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Wednesday February 9, 2011

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Ted Talks

Cynthia Breazeal: The rise of personal robots

As a grad student, Cynthia Breazeal wondered why we were using robots on Mars, but not in our living rooms. The key, she realized: training robots to interact with people. Now she dreams up and builds robots that teach, learn -- and play.

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Research

Laurier researchers prove love is not always the great motivator

WATERLOO – It may be frustrating when your partner won’t help you wash the dishes every night, but it doesn’t mean he or she doesn’t love you. According to Wilfrid Laurier University researchers, how a partner behaves doesn’t necessarily indicate how much he or she loves you.

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Environment

Growing green—Expand brand reach and reduce your carbon footprint

Kitchener – Is it possible to expand your company’s brand reach and reduce your carbon footprint at the same time? Local branding studio Hagon Design Inc helped Aecon, Canada’s largest construction and infrastructure company, do just that for their sponsorship of Trout Unlimited’s 24th annual banquet and fundraiser in Toronto.

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Recreation

Paralympian inspires students to use sport as a vehicle for rehabilitation

Waterloo - David Willsie, co-captain of the Canadian national wheelchair rugby team, will deliver a public talk at the University of Waterloo on Thursday in celebration of Therapeutic Recreation Awareness Week

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Community Resources

The K-W Pregnancy Resource Centre has relocated

KITCHENER – The K-W Pregnancy Resource Centre has relocated to the Tannery at Charles and Francis Streets in downtown Kitchener to better serve their clients. The Centre is now more centrally and conveniently located at 38 Francis Street South in downtown Kitchener to be more easily accessible for clients who rely on public transit.

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Engineering

Historic Win for Conestoga's Engineering Program

Kitchener - A team of students from Conestoga’s Mechanical Systems Engineering degree program made history this past weekend as they captured first place in the Senior Design division of the Ontario Engineering Competition, an annual event for the province’s best students from accredited engineering programs to come together and demonstrate their abilities.

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Energy

Guelph Hydro Measuring Interest in Electric Vehicles Telephone survey to be conducted this month

GUELPH – Guelph Hydro Inc. will be conducting a telephone survey during the month of February to measure the Guelph community’s interest in electric vehicles and obtain information that will be useful in planning for the demands electric cars may put on the local electricity grid, once they become available in Canada.

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Industry

Carleton Strengthens Ties to India with New Partnerships and Plans for Two International Summits

Ottawa - Carleton University has announced the establishment of two new partnerships with Indian universities to pursue academic development and research. Carleton President Roseann O’Reilly Runte signed memorandums of understanding this week in India with the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies in Delhi on renewable energy and aerospace engineering and with Jindal Global University on business management.

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Research

Carleton Researchers Awarded $530,000 from the Canada Foundation for Innovation

Ottawa – The Canada Foundation for Innovation announced that it has awarded $530,778 to Carleton University to support four projects led by noted mechanical and aerospace engineering researchers, Anton De Ruiter and Cynthia Cruickshank, and chemistry researchers Jeffrey Smith and Apollinaire Tsopmo.

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Sustainability

Konica Minolta listed among "Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World"

Social and Environmental Efforts Receive Global Recognition

MISSISSAUGA - Konica Minolta Business Solutions Ltd., a leading provider of advanced imaging and networking technologies for the desktop to the print shop, announced that parent company - Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc. - has been listed among "2011 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World" ("Global 100"), a global list of corporations that excel in sustainability.

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3D Technology

3D screens of future may pack more punch, thanks to York U research

TORONTO – Can 3D images be made to look more realistic? York University vision researchers have discovered how to keep our eyes on the prize, so to speak.

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Partnership

Harbourfront Centre announces naming partnership with WestJet

Outdoor concert stage to be renamed WestJet Stage

TORONTO - Harbourfront Centre and WestJet announced a three-year naming partnership that will see Harbourfront Centre's main stage renamed as the WestJet Stage. The partnership complements both companies' investment in the community and in the creation of an environment where people can connect.

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Economy

Minister of State for Small Business Hosts Economic Consultation with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business

Explores the role of small business in securing Canada's economic recovery

OTTAWA - the Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism), hosted an economic consultation with Canadian Federation of Independent Business representatives from across Canada. This meeting is part of a series of discussions on how the next phase of Canada's Economic Action Plan will continue to shape the country's economic future in Budget 2011.

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Innovation

Professor Lenore Fahrig Receives Carleton Achievement Award for Innovative Research

Ottawa – Carleton professor Lenore Fahrig is one of 10 recipients of this year’s Carleton Research Achievement Awards that honour innovative researchers for their work that helps find solutions to real-world problems. The other nine are being announced during Carleton’s Research Days celebration that ends on Friday, Feb. 11.

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Identity

Mobio Identity Systems, Inc.: QR Code Use Explodes by 1200% in the Last Half of 2010

VANCOUVER - Mobio Identity Systems, Inc., an international mobile payments and marketing company, released a comprehensive report on QR code adoption and use in North America called "The Naked Facts". The report covers the last 6 months of 2010 and shows an astounding 1200 % increase in QR code scanning across the continent. The report also examines demographics where Generation X and female users take center stage.


 


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