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Town of Canmore supports Calgarys Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games bidTown of Canmore supports Calgarys Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games bid

first_imgCANMORE, Alta. (CP) – Canmore’s town council has voted to support Calgary’s bid for the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.The Rocky Mountain town an hour west of Calgary would host some of the events as part of the bid.Councillors supported the bid on the condition that satisfactory terms are reached with other orders of government for funding support to cover the operational costs of the games in the town.They also included an amendment to ensure all Olympic-related policing and security costs be covered.Housing affordability is a major issue in Canmore.The bid corporation’s plan calls for 240 affordable housing units in Canmore to be managed by the city’s housing corporation.last_img

Albertas turnofftaps law makes gas price jumps and shortages realAlbertas turnofftaps law makes gas price jumps and shortages real

first_imgVICTORIA — Get ready for higher gasoline prices and shortages in British Columbia and a supply surplus on the Prairies if Alberta Premier Jason Kenney uses a newly proclaimed law to restrict fuel exports to its western neighbour, say industry experts and court documents.“The one wild card factor that we really can’t predict is the political factor: would, in fact, the Alberta government actually put in effect, in practice, the curtailment of gasoline and diesel shipments from Alberta to the West Coast,” Michael Ervin, Kent Group Ltd., senior vice-president, said Thursday.The Preserving Canada’s Economic Prosperity Act, the so-called turn-off-the taps law, was passed by the former Alberta government a year ago. Kenney’s United Conservatives proclaimed it as law this week and the threat to put the squeeze on B.C. is real, said Ervin, a petroleum market expert.“The possibility of that certainly changed, increased since Premier Kenney has been elected into office,” he said in a telephone interview from Sidney, B.C.Ervin said he expected gasoline prices in B.C. to jump by at least 10 cents per litre if Alberta started restricting fuel supplies. He said oil companies in Alberta may also feel the pinch because their B.C. customers will be cut off, creating a surplus there.The B.C. government immediately moved to have Alberta’s law declared unconstitutional with a legal challenge, claiming “the central purpose and legal effect of the act is to authorize and provide for discrimination against British Columbia in relation to exports of natural gas, crude oil and refined fuels.”An initial hearing is set for May 7 in Calgary.An affidavit filed alongside the statement of claim outlines B.C.’s dependence on Alberta fuel products and the potential impacts of cutbacks.“The threat of refined fuel supply shortages can have rapid price impacts,” Michael Rensing, a B.C. government energy expert, says in the document. He pointed to an anti-pipeline protest in July 2018, where demonstrators hung on lines from a bridge above Burrard Inlet in Vancouver. He said those actions had the potential to cause fuel shortages on Vancouver Island.“They advised me that if the supply of gasoline to Vancouver Island was interrupted for even 48 hours, that could affect the ability of retail gas stations there to remain open,” the affidavit says. “If the volume of refined fuels supplied to B.C. consumers through the Trans Mountain pipeline is significantly reduced, shortages of those products will likely occur.”Rensing’s affidavit says an explosion at an Enbridge natural gas pipeline near Prince George last October saw prices increase by 10 cents within 48 hours. The explosion did not disrupt natural gas supplies to the refinery near Vancouver but the possibility of shortages sent prices upwards, it says.Alberta supplies, directly or indirectly, more than 80 per cent of the gasoline and diesel used in B.C., says the affidavit.“Each day British Columbians consume between 70,000 and 85,000 barrels of gasoline, and between 55,000 and 70,000 barrels of diesel,” says the affidavit. “Approximately 55 per cent of B.C.’s gasoline and 71 per cent of its diesel is imported from Alberta refineries. The majority of these refined fuels are transported to B.C. through the Trans Mountain Pipeline.”Brian Ahearn, vice-president Western Canada for the Canadian Fuels Association, urged Alberta to take a cautious approach on fuel restrictions.“Because certainly the transportation fuels business is a very integrated business with respect to transportation of fuels between Alberta and B.C.,” said Ahearn. “We’re really hoping the government will look at other solutions, other options.”B.C. Premier John Horgan, who’s already facing daily calls to provide relief to $1.70 per litre gas prices in Metro Vancouver, called Alberta’s law regrettable and said the federal government needs to put more fuel in the pipeline.“We’re trying a whole range of factors to reduce costs on people and then the gas price thing comes whack in the middle of that and there’s very little control I have over that,” Horgan said.B.C. Opposition Leader Andrew Wilkinson said he isn’t buying Horgan’s statements about his inability to reduce gas prices. Wilkinson said Horgan can drop some of the estimated 35 cents per litre taxes on fuel prices in the Vancouver area.“It sounds like we’re being told to suck it up,” he said.B.C. Business Council president Greg D’Avignon said concerns about higher gas prices and fuel shortages are causing widespread concern.“That impacts business,” he said. “It impacts families. It impacts the government. It creates a real crisis.”He urged Kenny and Horgan to step back from the dispute and see the strong bonds between their provinces. “We’re the two most integrated economies in the country, on labour, on trade, on the movement of goods, on investment, and there are huge opportunities of things we could be doing to grow our economies, but the Trans Mountain expansion and this energy conflict is in the way of it,” said D’Avignon.The premiers need to find a solution, he said.“People forget that families, friends and companies move back and forth between Alberta and B.C. everyday,” D’Avignon said. “When B.C. gets a cold, Alberta gets sick and vice versa.” Kenny was in Ottawa Thursday testifying before the Senate’s energy committee about the bill overhauling environmental assessments. He told the committee that Bill C-69 violates Alberta’s constitutional right to regulate its natural resources.Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

TIFF 2017 Deals The Complete List of Festival Purchases So FarTIFF 2017 Deals The Complete List of Festival Purchases So Far

first_img Login/Register With: While the Toronto International Film Festival doesn’t boast a market as robust as other festivals, like Sundance or Cannes, the yearly event often plays home to some major buys of big contenders. Last year, films as diverse “I Am Not Your Negro,” “Salt and Fire,” and “A Quiet Passion” found a home at the festival, and this year will likely include a slate of picked-up offerings that are as wide-ranging as the festival itself. We will be tracking every buy below, so keep checking back to stay up to date.The Toronto International Film Festival runs September 7 – 17 in Toronto, Canada. Stay up to date on all of this year’s TIFF acquisitions below.– In an early deal that was announced before the festival even kicked off, AMC Networks’ streaming horror service Shudder picked up North American, U.K., Ireland and Australian rights to Coralie Fargeat’s debut “Revenge.” The film is billed as “a thriller about a woman who exacts bloody vengeance on her attackers” and is part of the festival’s well-loved Midnight Madness section. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

