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hitchBOT - The World's First Hitchhiking Robot Completes Cross Country Journey

By Kavi Dolasia on August 25, 2014
hitchBOT - The World's First Hitchhiking Robot Completes Cross Country Journey

Although most hitchhikers are people in need of genuine assistance, passersby tend to ignore them because they are wary of giving rides to strangers. But what would they do if they came across a hitchhiking robot? Would humans be caring enough to take it to its desired destination or would they vandalize and toss the helpless machine by the wayside?

Incredible 'Tree Of 40 Fruit' Lives Up To Its Name

By Allegra Staples on August 23, 2014
Incredible 'Tree Of 40 Fruit' Lives Up To Its Name

Award-winning artist and professor Sam Van Aken has managed to accomplish what very few people are able to do - combine art and science together in a project that is as visually stunning, as it is biologically amazing. He has created trees that grow not one or two, but more than 40 types of stone fruit that include numerous kinds of peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines and cherries. What's even more amazing is that many of the fruits are ancient, hard-to-find, varieties.

Pssst . . . Peter Pan, Sherlock Holmes & Queen Victoria Wish To Speak To You!

By Meera Dolasia on August 22, 2014
Pssst . . . Peter Pan, Sherlock Holmes & Queen Victoria Wish To Speak To You!

Let's be honest, historical statues can get a little boring. After all, how many times can one admire the intricate carving or read the plaque etched below? It is therefore no wonder that most people just whiz past them, as they go about their daily lives. But what if they had a story to tell? Would passersby spend two minutes of their precious time to listen?

At Toronto's Aptly Named 'Signs' Restaurant All Orders Fall On Deaf Ears

By Meera Dolasia on August 21, 2014
At Toronto's Aptly Named 'Signs' Restaurant All Orders Fall On Deaf Ears

At first sight, Toronto's newly opened 'Signs' restaurant appears like any other casual dining establishment. However the difference starts to become apparent as soon as diners walk in and the host or hostess welcomes them using American Sign Language (ASL). That trend continues throughout the meal as everyone from the wait staff to the busboys, communicate only via gestures.

Mining Cavern Transforms Into World's Largest Underground Trampoline Park

By June Liu on August 20, 2014
Mining Cavern Transforms Into World's Largest Underground Trampoline Park

Trampoline parks are sprouting up all across the world. However, they all pale in comparison to Bounce Below - the world's biggest underground trampoline park that opened in the historic slate mining town of Blaenau Ffestiniog in North Wales, on July 3rd. Nestled in a massive cavern that is located inside a 100ft deep and 60ft wide former slate mine, it provides visitors with a bouncing experience like none other.

Video Of The Week - Automated 'Thanking' Machine Showers Customers With Gifts

By Meera Dolasia on August 18, 2014
Video Of The Week - Automated 'Thanking' Machine Showers Customers With Gifts

Canadians companies sure seem to know how to appreciate their customers. First there was WestJet Airlines that dished out Christmas presents and now, The Toronto-Dominion Bank which recently transformed the normally staid Automated Teller Machines into Automated Thanking Machines, that showered customers with surprise gifts.

Our Disappearing Birds

By Richard Pavek on August 15, 2014
Our Disappearing Birds

Land animals are not the only ones being affected by the loss of habitat and climate change. The issues are taking their toll on birds too. Experts estimate that since the 1500's, over 190 bird species have become extinct. Of these, at least 12 were endemic to North America.

Dorset's Pint-Sized 'Mayor' Loses Re-Election Bid To 16-Year-Old

By Meera Dolasia on August 14, 2014
Dorset's Pint-Sized 'Mayor' Loses Re-Election Bid To 16-Year-Old

While in most places a candidate has to be at least old enough to vote before he/she can stand for office, such is not the case in the tiny town of Dorset that lies 150 miles from the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota. In this unincorporated community that boasts a population of 28 and calls itself 'The Restaurant Capital of the World', everyone, regardless of gender, qualification, residency or age, can vie to become the honorary mayor. This means that even a toddler can be elected!

Can Giant Walls Deter The Formation Of Destructive Tornadoes?

By Allegra Staples on August 12, 2014
Can Giant Walls Deter The Formation Of Destructive Tornadoes?

Tornados in the Midwestern and Southern United States have always been a troubling yet fascinating phenomenon - just think of Dorothy's whirlwind adventure in the Wizard of Oz! Occurring predominantly in the area east of the Rocky Mountains dubbed 'Tornado Alley', they form during severe thunderstorms called supercells that occur when cold dry polar air comes in contact with warm moist tropical air.

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