An interview with Nick Loper of Side Hustle Nation: Everyday I’m side hustling

BY: JESSICA BURDE The brainchild of Nick Loper, Side Hustle Nation, is an online community for people who are ‘hustling’ to build side businesses while still grinding away at their suit-and-tie day jobs. Nick got his first corporate job in…

Vertical gardens are the key to self-sufficiency in the city

BY: KATY WILLIS For many, the term “urban living” or “city living” means cramped living environments, no urban gardens, pollution, grim, grey, ugly exteriors, and concrete and glass as far as the eye can see. These people assume – including…

Turns out bee venom could be used to fight cancer

By JACKIE HONG A component in honeybee venom could become the new key in the fight against cancer, a team from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign announced at the 248th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in San…

The death of the server, the rise of the e-table

By: KATY WILLIS Introducing the e-Table – a touch screen table that negates the need for servers waiting to take your food and drink orders. Customers no longer have to hurry their choice of appetizer, main, or dessert orders while…

Uniformity is not our friend: The Centre for Social Innovation

BY: ATLAS The chairs in the basement lounge of the Centre for Social Innovation’s Annex location don’t match. Not a single couch in the rustic, exposed-brick space looks like its neighbour, nor do any of the worn wooden tables share…

These dangerous playgrounds turn kids into fearless adventure seekers (Video)

BY: LUC RINALDI At the end of your street, imagine there’s an old, vacant lot, wrapped by a rickety wooden fence. A pile of tires sits on the shore of the murky stream that cuts through the space, littered with…

The ultimate defense against date rape fits inside your pocket

BY: VANESSA NIGRO One of my earliest memories is of my cautious mother warning me of what perils may ensue if I kept refusing to wear my helmet when riding my bike. A few years later I was warned of…

These 4 offices will make you want to go to work 

BY: ATLAS We’ve all heard about the Google offices. Slides in splashes of primary colours weave their way through the building, mini-golf courses wait on every mezzanine, and there’s a pinball machine or arcade game within eye’s view at all…

16-year-old inventor proves banana peels could be the future of plastic

BY: LAURA ROJAS So it turns out a girl named Elif Bilgin, a 16-year-old junior at Koç High School in Istanbul, Turkey, submitted a project to the 2013 Google Science Fair that won her the “Science in Action Award.” She…

30% of food in the USA goes to waste – Fill stomachs, not landfills

BY: PILGRIM I used to know a girl who would occasionally go dumpster diving for the mass quantities of bread and baked goods that get thrown away behind supermarkets, bakeries and restaurants. Sometimes, when she was in the dumpster, the…

Have we become puppets of our technology?

BY: ATLAS “How do you live?” I got used to hearing that question. It typically followed immediately after the asker discovered one of two things: that I didn’t have a cell phone or that I didn’t have Facebook. For a…

Did you know you can grow mushrooms in coffee grounds?

By: PILGRIM Like a pair of ’80s stockbrokers, Nikhil and Alejandro grew their success from the decaying remains of another business. Fortunately, their success was founded in the realization that gourmet mushrooms could be grown from cafes’ discarded coffee grounds,…

Four solar inventions that could power our planet’s future

Somewhere on the list of the most successful crowdfunding campaigns—wedged between video games, smart watches, and cult movies—you’ll find a project that could change more than just how we spend our leisure time. Last month, the Idaho-based startup Solar Roadways…

How crowdfunding could turn your startup into a multi-million dollar company overnight

BY: LUC RINALDI Surfing the web the other day, I discovered Coolest—that is, “a portable party disguised as a cooler.” Boasting a built-in blender, Bluetooth speaker, USB charger, cutting board, bottle opener, and more, the Kickstarter project is undoubtedly the…

The underworld of the internet- Beginners guide to the deep web

BY: VANESSA NIGRO How many times have you caught yourself uttering the phrase, “Just Google it,”? For many, Google and other popular search engines hold the answer to any question, like an all-knowing God speaking infinite wisdom to its virtual…

This bicycle reaches speeds above 130km/h: The world’s fastest bicycle

BY: ATLAS AeroVelo’s fifth-floor McCaul Street space looks more like a bike repair shop than a lab. Bikes lean against the wall in the hallway, a makeshift elliptical sits in the corner of one room, tools and loose parts litter…

Aquaponics – The cure to world hunger for the price of fish food

By: PILGRIM In 1969, John Todd, Nancy Jack Todd, and William McLarney discovered aquaculture: a self-sustaining hybrid between an organic hydroponic garden (grown from water) and personal fish farm. The complementing relationship between fish and plant habitats allows one to…