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High-tech contact lenses zoom with a wink of an eye
CTV News
Swiss researchers are developing contact lenses that contain tiny telescopes to boost vision and zoom in and out with the wink of an eye. The new, 1.55 millimeter-thick contact lens contains an extremely thin, reflective telescope, which is activated by winks. First released in 2013 and fine-tuned since then, the prototype was unveiled by Eric Tremblay from the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland at the recent American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting in California.
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Will 3-D printers, bio-printers change the future of surgery?
CBC News
When an MRI revealed a golf ball-sized tumour growing in Pamela Shavaun Scott's skull, the California psychotherapist turned to a 3-D printer to help find the least invasive and risky way for doctors to extract it. Her husband, Michael Balzer, the founder of a 3-D printing service company, used her medical records to create a three-dimensional image of her brain on his computer and print a 3-D model of it.
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Clean technology projects get $1.8 million in funding
Inside Halton
One company helps traffic move smoothly across city streets, the other recharges electric vehicles without crashing the grid. Recently, they received a combined $1.8 million to assist with projects that are aimed at conserving energy and creating a healthier environment. The money comes from Sustainable Development Technology Canada, a not-for-profit foundation funded by the federal government.
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Car-to-car communication
MIT Technology Review
Hariharan Krishnan hardly looks like a street racer. With thin-rimmed glasses and a neat mustache, he reminds me of a math teacher. And yet he was speeding, seemingly recklessly, around the parking lot at General Motors' research center in Warren, MI, in a Cadillac DTS. I was in the passenger seat as Krishnan wheeled around a corner and hit the gas. A moment later a light flashed on the dashboard, there was a beeping sound, and our seats started buzzing furiously.
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New device to change how Florida monitors sea level rise, water quality and hurricanes
Phys.org
Small wireless computing devices, ranging from the size of a match-box to the size of a dime are going to change the way Florida monitors its water quality, sea level rise, hurricanes, agriculture, aquaculture, and even its aging senior population. The types of sensing devices developed by computer scientist Jason Hallstrom, Ph.D., who recently joined Florida Atlantic University, can collect information about the surrounding environment and transmit that information to cloud-based computing systems that store, analyze and present that information to educators, researchers and decision-makers.
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Technology can detect gold grades in mineral samples
Northern Ontario Business
Innovator Jim Kendall remembers the exact circumstances surrounding his eureka moment: While on the elliptical trainer at the Ajax Community Centre. It was then the mining engineer alighted on an idea that some believe could be a game-changer for the mineral exploration industry.

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Why we don't have battery break-throughs
MIT Technology Review
Electric cars are quick and quiet, with a range more than long enough for most commutes. If you want a car with extremely fast acceleration, the Tesla Model S is hard to beat. And, of course, electric vehicles avoid the pollution associated with conventional cars, including emissions of carbon dioxide from burning gasoline.

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GoTECHgirl Contest 2015
CCTT
Once again the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists is proud to introduce the details of the 2015 GoTECHgirl Contest. The GoTECHgirl has played a vital role in the CCTT's National Technology Week for several years. She is happy to invite all girls from grades 7 to 11 in schools across Canada to participate.

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All the rumours about the Apple car worth paying attention to
Yahoo!
You may have noticed that reports linking Apple to some kind of smart-car project have been increasing in recent days. We've heard rumours about a so-called iCar (that won't be what it's called, don't worry) before, but recently, a new batch sprang up. The written speculation of an Apple automobile has been aided by pictures and videos that began circulating on the Internet of camera- and sensor-loaded minivans registered to the company based in Cupertino, CA.
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Lockheed says technology investments cut cost of F-35 jets
Reuters
Lockheed Martin said a series of manufacturing changes and technology investments were already driving down the cost of the F-35 fighter jet, and the savings were set to triple in the ninth batch of jets to be produced. Lockheed's F-35 program manager Lorraine Martin said recently that 58 of 131 ideas submitted under a new "Blueprint for Affordability" initiative had been accepted.
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Cafeteria trash could become valuable nanotechnology
Popular Science
Trash into treasure indeed. A European Union-funded research project is working on turning thrown-away food into graphene, the Guardian reports. Graphene is a sophisticated, man-made material discovered only a few decades ago. Okay, technically, you can make graphene by sticking a piece of tape onto the "lead" of a graphite pencil and then peeling the tape off. Graphene is not particularly useful in that form, however.
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Giant 'wind-wheel' to power large city in Netherlands
VR-Zone
A consortium of Rotterdam based companies want to reinvent the "windmill," and it will be quite a sight if the contraption gets built. Dubbed the "Dutch Wind-wheel," the concept harnesses the wind to generate electricity while doing away with the mechanical parts that have made traditional windmills so popular over the last several hundred years.
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ESA satellite cooling system makes Paris Metro more comfortable
Phys.org
Thanks to space technology, some Parisian Metro riders now enjoy a very high-tech commute. A satellite spin-off is paving the way for more comfortable journeys. Tourists and locals alike are familiar with Metro Line One: traversing the length of the French capital, this underground line is the city's busiest. More than 213 million journeys are made yearly on its 16.6-kilometre track, which serves 25 stations.
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