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Janet Iwasa: How animations can help scientists test a hypothesis

3D animation can bring scientific hypotheses to life. Molecular biologist (and TED Fellow) Janet Iwasa introduces a new open-source animation software designed just for scientists.



Canadian Robotics Manufacturer is World's First Robotics Company to Pledge Not to Make 'Killer Robots'

Kitchener - Kitchener-based robotic vehicle manufacturer, Clearpath Robotics, is the first robotics company to sign on with the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, "an international coalition of non-governmental organizations working to ban fully autonomous weapons." Clearpath Robotics will continue to work with military clients, but has vouched to not manufacture weaponized robots that remove humans from the loop. The Company, in turn, has chosen to value our ethics over potential future revenue.


Brick Brewing Announces Definitive Agreement for Sale of Waterloo Property

KITCHENER - Brick Brewing Co. Limited announced yesterday that it has entered into a definitive agreement for the sale of its King Street property in Waterloo with a selling price of four million dollars. Brick anticipates the transaction will close during the fiscal third quarter. This move by Brick is part of a strategy to consolidate its operating facilities to improve manufacturing competitiveness. The buyer, HIP Developments, is expected to pursue re-development of the site, located in the thriving King Street corridor in Uptown Waterloo. Once closed, Brick will lease the property back while completing an expansion project at its Bingemans Centre Drive location in Kitchener.

Municipal Election


Kitchener - Dave Schnider has spent years in Kitchener, as a voice. He’s been a voice on the radio for over 33 years. He’s the public address voice of the Kitchener Rangers. Now he’s working to be elected as the voice of Kitchener’s Ward 2 in the municipal election on October 27. With Berry Vrbanovic running for Mayor, there is no incumbent in Ward 2. His key priorities are to respect and value your tax dollars, to listen to you and respond to your concerns and attracting new jobs while supporting current employers. Schnider believes in responsible spending to obtain high quality city services that are cost effective. Saving tax dollars through joint ventures with the private sector and raising revenue through appropriate sponsorship naming rights should be explored. Looking for ways to make efficiencies without sacrificing services is important too.

Earth News

Foreshock series controls earthquake rupture

New insights into this year’s April great earthquake in Chile

Potsdam - A long lasting foreshock series controlled the rupture process of this year’s great earthquake near Iquique in northern Chile. The earthquake was heralded by a three quarter year long foreshock series of ever increasing magnitudes culminating in a Mw 6.7 event two weeks before the mainshock. The mainshock (magnitude 8.1) finally broke on April 1st a central piece out of the most important seismic gap along the South American subduction zone. An international research team under leadership of the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences now revealed that the Iquique earthquake occurred in a region where the two colliding tectonic plates where only partly locked.


2 out of every 5 Americans expected to develop type 2 diabetes during their lifetime

Atlanta - Close to half (40%) of the adult population of the USA is expected to develop type 2 diabetes at some point during their lifetime, suggests a major study published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. The future looks even worse for some ethnic minority groups, with one in two (> 50%) Hispanic men and women and non-Hispanic black women predicted to develop the disease.

Real Edtate

Soft Landing Still Likely for Canadian Condo Market

Genworth Canada Releases Summer 2014 Metropolitan Condo Outlook

TORONTO - Population, economic and employment growth all point to a stabilizing of the Canadian condominium market, according to the latest Conference Board of Canada condo report commissioned by Genworth Canada. The Summer 2014 Metropolitan Condo Outlook forecasts that while pockets of higher risk still exist in Toronto and Vancouver, a broad-based downturn is unlikely.

Digital Hospital

First time donation to Humber River Hospital Foundation

TORONTO –A donation of $100,000 to the Humber River Hospital Foundation was made bt real Wealth Group of Toronto. Last July, the company presented the cheque to the foundation in order to assist with the construction of Canada’s first all digital hospital.


Overweight and obesity linked to 10 common cancers and over 12 000 cases every year in the UK

London, UK - A higher body mass index (BMI) increases the risk of developing 10 of the most common cancers [1], the largest study of its kind on BMI and cancer, involving more than 5 million adults in the UK, published in The Lancet shows.


