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Friday October 15, 2010

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Ted Talks

Natalie Jeremijenko: The art of the eco-mindshift

Natalie Jeremijenko's unusual lab puts art to work, and addresses environmental woes by combining engineering know-how with public art and a team of volunteers. These real-life experiments include: Walking tadpoles, texting "fish," planting fire-hydrant gardens and more.

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Innovation Driver

DALSA to expand R&D investment in Waterloo for growth and diversification

Ontario government funding will help accelerate creation of new jobs

Waterloo - DALSA Corporation was pleased to announce that it plans to invest $160 million in new research and development initiatives over the next five years, supported by a grant of up to $24.3 million from the Ontario government.


Minister of Economic Development and Trade, Sandra Pupatello reinforces the role Waterloo plays in driving innovation and knowledge sharing with the world in her statement made at the Dalsa announcement, "Ontario has earned a reputation for innovation and research excellence."

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Climate Report

Industrial products industry lags in reaching 2020 climate change targets

Progress made, but not enough to reach emissions targets post-Copenhagen

TORONTO - The industrial products industry - including the aerospace and defence, industrial manufacturing, chemicals, metals, and transportation and logistics sectors - remain large contributors of greenhouse gases. While the industry has undertaken initiatives to reduce their carbon footprint, a new PwC report has found overall commitment lags far behind what's needed to reach the Copenhagen Accord's emissions targets.

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Trends

Manufacturing Gains were Widespread And Across Industries

Sales Increased 2.0% in August to $45.1 billion.

Statscan - Manufacturing sales increased 2.0% in August to $45.1 billion. Gains were widespread across industries; however, the main contributors to the increase were motor vehicle and petroleum and coal product manufacturers. Higher sales volumes were responsible for most of the gain.

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Innovation

Canadian Government Takes Action to Better Support Business Research and Development

Government promotes innovation as a key driver of Canada's economic recovery

Cambridge - The Gary Goodyear, Minister of Science and Technology help launch a independent expert panel to solicite the advice of Canadians and business leaders on how the federal government can cultivate its support of business research and development.

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Energy

University considers installing more solar panels

Queen's University currently has solar panels installed around campus, including Goodwin Hall.

Kingston - A full analysis is currently underway at Queens University to determine the feasibility of installing more solar panels (PVs) for converting solar radiation into current electricity on campus.

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Paperless Society

Cambridge moves toward paperless council agenda as another example of commitment to environment

Cambridge – The City of Cambridge recently implemented a technological agenda solution that allows the corporation to move toward full implementation of a paperless agenda; The iCompass paperless agenda system adds to the many eco-friendly initiatives underway at the municipality.

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Education

Canada Government Supports Innovation at Small and Medium-Sized Businesses in Southern Ontario

Economic Action Plan invests in jobs and growth through research and development.

Waterloo - Small- and medium-sized businesses in southern Ontario will have an opportunity to work with local colleges and universities to bring promising new products to the marketplace faster.

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Hall of Fame

Scientist named to Canadian Medical Hall of Fame

Hamilton - A McMaster physician scientist who has led the development of an understanding of how the immune system impacts the whole body has been nominated to the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.

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World News

Over 236,000 People Killed In Disasters In 2010: UN.

"More than 236,000 people have been killed in disasters in 2010, said the UN on Wednesday on the occasion of International Day for Disaster Reduction. The newly released figures show that 256 million people have been affected by various types of disasters such as earthquakes, floods, tropical storms and landslides from the beginning of the year.

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R&D

Government of Canada supports microbiome research

Toronto – A significant new investment will allow researchers to investigate the trillions of microorganisms that reside in or on the human body and the role they play in health and disease as well as develop new detection methods and treatment options for several chronic diseases.

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Health Care

The University of Ottawa and The Ottawa Hospital: a collaboration ensuring patient safety through education and research

OTTAWA — The Ottawa Hospital (TOH) and the University of Ottawa announce the official opening of the University of Ottawa Skills and Simulation Centre (uOSSC), the largest centre of its kind in Canada.

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Economic Development

U of G Links With Business to Accelerate Innovation, Application

Guelph - The University of Guelph has received $750,000 from the federal government to help bridge the gap between research and commercialization.

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Executive Education

Harvard Business School Receives $50 Million Gift From the Tata Trusts and Companies

School's Largest International Donation Will Support New Executive Education Building

BOSTON, MA - Harvard Business School has received a gift of $50 million from Tata Companies, the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, and the Tata Education and Development Trust, philanthropic entities of India's Tata Group. A conglomerate founded in 1868, the Tata Group owns 28 publicly listed enterprises across seven business sectors that have a combined market capitalization of $80 billion.

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Climate Change

African Leaders Urged To Tackle Climate Change At Forum.

Africa - "African leaders came under pressure on Wednesday to take concrete actions against global warming at the African Development Forum in the Ethiopian capital, organizers said.

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Health Care

"Building better doctors" this weekend at Western

London - The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at The University of Western Ontario will play host this weekend to the 2010 Ontario Medical Student Weekend, (www.omsw.ca ) the largest annual academic conference of medical students in Canada.

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Technology

Europe's Largest Shoe Retailer Fuels International Expansion with Open Text ECM Suite

WATERLOO - Open Text Corporation, the preeminent provider of enterprise content management (ECM) software, announced that the Deichmann Group, Europe's largest shoe retailer, has expanded its use of the Open Text ECM Suite to create central information repositories to help speed of processes for opening new stores, integrate accounts payable functions with its SAP solutions and manage email archives for its employees and clients in 19 European countries.

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