Scraping Bottom: The Canadian Oil Boom.
"Once considered too expensive, as well as too damaging to the land, exploitation of Alberta's oil sands
is now a gamble worth billions."
The Mushroom House
in Whistler, Canada, is the result of 22 years of work by artist/creator Zube. "The interior design is based on the anatomy of a tree. All aspects of the décor reflect this motif, from the womblike hues of the Jacuzzi room in the 'roots' to the vivid leaf greens on the walls in the 'canopy'." [Via Boing Boing
An important breast cancer test is now unavailable in British Columbia
because of the American company which holds the relevant patent. The B.C. Cancer Agency
has been forced to stop the tests after legal threats by Utah-based Myriad Genetics Inc.
, which has a patent on two genes that can signal whether a woman may develop hereditary breast cancer. I think this is a perfect example of why patenting genes is a terrible idea. Via Slashdot