14-yrs old Daniel « Damn Daniel » Lara using his platform to make a difference

There’s no way that 14-year old Daniel Lara could have imagined that wearing a pair of white Vans would make him a worldwide sensation. He and his buddy Josh Holz’s « Damn Daniel » meme took over social media last month, landing him a lifetime supply of Vans sneakers. Aware of his good fortune, Lara is using… Lire la suite 14-yrs old Daniel « Damn Daniel » Lara using his platform to make a difference

For the first time since the revolution, the Cuban president met a free press

The thing about dictators is they don’t have to answer any stinking questions from the press. We call it undemocratic; they call it job security. That’s why President Obama’s joint news briefing with President Raúl Castro of Cuba last week was so extraordinary. For the first time since the earliest days of the revolution, independent… Lire la suite For the first time since the revolution, the Cuban president met a free press

MTL’s soccer stadium featured in the world’s most influential architecture mag

The Crystalline soccer stadium by Saucier + Perrotte is a football stadium in Montreal that has a giant faceted roof structure, which folds over an indoor playing field before morphing into spectator seating surrounding a second open-air pitch.   It is located on the former Miron Quarry and landfill site, which is in the process of being converted into the… Lire la suite MTL’s soccer stadium featured in the world’s most influential architecture mag

Humor offers a host of physical and psychological benefits

Humor in its myriad forms has been around since the dawn of humanity. Research has shown that even chimps and other primates laugh, indicating that humor has been around even longer than we have been. “Humor is everywhere,” says Scott Trefny, MA LMHC, a senior rehabilitation therapist at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Westchester Division in White Plains. “For example,… Lire la suite Humor offers a host of physical and psychological benefits

A Pakistani startup is trying to banish fake prescription drugs

Kinza Waseem, a doctor at the Combined Military Hospital in Karachi, Pakistan, often sees patients who’ve unknowingly taken counterfeit drugs instead of doctor-prescribed medication that’s supposed to help them. “People will complain about not getting any relief, even after taking medication for a long period of time,” she told me in an interview. The patient might… Lire la suite A Pakistani startup is trying to banish fake prescription drugs

A turbine the size of a desk that could power a small town

GE Global Research is now testing a turbine about the size of a desk that could power a small town of about 10,000 homes. Most turbines are driven by steam, requiring them to be much larger.  But this one is driven by “supercritical carbon dioxide,” which is highly pressurized and extremely hot (up to 700 °C).… Lire la suite A turbine the size of a desk that could power a small town

This four-letter word is the Swedish key to happiness at work

Can short coffee breaks spell the difference between loving and hating work? In Sweden, where workers are among the least stressed worldwide, the secret to happiness is a four letter word: fika. The word “fika” is used as both a noun and a verb, and is derived from the Swedish word for coffee (kaffe), a… Lire la suite This four-letter word is the Swedish key to happiness at work

Enquête : le travail à temps partiel bénéfique pour les gens au-delà de 40 ans

  Le temps partiel est bénéfique pour le cerveau. C’est est la conclusion de chercheurs de l’université de Melbourne pour qui les capacités cérébrales affichent la meilleure performance en travaillant trois jours par semaine, surtout chez les personnes de plus de 40 ans. L’enquête a été menée auprès de 3000 hommes et 3500 femmes dans… Lire la suite Enquête : le travail à temps partiel bénéfique pour les gens au-delà de 40 ans

Québec lance son portail de données ouvertes

Le nouveau portail Données Québec, dévoilé le mardi 5 avril dernier à l’hôtel de ville de Québec, aura pour but d’offrir un meilleur accès aux données ouvertes des administrations publiques québécoises.  Le gouvernement du Québec et quelques municipalités ont choisi de regrouper sous un même site Web une multitude de données qui concernent leurs administrations. En plus… Lire la suite Québec lance son portail de données ouvertes

Après quatre ans de travaux, la plus vieille bibliothèque du monde va rouvrir ses portes

La bibliothèque al-Quaraouiyine, la plus vieille au monde, était en rénovation depuis quatre ans. Cette institution située au Maroc va rouvrir ses portes en juin.  La bibliothèque al-Quaraouiyine, située dans la ville de Fès, au Maroc, abrite des manuscrits anciens, qui datent pour certains de 1 200 ans. Fondé en 859, ce temple de la… Lire la suite Après quatre ans de travaux, la plus vieille bibliothèque du monde va rouvrir ses portes