• Homeless man's breath-taking piano show stuns passersbyHomeless man's breath-taking piano show stuns passersby

    A homeless man from Florida has wowed the Internet with his powerful and moving piano skills.

    Donald Gould, a homeless man in Sarasota, was caught playing a beautiful cover of Styx’s “Come Sail Away” on a public piano in the city, where he dazzled a small audience.

    The delicate performance was then uploaded to Facebook, and has since been viewed more than 4.5 million times, and has racked up over 150,000 shares.

    “I was thinking I could just put my hat on the piano and make a couple dollars and get tips,” Gould told WWSB. “I didn’t expect it to jump out to this.”

    Gould, known to the locals as “Boone,” treats passers-by on the streets of Sarasota to a five song set-list that he learned as a child, WWSB reports.

    “I might not do the whole song complete as it was on the record originally, but I [know] enough to touch people out here – ‘cause I’ve touched a lot of people, apparently,” he said.

    Gould’s musical journey began with a clarinet he used to play as a child, and later, the U.S.

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  • FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2013 file photo, Travelers pass through a corridor at Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia. As the Justice Department launches an investigation into possible collusion in the airline industry, experts say the government faces the burden of proving that the carriers were deliberately signaling business decisions to each other. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2013 file photo, Travelers pass through a corridor at Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia. As the Justice Department launches an investigation into possible collusion in the airline industry, experts say the government faces the burden of proving that the carriers were deliberately signaling business decisions to each other. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

    Canadian and Ukrainian researchers are working together to build a portable device that soldiers, police and border agents could use to covertly detect concealed weapons and deter security threats.

    The NATO-funded research project is headed up on the Canadian side by McMaster University electrical and computer engineering professor Natalia Nikolova.

    “Part of this project is building collaboration with Ukraine and helping them acquire adequate instruments and equipment,” Nikolova told Yahoo Canada News.

    “So, the goals of this project are not purely technical; they have significant social and political impact as well.”

    1The idea is to equip soldiers and law-enforcement officials with portable devices that could detect concealed guns and explosives up to 15 metres away.

    These devices could be used at airports, borders or crowded events — anywhere a security threat may be looming — to stop disasters before they start.

    Imagine if Michael Zehaf-Bibeau’s rifle had been detected before he

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  • Adidas creates shoe made from recycled ocean trash and illegal fishing nets

    Sports apparel company partners with Parley for the Oceans environmental organization

    Pretty stylish for a shoe made of recycled ocean garbage and fishing nets (Photo: Adidas)Pretty stylish for a shoe made of recycled ocean garbage and fishing nets (Photo: Adidas)

    As eco-friendly products become more and more popular, companies such as Adidas are coming up with clever ways to hop on the trend while still being true to the cause. 

    And with one of its latest products, the German apparel company has created aomething we’ve never seen before: a shoe made entirely of recycled ocean trash and illegal fishing nets. 

    On Monday, the company announced its new partnership with Parley for the Oceans, an organization that aims to raise awareness about the ocean’s pollution and climate change. Together they’ve made this new concept shoe.

    “We are extremely proud that Adidas is joining us in this mission and is putting its creative force behind this partnership to show that it is possible to turn ocean plastic into something cool,” Parley founder Cyrill Gutsch said in the news release.

    But creating this new eco-friendly sneaker sure wasn’t easy.

    According to their Facebook page, Parley’s partner Sea Shepherd took a 110-day expedition to retrieve nets from

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  • <a href=http://zizka.ca>Paul Zizka</a> is a Canadian photographer who is known for capturing breathtaking Canadian landscapes. 

    As Canadians, we are typically very proud of our country.  We are proud of our heritage, our freedom, and even the cheesy Canadian cliches that set us apart from our neighbours to the south.

    This past Canada Day, Banff Lake Louise Tourism tweeted a photo from it’s @Banff_squirrel account that truly captured the essence of what it means to be a Canadian.

    The photo was taken by Paul Zizka, a Canadian photographer who is known for capturing breathtaking Canadian landscapes.  The picture features everything from a lumberjack chopping wood in flannel; maple syrup; a girl holding a Tim Hortons coffee, while wearing a hockey jersey, sitting on a Hudson’s Bay blanket. There is even a Canadian Mountie paddling in a canoe, with a beaver watching in the distance.

    However before this new photo was released, there was another

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  • A KTVU news crew that was reporting on a homicide were robbed at gunpoint. (Twitter/@4cast4you)A KTVU news crew that was reporting on a homicide were robbed at gunpoint. (Twitter/@4cast4you)

    What happens when those who cover the news become the news?

    A KTVU news crew that was reporting on a homicide at San Francisco’s Pier 14  were confronted by that scenario yesterday.

    At 6:03 a.m. PST, robbers held the news crew at gunpoint, stole camera equipment and even pistol-whipped the camera operator. All this took place during a live "hit."

    In the studio, KTVU anchor Brian Flores was preparing to go live to reporter Cara Liu, as usual, when suddenly she appeared startled and said, “Hold on, hold on, wait,” before disappearing off screen, SFGate reports.

    Her colleagues Kris Sanchez and camera operator Alan Waples were being robbed at gunpoint.

    As Waples was adjusting Sanchez’s lighting, one of the three men who took part in the attack came up behind him and put a gun to his head.

    “Don’t shoot! Don’t shoot!” Sanchez pleaded.

