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Canadians invited to have their say on Canada's 150th celebrations
Government of Canada
Canadian Heritage and Official Languages is seeking Canadians' views on how they would like to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Canada's 150th celebrations provide the opportunity to reflect on everything that makes Canada the united, prosperous and free country it is today. Where would Canada be without the contributions of technicians and technologists? Have your say by participating in the consultations through an online questionnaire Canada150.gc.ca.
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ePortfolios should not be an afterthought
Academica Group
Participants of an E-portfolio Forum during the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ annual meeting were warned "not to get caught up in the hype" of electronic portfolios, which allow students to store assignments and reflections on their educational experience. The general consensus coming out of the forum was that although e-portfolios can help academic officers guide students to degrees and help students find employment, institutions should not invest in the tool for the sake of keeping up with the trend.
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Mobile technology big focus for GM North America
CTV News
The president of GM North America says high-speed wireless technology will be a big focus for the car-maker, as it moves to integrate 4G LTE technology across its 2015 vehicle range. The vehicle line, which will be on sale by July and August, will have all the capabilities of customers' smartphones, GM North America president Alan Batey said.
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Centennial College celebrates Impact Campaign fundraising initiative
Inside Toronto
Centennial College celebrates its first significant fundraising campaign in its 48-year history at an event in Scarborough, ON. Centennial College aims to support new projects and expand its scholarship program to help more students get a college education. The major fundraiser is a first for the college since it was established in 1966. David Garner, former president and CEO of Green Shield Canada, will chair the Impact Campaign.
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The future of electronics? Stretchy, wearable, flushable
Maclean's
A small and speedy smartphone is one thing, but what about a computer that could "melt into your skin, laminate onto your brain, or wrap around your heart?" John Rogers, of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is working on electronics that can integrate into the body and are even water soluble. (In the future, maybe instead of tossing an outdated iPhone or Android, we'll flush it.)
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Mobile technology big focus for GM North America
CTV News
The president of GM North America says high-speed wireless technology will be a big focus for the car-maker, as it moves to integrate 4G LTE technology across its 2015 vehicle range. The vehicle line, which will be on sale by July and August, will have all the capabilities of customers' smartphones, GM North America president Alan Batey said.

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Ryerson set to specify, make funding multiply
The Eyeopener
Ryerson will need to specialize in a specific subject area or research intensity to access government funding according to a new differentiation policy set to take place in the spring of 2014. The plan will only distribute funding to schools who have specified areas of interest, allocating funding based on their strengths.

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NASA offers space tech grants to early career university faculty
Space Ref
NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate is seeking proposals from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of outstanding early career faculty members who are beginning their independent careers. The grants will sponsor research in specific, high priority areas of interest to America's space program.

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FDA halts drug imports from another Ranbaxy facility due to quality control problems
Times Colonist
U.S. health regulators are barring imported drugs from a factory operated by Ranbaxy Laboratories, India's largest drugmaker, due to manufacturing and quality control problems. The Food and Drug Administration's ban effectively stops the company from shipping drugs and drug ingredients from its Toansa plant in the Punjab province. A recent FDA inspection uncovered factory workers retesting drug ingredients that had failed quality testing to try and return positive results. Such practices are a violation of manufacturing standards for drugmakers that do business in the U.S.
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Calgary artist behind Mars One habitat and illustrations of future space station
National Post
Bryan Versteeg hasn't stopped drawing ever since he got his first crayons and left marks all over the walls as a child — all the while dreaming of someday living in space. He still remembers that sketch books and drawing pencils were the predominant gifts on his fifth and sixth birthdays. So began the career of the 38-year-old Calgary space artist who’s becoming known for his futuristic out-of-this-world illustrations.
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Nanotechnology could enable on-demand manufacture of vaccines
Gizmag
Researchers from the University of Washington have created a vaccine with the potential to make on-demand vaccination cheaper and quicker, using engineered nanoparticles. Tests with mice show definite promise for the technology's use on humans. A vaccine is essentially a biological preparation containing elements that resemble the disease it is designed to inoculate against.
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IBM uses big data to prevent mining equipment failures
Venture Beat
IBM is announcing that it can help mining companies predict when their equipment is going to fail, using real-time analytics culled together from equipment sensors and a rich trove of operational data. It is a case of using supercomputing power and sensors from the "Internet of Things" to solve a huge financial headache for industrial companies.
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