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  • All plastic waste could become new, high-quality plastic through advanced steam cracking -- ScienceDaily


    • The Ghost Election Issue We Need to Get Real about: Personal Debt | The Tyee
      Canadians are so deep in the red it colours how we see vital issues.
      Mitchell Anderson
      15 Oct 2019 |


      • Why engineers in Alberta think they've found a way for the oilsands to produce clean fuel

        Team is trying to prove its method for extracting hydrogen works for business and the environment
        Tony Seskus - CBC News, September 29, 2019

        “...engineers in Alberta believe they could have an answer — a method capable of extracting hydrogen from underground resources like oilsands deposits while leaving the carbon emissions it produces below the surface. ”


        • Deadly mineral that endangered town of Asbestos might save it – Montreal Gazette
          Updated: March 7, 2018

          Canada’s ban on asbestos to take effect but mining residues are exempt – Financial Post
          Oct 17, 2018

          Last edited by KC; 23-10-2019, 03:56 AM.


          • That’s no blueberry -
            June 6, 2019

            “Alberta farmers will converge on a farm just south of Morinville Saturday to check out Canada’s newest super-fruit: the haskap.


            “Also known as honeyberry, blue-berried honeysuckle, or Lonicera caerulea, the haskap is a relatively new crop in Canada popularized by the efforts of Bob Bors of the University of Saskatchewan's Fruit Program. Found throughout Canada, Russia and Japan, the haskap plant is a perennial shrub that grows about two metres tall and produces yellow, tubular flowers each May. Those flowers become long, dark blue, rectangular berries by late June.

            “It looks like an elongated blueberry, and it tastes like a blueberry/raspberry with a little bit of a saskatoon zing,” Bokenfohr said.”


            Better than blueberries? Introducing Canada's new super food — the haskap berry
            BY JOE O'CONNOR, SEP 18, 2015

            'A funny berry': Haskaps catching on with Alberta growers

            'People don't really know about them,' says grower Ross Ehalt
            Wallis Snowdon - CBC News, June 11, 2019


            Haskap farmer wins research grant -
            Oct 3, 2019
            “Rosychuk grows haskap berries at Rosy Farms near Alcomdale and is the founder of the Haskap Alberta Association. Last summer, he hosted a conference for first generation farmers on his farm. “


            Shuswap haskap berries inspire flavourful B.C. beers
            Sorrento’s Crannog Ales and Wolf Springs Farm mark July as Haskap Beer Month in B.C.
            LACHLAN LABEREJul. 12, 2019

            Superfruits of their labours: Farmers grow market for new berry in absence of government support – Financial Post

            Feb 25, 2019

            “It’s an origin story. And it’s one consumers should know about. This is how new products enter the market and how new economies and markets are created.”
            “It’s a classic Canadian story,” said newly elected board member and media director Thomas MacIntosh, of the humble haskap berry’s emergence.

            “It loves the north. It loves wet, harsh conditions, it thrives in cold conditions.”


            “The berry’s Canadian roots go back to the late ’50s, where it was reportedly first found growing wild in Alberta and later in every province except B.C. The fruit was, at the time of its discovery, too bitter to consider edible. But that is no longer the case.
            The University of Saskatchewan’s Dr. Bob Bors has been instrumental in developing haskap berry varieties suitable for Canada’s diverse growing regions. Bors is also credited for the berry’s unique flavour profile, which MacIntosh describes as a blend of blueberry, raspberry and blackberry.

            The berry, which is also referred to as blue honeysuckle, follows roughly the same pollination schedule as strawberries and they are in season at a similar time.”

            Are haskap berries a super food with a future? | Oliver Chronicle

            “The younger people seem to be more aware of it because it’s a new super berry, it’s an energy berry, it’s a power berry,” said Ardiel. “So most people that are athletically motivated and they’re out hiking and doing extreme sports, they are well aware of it.”

            ... Ardiel said he’s grateful that Buy Low Foods has been selling their fresh haskaps in its local produce section. The couple has also taken their haskaps to Okanagan Falls to have some dried.

            “That is probably the way that most people would want them because if they’re backpacking up in the wilderness, you want the dried version,” he said.


            Last edited by KC; 26-10-2019, 02:19 AM.


            • Evans Cherry history

              [nafex] Re: Origin of the Evans

              Correction: Mrs Borward got the plants, not seeds, from her neighbors. Sorry about that, (I want to be accurate about this in case this description is repeated.) Kevin B > I just got off the phone with Dr Evans, so here is more on the Evans > and its origin (and probable reason that Del heard that it came from > England): > > Evans cherry > A Mrs Borward from the Henwood area near Edmonton, Alberta has been > growing the Evans since about 1923. She is in her 80's now and says > that she got the seeds from her neighbors who got these from > the "English" which according to Dr Evans actually meant "Americans" > and specifically from Minnesota as the Minnesotans largely settled > this part of Edmonton. These Minnesotans were probably of either > Ukranian or Norwegian decent and had probably been growing this > cherry since the late 1800's. > Dr Evans discovered this cherry in 1976 and slowly but surely got > people interested in trying it. > Some outstanding points of the Evans are: > The highest yields in MI are about 50 pounds per tree. The Evans > produces around 150 pounds per tree! > It does very well in light soil. Heavy soil it does ok but tends to > be winter damaged more. > Blossoms are not killed by temps as low as five below centigade, > which is quite remarkable for a sour cherry. > Kevin Bradley

              Alberta's little cherry miracle
              "People called back with astounding results," says Evans. "It was an unusual and unusually vigorous growing tree."

