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R&D

Samuel Cohen: Alzheimer’s is not normal aging — and we can cure it


More than 40 million people worldwide suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, and that number is expected to increase drastically in the coming years. But no real progress has been made in the fight against the disease since its classification more than 100 years ago. Scientist Samuel Cohen shares a new breakthrough in Alzheimer’s research from his lab as well as a message of hope. “Alzheimer’s is a disease,” Cohen says, “and we can cure it.”

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Communication

Language about climate change differs between proponents and skeptics

Waterloo - Proponents of climate change tend to use more conservative, tentative language to report on the science behind it, while skeptics use more emotional and assertive language when reinterpreting scientific studies, says research from the University of Waterloo.

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Autonomous

Clearpath Robotics and GE team up to produce self-driving robot for industry
by Phil Froklage

Waterloo Region - Clearpath Robotics, the Waterloo Region company that grabbed headlines last summer by refusing to make killer robots, made two significant announcements today: its first self-driving robot for industry, named OTTO, and a strategic partnership with General Electric (GE).

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Open House

Ideas sought on how to innovate the space outside City Hall

Kitchener – In its recently approved strategic plan the City of Kitchener commits to inspire and cultivate a vibrant social, economic and cultural city by working together with citizens to create memorable public places and spaces that encourage new business and economic growth, and promote health, happiness and community spirit. What better public space to start with than the outdoor spaces around city hall?

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Expansion

Navtech Signs Strategic Partnership with Air Wisconsin for Electronic Charts

Waterloo/Appleton, WI - Navtech has signed a strategic partnership with Air Wisconsin to provide aeronautical charts for use onboard its fleet of 71 Bombardier CRJ-200s. With its corporate headquarters in Appleton, WI, Air Wisconsin is one of the leading regional airlines in the United States operating regional jet flights as American Eagle for American Airlines, serving 70 cities in the US and Canada with hubs in Philadelphia PA, Washington D.C., and Charlotte NC. Known for its exceptional on-time service, Air Wisconsin's progressive business and technology plans require partners and solutions with similar characteristics, and Navtech was its choice for aeronautical charts.

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Accomodations

Accommodation services for 2013

Ottawa - Accommodation services in Canada reported $18.1 billion in operating revenue and $16.0 billion in operating expenses in 2013, resulting in an operating profit margin of 11.3%.

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Energy

Ubiquity Solar working to bring its polysilicon technology to market

Developed by Ubiquity Solar with a consortium which includes the University of Waterloo, University of Toronto, McMaster University - By Paul Morden, Sarnia Observer

Ubiquity Solar announced this week it is moving forward with plans for a $10.3-million pilot plant project at the TransAlta Bluewater Energy Park in Sarnia. CEO Ian MacLellan said the pilot plant is the next step in the commercialization of Ubiquity Solar's technology to manufacture polysilicon bricks and wafers for use in photovoltaic cells for the solar energy industry.

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Life

What Success Looks Like

A State of Mind vs. a Destination - By Nathan Jamail

Success can be defined in a number of ways. If you look up the definition you will several that you may agree with; the accomplishment of one’s goals, the attainment of wealth, position, honors or achieving your goals. All of these definitions are correct—and none of them are. When it comes to success, there isn’t a set in stone definition because of two reasons: It depends on whom you ask; It is ever changing

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Characteristics

Study: Ancestral Background Can Be Determined By Fingerprints

Raleigh, NC - A proof-of-concept study finds that it is possible to identify an individual’s ancestral background based on his or her fingerprint characteristics – a discovery with significant applications for law enforcement and anthropological research.

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Global Pharmacy

Polpharma Has a New CEO

STAROGARD GDANSKI, Poland -- On 8 October 2015, Dr Maurice Chagnaud will be appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of Polpharma, the largest Polish pharmaceutical group. Dr Chagnaud, who has over twenty years’ experience in top management positions in the European pharmaceutical industry, is expected to further accelerate the development of Polpharma to become a regional leader in CEE, CIS and Central Asia.

