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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.

Mystery Lake In Tunisian Desert Causes Both Joy And Concern

By Meera Dolasia on August 10, 2014
Mystery Lake In Tunisian Desert Causes Both Joy And Concern

In early July, shepherds walking across the Tunisian desert, stumbled upon an unusual sight - a beautiful blue lake that had mysteriously appeared in the midst of the parched land. While nobody knows for sure how the 60-foot deep stretch of water that spans over two acres was formed, there are a few theories.

Annual Perseid Meteor Showers Face Tough Competition From 'Super' Supermoon

By Meera Dolasia on August 8, 2014
Annual Perseid Meteor Showers Face Tough Competition From 'Super' Supermoon

Each year around this time, stargazers anxiously await nature's finest fireworks show - the Perseid meteors. The 'fireball' champions of all annual meteor showers have already been streaming through our skies at the rate of about a dozen an hour, for the last few weeks. However, things will really heat up from early August 11th to the 13th, when between ninety to a hundred meteors will come zooming across the skies, making them easy to spot, even with the naked eye.

Modern-Day Amelia Earhart Circumnavigates The Globe Successfully!

By Meera Dolasia on August 7, 2014
Modern-Day Amelia Earhart Circumnavigates The Globe Successfully!

In 1937, America's beloved aviatrix, Amelia Mary Earhart, set out to break yet another record by embarking on a 29,000-mile flight around the globe. However, her plane disappeared over the South Pacific without a trace, giving birth to one of the biggest mysteries in the history of aviation. Seventy-seven years later, her namesake, Amelia Rose Earhart set out to attempt the same feat. Fortunately, she was successful!

Cool Illusion Tricks Your Ears

By Meera Dolasia on August 5, 2014
Cool Illusion Tricks Your Ears

While illusions that trick the eyes are pretty common, ones that fool human ears are relatively rare. That is the reason this experiment conjured up by the scientists at Philadelphia's Franklin Institute for their new exhibit 'Your Brain', is so intriguing.

Clever Koalas Hug Trees To Beat The Heat

By Allegra Staples on August 4, 2014
Clever Koalas Hug Trees To Beat The Heat

Mention koalas and the image that comes to mind is that of a cuddly animal snoozing, whilst clinging on to a tree trunk for dear life - and rightfully so, given that the animals sleep for up to 20 hours a day! However, while the fact that their sedentary lifestyle is caused by their unusually small brains and the limited nutritional content of the eucalyptus leaves they consume is well-known, what was never questioned was their penchant for tree trunks. Turns out that the smart koalas have figured out that staying close to trees is the best way to beat the heat, during the hot Australian summers.

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