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About Amy Smart


Amy Smart has had some odd jobs. Once, she worked in Peru with mango farmers and beekeepers. This other time, she was a forest ranger in northern Ontario's Quetico Park. She has also been an English and Art teacher in Guatemala, a teaching assistant for undergraduate American History classes, a waitress/bartender and a dishwasher. And some other stuff. Somewhere along the way, she decided that the best way to keep feeding her curiosity was to write about it and she is now pursuing a master's degree in journalism at Ryerson University.

Amy has written for The Eyeopener, Inthefray.org, TransitionsAbroad.com, CBC Radio's "Q" and more.

Interests: grandmas, chocolate chip banana bread, dinosaurs and Jeopardy! (And now that she has interviewed Alex Trebek for Canadian Geographic, she can die happy.)


Posts by Amy Smart (6)



Insect-inspired technology


Posted by Amy Smart on Thursday, September 02, 2010



As a species, we humans are pretty good at learning. Because we don't just learn from our own experiences, but also from the experiences of others.

For example, did you know that human technology takes regular inspiration from the characteristics of insects, plants and animals? Now you do! When we try to copy the biology of other creatures, it's called biomimetrics, or biomimicry.

These are just a few of the things humans have picked up from insects alone:

- A spider-inspired boat fights ...




Canada's Cannabis Car Driving Interest


Posted by Amy Smart on Tuesday, August 24, 2010


Credit: flickr.com/jasonawhite

A car made of hemp may be the next big thing in eco-transport.

A group of Canadian companies are developing the electric Kestral car, with the help of students from polytechnic schools in Alberta, Quebec and Ontario. The first 20 cars are expected to be released next year.

Read more about it here.

FUN FACT: They aren't the first to build a hemp car. Henry Ford built a car made of fiber from hemp and wheat straw in 1941!





Top Four Musical Odes to the Earth


Posted by Amy Smart on Wednesday, August 18, 2010



We here at CG are big fans of the Earth. I mean, we really love it. If we could, we’d write a love song dedicated to Canada’s rocky coasts, wheaty fields, towering mountains and icy plains.

OH WAIT. We don’t have to, because some real musicians already did.

CG’s TOP FOUR CANADIAN ODES TO THE ENVIRONMENT
(Laments and other musical expressions of enviro-emotion also fair game.)

Joni Mitchell: Big Yellow Taxi

Paving paradise to put up parking lot = not cool. We love Canada’s wide open ...




Five Questions for Alex Trebek


Posted by Amy Smart on Monday, August 16, 2010


Photo: flickr/marabuchi

Alex Trebek is a household name to millions of Jeopardy! fans who have tuned in over the past 26 years. But besides hosting the famous quiz show, he's also an active advocate for geographic education. This year, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society will award him a Gold Medal for his singular contributions to the field. (You can read about about his award in our October issue.) But in the meantime we caught up with Trebek to learn why he finds geography so interesting.

CG: ...





Crazy creature of the day: FROGFISH!


Posted by Amy Smart on Tuesday, July 27, 2010



Some creatures swim in the ocean. Some creatures walk on land. And some creatures break all the rules.

Today's crazy creature of the day is the frogfish: a stocky fish that can't seem to make up its mind. Unlike most fishes, the frogfish uses webbed fins to crawl across the ocean floor. Evolution in action!

Frogfishes belong to the anglerfish family and are found in most oceans and seas in the world. A quick google image search shows the huge variety within the species--from the hairy to ...




Recycled constructions


Posted by Amy Smart on Monday, July 26, 2010



A boat made of 12,500 plastic bottles has successfully crossed the Pacific Ocean. The “Plastiki” arrived in Sydney Harbour on Monday, after a four-month journey that began in San Francisco. The six-member crew hoped to draw attention to the problems of pollution and waste in our oceans. Read more

The Plastiki isn’t the first of its kind. Check out some other recycled constructions:

5) Television shoes
4) Tire floors
3) Houses galore! Beer cans, newspaper and more.
2) Recycled car runs ...







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