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Wellbeing and Performance

Getting 'mindful' one of the best ways for workplaces to stay healthy according to expert

Low-cost, evidence-based training proven to lower stress, improve health and enhance performance

Vancouver - Canada's Healthy Workplace Month kicks off on October 1st and Dr. Geoffrey Soloway says organizations should be looking to mindfulness to help improve the health, wellbeing and performance of employees. With a PhD in education and mindfulness, Soloway is Training Director at MindWell Canada and is piloting a comprehensive mindfulness program for the Movember Foundation which offers innovative, blended learning for the workplace.

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Pensions

Third Quarter Takes a Bite out of Pension Plan Health, According to Solvency Survey

Declining Bond Yields and Market Volatility Lead to Sharp Decline in Pension Solvency

Toronto - Aon plc released results of its quarterly pension plan solvency survey, which found that the health of Canadian defined benefit (DB) pensions declined sharply in the third quarter, driven by global uncertainty and volatility in long-term interest rates and in equities. With monetary policy in Canada and the United States in flux, and continuing weakness in commodities, particularly oil, the outlook remains clouded, as heightened volatility is likely to impact plan solvency going forward. Plans better positioned to weather market fluctuations, however, should fare better in this still-risky climate.

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Studying Abroad

New 'formula' lowers barrier to education: (10 top Canadian business schools) x (six $10,000 awards from HSBC) = 60 deserving undergrads experiencing a semester abroad

Vancouver - HSBC Bank Canada has partnered with 10 top universities from coast to coast, establishing a new Award to help some of Canada's most deserving and internationally-minded students break through the financial barriers associated with completing an international university exchange program.

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Quality of Life

New Tech Automatically ‘Tunes’ Powered Prosthetics While Walking

Raleigh, NC - When amputees receive powered prosthetic legs, the power of the prosthetic limbs needs to be tuned by a prosthetics expert so that a patient can move normally – but the prosthetic often needs repeated re-tuning. Biomedical engineering researchers at North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have now developed software that allows powered prosthetics to tune themselves automatically, making the devices more functionally useful and lowering the costs associated with powered prosthetic use.

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Immersed

Christie’s Gord Harris to present the latest in virtual reality simulator technology at Immersed 2015

Ontario Science Centre hosting immersive technology conference October 4-6

Toronto/Kitchener – Christie announced that Gord Harris, senior program manager, Research and Innovation, will speak at Immersed 2015 in Toronto on Tuesday, October 6 at 3:00 p.m. Taking place at the Ontario Science Centre and featuring virtual and augmented reality, gesture technology, and stereoscopic 3D applications, Immersed 2015 promises to be a rewarding event for entrepreneurs, professionals, and self-employed technology and content creators wishing to interact with leading innovators.

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Education

The Royal Wine Competition toasts 2015 winners

Niagara College Teaching Winery takes home Best in Show

Toronto – The judges in The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair’s 7th annual wine competition are raising their glasses to the Niagara College Teaching Winery. The student-run winery at the college’s Niagara-on-the-Lake campus took home Best in Show Red and Best in Show Overall prizes for its delicious 2012 Dean’s List Merlot in The Royal’s wine competition earlier this month.

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October 7, 2015

Manufacturing Takes Centre Stage at Guelph Economic Leadership Forum

Guelph - On Wednesday, October 7, 2015, the Guelph Chamber of Commerce will kick off Manufacturing Month with the ‘Guelph Economic Leadership Forum: On Cross-Industry Manufacturing’. This luncheon will focus specifically on Guelph’s strengths as a hub for cross-industry manufacturing both within specific manufacturers as well as across the sector.

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Fund Raiser

2015 Walk & Run for rare results

Cambridge - More than $23,000 was raised as approximately 160 runners and walkers took to the trails at rare Charitable Research Reserve Sunday in the sixth annual event. Funds raised at the event go directly to the reserve’s Every Child Outdoors (ECO) program that provides an environmental outdoor education experience for more than 2,500 children each year.

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Manufacturing

Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show, Toronto, Sept. 28 – Oct. 1, 2015

Toronto – The Canadian manufacturing sector will get a glimpse into the future next week as more than 8,000 industry professionals convene in Toronto for four days of learning opportunities, technology transfer and idea generation at the Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show (CMTS) 2015.

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