Submitted by Nathalie on October 16, 2017 - 4:02pm
On October 1 2017, Jim Day published an article in The Guardian, “Charlottetown man selling cherished car to help sick children”, about an 84-year-old Charlottetown resident, Sterling Hickox, who is selling his 1965 Cadillac convertible with the original 429 engine, and giving all of the proceeds to the Children’s Wish Foundation.
DNA can be used as a data storage system. In September 2017, it was announced that a live recording of "Smoke on the water" by Deep Purple, and "Tutu" by Miles Davis had been stored in the form of a piece of DNA the size of a speck of dust. This was a "proof of principle" exercise. The binary code is converted to the 4 letter code that represents the building blocks of a DNA sequence. It is a very stable, and very compact form of data storage. All of the Internet could be stored in a test-tube of DNA, and we could conceivably embed data into our own genome.
Air pollution is one of the main problems of the modern world. The article “Revealed: every Londoner breathing dangerous levels of toxic air particle” by Matthew Taylor points out that every area in London has an exceed limit of one of the most toxic pollution particles in the air (PM2.5). This condition has short and long-term negative effects on the health of the residents. The government is encouraging to set up some plans to regulate and reduce the pollution as soon as possible.
In our modern times, society has strived to develop more and more technology designed to simplify our lives. In Canada, a highly visible negative consequence of this pursuit of convenience is the drastic reduction in the amount of physical activity in which citizen take part in, especially in the kids of the newest generation. This includes all manners of their lives, whether that be in gym class, on the playground, while travelling to and from school; physical activity in general has been replaced by a more efficient or more attractive medium.
The Canadian based news company ‘Toronto Star’ released an article on the challenges the Canadian economy faces due to pollution. In 2015, the IISD predicted that the cumulative cost of pollution, in many indirect and direct manners, could be well over fifty billion dollars. In the report they defined pollution as “anything released into the environment by human activity including car exhaust, sewage, crude oil spill off, greenhouse gas emissions, fertilizers, waste heat, noise, light and chemicals like pesticides, plastic additives, and flame retardants” (Ballingall, 2017).