African Bank of Development Approves New Moroccan Economic StrategyAfrican Bank of Development Approves New Moroccan Economic Strategy

Rabat – The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (ADB) Group have approved the new Moroccan Strategy document covering the period 2017-2021.This strategy document presents a collaboration program between the ADB and Morocco for the next 5 years, stated the ADB in a press release on March 8, explaining how this strategy was conceived to support Morocco in its efforts to create an optimal environment for the development of its economy and promote resilient and inclusive growth.  The ADB will therefore pay particular attention to the industrialization of the Moroccan economy through Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), and exporting sectors by financing operations capable of removing the constraints faced by SMEs in development and export sectors. The continental financial institution will also tackle issues in employment of the most fragile populations, young people and women, particularly in rural areas, by encouraging entrepreneurship, offering better training that will match the labor market demands, and creating sustainable jobs in the agricultural sector.Green growth is at the heart of the ADB’s strategy, which will further back up the dynamics impelled by the organization of the COP22 in Marrakech. According to the bank, green infrastructures must be developed in order to facilitate green industrialization and renewable energies and sustainable transport should be promoted, in addition to their own industrial processes.The bank will also support Morocco in developing its relations with the rest of Africa, accelerating  trade and investment by providing funding to private sector projects as well as trade infrastructures, such as logistics and port platforms.To date, Morocco is the bank’s largest client and has the largest active project portfolio with 35 operations underway, representing a financial commitment of almost $ 2.5 billion. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture ExchangeMost actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange

TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (14,271.92 down 32.25 points):Artek Exploration Ltd. (TSX:RTK). Oil and gas. Up six cents, or 1.60 per cent, to $3.81 on 8.7 million shares.Carpathian Gold Inc. (TSX:CPN). Miner. Unchanged at six cents on 6.6 million shares.Legacy Oil + Gas Inc. (TSX:LEG). Oil and gas. Up 37 cents, or 5.79 per cent, to $6.76 on 6.5 million shares.Primero Mining Corp. (TSX:P). Miner. Up 10 cents, or 1.33 per cent, to $7.60 on 6.4 million shares.Santonia Energy Inc. (TSX:STE). Oil and gas. Up one cent, or 0.68 per cent, to $1.47 on 6.1 million shares.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Down 11 cents, or 1.97 per cent, to $5.48 on 5.8 million shares.Toronto Venture Exchange (1,039.36 up 10.08 points):Enablence Technologies Inc. (TSX:ENA). Communication equipment. Up eight cents, or 266.67 per cent, to 11 cents on 17.9 million shares.Midlands Minerals Corp. (TSX:MEX). Miner. Up 0.5 cents, or 33.33 per cent, to two cents on 10.2 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ). Oil and gas. Up 11 cents, or 0.27 per cent, at $40.81 on 4.2 million shares. The stock went up even though the company’s adjusted earnings of 52 cents per share missed analyst estimates by four cents as the company increase its quarterly dividend by 12.5 per cent, or 2.5 cents, to 22.5 cents per share as both net earnings and revenue improved in the fourth quarter.Canadian Western Bank (TSX:CWB). Bank. Up 30 cents, or 0.82 per cent, to $36.99 on 541,074 shares. The company says it earned $52.6 million or 65 cents per diluted share, up from $45.5 million or 57 cents per diluted share a year ago. Revenue totalled $151.7 million, up from $133.5 million.Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Oil and gas. Down 25 cents, or 0.51 per cent, to $48.54 on 758,941 shares. After markets closed, the National Energy Board announced it had approved the company’s plan to reverse the flow and increase the capacity of its Line 9 pipeline between southern Ontario and Montreal.SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. (TSX:SNC). Engineering and construction. Down $1.98, or 4.09 per cent, to $46.39 on 864,028 shares. The engineering and construction giant reports its fourth-quarter profit and revenue were down as several major divisions faced tough conditions, bringing a close to a difficult year for the company, which has been dealing with fallout related to bribery and corruption allegations against top executives. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 6, 2014 3:32 pm MDT Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange read more

Team Windsor rallies to help the Queen as Prince Philips friends sayTeam Windsor rallies to help the Queen as Prince Philips friends say

