overboard in the hopes that someone would find them, and send a note to Cally.

Oxford’s Save the Words project
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Oxford’s Save the Words project

Saving words from “extinction.” What would you do if someone called you a “snollygoster”? Would you feel flattered or insulted? “Snollygoster” isn’t a word you hear every day. In fact, almost no one uses it anymore. And that’s the problem, […]

Ireland facing bankruptcy
Politics

Ireland facing bankruptcy

A PROUD NATION FORCED TO ASK FOR MONEY Ireland is a proud, independent nation. Historically, it suffered a long and painful struggle for independence from Britain. This week, however, Ireland’s government had to admit that it’s going broke. Its banks […]

A Royal Wedding
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A Royal Wedding

He’s second in line to the British throne. She works for a children’s party-supplies store. They recently got engaged, and it’s likely that one day he will be King of England and she will be his Queen. Prince William proposed […]

Intelligent billboards
Technology

Intelligent billboards

You’re standing in front of a billboard. Suddenly, it changes and the screen displays an advertisement for fruit roll-ups, then one for the new Harry Potter movie, and then one for Monopoly. It’s almost as if the billboard knows what […]

New discovery about asthma
Health

New discovery about asthma

Everyone knows that you taste with your mouth. Recently, scientists found out something really surprising. We can also taste bitter tastes with our lungs and airways. These muscles relax when we taste something bitter. That’s the opposite of what scientists […]