Monthly archives: February 2014


Jan Monson catches Calgary’s bad drivers on video

You’d be lying if you said you haven’t made a few poor decisions while driving. Well, if you live in Calgary, it’s possible those bad driving habits have been caught on camera and posted to YouTube by Jan Monson. Monson, who makes a daily commute across Calgary, stopped scolding the idiots he spotted on the road and started recording them instead. He installed a dash-cam on his vehicle so that […]

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoes 'anti-gay' bill

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer: “The bill could have had unintended and negative consequences”  Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has vetoed a bill that would have allowed business owners who cited their religious beliefs to turn away gay customers. Ms Brewer said the bill could have had “unintended and negative consequences”. It was touted as a religious liberty protection by social conservatives. Its opponents denounced it as legalising anti-gay discrimination. Business groups […]

Welcome to Googletown

Here’s how a city becomes company property Some days it feels like Google is taking over the world. For the residents of Mountain View, California, that feeling is personal. Two weeks ago, Google signed a deal for its very own airport just east of the Googleplex, complete with a blimp hangar large enough to house the Hindenburg. But building a better blimp probably isn’t the reason that Google is leasing […]

Californian Couple Finds $10 Million Worth of Gold Coins in Tin Can

This image provided by the Saddle Ridge Hoard discoverers via Kagin’s, Inc., shows one of the six decaying metal canisters filled with 1800s-era U.S. gold coins unearthed in California by two people who want to remain anonymous. While walking their dog, a couple from Northern California struck gold — literally. Last spring, the anonymous couple dug up rusty tin cans with 1,427 gold coins, dating from 1847 to 1894. Nearly […]

Alarm in Ukraine as Putin puts Russian troops on alert

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine/KIEV (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin put 150,000 Russian combat troops on high alert for war games near Ukraine on Wednesday, the Kremlin’s boldest gesture yet after days of sabre rattling since its ally Viktor Yanukovich was toppled as president in Kiev. Moscow denied that the previously unannounced drill in the western military district near Ukraine was linked to events in its neighbor but it came amid a series […]


First video of orphaned bear cubs will melt your heart

The Oregon Zoo showed off its latest additions, three tiny Amercian black bear cubs, as they grunt, squeak and try to stand on wobbly legs. The bears were rescued from a hollow log by a logging crew in western Oregon. Fearing that heavy machinery may have scared off the cubs’ mother, loggers contacted the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, who turned the cubs over to the zoo after unsuccessfully […]

Incredible microscopic beauty of snowflakes captured

Polar vortex got you down? Arctic outflows and wind chills wearing away at your patience and have you cursing this brutal winter season? Well, this video from Vyacheslav Ivanov might help you see that snow isn’t so bad … when there’s only one flake … and you’re looking at it under a microscope … in a lab … rather than sitting on your driveway, sidewalks and roadways with a few […]


Woman gets slapped in the face by whale’s tail

Sometimes it’s better to take a step back from the action. That’s what Canadian Chelsea Crawford learned the hard way, after getting smacked in the face by a whale. According to MSN NZ, Crawford was whale-watching with friends off the coast of Baja California, Mexico, when she got an unexpected close encounter of the whale kind. Crawford’s friend, Jordyn Rivet, was filming a whale rolling through the waves and getting […]

Understanding the politics of Chinese smog

The China blog has featured pollution more than once this week – and we make no apologies for that. The pollution currently blanketing northern China is an extraordinary and unnatural phenomenon. The air quality is so bad it’s comparable to living near a forest fire. The scale of the consequences to human health are only beginning to be understood. Air pollution is thought to cut life expectancy in northern China […]

First World War German shipwreck is uncovered by storms in remote Cornish bay almost a century after it sank while being towed by Royal Navy

Much of the remains of the SV Carl have been hidden since 1917 at Booby’s Bay, near Padstow, in Cornwall Ship was being towed by the Royal Navy to London when it sank and was stripped leaving just its hull and masts Series of Atlantic storms battering Britain has revealed the wreck and also an ancient Welsh forest For almost 100 years the majority of its vast hull and masts […]