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ACCC rebrands as Colleges and Institutes Canada
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The Association of Canadian Community Colleges has launched its new brand, and will now be known as Colleges and Institutes Canada. The new name is meant to better reflect the current identities and value of the organization's members. "Canada's colleges and institutes have changed a lot over the last 42 years and it is time for our Association to reflect that incredible evolution. Canadian colleges now offer a wide variety of programs ranging from certificates, diplomas and degrees to post-graduate diplomas," said Colleges and Institutes Canada President Denise Amyot. She added that the new brand will allow the organization to "demonstrate the college advantage." The rebranding includes a new logo designed by a student at Winnipeg Technical College.
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Can universities and colleges keep up with the skills demanded by the 'new manufacturing?'
Game-changing advancements in robotics, 3-D printing, data analysis, vision systems, sensors and the Internet of Things are creating seismic changes in manufacturing systems and processes. But where does the human resources factor fit into this transition?
Those graduating from manufacturing-related technology programs today are leaving their alma maters with a completely different skill set from a decade ago — and the same is expected to happen over the next 10 years as automation becomes increasingly prevalent.
Space robot's 'self-repair' means fewer spacewalks
Canada's "handyman" robot Dextre is repairing the International Space Station's Canadian robotic arm — and in the process, it has taken over another task that once belonged to spacewalking astronauts.
Dextre is a space robot that can ride the Canadarm2 and wield a variety of tools with its two multi-jointed arms. It is currently in the middle of a week-long repair job to replace cameras on the Canadarm2 and its mobile base.
Western University research collaboration with Canadian Mining Company on natural zeolite projects
Canadian Mining Company is pleased to announce it has entered into a long-term research collaboration with the Zeolitic and Nano Materials Laboratory at Western University, which is renowned as the first Canadian research group specialized on zeolite science and technology.
The ZNML laboratory will conduct tests and evaluate the Company's natural zeolite deposits in order to develop new value-added products as well as exploring potential applications of the Company's natural zeolite for animal husbandry and agricultural industries.
Microsoft demos Skype Translator
Microsoft has unveiled a new feature for Skype that's almost straight out of Star Trek's science fiction world — an app that translates conversations between speakers of different languages in real time.
"It's going to make sure you can communicate to anybody without language barriers," said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella while introducing the new feature at the Code Conference.
DNA nanotechnology develops 3-D artificial enzyme
Using molecules of DNA like an architectural scaffold, Arizona State University scientists, in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Michigan, have developed a 3-D artificial enzyme cascade that mimics an important biochemical pathway that could prove important for future biomedical and energy applications.
The findings were published in the journal Nature Nanotechnology.
Mary Meeker: The most important technology trend of 2014
Every year, the entire technology industry stops whatever it's doing for an hour to hear what influential analyst Mary Meeker thinks are the most important trends playing out on the internet.
Meeker, who's now with the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, presented this year's version at the Code Conference.
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