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The trouble with Bitcoin -- Blockchain and life on earth

We’ve all read about Bitcoin.  Blockchain transactions such as those used by Bitcoin are touted for their security – the term “Blockchain” refers to a chain of “blocks” of data designed to be tamper-proof, partly because each block is identified by a “hash” which is like a digital fingerprint; it’s unique, and if anything...

New Water Meter Tech for Rossland

Special Meeting of Rossland City Council, July 4, 2018, at Rossland Public Library: 10:00 am Present:  Mayor Kathy Moore, and Councillors Aaron Cosbey, Andrew Zwicker, Marten Kruysse, John Greene; Andy Morel by telephone; absent – Lloyd McLellan. A dozen members of the public crowded into the small meeting room at the library...

New from the Kootenays: 'The VinylCast'

New goings-on in the Kootenay music world: a local group is putting a new spin on the resurgence of vinyl with a brand-new project. It’s called The VinylCast, and it aims to deliver music on vinyl to music lovers – right to their doors.  (Or post offices, as the case may be.)  It launches globally this month, and will also ...

Got ideas? Share with the Smart Kootenay Initiative

Ideas for making life better in the Kootenays through technology? The rewards could be more than the improvements themselves; there's a big cash award involved for winning this contest. Even if our team of communities doesn't win the grand prize, working together toward a shared goal can produce other lasting benefits, too....

Feeling fat? Throw away those non-stick pans. And avoid fast food, because of what it's wrapped in.

More food for thought – and action: Food is the right word to use, because food is how we acquire most of it. What does “it” refer to? A group of synthetic substances known as perfluoroalkyl substances, which is polysyllabic, so let’s just shorten it to PFASs. Some PFASs are so widespread and so persistent in the world and ...

Telehealth: A boon for rural patients?

Getting to see your specialist for important health care in rural BC can be challenging, especially in the winter. Seeing your doctor through video conferencing can be the best option for many people. Take expectant mom Natalie Santano, who used telehealth video conferencing technology to connect with her specialist in Nelson....

Opinion: Good news -- some projects that got it at least partly right

By DeSmog Canada editors Being an environmental journalist at this point in history can be a bit, well, depressing. It often means bringing negative stories to light: stories about government failing to balance development with environmental protection, or about companies getting away with harmful practices, or about Indigenous...

CBT commits $1 mill for non-profit tech needs

Outdated technology is a barrier for many non-profit organizations in their work. Computers, software, hardware and phone systems are increasingly essential in the delivery of community services non-profits provide, but amongst competing resource priorities, these items sometimes come last. To help these organizations carry...

Women -- Want to Learn Coding?

Brought to you by the Kootenay Association for Science and Technology This workshop has been designed for absolute beginners. We’ll use a hands-on project based approach to learn how to put data to use for us in our everyday lives. During the session, you’ll learn the following: An introduction to the history of artificial ...

MakerMobile in Rossland! One Day Only -- July 6

What is the MakerMobile?  There's a website, and this is what it says: "MakerMobile is a travelling classroom, hackspace, workshop, art studio and laboratory. Our goal is to explore the endless possibilities of imagination and creativity by engaging young people in hands-on projects and workshops exploring art, crafts,...

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