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Monday July 25, 2011

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Ted Talks

A robot that flies like a bird

Plenty of robots can fly -- but none can fly like a real bird. That is, until Markus Fischer and his team at Festo built SmartBird, a large, lightweight robot, modeled on a seagull, that flies by flapping its wings.

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Streamlining

Management Update and Details On Cost Optimization Program

Waterloo - Research In Motion Limited provided an update on changes in responsibilities amongst the company’s senior management team, as well as additional details about the cost optimization program announced on June 16th.

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Entrepreneurs

PROGRAM TO HELP INNOVATIVE BUSINESSES ANNOUNCED BY ONTARIO'S GOVERNMENT

WATERLOO - Waterloo Region is known across Canada and around the globe for innovative products said Woodworth. This program provides additional resources to our young entrepreneurs.

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PSA

Workers gear up for provincial ride to stop violence against women

Kitchener / London - Members of the CAW Local 27 Women's Committee are hitting the road on a motorcycle ride through Southern Ontario communities from July 25-29 to raise awareness around the issue of gender based violence - an event dubbed Highway to Help. Highway to Help itinerary: Day 1 - Monday July 25 (Ingersoll, Woodstock, Kitchener, Milton, Mississauga, Brampton, Toronto)

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PSA

National drowning prevention week promotes lifejackets for boaters

KITCHENER – At the mid-summer mark, the Lifesaving Society reports that none of the 12 victims of this summer’s boating fatalities were wearing a lifejacket. This continues the trend from 2010 when 22 of 23 boaters who drowned in Ontario (from May 1– September 30) were found not wearing a lifejacket.

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Astronomy Study

Black Holes ‘Outshine’ All Stars in the Sky, Study Finds

Guelph - Every high school physics student knows that not even light can escape from a black hole’s gravity. But under the right conditions, spinning black holes can interact with surrounding plasma to create enough energy to outshine all of the stars of the universe.

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Open House

GRAND OPENING AND OPEN HOUSE: CENTRE FOR BRAIN AND MIND

London - The University of Western Ontario is having a Grand opening and open house for The Centre for Brain and Mind at The University of Western Ontario.

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Research

Patients who use anti-depressants are more likely to suffer relapse, researcher finds

Hamilton - Patients who use anti-depressants are much more likely to suffer relapses of major depression than those who use no medication at all, concludes a McMaster researcher.

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Design Challenge

U of T engineers put their heads together to reinvent the toilet

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation wants the University to write the traditional latrine a “Dear John” letter

TORONTO, ON – I hope you’re sitting down – here’s a challenge for you. Design a toilet that’s off-the-grid – no running water, no sewerage system, no electricity. Make sure it’s self-contained: human waste goes in; clean water, carbon dioxide, mineral ash (for fertilizer) and energy comes out, in about 24 hours. Oh yes, and it has to work for only five cents per user, per day. That’s the problem the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation put in front of leading universities worldwide through the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge.

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Energy

Power restored to communities impacted by forest fires in northwestern Ontario

TORONTO - Hydro One confirms that it restored power to communities that have been impacted by forest fires in northwestern Ontario. Restoring power involved rebuilding parts of a power line that serves communities including Pickle Lake, and Slate Falls, Cat Lake, and Mishkeegogamang First Nations.

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Fundraising

More than $90,000 Raised for Make-A-Wish Canada Through Fund-Raising

Effort Supported Through Donated Sponsorship of Paul Tracy

Toronto - After two exciting weeks of fundraising initiatives on and off the track at both the Honda Indy Toronto and Edmonton Indy, Honda Canada Inc. announced that, together with generous race fans, they raised $90,068 in support of Make-A-Wish Canada.

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Innovation Award

Aaron Wheeler wins Analytical Chemistry 2011 Young Innovator Award

IBBME Core Professor honoured for inspired research in microfluidics

TORONTO – Aaron Wheeler has won the Analytical Chemistry 2011 Young Innovator Award. This award honours exceptional technical advancement and innovation in the field of micro- or nanofluidics early in the investigator’s career.

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Aquisition

Accelerated Rehabilitation Centers Aquired

CHICAGO AND TORONTO - OMERS Private Equity, the private equity arm of the OMERS Worldwide group of companies, has partnered with existing management to purchase Accelerated Holdings, LLC from affiliates of private equity firm Gryphon Investors. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

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Energy

Start Planning for Heritage Day!

Celebrate the Heritage of Power Generation on February 21, 2012

Ottawa – The Heritage Canada Foundation is encouraging communities across the country to start planning February 21, 2012 Heritage Day activities to celebrate the Heritage of Power Generation.


 
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