              Still, when he first contacted tree nurseries, they weren't interested in the Evans cherry.

              "They said, 'You can't grow cherries on the Prairies,' and I said, 'Well these cherries have been growing for 50 years and they must be hardy!' The skepticism was incredible," says Evans, an energetic man who's not afraid to speak his mind. "Here was something staring people in the face but nobody could see it. What do you do with cherries? You don't go 'Duh!' You make it available to the public."

              Last edited by KC; 26-10-2019, 02:35 AM.


              • Just want to say, KC, I really enjoy reading these articles. Some more fascinating than others, but really interesting and informative all the same, and helps one to get both sides of stories and become more well rounded and informed. Thankyou.


                • 'Milestone' in polio eradication achieved - BBC News


                  These 5 Things About Bill Gates Are Hard to Believe, But Actually Make Total Sense |

                  “Researchers told him it would cost $200 million to eradicate polio, so he gave them twice that much.

                  One of the problems Gates says comes with running a foundation is that people will often tell you they need whatever amount of money they think you'll say yes to. That's a problem...because it's not always the same as the actual number needed to tackle the issue.

                  Once, when the Gates Foundation decided to get involved with the effort to make polio the second disease erased from the face of the earth (smallpox was the first), he felt like the scientists were low-balling the amount they needed to make a real difference. So, he doubled the amount they asked for and went to see the project first-hand.

                  In Nigeria, cases went from over 700 per year, to fewer than 30 cases annually--all in less than a decade. In fact, as a representative for the Gates Foundation tells me, the country hasn't seen a single case in three years.”


                  More on the Bill Gates Brain series:

                  Bill Gates Is Saving the World, One Toilet at a Time

                  “Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates, the resulting three-part documentary series, drops on Netflix September 20.“
                  Last edited by KC; 27-10-2019, 07:40 PM.


                  • ”Each episode cost more than $15 million to make, “

                    Do Apple TV Plus shows have to be good to succeed? - The Verge


                    “ And the GNP would go up. But the utility of the product would be zilch” - Warren Buffett (see below)

                    I don't have a problem with guilt about money. The way I see it is that my money represents an enormous number of claim checks on society. It is like I have these little pieces of paper that I can turn into consumption. If I wanted to, I could hire 10,000 people to do nothing but paint my picture every day for the rest of my life. And the GNP would go up. But the utility of the product would be zilch, and I would be keeping those 10,000 people from doing AIDS research, or teaching, or nursing. I don't do that though. I don't use very many of those claim checks. There's nothing material I want very much. And I'm going to give virtually all of those claim checks to charity when my wife and I die.

                    As quoted in Warren Buffett Speaks: Wit and Wisdom from the World's Greatest Investor(1997) by Janet C. Lowe, pp. 165-166
                    Bolding mine
                    Last edited by KC; 02-11-2019, 11:05 AM.


                    • Will this teeny electric bicycle van thing save our city centres? | Top Gear


                      • Armenian monuments destroyed. Some call it 'cultural genocide' - Los Angeles Times


                        “ Despite a 2000 UNESCO order demanding their protection, evidence published in the art journal Hyperallergicthis year indicated that the monuments were covertly and systematically demolished as part of an alleged Azerbaijani campaign to erase traces of indigenous Armenian culture in Nakhichevan.

                        The scope of the destruction is stunning: 89 medieval churches, 5,840 khachkars and 22,000 tombstones, the report said. The annihilation of cultural heritage dwarfs the more widely reported and condemned razing of sites by Islamic State in Syria and the Taliban in Afghanistan. Simon Maghakyan, 33, a co-author of the Hyperallergic article, described Azerbaijan’s alleged demolition of these sacred churches and monuments from 1997 to 2006 as “the worst cultural genocide of the 21st century.” ...”



                        • Nice tower sketches
                          'Forging new ground': Squamish Nation planning 11 towers next to Burrard Bridge | CBC News



                          • Nice tower sketches
                            'Forging new ground': Squamish Nation planning 11 towers next to Burrard Bridge | CBC News


                            Good news!!!!

                            Fake rhino horn invented to ruin poachers' market - BBC News
                            Last edited by KC; 08-11-2019, 07:24 AM.


                            • Oh look everyone. A new management consulting fad! Have you “woken” to it yet? (It’s even sympathetic to 1984.) Can you unlearn theneed to use spaces between words?

                              Is ‘AQ’ more important than intelligence? - BBC Worklife

                              Will Gosling, Deloitte’s UK human capital consulting leader, says there’s no definitive method of measuring adaptability like an IQ test, but companies have woken up to AQ’s value and are changing their recruitment processes to help identify people who may be high in it.

                              Deloitte has started using immersive online simulations where job candidates are assessed on how well they adapt to potential workplace challenges; one assessment involves choosing how you would encourage reluctant colleagues to join a company triathlon team. Deloitte also looks to hire people who have shown they can perform in different functions, industries or geographies. “This proves they are agile and a fast learner,” Gosling says.

                              Fratto of Goldman Sachs, meanwhile, suggests three ways AQ might manifest in potential candidates:if they can picture possible versions of the future by asking “what if” questions,if they can unlearn information to challenge presumptionsand if they enjoy exploration or seeking out new experiences.

                              Last edited by KC; 09-11-2019, 05:59 AM.


                              • How air conditioning could help to save the planet - BBC News