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Canada must take action to sustain success
Globe and Mail
A new policy paper from Canada 2020, a nonpartisan think tank, identifies worrisome signs that Canada is not doing enough to sustain its success in higher education or skills development. The paper says that Canada is producing too few people with advanced degrees and suffers from a shortage of graduates in STEM fields. It also notes a skill deficit in innovation and commercialization, and poor performance in workplace training.
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Demand for university education decreasing in Atlantic provinces
Daily Business Buzz
The number of Maritimers seeking university educations has declined compared to 10 years ago, says a new report from the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission (MPHEC). MPHEC CEO Mireille Duguay said, "Maritimers have historically enjoyed a high level of participation in universities, well above the Canadian average, but the gap is closing." The overall decline was driven by decreases in participation in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
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Manitoba prepared to compromise on heavily-criticized university law
Global News
Manitoba's NDP government signalled Monday it will back down from proposed changes that critics say would give politicians control over what is taught at universities and colleges. James Allum, the province's education and advanced learning minister, said he will introduce changes to a bill in the coming days to address concerns raised by faculty members, university officials and students.
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New technology helps all Ontarians cast their ballot
Cornwall Seaway News
As polling day looms ever-closer on June 12, local representatives want to ensure that the electorate has every opportunity possible to have their democratic say before the ballot boxes close at 9 p.m. And while the traditional method may be to meander down to your nearby polling station on that day, there are other alternatives to help fit your ballot bill.
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New technology could help seniors stay independent longer
CBC News
There are plenty of apps and gadgets hitting the markets these days, but very little of that technology is geared toward the aging population, soon to be the dominant demographic in Canada. Experts such as Harvard Prof. Calestous Juma believe it's time that private and public sector innovators turn their ingenuity to adaptive technologies that will make it easier to care for an aging population and make it easier for older people to live independently.
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Demand for university education decreasing in Atlantic provinces
Daily Business Buzz
The number of Maritimers seeking university educations has declined compared to 10 years ago, says a new report from the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission (MPHEC). MPHEC CEO Mireille Duguay said, "Maritimers have historically enjoyed a high level of participation in universities, well above the Canadian average, but the gap is closing." The overall decline was driven by decreases in participation in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

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Mary Meeker: The most important technology trend of 2014
Forbes
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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Stantec honored with NBSCETT President's Award
NBSCETT
The President's Award is given in recognition of an employer who promotes and encourages certification of employees and the endeavors of the NB Society of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologies (NBSCETT). The award presentation was made during the NBSCETT Annual General Meeting by NBSCETT President Jean-Luc Michaud to Stantec Fredericton's Gilles Richard.

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Google: Encryption technology is shielding more email amid cyberspying fears
Montreal Gazette
The volume of email cloaked in encryption technology is rapidly rising as Google, Yahoo, Facebook and other major Internet companies try to shield their users' online communications from government spies and other snoops. Google and other companies are now automatically encrypting all email, but that doesn't ensure confidentiality unless the recipients' email provider also adopts the technology.
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Sleek, abstract, minimal: Why the future of furniture is technology itself
The Globe and Mail
As "reduce, reduce, reduce" becomes the catchphrase of minimalist designers everywhere, some say we're losing touch not only with heritage, art and craft, but with touch itself. "Technology is reducing all our stuff to a black box," says Emanuele Magini, an award-winning furniture designer based in Milan. "We have a black box to cook, to communicate, to play – we're reducing the biological shapes of ordinary life, which is reducing the richness and causing us to lose that emotional, tactile feeling."
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Antimatter atoms yield high-precision measurement
CBC News
Scientists have conducted an extremely precise measurement of the charge of antimatter atoms, bringing them a step closer to figuring out one of the great mysteries of physics — why our universe is almost entirely made of matter. The ALPHA collaboration, an international group of scientists including many Canadians, has now measured the charge of antihydrogen — the antimatter version of hydrogen — and found that it is neutral or zero to eight decimal places.
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2-D transistors promise a faster electronics future
Phys.org
Faster electronic device architectures are in the offing with the unveiling of the world's first fully two-dimensional field-effect transistor (FET) by researchers with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). Unlike conventional FETs made from silicon, these 2-D FETs suffer no performance drop-off under high voltages and provide high electron mobility, even when scaled to a monolayer in thickness.
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Does internet technology threaten brand loyalty?
Harvard Business School
Does the ability of consumers to easily access product and company information via the Internet makes brands stronger or weaker? James Heskett says the answer may call into question all we think we know about marketing.
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Regent Street to deploy beacon technology in shops
The Telegraph
Regent Street is set to become the first shopping street in Europe to pioneer a mobile phone app which delivers personalised content to shoppers during their visit. The Crown Estate, which owns Regent Street, will introduce the new smartphone application that takes advantage of location-aware beacon technology to deliver discounts, new-product promotions and other alerts to the smartphones of shoppers as they walk past stores and restaurants.
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Reverse-engineering the technology of D-Day
Popular Science
The June 6th, 1944 invasion of Normandy by British, American, and Canadian allied forces was the largest invasion in history. In the 70 years since then, it turns out we've forgotten most of the engineering that actually made it possible. 3-D software design firm Dassault Systèmes set about to apply the computer tools of today, which they use to design modern airliners and cars, to recreate the past. The ambitious project that started modeling machines from D-Day this year and wants to have the full equipment of the invasion modeled by 2019, in time for the invasion's 75th anniversary.
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