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Canadian LED research looks to grow strawberries on Mars
CBC News
If Mike Dixon's dreams come to fruition, Canadian science will spawn the first strawberry or cherry tomato that sprouts on the moon or a planet in our solar system. Deep inside his high-tech research facility at the University of Guelph in southern Ontario, the environmental biologist and his team have been laying the groundwork to help make that happen by trying to find the ideal wavelengths of LED light to make certain plants more productive.
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B.C. man's Google Elephant system helping save threatened species in Africa
Vancouver Sun
Forget Google Earth. Try Google Elephant. Thanks in part to a tech-savvy student at the University of British Columbia, rangers in northern Kenya and South Africa are tapping into technology to combat poaching. Jake Wall, a PhD student in UBC's geography department, works for the conservation group Save the Elephants, where he has helped outfit almost 100 of the mammals with GPS satellite-tracking collars.
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'Internet of Things' technology poised to take off in Canada
Toronto Star
Canadian businesses are expected to embrace the "Internet of Things" in the next two years as machine-to-machine technology ramps up, according to a new study. Some 30 per cent of medium and large businesses surveyed plan to deploy Internet of Things, or IoT, technology in the next 24 months, according to the Telus/IDC Internet of Things Study 2014: The Connected Canadian Business, released recently.
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Boron 'buckyball' discovered
CBC News
The "buckyball" – an iconic soccer-ball shaped molecule made exclusively of carbon atoms – is not quite as special anymore. Chemists have discovered a similar hollow cage-like molecule made only of boron atoms. Boron is best known for forming compounds with other elements that are used to make things like fibreglass, borax laundry powder, and homemade silly putty.
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Canadian LED research looks to grow strawberries on Mars
CBC News
If Mike Dixon's dreams come to fruition, Canadian science will spawn the first strawberry or cherry tomato that sprouts on the moon or a planet in our solar system. Deep inside his high-tech research facility at the University of Guelph in southern Ontario, the environmental biologist and his team have been laying the groundwork to help make that happen by trying to find the ideal wavelengths of LED light to make certain plants more productive.

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Is email on the way out?
The Globe and Mail
Following the introduction of the Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL), some are wondering whether or not we are in the last days of e-mail. An article in the Globe and Mail makes the case that for many people, this would be a welcome change. According to one technology research firm, 108.7 billion emails are sent and received around the world every day, mostly from business accounts.

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This practically ancient Internet technology supports speeds 1,000 times the national average
The Washington Post
Researchers at Alcatel-Lucent's Bell Labs have developed a way to send Internet traffic over phone lines at speeds reaching 10 Gbps — that's 1,000 times faster than what the average American household currently gets. The new technology even beats fiber optic speeds at short distances, the company said, adding that the 10 Gbps benchmark represents a new world record.

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Why the Apple-IBM deal matters
PCWorld
Apple's partnership with IBM to tackle the mobile enterprise could have lasting ramifications for both companies — as well as for rivals Google, Microsoft and BlackBerry. It could also make life a lot easier for IT staff at large enterprises. Apple and IBM announced an "exclusive" deal in which IBM will build a new line of enterprise-specific apps from the ground up for Apple's iOS, aimed at companies in retail, health care, transportation and other industries.
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Google's Nest launches network technology for smart home
Canoe
Google Inc's Nest Labs has unveiled an industry group to encourage makers of "smart" home gadgets like locks and light bulbs to use Thread, a new standard for devices to communicate on a network. The attempt by Nest, a smart thermostat maker that Google bought in January for $3.2 billion, to lead the way on how household devices will speak to each other in the future underscores the importance placed by Google on cars, homes and other areas.
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'Smart' technology could make utilities more vulnerable to hackers
Toronto Sun
Last November, Felix Lindner came very close to shutting down the power supply of Ettlingen, a town of almost 40,000 people in the south of Germany. "We could have switched off everything: power, water, gas," Lindner, head of Berlin-based Recurity Labs, an IT security company, said.
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Watermark technology catching up with illegal file sharers
ABC
In the seemingly endless battle between record labels and illegal downloaders, the labels may just have got in front by a nose. Researchers from Victoria's Deakin University have developed a new technology that embeds a digital watermark into music files. It leaves a trail showing who has distributed a song.
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10 things you need to know about translation technology
The Guardian
Fumbling for words in a foreign language? We have the answer. Understanding a foreign language is getting easier with the range of translation apps for your smartphone and computer. In addition to a variety of apps, something else that is also taking off is visual recognition and search: the ability for a device to recognize what you're pointing its camera at and do something useful.
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