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Empowering women with technology
Star Phoenix
Brittany Melnyk and Marli Bells learned in university what it was like being women in the male-dominated world of computer science. Now they're working to enhance the technical skills of other women and bring more diversity to their industry. As co-ordinators of the Saskatoon chapter of Ladies Learning Code, a Canada-wide non-profit, they've run workshops on a variety of tech and coding topics.
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Partnership to promote technology
The Whig
Queen's University and Enviro Innovate Corporation announced that the two have partnered together to create what they are calling a "cleantech accelerator" to develop and commercialize environmentally focused technology at Queen's Innovation Park. Homegrown businessman Tom Thomson is the chairman and CEO of Boston-based Enviro Ambient Corporation, which originated in Canada but later moved to the U.S. in 2007 to take part in the larger business market.
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'Star Wars hoverbikes' may be coming to the U.S. military
BBC News
The bikes have similar functionality to helicopters, but overcome some of the older technology's design limitations. The devices can be used in military as well as emergency and aid operations, the developers told the Reuters news agency. Further research and development will take place in Harford County, Maryland.
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NASA heat shield technology wraps firefighters in tinfoil, like burritos, to keep them safe
The Independent
NASA has adapted spaceship technology to allow firefighters to wrap themselves up like burritos and keep themselves safe from forest fires. Two researchers are working to see if they can use the thermal protection system technology, built to help space entry vehicles survive the huge heat that they undergo as they move through the atmosphere, to protect firefighters if they are stuck in a fire.
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Samsung's 'see-through' trucks aim to reduce risk of passing on highway
CBC News
Navigating busy two-lane highways can mean drivers often can't see the road for the cars and take a risk that can prove fatal when they attempt to overtake large vehicles like transport trucks. The Korean technology giant Samsung wants to reduce that risk with the help of technology that allows drivers to virtually see "through" the vehicles ahead of them.
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Edmonton International Airport screeners test high-tech solutions to reduce lineups
Edmonton Journal
From the moment travellers at the Edmonton International Airport approach the airline check-in counters to the time they reach their gates, ceiling-mounted sensors track them as dots in a computer program. If the "dots" spend too long lingering in the security lineup, authorities will add more screeners or open another lane to speed people through.
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Mobile technology set to replace traditional bar tab
Growth Business
The solution is designed to remove anxiety for customers who may worry about leaving their card in the bar after one too many drinks. It sets up a digital tab in the same way as a traditional one would be set up. But at the end the money is taken automatically without the customer having to remember to settle up and reclaim their physical card.
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NASA: 'Wild' technology will transform aviation
Network World
It's not often you see a button-down organization like NASA call something "wild" but that's what the space agency is calling six concepts — ranging from adding artificial intelligence to unmanned aircraft to using electricity for propulsion — it has picked to study to revolutionize the aviation world.
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Using technology to keep food safe
Armed with Science
Invasive insect species pose a considerable threat to U.S. agriculture and natural resources — making it imperative that known invasive species are detected and their introduction prevented throughout global trade pathways. Smaller than a grain of, the khapra beetle is difficult to control and can survive nearly anywhere they are protected from cold temperatures.
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