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Report recommends reducing university enrollments and increasing focus on colleges, polytechnics
CCTT
In order to best serve students and the Canadian economy, university enrollment should be cut by 30 per cent and more focus should be directed towards colleges and polytechnics, writes Ken Coates in a report commissioned by the Canadian Council for Chief Executives (CCCE). Career ready: Towards a national strategy for the mobilization of Canadian potential looks at the imbalances in Canada's education system, determining that the status quo is not benefiting Canadians. Coates says short-term thinking by schools and policy-makers combined with a bias against "blue-collar" work is to blame for the current situation. Coates makes several recommendations to move Canada's workforce forward, including improved career information and advice, re-prioritization of applied learning for many students, promoting enrollment in high-demand, career-ready programs, establishing competency frameworks for a range of sectors and occupations, and encouraging entrepreneurship.

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No more aisle: The high-tech window seat of the future
Yahoo!
Air travelers of the future won't have to look at their tablets or seat-back monitors for in-flight entertainment — all they'll have to do is look out the window. Airbus has filed for a U.S. Patent for its new smart window, which the aircraft maker calls an "interactive aircraft cabin window display system" that provides a "method for interactive visualization of information in an aircraft cabin."
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3-D print technology providing cheap, lightweight 'robo-hand' to 7-year-old U.S. girl
CTV News
Seven-year-old Faith Lennox never thought she needed a left hand; after all, she couldn't remember losing hers when she was only nine months old. But when it came to getting one custom made in a day by a 3-D printer, that was a different story. Particularly when she got to pick the colours — her favourites pink, blue and purple, like the ones on the tank top she was wearing. It didn't hurt, either, that the appendage, called a robo-hand, looks a lot like the pair Marvel superhero Iron Man wears.
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How far away is driverless technology, really?
Forbes
Entrepreneurs and investors should start looking for products and innovations that could contribute to a driverless car economy in the mid- to long-term, but should consider short-term predictions of driverless technology revolution to be overblown, experts say. Driverless car technology is almost certainly coming in the future.
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IBM to invest $3 billion in 'Internet of Things'
Salt Lake Tribune
IBM is investing $3 billion to build an "Internet of Things" division aimed at harnessing the massive trove of data collected by smartphones, tablets, connected vehicles and appliances and using it to help companies better manage their businesses. IBM estimates 90 per cent of all data generated by mobile and "smart" devices is never analyzed.
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The high-tech battle against pirates
Popular Science
Ghose looks more like a spacecraft than a sea-borne combat vessel. It's waiting for us in the Piscataqua River, a few minutes out from its home at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, ME. As we approach in a small chase boat, I get a full view of the cabin — sharp and angular like a stealth fighter — looming over the dark water.

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3-D food printers could help feed world's poor
Food Magazine
Three-dimensional food printers have the potential to help end global famine, according to an influential academic. The Australian reports that Vivek Wadhwa, vice-president of innovation and research at Silicon Valley's Singularity University, believes 3-D-printed meat could be important in the fight against hunger.

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Company: Aeromobil's flying car will go on sale in 2017
CBC News
Ever wanted to buy a flying car? You only have a couple more years to wait, says a company that has built prototypes that can both drive and fly. The flying roadster, a sporty two-seater that transforms into a light sports aircraft, aims to go on sale in just two years from Slovakia-based Aeromobil.

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Metals used in high-tech products face future supply risks
ECN Magazine
In a new paper, a team of Yale researchers assesses the "criticality" of all 62 metals on the Periodic Table of Elements, providing key insights into which materials might become more difficult to find in the coming decades, which ones will exact the highest environmental costs — and which ones simply cannot be replaced as components of vital technologies.
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How tech-savvy journalism students view innovation
American Journalism Review
Alex Lucke began journalism school fascinated by emerging technologies. "My dad is a huge tech guy," the sophomore from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln said. "So I grew up constantly being told, 'You can improve on this. You have to make this better.'" But as she started taking classes and participating in newsroom internships, she said was surprised by how outdated some of the technology seemed.
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New underwater mining robot under development
Australian Mining
A new program has been launched to develop new underwater mining systems. Under the European Union's Horizon 2020 program, a three-and-a-half-year, 12.6 million Euro R&D project is examining robotic underwater mining systems. Dubbed VAMOS (Viable Alternative Mine Operating System), the project is focused in designing and building a robotic underwater mining prototype as well as associated launch and recovery equipment.
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DNA chip technology for simultaneously testing 14 food-borne pathogens
Phys.org
Conventional methods for testing food-borne pathogens is based on the cultivation of pathogens, a process that is complicated and time consuming. So there is demand for alternative methods to test for food-borne pathogens that are simpler, quick and applicable to a wide range of potential applications. Now, Toshiba and Kawasaki City Institute for Public Health have collaborated in the development of a rapid and efficient automatic abbreviated DNA detection technology that can test for 14 major types of food-borne pathogens.
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Physicists report technology with potential for sub-micron optical switches
Space Daily
A team that includes Rutgers University and National Institute of Standards and Technology scientists believes that a technology it is reporting recently in Nature Photonics could result in optical switches with sub-square-micron footprints, potentially allowing densely packed switching fabrics on a chip. These dimensions contrast with established optical switching technologies based on other technologies, such as MEMS, lithium niobate, and silicon and electro-optic polymer plasmonic technologies, that have active elements in scales up to hundreds of microns.
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