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Disaster Robotics

Robin Murphy: These robots come to the rescue after a disaster

When disaster strikes, who's first on the scene? More and more, it’s a robot. In her lab, Robin Murphy builds robots that fly, tunnel, swim and crawl through disaster scenes, helping firefighters and rescue workers save more lives safely — and help communities return to normal up to three years faster. Robin Murphy researches robots — ground, aerial and marine — that can help out during disasters.

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Net Worth

National balance sheet and financial flow accounts, second quarter 2015

Ottawa - National net worth rose 1.3% or $107.3 billion from the first quarter to reach $8,545 billion by the end of the second quarter. On a per capita basis, national net worth grew 0.9% to $238,200. National wealth, or the total value of non-financial assets in the Canadian economy, increased $97.0 billion to reach $8,314 billion at the end of the second quarter. This was principally due to growth in the value of residential real estate (+1.6%) and consumer durables (+3.1%) such as vehicles.

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One-Two Punch

Boxing legend Lennox Lewis promotes “The Revival” and takes ownership of Christie Boxer 4K30 projector

Toronto – Lennox Lewis, professional boxing’s last undisputed world heavyweight champion, has taken ownership of a Christie Boxer 4K30 projector. As part of a one-two punch of endorsements, Lewis and Christie are among a prestigious group championing “The Revival,” an evening of professional boxing at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto, Canada on Friday, September 11.

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Results

Laurier professor issues report card on teacher pay versus student outcomes across provinces

Waterloo – A recent report for the C.D. Howe Institute by David Johnson, a Wilfrid Laurier University Economics professor, explores whether provinces that pay their teachers more achieve better student performance.

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Study

Majority of businesses looking to increase hiring in 2015

Toronto - Revenues are up and growth is top of mind for mid-sized Canadian companies over the next year according to the American Express Multinational Survey of Mid-sized Companies. The annual survey, revealed an overwhelming sentiment that the economy will positively impact business prospects over the next year. A nearly unanimous group of financial decision-makers surveyed (99%) say their companies are planning to grow their business, and of those, 42 per cent say growth is their top priority over the next 12 months. This increased focus on growth also comes after 57 per cent reported already seeing a rise in revenues compared to last year.

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Salary Increase

New research on salary and other trends in human resources

Ontario organizations among the top in the country in prioritizing workplace health for 2016

Cambridge – Morneau Shepell will present national and regional findings of its annual survey of Trends in Human Resources. According to the recently released survey, employers across Canada expect salaries to rise by an average of 2.5 per cent in 2016, which is down from the average 2.8 per cent salary increase expected for 2015.

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Fight Disease

New Research Centre to Focus on Treatment, Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease

Guelph - The University of Guelph has officially launched a Centre for Cardiovascular Investigations to develop innovative ways to fight cardiovascular disease. The new centre involves eight lead cardiovascular scientists and clinicians, as well as dozens of collaborators, graduate and undergraduate students from across the University and beyond. It’s one of a few centres worldwide looking at cardiovascular disease all the way from single molecules to clinical applications.

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Soft Drugs

Study links marijuana use to poor blood sugar control in middle age

Failed to establish a direct link between marijuana use and type 2 diabetes

Minneapolis, MN - New research published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes) shows that current and former users of marijuana are more likely to have prediabetes—the state of poor blood sugar control that can progress to type 2 diabetes—than never users of marijuana. However the researchers, led by Mike Bancks (University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Minneapolis, MN, USA) failed to establish a direct link between marijuana use and type 2 diabetes.

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Energy

Guelph Net Zero Energy home first built in national demonstration project

Home Builder celebrates the first of 25 net zero energy homes to be built across Canada

Guelph - Canada’s newest Net Zero Energy home has been built in Guelph. Constructed by Reid’s Heritage Homes, the house is the first completed as part of a national demonstration project to prove that Net Zero homes can be built on a community-level scale. The goal is to make Net Zero Energy homes—which produce as much energy as they consume on an annual basis—fully accessible and affordable to all Canadians.

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Life Sciences

University of Toronto announces first JLABS life sciences incubator in Canada

Toronto – The University of Toronto has taken another step forward in city-building and fostering a growing community of entrepreneurs, with a collaboration announced last week that will see the Johnson & Johnson Innovation’s life sciences incubator, JLABS, expand for the first time to Canada.

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Star Systems

Stellar discovery by Ontario researcher

PhD candidate Matt Shultz discovers massive binary star with unique properties - By Anne Craig

Kingston - PhD candidate Matt Shultz has discovered the first massive binary star, epsilon Lupi, in which both stars have magnetic fields. A binary star is a star system consisting of two or more stars, orbiting around their common centre of mass.

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