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Running is one of the best cardio workouts you can get. However, it can also get repetitive and boring doing the same thing over and over.

Read more: Walking and running to train your brain!

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If the business of everyday life is stopping you from getting out there, try a local bicycle adventure.

Read more: 5 Tips to Cycle For Fun In South Surrey

Virtual reality is poised to make you sweat at home or in the office without leaving the room.  But Why should we work out with VR? Will pretending to be a race car make you pedal harder, longer?

Read more: Virtual reality aims to make your exercise fun and less tedious

The General Motors Electrovan celebrates its 50th anniversary as the world’s first hydrogen-power fuel cell vehicle in October.

Read more: Electrovan was first fuel cell technology

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Social Tech

Mark Elliott, University of Birmingham

People are very good at moving in time to a beat. When you listen to your favourite song, you will probably find yourself nodding your head or tapping your foot along almost instinctively.

And when you’re doing it in a club, that piles pressure on your DJ. That DJ has to mix two songs together to maintain a common beat between the tracks if they want to keep the audience dancing. If they do a bad job of the mix, the two beat lines from each song won’t blend into each other. The most likely result of such a faux pas would be an instantly empty dance floor.

We’ve been investigating how closely matched two beat lines need to be for people to start moving in time to them as if they form a common beat. In other words, how accurate does a DJ need to be to make a seamless transition between songs?

We asked people to tap their finger in time to two metronomes played simultaneously. The separation between the two metronomes and the consistency (the predictability of the rhythms) was varied across the experiment.

We found that if the metronomes were very consistent, they had to be closely matched in time for them to be considered a common beat. But if the beats of the individual metronomes were inconsistent and less predictable, the separation between the beats could be larger while still being considered to form a single common beat.

Better mix quick. Carl Elliott

Since a DJ will typically play tunes with a strongly defined beat, our research shows that in fact they have a very small margin of error to make the two beat lines sound as one to the dancing crowd.

The skill of DJing is probably more complex than people realize. Many of them might be high profile and living a super-star lifestyle but the professional DJ is an as-yet largely under-researched species. Along with the University of Leeds, we’re now investigating the timing skills of professional DJs who have only received informal training (as is generally the case) and comparing them to formally trained classical musicians.

Mathematical moshing

The models resulting from this research are also being applied to other areas, including crowd movements. In football stadiums the crowd will often become excited and start to bounce up and down together.

When the crowd moves together like this it can create problems with structural vibration so it’s useful to understand how and when a crowd is likely to start moving in synchrony.

The conditions under which this occurs are oddly similar to the beat matching of songs. A crowd moving together has developed a common beat between them. In this case however, rather than just sound, they are also combining vision and touch from the people surrounding them. We are working towards understanding how the brain combines all this conflicting and unreliable sensory information to develop a common beat to which everyone moves.

Information like this can then be used to inform the construction of stadiums and bridges. This should result in better structural designs with less wobble when the crowd get excited.

The ConversationSo next time you scoff at the superstar DJ being paid a fortune to play a few songs, give them a little credit. These results show that we continuously adjust our judgements of events in our environment according to the statistics of the sensory information we get from those events. Making two beats into one, maintaining your audience as you go, is a fine art.

Mark Elliott, Research Fellow in Human Movement Timing and Coordination, University of Birmingham

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

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By:Conrad De Aenlle - Previously printed in New York Times

Growing up on a Mid West Canadian grain farm I had good opportunity to see the positive effects of changing seed stock after two or three year seed generations.
Read more: When the "G" Is Removed From GMO

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Coffee Culture

I stop most mornings for my cup of “Joe” at the Alder Crossing Starbucks in South Surrey, British Columbia. It is not so much an addicted habit (OK it is), but a break from routine, to touch base with friends, a search for fun, or to work quietly on Soitsfun.

Read more: Starbuck's Alder Crossing is a unique local space - a place for time out.

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Social Dance

Royal City Swing (RCS) in New Westminster B.C., is a unique dance community of all ages is defined by the magic of partner or ballroom dance.  One of the longest running dance clubs in greater Vancouver - swing is pure fun.

Read more: Royal City Swing does exactly that in New Westminster BC

Let's take a cruise


Flights of imagination are great, and British Columbia real estate prices will get you there eventually.  Then reality sets in and social afford-abliltiy. Testing the waters in troubling times for such an ambitious venture can be obscure at best.

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Seattle's Fremont area is an artsy and eclectic neighbourhood located in the north-central area of Seattle. Overlooking Salmon Bay, the small community of Fremont and humoursly dubbed the "center of the universe" by Seattelites.

So Fremont’s one of my top places to go out, especially in the summer. The bars are fun, there’s music, and lots of summer patios. Not so many tourists (at night) as other places, and less touristy than Cap Hill or downtown.

It does lives up to its motto, to a point. This neighbourhood, less than five miles north of the heart of downtown Seattle, continues its legacy of public art, everyday weirdness and off-the-wall-events inclined towards nudity and costumes. Yet its popularity, soaring rent prices, new luxury condos and inundation of high tech company offices have transformed it into something a tad different than its tie-dyed forefathers and mothers anticipated.

The Troll under the BridgeIn the early 1900’s, Fremont was centred around an assemblage of industries on the north shores Lake Union. When the interurban rail line and trolley cutting through the neighbourhood were taken out of service in 1939 and 1941, respectively, the area went into rapid decline. Commemorating this, a sculpture called Waiting for the Interurban remembers the fallen rail line. These days locals routinely decorate and costume the statues.

Neglect and low rents turned Fremont into an attractive option for artists and students in the 1960s – laying the groundwork for the funky and eclectic vibe that it is today today. Like many underdeveloped area's, tech and urban living moved into the area and giants such as Adobe Systems, Google, and Getty Images have made it their Seattle headquarters.

The woodsy, rail background of the Fremont area still survives in spirit as well as in local architecture. The folksy district is rife with arts, restaurants, bars and coffee shops that make it a "go-to" for the 20's-40's crowd.


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