first_imgPrince Philip joins the Queen for the Order of Merit service after announcing he is to retireCredit:PA He was unexpected joined by his wife the Duchess of Cornwall, who had been at Radio 2 for her own engagement in the morning to promote 500 Words, a children’s storywriting competition. The Queen makes Anna Wintour a Dame CommanderCredit:PA Prince Philip at work on Wednesday at Lord’s The three young Royals will pick up more of the slack this year, as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge move to London The children and grandchildren of the Queen have embarked on a new phase of public duties, as “Team Windsor” rallied round to fill the Duke of Edinburgh’s shoes.The Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, Duke of Cambridge, Princess Royal and Earl of Wessex each stepped up a day after the Duke announced his retirement, in a very visible sign of a new collaborative Royal era.While the Duke of Edinburgh, 95, departed London to spend the day privately with friends, the Queen was joined by the Duke of Cambridge for a working lunch at Buckingham Palace. Anna Wintour, the American Vogue editor-in-chief who was made a Dame Commander, said of the ceremony: “I congratulated her on Prince Philip’s service because obviously that’s so remarkable and such an inspiration to us all.”The Earl of Wessex, meanwhile, fulfilled his role as chairman of the The Prince Philip Trust Fund, hosting a reception at St George’s Hall, followed by a dinner at Norman Tower at Windsor Castle. Retirement will allow Prince Philip more time for hobbies, including oil painting Staff at the palaces have been given a pep talk on how they will be encouraged to pull together, as three generations of the Royal family work ever closer with the common purpose of supporting the Queen.Team Windsor, as it is being called by aides, will jointly spread the burden of taking the Duke’s workload from August, when he has announced he will retire from public duties. Ray Winston, the Duchess of Cornwall, Debbie Harry from Blondie and Chris Evans in his studio for BBC Radio 2's 500 Words Prince Philip at an engagement last month, feeding an elephant at Whipsnade Zoo News of the Duke’s autumn retirement was greeted on Thursday by an outpouring of gratitude from the public, with admirers acknowledging his long service, which continued 30 years after most of his contemporaries would have retired.Asked whether the Duke would have been pleased to see the public response, two close friends suggested he was more likely to have avoided reading it, embarrassed about the attention.“I don’t think he would ever have expected it,” said Lady Butter. “He hates adulation.” The following months will see the Queen at engagements alone or joined by younger members of the family, who will step further into the spotlight.The Duke himself has temporarily retreated from the public gaze after a jovial public appearance on Thursday afternoon, staying with friends in the north while his family carry on. Paying tribute to the Queen and Duke’s seven decades of public duty together, Lady Butter said: “They are absolutely amazing, the perfect couple. “I think he’s been a real example of service and dedication. It’s a most extraordinary story.” Prince Philip at an engagement last month, feeding an elephant at Whipsnade Zoo Ray Winston, the Duchess of Cornwall, Debbie Harry from Blondie and Chris Evans in his studio for BBC Radio 2’s 500 WordsCredit:PAcenter_img Those close to him emphasised he has no plans to retire to a life of idle leisure, saying they expect him to continue to take a very close interest in his charities despite relinquishing his formal active responsibilities and the expectations they bring. Prince Philip joins the Queen for the Order of Merit service after announcing he is to retire The Queen makes Anna Wintour a Dame Commander The Queen went on to conduct a series of investitures, reflecting this week’s promise to “continue to carry out a full programme of official engagements”. Lady Myra Butter, a friend since childhood, said last night of the Duke’s future: “He might be stepping down but he won’t be sitting down.” The three young Royals will pick up more of the slack this year, as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge move to LondonCredit:PA Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Burma's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Burma’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi Retirement will allow Prince Philip more time for hobbies, including oil paintingCredit:Rex Christopher Aitken, secretary of the Fund, said the process of the Duke handing his practical duties over to Prince Edward had been “very successful”, adding he would not be surprised if the “very active” Duke chose to attend future events which piqued his interest.The Princess Royal, who has quietly been the hardest working Royal of recent years in terms of public engagements, was due to attend the Women’s Royal Naval Service Benevolent Trust AGM and reception. Prince Philip at work on Wednesday at Lord's A full day of activity yesterday saw the Queen and Duke of Cambridge host Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi at Buckingham Palace for a short meeting and then lunch.The Prince of Wales conducted a 45-minute-long meeting with the de facto Burmese leader at Clarence House, shouldering the more formal diplomatic duty. Royal aides confirmed staff across the palaces have been asked to pull together in support of the Queen, in a rallying address from her private secretary Sir Christopher Geidt on Thursday.In an announcement to staff, he emphasised the enthusiasm of the Prince of Wales and and Duke of Cambridge in supporting their mother and grandmother, in a cross-generational effort designed to utilise the working Royals most effectively. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Hollywood asks Britain to record its horse neighs to be used asHollywood asks Britain to record its horse neighs to be used as

The winning horse will be chosen by a panel of judges and entered… Equestrians have long been irritated by the incorrect use of horse noises in film and television productions. Now one of the UK’s leading horse sanctuaries is working with an iconic film sound studio to find the most genuine equine sounds for use on screen. Redwings, the horse charity, is collaborating on a project in which horse owners across Britain are invited to submit high-quality recordings of their horse neighing, whinnying, snorting or nickering. But there are subtle differences. Take that from the horse’s mouth. To the layman, one horse’s neigh, whinny and snort sounds just like any other horse’s neigh, whinny and snort.

Early success highlighted at AAMIGS inaugural AGMEarly success highlighted at AAMIGS inaugural AGM

first_imgThe Australia-Africa Mining Industry Group (AAMIG) held its inaugural Annual General Meeting at the Celtic Club in West Perth last week, with Chairman Bill Turner highlighting a number of early achievements for the fast-growing industry association, which was formally incorporated in May 2011 to represent Australian and Australian-based exploration, mining, service and supply companies active in Africa. “We’ve had an extremely successful and busy first year,” Turner said.“In addition to growing AAMIG’s membership to its current level of 96 members, we have also achieved a number of ‘early runs on the board’ to deliver real value to our member companies.” Turner said in the past year AAMIG has established guiding documentation for member companies operating in Africa, and developed support processes including a Gap Analysis Tool. AAMIG has also made a number of submissions to Government on behalf of its members, including specific country briefs, and support for member applications for the Direct Aid Program through the Australian Government Heads of Mission in Africa.It has implemented regular information seminars – which are well attended and well received by members. Members also receive a bi-monthly newsletter and weekly email of industry news, which, together with a well developed and informative website, provide a relevant resource base for Australian explorers, miners and related service and supply providers in support of their activities on the African continent.Looking ahead, Turner said AAMIG expects another very busy year with the focus on continuing to enhance the capacity of AAMIG members to be “Partners of Choice” and “Employers of Choice” in Africa. “We are also developing an accreditation process that will deliver real value to AAMIG members, and will continue our efforts to build a “Team Australia” approach which includes building relationships between the mining industry, governments, not-for-profits and academia.”last_img read more

