Colin Payne

 

Colin Payne is a freelance writer and photographer based near Nelson, British Columbia. While he works for companies around the world, Colin loves living a rural life based around environmental sustainability, local agriculture and human-powered outdoor recreation.

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Massive Ancient Mushroom Could Hold the Cure for Many Diseases

Massive Ancient Mushroom Could Hold the Cure for Many Diseases

The agarikon is one of the largest, oldest-living mushrooms in the world, and at least one scientist believes it holds the key for a cure to tuberculosis – along with many other illnesses.

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The Mountain Wins: Court Orders Tom Kundig to Remove Flagg Mountain Hut for Disturbing Ridgeline

The Mountain Wins: Court Orders Tom Kundig to Remove Flagg Mountain Hut for Disturbing Ridgeline

The results are in, and the mountain wins - a Washington State Court just ordered architect Tom Kundig to move his controversial Flagg Mountain Hut. The lawsuit was raised by residents of nearby

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Air Umbrella Could Be a Reality by 2015 – But is That a Good Thing?

Air Umbrella Could Be a Reality by 2015 – But is That a Good Thing?

In the history of pointless devices, the air umbrella has to be among one of the foremost - and it could soon be a reality. According to Core77, the invisible umbrella concept - which uses

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Hawaii Plans to Move Homeless People Away from Tourist Areas

Hawaii Plans to Move Homeless People Away from Tourist Areas

Hawaii may be the quintessential beach bum destination, but a new law lets authorities move the state’s homeless population away from tourist spots, and it's making life difficult for those

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Thousands Call on eBay to Dump ALEC Over Climate Change Denial

Thousands Call on eBay to Dump ALEC Over Climate Change Denial

Forecast the Facts is taking eBay to task for its support of climate change denial by calling for the tech giant to step down from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in a national

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These No-Carve “Pumpkinstein” Jack-O-Lanterns Grow Right on the Vine

These No-Carve “Pumpkinstein” Jack-O-Lanterns Grow Right on the Vine

Move over Dr. Frankenstein, “pumpkinstein” is taking over this Halloween. Unlike Mary Shelley’s monstrous fictional creation, the pumpkins that bear his face are real and available to add

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Air Pollution Levels in China Reach 20 Times the Safe Limit for Human Health

Air Pollution Levels in China Reach 20 Times the Safe Limit for Human Health

China is known for having some of the world’s worst air pollution, but air quality in the country recently hit a new high at 20 times greater than the safety limit for human health. The

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Climate Change Blamed for Alarming 26% Increase in Ocean Acidity

Climate Change Blamed for Alarming 26% Increase in Ocean Acidity

The effects of climate change seem to know no bounds: new research shows carbon emissions have dramatically increased the acidity of our oceans to the point where our entire food web is at risk

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Six Healthy Coffee Alternatives to Warm Up Your Mornings This Fall

Six Healthy Coffee Alternatives to Warm Up Your Mornings This Fall

While there’s nothing quite like a hot cup of java to start your day out and give you that morning jolt of energy, drinking too much coffee throughout the day isn't great for your health.

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Contour Crafting Wins NASA Prize For Revolutionary 3D Printed Building Tech

Contour Crafting Wins NASA Prize For Revolutionary 3D Printed Building Tech

Contour Crafting just won a major design prize for its ability to 3D print large-scale structures from computer-aided design (CAD) files. Berokh Kohshnevis' “robotic building construction"

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Extremely High Numbers of Radioactive Reindeer Appear in Norway

Extremely High Numbers of Radioactive Reindeer Appear in Norway

In a twisted take on Rudolph’s glowing nose, scientists have found that levels of radioactivity amongst Norway’s reindeer are higher this year than they have been for a long time. Although

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How to Watch Tonight’s Blood Moon Rising Across North America

How to Watch Tonight’s Blood Moon Rising Across North America

If you’re loony about lunar events, you'll be excited to hear that there’s a blood moon rising tonight - or early Wednesday morning to be exact. Blood moons are caused by light reflecting

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World’s First ‘Bionic Leg’ Helps People Learn to Walk Again

World’s First ‘Bionic Leg’ Helps People Learn to Walk Again

Losing the ability to walk is a big deal that can affect a person’s life in so many ways, but a new device is helping people who have an injured limb to regain their mobility. According to the

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Indian Prime Minister Says Yoga Could Help Stop Climate Change

Indian Prime Minister Says Yoga Could Help Stop Climate Change

Quick! Take 30 seconds and think of everything you can possibly do to combat climate change. Done? We're guessing that yoga wasn't on that list. But India’s new prime minister thinks that his

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Marijuana is Killing Endangered Salmon in Northern California