    Waples, who recalled later that he was waiting to “hear a click” from the gun, tried to reason with the robbers by telling them to “take the camera!”

    The man

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    A WestJet aircraft is pictured on the tarmac in Ottawa on Thursday. The airline has suffered a rash of threats over the past week, grounding several flights and affecting travel for passengers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean KilpatrickA WestJet aircraft is pictured on the tarmac in Ottawa on Thursday. The airline has suffered a rash of threats over the past week, grounding several flights and affecting travel for passengers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
    It hasn’t been smooth sailing for crew and passengers aboard WestJet and Air Canada domestic flights this week. Investigations are underway into five bomb threats that forced a series of emergency landings in four cities across the country. In one incident, St. John's airport officials were also forced to evacuate a building.

    But one security expert says passengers shouldn’t be nervous to fly, despite the slew of flight diversions that have taken place across the country since June 25.

    “If a terrorist wants to blow up an airplane, they put the bomb on the airplane, they don’t keep calling in,” says Andre Gerolymatos, a history professor at Simon Fraser University who specializes in security and terrorism. “Every time they call, they make the authorities more aware of it and make them much sharper.”

    With this past week’s spike in disturbances, WestJet has managed to reduce the time it takes to confirm the hoax. The first, incident, a June 27 WestJet flight from Edmonton to Halifax

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  • The undo send button is shown on a Gmail account as employees work on their computers in Toronto on Wednesday, June 24, 2015. Gmail has implemented a new feature that allows people to undo a sent email. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan DenetteThe undo send button is shown on a Gmail account as employees work on their computers in Toronto on Wednesday, June 24, 2015. Gmail has implemented a new feature that allows people to undo a sent email. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

    Last week, Google made some news by giving users an easier way to undo sent emails on Gmail. For most, the ability to undo a sent message was a thing of legend, despite being available for several years. The fabled feature was buried beneath menus and wasn't all that easy to find unless you thoroughly explored the settings.

    But Google isn’t the only one with secrets, there are many popular apps and social media sites that boast little-used settings and features that could prove convenient in a jam.

    Facebook

    If you ever wanted a complete rundown of everything you've ever posted to Facebook, you can do that with the simple click of a link. At the top right of the Facebook home page, click the settings icon and then click on 'See More Settings'. Hit the 'General Settings' tab on the left and scroll down to find the 'Download a copy of your Facebook data' link. Now you'll have a comprehensive treasure trove of pictures, posts and other stuff which will make for a fun walk through memory

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  • Woman stranded in California woods for three days gives birth, starts a forest fire

    “I was looking at Marisa and was like, ‘I think mommy just started a forest fire.’”

    Amber Pangborn delivered her own daughter in the back seat of her car. (Photo: CBS)Amber Pangborn delivered her own daughter in the back seat of her car. (Photo: CBS)

    This is an incredible story about survival, new life, and the worst case of bad timing that you could possibly imagine. 

    Amber Pangborn of Oroville, California, was driving to her parents house when she decided to take a short cut to save time. She would up getting lost and promptly ran out of gas while driving through a forest. 

    Just a little detour, no big deal, right?

    But Pangborn was also nine and a half months pregnant, and you can probably guess what happened next. Pangborn was forced to give birth to her daughter, Marisa, in her car, on her own, in the middle of nowhere. 

    But wait, it gets worse.

    Shortly after giving birth to a healthy baby girl, swarms of bees and mosquitos came to attack the pair, the LA Times reports.  

    Pangborn told KCRA TV, “I thought we were going to die…And there was no cell service, there was no, there was nothing…I tried to not get them to sting her.” Pangborn also said that the bees were after the placenta and that she was stung a number of times

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  • Rachel DolezalRachel Dolezal

     We’ve always been a self-centered bunch. How could we not be? After all, there’s nothing more egotistical than being human, tethered to your own mind with only guesses at what others may actually be thinking.

    Social media has bolstered this view of the world, made it easier to justify this self-centricity, to curate our identities and present ourselves to the world in the way we want to be seen. That used to be a privilege reserved for public figures and celebrities, now we can make ourselves whoever we would like to be.

    Unfortunately, the are limits to the identities we curate, especially if we build them on lies as in the case of Rachel Dolezal, a former chapter leader at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People who was outed for being white.

    Dr. Camille Hernandez-Ramdwar, associate professor of sociology and academic coordinator of Caribbean Studies at Ryerson University likens Dolezal’s case to Grey Owl, a British-born Canadian immigrant who adopted a First

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  • This mysterious sea creature has scientists scratching their heads. (Photo: Sakhalin Media)This mysterious sea creature has scientists scratching their heads. (Photo: Sakhalin Media)

    Scientists are baffled after the remains of an mysterious sea monster washed up on the shores of Sakhalin Island in Russia. 

    Pictures of the carcass were taken by locals and posted online, where it created a stir on social media.

    Images of the unidentified sea animal show the carcass ripped apart with its bones popping out. It has fur on its tail and its huge — twice the size of a human being. It also has a very large nose that looks like a bird’s beak.

    According to The Siberian Times, scientists have said that the remains are similar to a dolphin.

    “Judging by the appearance of the head, this is clearly some big dolphin,” Nikolay Kim, from the department of the Sakhalin Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography, told the news outlet. “According to a characteristic of the skin, it is a rare species.”

    Another expert from Essex University told The Daily Mail that the sea animal could be “pre-historic specimen frozen in the permafrost,” like a mammoth.

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