Greece Round 1 PAOK beat AEK in AthensGreece Round 1 PAOK beat AEK in Athens

← Previous Story Vive Kielce like a storm in Poland! Next Story → Gino Strezovski a new coach of Women’s Macedonia NT? Handball League has started in Greece. In a first round, spectators saw tough battle between AEK and PAOK 20:22 in which last Greek CL pariticipant took points for Thessaloniki.Matches of Round 1:AEROPOS EDESSAS – PANELLINIOS 28: 22Results on every 10 minutes : 6-3, 8-5 , 12-9 ( imch. ), 17-12 , 22-19 , 28-22AEROPOS EDESSAS (Nikos Georgiadis ) Kotsifis , Miltsef , Chatzipetrou one , two hoes , Voutsas 6 Tzouvaras Univ. 3 Arvanitidis 2 , Lazaridis , Tsatsos 9 Mousios 1 Tzouvaras van . , Ananiadis 2 Giosmou 2 , Sunday.PANELLINIOS (Jim Tengelidis ) Tzanakakis , Dimitroulas, Zarlakoutis 1 Papanikos , Velitsianos 3 , Samaras 3 Chatsikas 3 Chinis 3 Gklavopoulos , Aslanidis 1 Sompirakoul 4 , 2 Leonidas , Papadopoulos Matovits 2 .KYDON CHANIA 31 ZAFEIRAKIS 29Results on every 10 minutes: 6-4, 10-6 , 15-10 ( imch. ), 22-14 , 26-22 , 31-29KYDON Hania ( Zlatko Petronigevits ) Kamarianakis , Myntilakis , Kokolodimirakis Steph . 4 , Nick Kokolodimitrakis . 5 , 7 Xanthoudakis , King, Kampanieris , Filits 4 Mikovits 4 Tsavdaris 5 , Georgiadis , Adamidis, White, Adamidis 2 .ZAFEIRAKIS ( Chris Tzouvaras ): Vlachos 1 Karageorgiou 21 Loumbourdis , Baschoulas , Rodovitis , Pitu , Bakirtzis , Hatzigeorgiou 2 tion 2 Kessidis 2 Mitsikas 1 Teacher .AEK 20 PAOK 22Results on every 10 minutes : 5-3, 6-8, 9-12 (hmx.), 13-15, 17-19, 20-22AEK (John Arvanitis ): Kaffa , Bakaoukas 9 Megalooikonomou 2 , Georgiadis , Manito 1 Vakalis 1 , Koulouris, Papadopoulos Kontis 1 Syngaris , Asaridis , Tsaousis 1 Tutsis, Parkchaniouk 5.PAOK (Stelios Seirekidis ) Kominek , Misirlis 4 , cartridge belt , Gourgoumis , Saoulidis 1 Mitrovits 5 , carpenters 2 , 2 Apostolidis , Ioannidis, Naoumidis , Tsakiris 5 Pervanas Michailidis Sevastides 3 .Philippos Veria 33 YMCA 26Results on every 10 minutes: 6-2, 8-3 , 15-9 ( EFT ), 22-13 , 25-14 , 33-26Philippos B. ( Theo Pavlidis ): Loizos , P. Kostakidis 2 Tzoufras 7 Dellios , Kouroumplidis , Rempelakos , Tatsis, Evangelidis 3 , Koroni Ntomprokovits 8, Smith 8, Farewell 4 Protogeris 1 Kostakidis I.YMCA (Alexis Papavasilis ): Ioannides, Orphanoudakis, Metsis 4 Simitzis 4 Koktsidis , Koutsikopoulos 1 , Spyropoulos 3 Kessidis 6 Mantzos 2 Chatziagapis 3 , Pantelides 1 Saoulidis , Argyriou 1 , Lappas .DIOMIDIS 32 IONIKOS N.F. 27Results on every 10 minutes: 5-6, 12-9 , 15-11 ( imch. ), 21-16 , 24-23 , 32-27DIOMIDIS ( Chris Gerodimos ) Chrysopoulos , Kremathiotis , Mougits , Tzortzigevits 9 Grigorakis , Taskovits 5 , Johansson 2 , 3 Mallios , Troupis 4 , bitch , Samaras 4 Dimitroulas, Eleftherios Zaravina 5.IONIKOS ( Panagiotis Messinis ) chassis , Billy 1 , 2 Argyrakis , Gkigkenas 6 Glezakos , time, Antonopoulos 1 , Garcia – Korakis 1 Kasapidis , Kandylis 5 Gul Zefgoulas 2 Karamagkelas 5 Ourosevits 4.DOUKAS – VRILISSIA 30-20Results on every 10 minutes: 3-5, 10-7 , 14-13 ( imch. ), 19-14 , 24-17 , 30-20DUKE (George Kranakis ) Zalonis 3 Mountzouridis 9 Tombros 1 Tziras 2 Zougiovits 4 Zampounis 5 Fatouros 1 , Georgiadis , Capital , Magkafourakis , Tzavaras, Mastorogiannis 5 Kotelidas .VRILISSIA (Nikos Grammar ) : Cotton P, Tsigkogiannopoulos 2 1 C. Vamvakas , Perros 4 Lialios 4 Ntrasa , Georgoudis , Cheliotis , Barbas , Kleopas , Kaigkanits 5 , Smith 3 , Katsikis 1 .Source: AEKGreek handballPAOK Handball read more

Nookcolor From Barnes Noble Starts ShippingNookcolor From Barnes Noble Starts Shipping

first_imgBarnes & Noble this week began shipping its new NookcoloreBook reader ahead of schedule for all those users who pre-ordered the device.The color touchscreen reader will begin arriving today. Barnes & Noblestores will also be getting readers for customer demos and “very limitedquantities” for purchase.The reader, which was announced at an event on Octover 26th,features a seven-inch color touchscreen. According to the company, the Nookcolor“has quickly become the bestselling product at Barnes & Noble withpre-order volume significantly beyond that of the company’s aggressiveexpectations.”AdChoices广告The device runs $249. Its predecessors, the Nook 3G andWi-Fi, will be getting firmware upgrades next week.last_img

Solar Tower in Arizona to power 150000 homes for 80 yearsSolar Tower in Arizona to power 150000 homes for 80 years

