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App to detect peanut allergens using smartphone and cradle

App to detect peanut allergens using smartphone and cradle   Researchers at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign have developed a cradle and app that works with your smart phone and turns it into a handheld biosensor. Inside the cradle mirror are a series of lenses and filters which work like a larger lab device, but this cradle promises to deliver …

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Bates motel filming location just outside Vancouver

When you take your pile of cardboard boxes to the garbage dump for recycling, you don’t think you’re going to stumble across something that would fit in better at Universal Studios in Hollywood than good old Aldergrove. But stumble you will, and stop, and possibly sit in the entrance to the dump and try to snap off a few photos …

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Would you vote for year round school?

School district #35 in Langley, BC recently through a curve ball to parents in the district, asking us to vote within the next few weeks about possibly implementing a year round school year. They’ve offered one of three options, including keeping the current calendar, adding an extra week onto the school year at the end of August to balance out …

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I followed US Politics for 2 months straight, and I didn’t even get a Barack Obama tshirt

I haven’t been writing as much in the past month. This might be partly due to an obsession with Ghosts of Mistwood on Facebook (Must.Clear.Fog), but mostly it was because of US politics. You see, I have this habit of reading on my phone at bedtime. When I could otherwise be sleeping in hopes of restoring myself enough to take …

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Community pulls together to support Langley family

There are some things I find it really easy to write about. New apps, good books, or something silly that happened with my kids. But I find when it comes to stories like this, the word refuse to flow. I read about Melissa White when I clicked on a Vancouver Province tweet. A local Langley Mom, Melissa died in March …

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Moms, want to lose weight? Check out the feeding tube diet

It’s spring, the weather is getting better (sort of) and on a recent trip to the local mall, one thing became very clear to me. Tis the season to feel fat. Why would I notice this? And at at the mall of all places? Well for one thing, it was packed. Clearly, other people don’t rely on the mail service …

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Two years old and not talking? New study says not to worry

  Two years old and not talking – new study says not to worry No matter if you have one kid or four, you know that each child develops differently. And because they develop differently, you don’t sweat the small stuff like developmental timelines all that much. Or maybe you do. A recent study released by the Journal of Pediatrics …

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Win a copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul: O Canada

For the second time, the Chicken Soup for the Soul series is focusing on Canadians with a new book due out on November 1st, 2011. I was lucky enough to have a story about my Grandpa and my Grandparents farm in Saskatchewan chosen for the book, and because I’m so excited about, I’m giving away a copy on Survive Parenthood! …

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RIP Steve Jobs

RIP Steve Jobs. The world lost a true genius today. It doesn’t matter if you are an Apple person or not, you really had to admire Steve Jobs. All of his gadgets and gizmos are the reason that I become a tech writer.  He helped me survive endless, sleepless nights with my babies, entertained them with with magic books, and …

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iPhone 4S specs and features: Not the iPhone 5, but we’ll take it

Although you may have been disappointed that they didn’t announce the iPhone 5 today, Apple isn’t going to leave you hanging. Coming to Canada and the USA on October 14th, 2011, the new iPhone 4S has features that will have me trading in my practically new iPhone 4 just to get my hands on some of these fun new techy …

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