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National Technology Conference is less than 2 weeks away!
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Last chance to register for the National Technology Conference being held on Friday, September 27, 2013 at the Delta Winnipeg. CCTT has put together an amazing program that will be of interest to a wide range of organizations in dealing with the "skills shortage of technology workers in Canada".
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No easy fix for skills shortage in Canada
CIPS vis Isidore J. LeBlond, CCTT
A skills gap is costing the Canadian economy billions of dollars a year as companies are having a hard time finding workers with the right skill sets. According to the Canadian Council of Technicians & Technologists (CCTT), Canada is losing out because of "skills mismatches". Employers are utilizing people in jobs that don’t fully utilize their skills and training. A recent report by the Conference Board of Canada estimates that the mismatches cost the federal government nearly $8.1 billion in foregone gross domestic product.
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Wilfrid Laurier University president says employers should do the training, not universities
Academica Group
Wilfrid Laurier University president Max Blouw provides an argument for universities as educators rather than job-training institutions, in a recent op-ed in the Globe and Mail. Blouw expresses the opinion that a false expectation exists in the sector that graduates will land a "high-level," "highly-relevant" job straight out of university, and that universities should not be expected to create "plug and play" graduates who can fit immediately into a specific job in which they will spend the rest of their lives.
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New Brunswick Community College introduces new logo
Academica Group
A new logo has been unveiled by New Brunswick Community College, reflecting "NBCC's dedication to stay current with regard to New Brunswick's education and skills development needs." The new logo features a stylized "N" representing New Brunswick's varying landscapes and includes the well-known NBCC phrase "College Works."
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Expert: iPhone 5S fingerprint scanner more convenience than security technology
Global News
Tech giant Apple is trying to capitalize on a growing demand for security on mobile devices with the addition of a fingerprint scanner on its new iPhone 5S, but the high-tech security feature is garnering mixed reaction from security experts.
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No easy fix for skills shortage in Canada
CIPS vis Isidore J. LeBlond, CCTT
A skills gap is costing the Canadian economy billions of dollars a year as companies are having a hard time finding workers with the right skill sets.

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Robot Kirobo speaks for first time in space
London Evening Standard
A robot has spoken for the first time in space — in Japanese. Kirobo, its name made up of the Japanese words for "hope" and "robot", gave the date and said: "A robot took one small step toward a brighter future for all."

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Your kids should consider petroleum engineering
Financial Post
Encouraged by some of the highest starting salaries available in any industry, record numbers of students are enrolling in petroleum engineering courses at U.S. universities.

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Space agency launches high-altitude balloon on 2nd attempt
CBC News
The Canadian Space Agency says it has successfully launched the first stratospheric balloon in Canada under a joint Canadian-French program. The launch was the second attempt after a recent launch planned had to be scrubbed due to unfavourable weather.
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Nanotechnology solutions to combat superbugs
Nano Werk
At at a meeting of infectious disease experts in early 2012, the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr Margaret Chan, has warned vividly that the growing threat of antibiotic-resistant bacteria may pose grave risks for society: "A post-antibiotic era means, in effect, an end to modern medicine as we know it. Things as common as strep throat or a child's scratched knee could once again kill."
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Biotechnology project
North Jersey
Biotechnology students at Westwood Regional High School were challenged to design and build a prosthetic device that would enable a person who has lost both lower arms and hand to eat an ice cream cone. One of the projects is pictured here. Students worked in teams to create a prosthetic arm made solely of materials found in the classroom or their homes. The prosthetic arm had to hold one ice cream cone with one scoop of ice cream and had to allow for the person to eat the ice cream and at least half of the cone.
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