first_imgWe live in a world where energy consumption continues to escalate while our natural resources diminish. In order to meet our current and future energy demands a switch needs to be made so as to rely more on renewable energy than non-renewable.The main forms of renewable energy we use today are solar, wind, and hydro power. Each has its place, and all keep improving, but only solar looks like it may eventually offer a decent solution to providing enough energy to power our homes.AdChoices广告Saying that though, solar panels are far from efficient, and still remain a daytime-only energy producer. However, there is another solar energy generator that is about to be built in the Arizona desert, and it will produce renewable energy at a far higher rate than any solar panel currently can.This new solar energy generator is called a Solar Tower. It has been created by EnviroMission and doesn’t actually convert the sun’s rays into an energy source like a solar panels do. Instead, the Solar Tower relies on hot air to produce power.As you can see from the images and videos included here, the solar tower is a massive structure that is more than twice the height of the Empire State Building. Underneath the tower, and fanning out in a circle is a massive greenhouse covered by glass panels. When the sun hits the glass it heats up the air underneath to as high as 90 degrees Celsius. The tower is so tall because it’s the temperature differential that sucks the hot air out of the greenhouse below. Every 100 meters you go up the temperature will drop one degree, so a very tall tower means the air will be sucked out with a lot of force because the differential is greater. As that happens the hot air is forced through 32 generators which produce power.There are several benefits to this method of clean energy generation. The 2,625ft tower is capable of producing 200 megawatts at peak production and is expected to power 150,000 homes. At the same time it is a completely clean system producing no waste other than hot air and can work in most weather conditions. This first tower is also being built on desert land that would otherwise remain unused. As for cost, the build has a price tag of $750 million, but it will pay that back in 11 years by selling the energy produced. The tower has a lifespan of around 80 years making it ultimately very profitable for investors.Because the system relies on hot air to function, when the sun goes down the tower does not stop producing energy. That only happens when the air in the greenhouse drops below a certain temperature and the differential isn’t big enough, so production could continue for a few hours after sunset. Efficiency wise, EnviroMission states it’s around 60%.One final benefit of the tower is its ability to support the growth of food. As you are effectively creating a giant greenhouse it’s quite possible to use the area below as you would any greenhouse, although we’re not sure what plants and vegetables grow in 90 degree heat.The first Solar Tower in Arizona is set to come online in 2015. It should be producing completely clean energy until at least 2095 at which point I’d hope we have a planet relying completely on renewable energy.Read more at Gizmag and EnviroMissionlast_img read more

Pontian genocide commemoratedPontian genocide commemorated

first_imgThe Pontian Genocide was commemorated at an event held by the Coordinating Committee of Pontian Assocciations in Melbourne (SEPSM). Greek Australian MP Jenny Mikakos once again stated her commitment to continue her struggle for the international recognition of the Pontian Genocide. In her speech at the event, she underlined that the only thing Greeks ask is that Turkey recognizes the genocide and publicly apologises, comparing the apology to the time that former Prime Minister of Australia Kevin Rudd said “sorry” to the indigenous Australians for the suffering brought to them when they were invaded. SEPSM coordinator Spyros Korosidis officially launched the event and welcomed the guests who attended. Consul General to Greece in Melbourne Eleni Lainidou also gave a speech noting the importance of the commemorative events for the Pontian Greek Genocide and the necessity of an apology from the Turkish government for the crimes against humanity committed by former regimes of the country. However, she explained that her calling does not imply hatred against the Turkish people. Bill Papastergiadis, President of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria, also spoke at the event. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Innovation le Seabreacher X un requin motorisé qui défie les éléments àInnovation le Seabreacher X un requin motorisé qui défie les éléments à

first_imgInnovation : le Seabreacher X, un “requin” motorisé qui défie les éléments à découvrir en imagesÉtats-Unis – Deux inventeurs passionnés de glisse créent des engins aquatiques sur mesure pour de riches clients. L’un de leurs derniers-nés est un “requin” mécanique semi-submersible, capable de fendre les eaux et de bondir dans les airs à des vitesses impressionnantes.Il tient à la fois du hors-bord, du sous-marin, de l’avion et… du grand requin blanc. C’est “un croisement entre avion et bateau”, résume l’un de ses concepteurs. Baptisé Seabreacher X, ce jouet en fibre de verre pour millionnaires mesure cinq mètres de long – la taille d’un vrai requin blanc – et est équipé d’un moteur de 260 chevaux-vapeur (système de mesure anglo-saxon) le propulsant à 50 miles à l’heure sur l’eau et à 20 miles à l’heure sous l’eau. Il peut jaillir de sous la surface jusqu’à plus de 3,50 mètres de hauteur.À lire aussiUn requin mako filmé en pleine attaque par une caméra embarquée (Vidéo)Biplace, le Seabreacher X peut intégrer à la demande un écran de jeux vidéo pour passagers blasés, une sono en stéréo ou l’air conditionné. Son prix ? La bagatelle de 60.000 livres. Une somme qui n’arrête pas les amateurs fortunés, puisque  Innespace, l’entreprise fondée par Rob Innes et Dan Piazza, les inventeurs du requin-hors-bord, possède un carnet de commandes d’au moins un an pour les divers engins qu’elle fabrique. Le prochain projet des deux compères ? Un petit frère du Seabreacher, en forme de requin marteau.  Découvrir le Seabreacher en images : 31 août 2010 à 13:16 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Un mystérieux Stonehenge syrienUn mystérieux Stonehenge syrien

first_imgUn mystérieux ‘Stonehenge’ syrien ?Parlant de ses recherches en public au Musée sémitique de Harvard, un archéologue canadien dit avoir découvert en 2009, dans le désert syrien, une série d’alignements et de cercles de pierres qu’il estime dater de 6 à 10.000 ans, et qu’il n’a pu étudier en détail à cause des évènements politiques dans le pays.  C’est en cherchant d’anciennes tours de guet romaines que l’archéologue Robert Mason, du Musée royal de l’Ontario a fait la surprenante découverte. En 2009, ce spécialiste est en effet tombé à environ 80 kilomètres au nord de Damas, dans une zone quasi-inhabitée du désert syrien, sur des alignements et des cercles de pierres, peut-être même des tombes. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Mason pense que ces étranges formations pourraient dater de la période néolithique ou du début de l’âge du bronze, ce qui les ferait remonter à entre 6.000 et 10.000 ans avant le présent et ce qui est beaucoup plus ancien que la Grande Pyramide. “Ce à quoi cela ressemblait, c’est à un paysage pour la mort, et non à un lieu de vie”, a expliqué l’archéologue, qui précise que des recherches détaillées seraient nécessaires pour préciser l’âge et la nature exacte du site.Les vestiges se trouvent non loin du monastère de Deir Mar Musa, occupé jusqu’au 19e siècle et connu pour ses fresques chrétiennes. Néanmoins, le contexte politique régnant actuellement dans la région empêche pour le moment l’exploration du site récemment découvert et l’équipe de chercheurs n’a pu y retourner depuis leur trouvaille. Le 30 juin 2012 à 13:19 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Toy Tuesday The Craziest and Coolest Batman ToysToy Tuesday The Craziest and Coolest Batman Toys