ATS reports first quarter 2015 results

CAMBRIDGE - ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. reported financial results for the three months ended June 29, 2014. "Our first quarter operating performance was solid and market activity is strong," said Anthony Caputo, Chief Executive Officer. "Strategically, we took a significant step in our value creation plan through the acquisition of M+W PA, which expands ATS' markets, customer penetration, capability and geography, and provides a significant platform to drive organic growth. We remain focused on continuing to grow, expand and scale our business, both organically and through acquisition".


Consumers losers in the rush to regulate oil-by-rail

The erroneous "uniquely flammable" narrative of Bakken crude has led us to focus on the wrong problem - By Kenneth P. Green

CALGARY - In the wake of the Lac-Mégantic oil-by-rail disaster, when a train carrying crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken field exploded in Quebec, some people began to characterize Bakken crude oil as "uniquely flammable," implicating that new rail car standards might be required to move the material.


Parents have nothing to fear from video games

A strong parent-child relationship mitigates any negative effects - By Nicole Letourneau and Justin Joschko

CALGARY - We live in a digital age. Technology has become an integral part of how we see, learn about, and interact with the world. From computers at the office, to televisions at home, to smartphones on the bus or in the grocery line, many of us spend over half of our waking lives in front of a screen.


QUARRY Selected by Purolator

Primary focus for Quarry will be to assist in the development of marketing strategy and campaigns for Purolator field marketing team

St. Jacobs - Quarry, MarketingProfs’ 2013 B2B Agency of the Year, announced it has been selected to augment the marketing agency support for Purolator, Canada’s leading integrated freight, parcel and logistics solutions provider.

September 23, 2014


Laser technology from Christie, screen innovations from Harkness and installation expertise from Electrosonic combine to deliver unprecedented immersive, 2D and 3D visual feast at Giant Screen Cinema Association’s International Conference and Trade Show

CYPRESS/TORONTO – In a special technical session of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) conference scheduled for September 23 at the Cineplex Cinemas Queensway in Toronto, Christie is teaming with Harkness Screens and Electrosonic to demonstrate a premium giant screen cinema experience.

October 2, 2014

Third Annual CIBC Wood Gundy Surprise Movie Night brings exclusive international film preview to Waterloo at the Princess Cinemas

The Children’s Aid Foundation and CIBC Wood Gundy to host movie benefit for KW Counselling Services.

Waterloo - Once again, John Tutt of Waterloo’s Princess Cinemas will be selecting a not-yet-released film directly from the international film festival circuit, to be screened at the Princess Cinemas on October 2, 2014. Although the film will be a surprise we can reveal that it will not be a Disney movie and it won’t be x-rated! Prepare to be intrigued! Last year, audiences fell in love withRitesh Batra’s The Lunchbox, starring Irfan Khan (The Life of Pi, Slumdog Millionaire) and in 2012, audiences were enthralled by Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell.


6th Annual Cruisin’ to End MS

A&W - Burgers & Rootbeer with the MS Society of Canada team up to make $1 from every Teen Burger® sold across Canada will go towards helping those living with MS

Vancouver/Kitchener – A&W Food Services of Canada Inc. celebrates its 6th annual Cruisin’ to End MS day today to benefit and raise awareness for Canadians living with MS. One dollar from every Teen Burger® sold across the country on Thursday, August 21 will go to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. In its first five years, Cruisin’ to End MS has raised $5 million to support people living with MS and MS research in Canada.

Aerts & Culture

2014/15 KWS Season opens with Dynamic, Genre-defying Trio, Time for Three

Kitchener - Time for Three takes the stage with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) to open the thrilling 2014/15 Season with Time for Three and Encores on Friday, September 5 and Saturday, September 6 at 8 pm at Centre In The Square. Led by KWS Music Director Edwin Outwater, the program will feature the energetic and dynamic trio, a selection of Outwater’s favourite encores and a work by Canadian composer John Estacio. Audiences will also be introduced to the new Assistant Conductor, Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, who will make his KWS debut conducting a piece by Mikhail Glinka.



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