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Clear it and they will come: Do-it-yourself mini Zamboni a hit on Calgary rinks

A Calgary man is clearing the way for some smooth outdoor rink fun with his hand-built “mini Zamboni.” Chris Yenna, originally from Florida, said he saw a way to make outdoor skating on small community rinks a little easier. And Porta Ice Ltd. was born. “I saw a big demand here in Canada for a portable ice resurfacing unit, so I created this machine,” Yenna ...

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Calgary man builds $25K flight simulator in his basement

A Calgary man is on Cloud 9 after recently putting the finishing touches on an incredibly authentic flight simulator in his basement, but he’s not done yet. “I love airplanes,” Marco Governali told CBC News. “I have loved airplanes since I was a little kid. They just fascinated me. In particular, I love the Boeing 747. I don’t know whether ...

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No Pants Subway Ride gives commuters around the world an eyeful

Subway riders in New York City and other places around the world on Sunday got an eyeful when their fellow transit users stripped down to their underwear, as a part of the annual No Pants Subway Ride. Steven Blomquist, of Somerville, Mass., center, speaks with Tim Lewis, of Boston, during the No Pants Subway Ride Sunday in Boston. (Steven Seene/Associated Press) ...

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A.I. expert David Levy says a human will marry a robot by 2050

Friday January 06, 2017 more stories from this episode Human-robot relationships are a running theme in pop culture, from the cylons of Battlestar Galactica to Spike Jonze’s film Her and last year’s hit show Westworld. But that kind of scenario might not be science fiction much longer. Romance between humans and machines is already nearing the realm of the possible. This year, ...

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Crow can live with Quebec man, court rules

Other crows might prefer murders, but a Quebec court has ruled that Moko’s a one-man bird. That man, Simon Pérusse, was in court Thursday to argue against a $650 fine for keeping the wild bird in captivity, which is against the law in Quebec. Pérusse found Moko with a broken wing seven years ago and he says the bird now can’t stand to be away from ...

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88-year-old Saskatoon man makes thousands of socks for shelters

It started as a dare. Bob Rutherford’s friend didn’t believe the Saskatoon man could make a cheap knitting machine that worked really, really fast. That’s when Rutherford got to work. The now 88-year-old used sewer tubing to put together two super-powered machines. “It could be knitting at 90 stitches a second,” he proudly said. Rutherford goes through metres and metres ...

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Squirrel chocolate bar thieves driving local shopowner nuts

A chocolate bar thief is driving the owner of convenience store near Danforth Station a little squirrelly. Because, well — the bandit is a squirrel. [embedded content] In a Reddit Toronto thread first posted this fall, the store’s owner says the shop doors typically stay open because it gets “stuffy and hot” inside. And, for more than seven years, it’s never led to ...

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Ontario dad makes his own Zamboni for backyard rink

You’ve built a backyard rink. Neighbourhood kids come over to lace up their skates. But soon, the ice is bumpy as gravel. What do you do? If you’re Conrad Galambos, you make a backyard Zamboni. He’s not the first to do it. There are examples online of Zamboni machines connected to toy Jeeps. Zamboni machines connected to riding lawn mowers. Taking a ...

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