Marijuana is Killing Endangered Salmon in Northern California

In California, marijuana is killing endangered salmon - and they've never even smoked the stuff. According to The Dodo, marijuana growing isn’t as green as you might think – particularly

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Climate Change Could Make Fall Foliage Last Longer – But That’s Not a Good Thing

Climate Change Could Make Fall Foliage Last Longer – But That’s Not a Good Thing

Fall foliage watchers can rejoice in the news that climate change may make the incredible autumn colors found in the Northeast and Midwest last a bit longer - but it spells bad news for the

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Europeans Snub America’s ‘Chlorinated Chicken’

Europeans Snub America’s ‘Chlorinated Chicken’

The US industrial farming system is proving to be a stumbling block in the negotiation of a major free trade agreement between the United States and the EU. As negotiators from the two sides

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Standing Desks Help Kids Lose Weight at School, Improve Attention Spans

Standing Desks Help Kids Lose Weight at School, Improve Attention Spans

It’s widely known that sitting is bad for your health, but a new study of elementary school students reveals that standing desks can actually reduce obesity in children while improving their

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New Research Shows the Earth’s Water is Older Than the Sun

New Research Shows the Earth’s Water is Older Than the Sun

Hang on to your chair and prepare to have your mind blown. That water in the glass bottle on your desk is old, and I mean unfathomably ancient – even older than the Sun, according to new

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Is Your House Trying to Kill You?

Is Your House Trying to Kill You?

If you live in a house built before 1978, there’s a good chance it’s secretly plotting to kill you. According to a recent survey, Homes built before this time were commonly coated in

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Masdar Buys Big into Yet Another Offshore Wind Farm Project in the UK

Masdar Buys Big into Yet Another Offshore Wind Farm Project in the UK

Demonstrating that renewable energy is on the rise the world over, a company from the oil-rich United Arab Emirates recently bought a stake in a $2.5 billion offshore wind farm project in the

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This Agricultural “Noah’s Ark” has Two of Every Fruit and Nut Crop Ever Grown in California

This Agricultural “Noah’s Ark” has Two of Every Fruit and Nut Crop Ever Grown in California

Imagine a comprehensive sampling of every fruit, nut and other crop that is or has ever been grown in California packed into a concentrated and carefully protected site. This seemingly fictional

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Ordinary Architecture Makes the Hollywood Sign Disappear

Ordinary Architecture Makes the Hollywood Sign Disappear

In a monumental feat of visual trickery, London-based Ordinary Architecture made the letters that make up the iconic “Hollywood” sign appear to have disappeared from their perch in the Santa

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Abandoned Mines Make the Perfect Homes for Eco-Friendly Data Centers

Abandoned Mines Make the Perfect Homes for Eco-Friendly Data Centers

Underground clouds? Welcome to the future - data centers are starting to look at abandoned limestone mines as potential locations to expand their computing power. Aggregate Research reports that

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Species Are Disappearing 1,000 Times Faster than in Pre-Human Times

Species Are Disappearing 1,000 Times Faster than in Pre-Human Times

The sixth mass extinction that scientists recently predicted may be upon us faster than previously thought, according to new predictions. A new study, which appeared in the journal Conservation

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Weed Wildfire Leaves Hundreds Without Homes, Jobs

Weed Wildfire Leaves Hundreds Without Homes, Jobs

What would you do if all your most cherished possessions suddenly went up in smoke? That’s the situation facing dozens of families in Weed, California right now as a fast-moving wildfire

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1000-Foot-Tall Tower in the Amazon Will Monitor Climate Change From High in the Sky

1000-Foot-Tall Tower in the Amazon Will Monitor Climate Change From High in the Sky

If you think trees in the rainforest are pretty tall, a new tower being built in the Amazon to monitor climate change will make them look tiny. The Amazon Tall Tower is a joint effort between

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Amazon Deforestation Jumped a Devastating 29% in 2013

Amazon Deforestation Jumped a Devastating 29% in 2013

The Amazon Rainforest saw a 29 percent jump in deforestation last year, spelling bad news for one of the world’s most important forests and the future of humanity. According to the Guardian,

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Seriously? Japan Plans to Restart Nuclear Reactors

Seriously? Japan Plans to Restart Nuclear Reactors

Despite the devastation wreaked by the Fukushima meltdown in 2011, Japan wants to restart two nuclear reactors that were shut off in the wake of the disaster. According to the Guardian,

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See Astonishing Photos of Iceland’s Largest Volcanic Eruption Since 1875

See Astonishing Photos of Iceland’s Largest Volcanic Eruption Since 1875

According to the Iceland Review, the eruption of Holuhraun, a volcano in the Icelandic Highlands has been erupting since Aug. 29 and already covered seven square miles with lava, making it the

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