These Sun-Tracking Devices Pipe Real Sunlight Into Shadowy Buildings

It's a necessary evil of designing in cities: Only the tallest or most perfectly situated buildings get much sunlight. A company called Sun Central thinks it has a solution—in the form of an autonomous sun-tracking mechanism that sucks up sunlight and pipes it into dark buildings. » 8/27/14 8:00am Wednesday 8:00am

A "Dumpcano" of Trash Erupted in the Arctic and Won't Stop Burning

It began rather quietly as a underground fire at a dump in Canada's remote northern reaches. Then in May, the fire "erupted," spewing forth flames and toxic fumes over the city of Iqaluit. Faced with a football field-sized smoldering dump fire, this week the city council finally scrounged up the $2.2 million to put it… » 8/08/14 5:37pm 8/08/14 5:37pm

Canadian Police Want You To Respond to Sexts With These Insane Replies

It's been a red-letter past few years for both teens and sexters alike. So it's not surprising that, today, we find ourselves in the era of the sext-addled teen. But the Ontario Provincial Police think they might be able to stop teens at the source with a potent combination of app-based sarcasm and "keep calm and… » 8/08/14 3:22pm 8/08/14 3:22pm

The world's largest gathering of snakes looks like a slithering sea

Imagine your worst nightmare. And then imagine your living room filled with thousands and thousands and thousands of snakes. That's what it's like at the Narcisse Snake Dens in Manitoba, Canada. It's the largest concentration of snakes in the world. It basically looks like an ocean of snakes. » 6/26/14 9:00pm 6/26/14 9:00pm

Awesome guy built a colorful ice fortress because winter was coming

Winter is no fun, especially when it comes too soon or overstays its welcome. How can you make it more enjoyable? By being awesome like Chris Marchand who decided to turn snow into snowlemonade (snowade? water?) by making a beautiful and colorful ice wall fortress in his yard. Look at it. It glows. » 1/15/14 10:35pm 1/15/14 10:35pm

Canada's About to Claim the North Pole as Its Own

Have you spent the past decade believing that Canada is nothing more than our friendly, innocuous neighbor to the north? Good—that's what they wanted you to think. In reality, Canada has given the past 10 years of its life and $200 million dollars in taxpayer money to file the ultimate claim: over 1 million square… » 12/03/13 1:20pm 12/03/13 1:20pm

Oil Companies Could Create Dozens of Toxic Lakes In Alberta

Canada's tar sands are an unequivocal environmental nightmare, ravaging the landscape and spewing billions of gallons of toxic water into the world. Now, oil companies are claiming they've figured out what to do with all that poisonous water: Turn Alberta into one giant man-made lake district. » 12/02/13 3:40pm 12/02/13 3:40pm

Haunting Aerial Photographs of Drowned Villages in Canada

Photographer Louis Helbig is archiving aerial views of Canadian villages drowned by the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway on his website Sunken Villages. The photos are haunting and gorgeous, almost emerald-like, but often difficult to read. Outlines of houses and roads barely emerge from the silt like scenes… » 10/22/13 6:20pm 10/22/13 6:20pm

The Space-Based Internet Relay That Will Torch Google Fiber Has Launched

With an average global broadband connection speed of just 3.1 Mbps, the internet has become one enormous bottleneck for those that send large amounts of data across it. At that speed, a 100 GB file would take around three days to transfer completely, eons too long in a digital era measured by millisecond pings. But a… » 9/30/13 1:00pm 9/30/13 1:00pm