first_imgIf any superhero is defined by his toys, it’s Batman. Absent the massive wealth inherited from his family, could Bruce Wayne have put together the arsenal of gadgets and gizmos he uses to non-fatally injure the mentally ill? It’s hard to say. We wanted to kick off this weekly roundup of must-have toys with Batman, so read on for some serious – and silly – collectibles and playthings.Batman: The Animated Series 6″ FigureThe maniacs at Mondo are notorious for their deep attention to geek culture detail, and their exclusive Batman 6″ action figure – modeled after the classic animated series – is one of the nicest toys we’ve ever seen. 30 points of articulation means you can pose this puppy in hundreds of different ways, and when you throw in multiple switchable hands and heads as well it gets even wilder. Finish it off with a few key items of Bat-gear like grappling gun and Batarang and you’re set to avenge the murder of your parents.$125.00, buy it at Mondo.Square Enix Steampunk BatmanSuperhero action figures have always depended on “alternate costumes” to fill up store shelves – after all, how many basic Batmen can one kid have? Back in the day, you used to be able to get special figures for snow patroling, fire, outer space, fighting ninjas, what have you. Square Enix proudly carried this tradition forward with their line of variant figures for Arkham Knight, with our pick being this absurdly over-the-top steampunk version. Just look at this dude! He’s covered in like gears and clocks, and he’s got a dang crossbow and everything.$79.99, buy it on Amazon.World’s Finest Batman and Superman Q-FigThe relationship between Gotham’s greatest detective and the Man of Steel is a fraught one – sometimes they’re allies, sometimes they’re enemies. This ridiculous diorama from QMx depicts the duo as Superman flies Batman through the clouds. One of them is loving it and the other is less than impressed by the whole experience. There’s just something so gleefully absurd about the whole situation that it deserves a spot on this roundup.$29.99, buy it on ThinkGeek.Hot Wheels Batmobile BundleIf you’re as into the many vehicles of Batman as we are, this exclusive Hot Wheels set will make a great addition to your desk or display case. Six individual vehicles reproduced in die-cast metal include the original Adam West Batmobile, the stretched-out Burton version, plus a bunch from the Nolan movies. Hot Wheels have always been made with surprisingly high quality for such inexpensive toys, and these whips are no exception.$12.30, buy it on Amazon.Fisher-Price Batbot ExtremeWhy exactly hasn’t Batman just made a bunch of giant robots to fight crime instead of going out and doing it himself? Dude can certainly afford it. Fisher-Price’s Imaginext line leans in heavily to the idea of Bruce Wayne as mecha pilot with this two-foot tall monstrosity that comes with shoulder-mounted Bat-missile launchers, rocket fists in classic fashion, a voice changer and a hidden elevator to bring the tiny Batman figure (included) up to the control center.$65.97, buy it on Amazon.ArtFX Joker FigureBatman’s greatest enemy has been through many transformations over the course of his criminal career, from wacky funster to murderous psychopath and back again. This exquisitely detailed statue from Kotobukiya and ArtFX presents him in his Grant Morrison-designed recent look, with a slicked-back flashy haircut and a nice suit. Standing just over seven inches tall, the statue features a magnetically reinforced display base to keep him upright despite his dramatic pose.$46.50, buy it on Amazon.Bat-Grapnel ReplicaBeing able to descend on criminals from above is a key part of Batman’s battle strategy, so having a grapple gun is essential. This replica made by Dochsa is an exact duplicate of the one used in the video games with one key exception: the included rope only shoots out a couple of feet, so you’re not going to be able to use it to scale any skyscrapers. That said, it’s a seriously badass looking piece of kit that features motorized line retraction and other cool features.$65.95, buy it on Amazon.Life Size Arkham KnightAction figures come at all kinds of scales, from the classic 3.75 inch Star Wars to old-school 12 inch GI Joes, but if you really want to go big, there’s only one choice: life size. NECA’s Arkham Knight foam figure is as big as Batman himself, weighing in at 6 feet 2 inches tall of painted rubber and latex with a real cloth cape. The model for this was created from the same 3D renderings that the game used. What can you expect to pay for all this detail? A cool $3,800. And for that stack of cash, you still have to assemble him when he arrives in two boxes.$3,800, buy it on Amazon.1/6 Scale Tumbler BatmobileThe Christopher Nolan Batman movies are notable for a few things, but one is how much military badassitude it lent to Bruce Wayne’s expensive toys. Gone was the Art Deco slickness of the Burton ride, or the funky muscle car of the TV show. Instead, we got the Tumbler, an armored behemoth capable of flipping over and still pursuing evildoers. This insane Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece reproduction weighs in at a staggering 29 pounds of twisted steel and sex appeal, boasting movie-accurate styling and tons of moving parts. It’s pricey, but this baby will be the centerpiece of your collection.$1395.45, buy it on Amazon.LEGO Batman Ultimate BatmobileI hold the somewhat controversial opinion that LEGO Batman is the best modern Batman movie – but then I love the wild chaos of the DC’s Silver Age, where heroes and villains exist in a wild and ludicrous universe of giant pennies and space aliens. They probably couldn’t do that in live action, but LEGOs? Let’s go. Of course, there are tons of tie-in toys, but we dig the Batmobile they released with fold-out panels, stud shooters, a light-up Batsignal and eight minifigs (including two flying monkeys from The Wizard Of Oz because that’s just how this thing rolls).$139.95, buy it on Amazon.Medicom Sofubi BatmanIf you’re on the market for something a bit cuddlier, Medicom’s Sofubi-style Batman might be right up your alley. Modeled after a popular Japanese style of “action figure” prevalent through the 60s and early 70s, these soft vinyl figures with oversized heads used to be dominated by sentai heroes and giant monsters, but recently the company has been looking West for inspiration. There’s something both cheerful and unsettling about seeing the Dark Knight in this form. Five points of articulation make Sof’ Bats not the most poseable figure in your collection, but you can’t have everything.$79.95, buy it on Amazon.Get plenty more Bruce with the latest DCEU new roundup. Rewatch the Titans trailer and let that “Eff Batman,” sink in. Play the best game in Telltale franchise history, Batman: The Enemy Within. Stay up to date with all Batman news here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Top Execs to Leave RDATop Execs to Leave RDA

