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Google looking at hiring more women

Google just released a report showing that an abysmal 17% of its worldwide technical workforce is comprised of women. This is an issue industry-wide, and Google has taken some initial steps to publicize and correct the problem. Laszlo Bock, in charge of hiring for Google, was asked why it was important to increase diversity among their technical teams, and I think his answer applies to the classroom as well. He said that teams that are diverse "come up with better ideas. They do more interesting things." Bock cited research from MIT that looked at the relationship between productivity of teams that are homogeneous and ones that include women. What they found was that as you increase the proportion of diversity, teams get more and more productive.
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Nova Scotia offers immigration pathway to keep international students post-graduation

Nova Scotia has made changes to its Provincial Nominee Program that are designed to make it easier for international students to immigrate to the province. As of June 6, international graduates who have a job offer in-hand from a NS employer will be able to apply for permanent residency through the program's Skilled Worker stream. It is hoped that the changes will help NS retain skilled workers as well as help the province's PSE institutions attract more international students. "International graduates are educated, they've made friends, they know the language, and they're already familiar with all the great things Nova Scotia has to offer. Over the past year, there hasn't been a provincial door open to help them stay. Today, that changes," said NS Immigration Minister Lena Metlege Diab. Demand for university education in the Maritimes has been decreasing, and NS and the federal government have made attracting international students a priority. Nova Scotia News Release
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Webinar on Information Communications & Technology (ICT) — June 25

If you are new to the ICT industry in Canada, a webinar on June 25th organized by World Education Services (WES) will provide you with valuable information on where the growth areas are in ICT and the opportunity to hear directly from ICT companies about the nature of their work and what they look for in candidates. You will also learn about the many resources available to you from the ICTC. To register, visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/wes_ict_pathways_seminar
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Producing hyperpolarized xenon gas on a microfluidic chip
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While big machines were once the stuff that scientific dreams are made of, analytical spectroscopy instrumentation has trended to smaller products that are portable, affordable, and fit into locations far removed from a standard laboratory, such as the back of an ambulance or inside a chemical reactor. While NMR is a leading technology for "teasing out components of a chemical mixture" and determining the structure of proteins at atomic resolution, it nonetheless struggles with signal strength and signal-to-noise ratio.

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Demand for university education decreasing in Atlantic provinces
Daily Business Buzz
Maritimers have historically enjoyed a high level of participation in universities, well above the Canadian average, but the gap is closing, with the Canadian rate continuously rising while the rate in the Maritimes has been slowly declining.

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Canada must take action to sustain success
Globe and Mail
Canada has been a strong performer in postsecondary education and skills development for many years. On key measures we are at or near the top of international rankings and highly skilled Canadians contribute to economic prosperity, social innovation, and political and community well-being.

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Companies spending more on HR technology
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Companies around the world are planning to increase and redirect their investments in HR technology as they embrace talent management solutions, HR portals, software-as-a-service (SaaS) systems and mobile applications, according to a survey.
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New technology brings cochlear implants under water for Edmonton boy
Edmonton Journal
Keegan Dos Santos slashes an orange pool noodle against the water at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital swimming pool, grinning at his mother as she covers her ears with the sound of the foam smashing against the water. Unlike every other time nine-year-old Keegan has been swimming, today he knows exactly how loud he is being.
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GPS technology pilot for dementia patients
Daily Herald Tribune
Some Grande Prairie seniors are getting outfitted with cutting-edge technology in an effort to keep them out of harm's way. Grande Prairie is one of two areas of focus forAlberta Health Service's "Locater Device Project," which employs the Global Positioning System (GPS) to track the movements of people affected by dementia. The six-month pilot is a collaboration between AHS, the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, Alberta Innovates and Advanced Education and several stakeholders including the EMS, police forces and the Alzheimer’s Society.
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Report: Online music streaming on the rise in Canada, with most using YouTube
The Gazette
There was some head-scratching when Apple recently announced it was buying the headphone and music streaming company Beats in a $3 billion deal. But a Canadian report suggests Apple may be on to something, as audio streaming is on the rise and the use of online music services has doubled in a year. Nearly two-thirds of the anglophone Canadians polled by phone by the Media Technology Monitor said they regularly streamed music online last year, which was up from 61 per cent in 2012 and 57 per cent in 2011.
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Drone technology takes off in real estate industry
Global News
Technological advancements, from pagers to smart phones, have changed the way realtors do business. Now they're starting to use something the military utilizes, camera-equipped remote control drones. "We were a little goofy and I named the drone Iginla," says Kelly McKelvie of the Calgary Real Estate Group. "So it kind of stuck." "Drone Iginla" is a camera-equipped quadcopter which is operated by remote control. It can be connected to a smartphone to capture stills or video.
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Thalmic shows off final design for Myo gesture control armband
TechCrunch
Waterloo-based startup Thalmic is getting close to shipping its final consumer version of the Myo gesture control armband, which slips onto the forearm and can detect electrical impulses sent through your arm’s muscle tissue to translate those signals to various types of computerized input via Bluetooth.
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Nanotechnology-based improvements in MRIs, other image-detection applications on the horizon
Nanowerk News
Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories, along with collaborators from Rice University and the Tokyo Institute of Technology, are developing new terahertz detectors based on carbon nanotubes that could lead to significant improvements in medical imaging, airport passenger screening, food inspection and other applications. A paper in Nano Letters journal, "Carbon Nanotube Terahertz Detector", debuted in an edition of the publication's "Just Accepted Manuscripts" section.
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Producing hyperpolarized xenon gas on a microfluidic chip
Phys.org
While big machines were once the stuff that scientific dreams are made of, analytical spectroscopy instrumentation has trended to smaller products that are portable, affordable, and fit into locations far removed from a standard laboratory, such as the back of an ambulance or inside a chemical reactor. While NMR is a leading technology for "teasing out components of a chemical mixture" and determining the structure of proteins at atomic resolution, it nonetheless struggles with signal strength and signal-to-noise ratio.
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