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Allan Adams: What the discovery of gravitational waves means

More than a billion years ago, two black holes in a distant galaxy locked into a spiral, falling inexorably toward each other, and collided. "All that energy was pumped into the fabric of time and space itself," says theoretical physicist Allan Adams, "making the universe explode in roiling waves of gravity." About 25 years ago, a group of scientists built a giant laser detector called LIGO to search for these kinds of waves, which had been predicted but never observed. In this mind-bending talk, Adams breaks down what happened when, in September 2015, LIGO detected an unthinkably small anomaly, leading to one of the most exciting discoveries in the history of physics.

Business Excellence

2016 Business Excellence Award Recipients Highlight Region’s Business Community’s Strength

Home Hardware wins Business of the Year

Kitchener – Last night the 2016 the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce and the Waterloo Region business community came together to honour the extraordinary contributions of the organizations and volunteers who were nominated for the 2016 Business Excellence Awards at its annual Gala. CTV’s Lyndsay Morrison acted as host and Master of Ceremonies for the evenings Gala celebrations.

Record Setter

The Region of Waterloo International Airport Set a New Passenger Record in 2015

Waterloo Region – For the fourth year in a row, passenger traffic at the Region of Waterloo International Airport has increased, making 2015 the busiest year ever on record.

Animal Health

Porcine Probiotic May Help Protect Gut Health

by Susan Bubak

Guelph - Prof. Emma Allen-Vercoe inhales deeply as she enters her lab. “It’s not too bad today,” she says of the smell, but those who have never been to her lab before would probably plug their noses at the first whiff of her research subjects: fecal microorganisms. The odour is also why her lab is located at the end of a hall in the Summerlee Science Complex.


May elected Chair of Committee on Human Resources including the Status of Persons with Disabilities

Ottawa – Cambridge MP Bryan May was elected chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA). The vote, at the Committee’s first meeting on February 17, was unanimous across party lines.

Chart of the Week

This only happens near bottoms

This is the biggest 3-day gain in about 6 months for the index, and gains of this magnitude have only happened near oil bottoms. This does not necessarily mean the bottom is in but it is another sign that if it is not, we are quite close. At bottoms you get very sharp, steep rallies as the boat gets tipped all the way to one side as the short sellers pile on. Then suddenly, on some bit of news out of OPEC or some other key player, everyone runs for the exit and has to buy back in to cover their short quickly spiking the price.

Muskoka Tourism

Commercial Air Service Into Muskoka Airport One Step Closer

Aviation Experts InterVISTAS selected to help navigate airport readiness

Bracebridge - The effort to establish commercial flights into the Muskoka Airport to foster tourism growth and economic development moved forward with the hiring this week of InterVISTAS by project partners RTO12 and the District of Muskoka to help these organizations obtain aviation security screening designation at the airport.


Algorithm Makes Hyperspectral Imaging Faster

Raleigh, NC - Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of Delaware have developed an algorithm that can quickly and accurately reconstruct hyperspectral images using less data. The images are created using instruments that capture hyperspectral information succinctly, and the combination of algorithm and hardware makes it possible to acquire hyperspectral images in less time and to store those images using less memory.


Pension & Benefit Complexities and the Ongoing Focus on Financial Wellness Call for Compliance Knowledge from Payroll Practitioners and Employers

The Canadian Payroll Association's Seminars Support Payroll Compliance Knowledge in Highly Regulated Pensions and Benefits Environments

Toronto - Even before the new Liberal government took office, the need to provide additional retirement savings to Canadians was a crucial topic. The Canadian Payroll Association's (CPA's) National Payroll Week research continually shows that Canadians are challenged in saving enough for their retirement goals.

Mobility - Video

New study helps goalie mobility and may stop more pucks too

London - New musculoskeletal research from Western University, originally intended to improve a hockey goaltender's life-long mobility, has led to the development of goalie pads that do just what netminders want them to do – stop more pucks.

Study On Becoming Smart

Think Tank Launches First International Study of Intelligent Communities’ Performance in the “Broadband Economy”

New York City, NY – The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF), which hosts the annual Intelligent Community of the Year Awards, will launch a new, free community evaluation system called the Intelligent Community Index. It will provide any participating community with detailed feedback on its progress toward becoming an Intelligent Community.

Stress Disorder

Ontario to Introduce Legislation to Support First Responders with PTSD

New Law Would Help Expedite Identification, Intervention and Treatment

Queens Park - Ontario intends to introduce legislation that would create a presumption that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) diagnosed in first responders is work-related, leading to faster access to resources and treatment.

Beer & Pasta

Mac N’ Cheese-ival to come to THEMUSEUM

Partnership with B @ THEMUSEUM creates food and drink event

Kitchener – On Saturday, February 27 your taste buds will explode at THEMUSEUM’s newest event: Mac N’ Cheese-ival. This event, hosted in collaboration with B @ THEMUSEUM, will feature four different types of mac and cheese, as well as at least four beers from Guelph’s newest craft brewery, Four Fathers Brewery.

Over Medicated - Study

Giving GPs feedback on their prescribing habits can reduce excessive use of antibiotics

London, UK - Sending general practitioners (GPs) in England a letter giving feedback on their antibiotic prescribing habits could cut unnecessary prescriptions of antibiotics, according to the first nationwide randomised trial of its kind involving over 1500 GP practices, published in The Lancet.

Wine and Food

Wine Coming to Grocery Stores Across Ontario

Government to Open up Wine Sales in 300 Locations, Starting with 70 This Fall

Queens Park - Ontario is increasing choice and convenience for consumers and supporting wine producers by making wine available on the shelves of up to 300 independent and large grocery stores. Following the historic introduction of beer in grocery stores last December, 70 grocery stores across Ontario will be able to start selling wine, beer and cider this fall.

Lies all Lies

64% of Americans Today Think it is Sometimes Justified to Lie, Compared to 42% in 2006

One in Five Men Indicate Lying to a Spouse or Partner About an Affair is Sometimes or Often Okay

Washington, DC – Armed with boxes of chocolate and dozens of red roses, many Americans spent Valentine’s Day this year celebrating relationships with a partner or spouse. With the holiday spirit in mind, Ipsos Public Affairs conducted an online survey among Americans from February 9 – 10, asking respondents whether or not lying is justified in a range of situations. Overall, findings indicate that both 64% of men and women say that lying is sometimes justified, compared to 42% of respondents from an Ipsos Public Affairs poll conducted in 2006.

Protecting Canadians

Defending Freedoms By Countering Terrorism

Authors’ analysis places C-51 in the context of Canada’s evolving response to terrorist threats, and offers recommendations to keep Canadians safe and our freedoms intact - by Christian Leupecht and Sean Speer

Ottawa – Canada’s new government should be applauded for moving quickly, since its election last October, to develop a plan for protecting Canadians from domestic terrorism. It has proposed a number of positive measures for improving the previous government’s anti-terrorism legislation, C-51.

Music Festival

Zedd and Adventure Club to headline the 2016 Ever After Music Festival in Kitchener

Bingemans provides the perfect backdrop for the fairytale themed Ever After Music Festival

Toronto - Kicking off music festival season, Grammy award-winning DJ Zedd and Canada’s own Adventure Clubare set to headline at the much anticipated inaugural Ever After Music Festivalin Kitchener at Bingemans(425 Bingemans Centre Drive) from Saturday, June 4 to Sunday, June 5.

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