first_imgIn what it says is an effort to accelerate the transformation of the Reader’s Digest Community across platforms, the Reader’s Digest Association Wednesday appointed president Lisa Sharples as president of the division, which encompasses all assets of the Reader’s Digest brand. Sharples replaces Eva Dillon, who has served as president of the Reader’s Digest Community since March 2007. RDA says Dillon [pictured] plans to leave the company before the end of the year and relocate to South Carolina. Dillon will remain with RDA on an interim basis, overseeing the division’s publishing activities until a successor for that function is named. She will report to Sharples.According to RDA, Sharples is a “digital pure-play executive” who was named president in May 2007 after serving as senior vice president of marketing at She will continue retain her position as president of Sharples’ appointment is effective immediately. UPDATE: An RDA spokesperson says Alyce Alston, president of the recently-created Emerging Businesses division, is leaving the company after the end of this week to “pursue other opportunities.” Dillon and Alston were among CEO Mary Berner’s top hires after she joined RDA in 2007. Both worked with Berner previously at Condé Nast.last_img read more

Judge Says ExLawmaker Squandered Life Faces PrisonJudge Says ExLawmaker Squandered Life Faces Prison

first_imgBy MICHAEL TARM, AP Legal Affairs WriterCHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge Thursday handed former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds a six-month prison sentence for not filing tax returns for income on consulting work from Africa, telling the Harvard graduate he had “squandered” opportunities to be something better in life.Judge Robert Gettleman noted how Reynolds, 66, rose from poverty in Mississippi to become a Rhodes Scholar and then a member of Congress. The judge said he could recall thinking to himself in the early 1990s that Reynolds had tremendous promise.Former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds speaks to members of the media at the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse after receiving a six- month prison sentence for failing to file tax returns for four years after a hearing Thursday, May 10, 2018, in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune via AP)“It’s a tragedy that you squandered the opportunities you had and the type of person you could have become,” he said.The judge alluded, not just to Reynolds’ tax case, but to his 1995 statutory rape conviction for having sex with a 16-year-old campaign worker. Later, he was convicted of concealing debts and diverting money meant for voter registration drives into his election campaign.With credit for two months served in jail, the Chicago Democrat will end up serving closer to four months behind bars.Reynolds had argued he shouldn’t be imprisoned at all, saying a year of probation would have been the right sentence.“To put me in jail serves what purpose?” he asked the judge. “To teach me a lesson? … I’ve been taught about this racist society … every day of my life.”Reynolds, who acted as his own attorney, argued it was unfair to give too much weight to his convictions in the 1990s in calculating a sentence for his conviction at a bench trial last year on four misdemeanor counts of not filing tax returns. Prosecutors say the undeclared income was money made consulting for Chicago businessmen in Africa.“The question is: How long does a person have to pay for mistakes?” Reynolds asked about the older crimes. At other periods in his life, he had been in the military and raised three children, he said. And he added, “I wasn’t just living my life as a wheeler-dealer.”Prosecutor Georgia Alexakis had asked for at least two years behind bars, citing what she described as Reynolds’ decades-long pattern of flouting the law.“There are aspects of the defendant’s life that are … laudatory,” said “But the good doesn’t outweigh the bad.”The maximum penalty Reynolds faced was four years in prison.Reynolds also spoke about growing up in Mississippi in what he said “was the poorest city in the poorest county in America.” He described getting shot at during a campaign in the early ’90s, saying he still grappled with the lingering trauma. In earlier court filings, he said recent financial hardships have left him “virtually homeless,” often scrambling to find places to stay.Gettleman expressed bewilderment at Reynolds’ descent from political star to convict within just a few years in the 1990s. Reynolds won his 2nd Congressional District in 1992 and resigned in 1995 after the statutory rape conviction.The judge said he hoped Reynolds would use his time in prison to reassess his life, telling him: “It will give you some time to think where you go from here.”Reynolds, who will report to prison later, told reporters outside court that he already knew where he would go after prison.“I’m going home to Africa,” he said. “I’ve given up on America because how long do African-Americans put up with this nonsense?”last_img read more

Kobalt Reports Robust 2018 Revenues Up 25Kobalt Reports Robust 2018 Revenues Up 25

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Kobalt posted strong results in its earnings report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018, with revenues up by 25.3% to $402.1 million. The company also posted a 30% boost in gross collections, to $494 million and projects over $600 million in the same category for the 2019 fiscal year.Gross profit was up 23.6% to $52.5 million.“We’re outpacing the industry in terms of growth,” said Kobalt founder & CEO Willard Ahdritz. “We’ve been laser-focused on building out the global team to support the rapidly growing music industry and setting up creators for success. We’ve established ourselves as the technology leader in the industry, and we are deeply investing in building innovative new products and services across the music ecosystem to super-serve our roster, across publishing, recordings, collections, neighboring rights and sync.” Its recorded-music division, AWAL, was up 50% in revenue for the year, driven by artists including the Wombats, Lauv and Little Simz, along with a new partnership with Glassnote.“We are very excited by the rapid growth of AWAL, our recordings business, which achieved growth of over 50% in the last fiscal year and is anticipated to continue a similar growth rate this year,” said Ahdritz. “Through its unique multi-tiered model, AWAL is designed to serve artists at all stages of their careers on a scalable platform.”Its publishing division saw a 20% boost in revenue; recent signings include Childish Gambino, Enrique Iglesias, Marshmello and Ozuna,The company’s global staff grew from 376 to 515 employees during that same fiscal year and has since expanded in Canada.center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

