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Ken Knox appointed as Chair of the Science, Technology and Innovation Council
Government of Canada
The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Industry, along with the Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology), announced the appointment of Ken Knox as Chair of the Science, Technology and Innovation Council (STIC). Ken Knox is a former Ontario Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Deputy Minister of Energy, Science and Technology. He has extensive experience leading Canadian science, technology and innovation organizations including the Ontario Research and Development Challenge Fund, Ontario Genomics Institute and the Innovation Institute of Ontario.
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SolaRoad generates more power than expected
CBC News
A Dutch bike path designed to generate solar power has produced more power than expected. SolaRoad has generated more than 3,000 kilowatt hours of electricity since the 70-metre-long strip officially opened last fall in Krommenie, a village northwest of Amsterdam, the project reported recently. It said that was enough to power a single-person household for a year.
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Technology for disabled program gets $3 million boost
Times-Colonist
A University of Victoria program that comes up with technological innovations to help people with disabilities remain independent — including a wandering-deterrence system for people with dementia — is getting $3 million more from the province to continue its work. The money has not been earmarked for a specific CanAssist project, said executive director Robin Syme recently. "We're delighted about the extra funding," she said. The amount brings Ministry of Health funding to $10.5 million since 2011.
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The Next Thing unveils $9 computer, CHIP
CBC News
People may soon be able to buy a computer with a $20 bill and still have change left over for a cup or two of coffee. An Oakland, CA-based company has unveiled its $9 CHIP computer on Kickstarter. CHIP, which is about as tall as a AA-battery and smaller than a floppy disk, packs some power with a one GHz processor, 512 MB of RAM and four GB of storage. The device connects to any screen using a composite, VGA or HDMI cable.
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Verizon to buy AOL for $4.4 billion for mobile ad technology
Hamilton Spectator
Verizon Communications has agreed to buy AOL in a deal valued at $4.4 billion that intensifies the battle for advertising on mobile devices. Verizon, the largest U.S. wireless provider, gets two of AOL's technologies: its mobile streaming service, featuring live television, original shows and pay-per-view, and its ability to automatically send targeted ads to mobile devices. As the world embraces mobile with increasing enthusiasm, the deal gives Verizon new revenue streams at a time when its main business faces increasing competition from challengers such as T-Mobile U.S.
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Why this is the most important new technology in decades
Time
The cloud, we keep hearing, is coming. But if you're in the enterprise tech market, you might be forgiven for wondering when this mythical cloud is finally going to materialize. The answer seems to be: right now. This year is by all appearances, the year that the enterprise cloud is turning into a huge market. It's not just that more and more parsimonious corporate IT managers are finally devoting more of their budgets to the cloud-computing model, it's rather that the companies that have long postured themselves as players in the enterprise cloud market can finally lay claim to real revenue.
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How technology can help cities make better use of storm water
Gizmodo
More than half the world's population lives in metropolitan centers. The built environment of a city is very different from that of rural and natural areas. When it rains over a rural landscape, much of the rain water sinks into the ground or is evaporated or transpirated by trees, crops and other plants. Transpiration is the biological process in which plants pull moisture out of the soil by their roots and release water vapour to the atmosphere through small openings in their leaves.
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Silicon photonics technology ready to speed up cloud and big data applications
Phys.org
IBM recently announced a significant milestone in the development of silicon photonics technology, which enables silicon chips to use pulses of light instead of electrical signals over wires to move data at rapid speeds and longer distances in future computing systems. For the first time, IBM engineers have designed and tested a fully integrated wavelength multiplexed silicon photonics chip, which will soon enable manufacturing of 100 Gb/s optical transceivers.
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How nanomaterials can help make fuel from sunlight
MIT Technology Review
Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, say that by combining nanoscale materials with bacteria, they have opened the door to a new way of designing systems that could efficiently turn carbon dioxide, water, and sunlight into useful organic compounds — similar to what plants do through photosynthesis. Down the road, they say, the system could become a commercially viable way to produce high-value chemicals like drug precursors used by the pharmaceutical industry, or to store renewable energy in the form of liquid fuels.
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