11 podcasts the whole family can enjoy11 podcasts the whole family can enjoy

first_img ‘Marvels’ Expands Marvel’s Podcast UniverseSpotify Simplifies Podcast, Music Navigation for Subscribers Stay on target Back in the olden times, before 24/7 Minecraft streaming and the like, kids and adults used to huddle around the family radios every night to listen to their favorite programs – tales of adventure, discovery, and education. Amazingly enough, that tradition has found new life in the 21st century in the form of podcasts.Audio-only storytelling is undergoing a renaissance, with podcasts on just about every topic under the sun available for instant downloading. But one market that is still a little under-served in the podcasting world is the all-ages one. Kids love them, but the percentage of the product is pretty low. That’s changing – we’re especially excited for the first episode of The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel, a serial drama performed by kids, launching today from Blobfish Radio.If Mars Patel gets your little ones into the podcast world, they’ll probably be jonesing for more stuff to listen to. We’ve got you covered. Here’s our rundown of the best podcasts for kids of all ages.Thrilling Adventure HourLet’s start out with something that’s very reminiscent of the old-time radio dramas we mentioned up top. For ten years, the Largo nightclub in Los Angeles hosted Thrilling Adventure Hour, live performances of entertainingly weird narratives. The group started podcasting their shows in 2011, and there’s a seriously sizable archive of old episodes to work your way through. Each show featured the continuing adventures of Sparks Nevada, Marshal on Mars, as well as several rotating segments. They’re funny, fast-paced and incredibly addictive.Listen here.TransistorScience is an irresistible subject for podcasting, and many of the best all-ages shows start with it as a center point. Transistor, produced by PRX. Hosted by a trio of female scientists, this show isn’t explicitly for kids, but it explores subjects that they’ll find fascinating. Some of the most compelling episodes include why people pee their pants, a man who couldn’t remember anything, and the discovery that plants can communicate with each other. Exploring the mysteries of science can get kids interested in STEM careers for their future, and adults might find things out they never knew as well.Listen hereStorynoryIf you’re looking for something a little more fictional, Storynory might scratch that itch. This long-running podcast updates each and every week with a new episode, drawing from classic fairy tales, public domain literature, and the imagination. These aren’t bargain-basement performances, either – narrator Natasha Gostwick has an incredibly engaging voice that draws listeners into the adventure. One thing that makes their selection cool is that they present stories from all the world’s cultures, not just Western Europe. Stories from Africa and Asia make their way into the mix, and they’re awesome.Listen hereAnything GhostPlenty of podcasts delve into the paranormal, but few do it with the verve of Anything Ghost. On this show, host Lex Wahl reads submissions of personal experiences with the supernatural sent in by listeners. He’s been doing it since 2006, so the dude knows how to deliver a good ghost story. Wahl’s program isn’t targeted at kids, but if yours have a taste for the supernatural and are already reading Harry Potter and the like, there’s not anything here that’s too much for them. Only ten episodes at a time are available to listen for free, but for just $20 you can get access to the archives forever. It’s very worth it.Listen hereRadio Adventures Of Eleanor AmplifiedClassic adventure takes on new life in this recently-launched program from Philadelphia NPR station WHYY. Titular character Eleanor is a globe-trotting reporter who will go to any end to get the scoop and her exploits are charmingly written and performed. Producer John Sheehan pulls out all the stops to make each episode rich in audio, with tons of sound effects and incidental music helping to pull things along. There are only ten episodes in the first season, but hopefully, it’ll do well enough that WHYY will commit to more.Listen hereThe Light BulbThis is another podcast that’s come to an end, but with a backlog of 71 episodes, there’s plenty to keep you busy. Produced by the team at StoryWonk, The Lightbulb is a podcast devoted to stories: how we tell them, how we read them, and more. Although not specifically targeted at kids, the clever pop culture analysis is appropriate for advanced learners. Being able to consume media critically is a vital part of living in today’s media landscape. The husband and wife team that host the show have great chemistry, naturally and their banter is natural and entertaining.Listen hereStuff You Missed In History ClassPut together by the minds at How Stuff Works; this wide-ranging podcast explores moments in the world’s history that are underserved in textbooks. Kids love to learn stuff that’s “forbidden” at school, and having a thorough knowledge of history is a serious asset. Even better, the team tries to present a view of events that’s gender and racially balanced, not glossing over elements to make a certain group look good. The stories presented in every episode are gripping, but some might be too advanced for younger listeners. Each episode opens with a detailed content warning so you can screen out the more sensitive topics.Listen hereWe Got ThisA truly great podcast is made by the chemistry between the hosts, and We Got This‘s Mark Gagliardi, and Hal Lublin have that in spades. The premise of the show is simple: every episode poses a question of the Best in some category, and the duo (joined by a different guest) hash it out. Hot dogs or hamburgers? All-time best movie villain? Best day of the week? No topic is too petty. The hosts refrain from swearing, which makes We Got This appropriate for younger viewers, and WWE fans will enjoy appearances from grapplers like Simon Gotch and Xavier Woods.Listen hereSawbonesIf there’s one thing kids love, it’s gross body stuff. Dr. Sydnee McElroy and her husband Justin co-host the wildly entertaining Sawbones, which examines the rough and rugged history of medicine every Friday. Learning how demented doctors were in the not-too-recent past is amazingly fun and a little scary. This is probably better for older kids who have a little more knowledge of human anatomy, but they’ll find it gripping. Justin’s complete ignorance gives Syd a great way to explain complicated topics in a way that’s fun. Note that a few episodes discuss sex and other stuff you might not be comfortable with kids hearing, but there’s always a warning right up front.Listen hereShort & CurlyEthics are a tricky proposition for kids to wrestle with. Learning the difference between right and wrong – and why that matters – is just as important as reading, writing, and arithmetic. Australian podcast Short & Curly is all about taking kids through moral dilemmas and actually having them engage with them. It’s an unusual premise, but one the producers make work. Starting with catchy questions like “Should we eat our pets?” the hosts really unpack the historical basis for things we believe are instinctively correct, and then flip the script to illuminate the social perspectives we bring to the issue.Listen hereRadio Adventures of Dr. FloydOne of the oldest podcasts on our list, the first episode of Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd hit the Internet airwaves all the way back in 2004. In the intervening years, this wacky serial adventure has accrued a devoted fan base for its funny and educational ramblings through history and literature. The titular Doctor Floyd must prevent his nemesis Doctor Steve from using science for evil ends, and episodes feature some truly unexpected guest stars. At just five minutes per, they’re perfectly bite-sized. The show ended in 2010, but there are multiple seasons on iTunes to dig into.Listen herelast_img read more