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Unusual Behavior of DNA in a Uniform Electric Field
Sergey Krylov
Identical molecules move with identical velocities in a uniform electric field. Here we report on finding that homogeneous DNA does not obey this fundamental rule. While most DNA moves with similar velocities, a fraction of DNA moves with velocities that vary multiple folds. The size of this irregular fraction increases several orders of magnitude when exogenous counterions are added to the negatively charged DNA. The explanation of the new phenomenon still needs to be developed. Our findings help to better understand a fundamental property of DNA: its interaction with counterions. In addition, these findings suggest a practical way of making electromigration of DNA more uniform: removal of strongly-bound DNA counterions by electro-dialysis.
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O-GlcNAc as a Potential Target for Disease Modifying Therapy in Alzheimer Disease
David Vocadlo
The development of disease modifying therapies targeting Alzheimer disease (AD) is a topic of intense current interest. The two pathological hallmarks of AD are proteinaceous aggregates deposited in the brain that are known as tangles and plaques. We recently proposed a new potential approach to block progression of AD by reducing both tau and Ab toxicity. In this presentation I introduce O-GlcNAc and discuss our research efforts that have focused on validation of OGA as a target for AD. Studies ranging from the rational design of various transition state analogues through to animal studies of efficacy will be described.
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Canadian Journal for Chemical Engineering
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The CSChE is preparing for another great year of with the Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering. Members are encouraged to submit papers to the CJChE and purchase a subscription if they do not already have access to the CJChE.
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Number of engineering apprentices falling
Engineering & Technology Magazine
The number of people starting engineering apprenticeships has declined by 9 per cent over the past three years, according to an industry accountancy firm. Referring to data from the governmental Skills Funding Agency, SJD Accountancy said that only 63,240 people started engineering apprenticeships in 2013/2014, which is 490 less than in 2011/2012.
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Careers in tech: Top 10 tech industry careers
The Independent
A career in the technology sector is varied and rewarding, with great job prospects, personal development opportunities and high-end salaries available for the best candidates. Here we look at the best of what the tech world has to offer.
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In wake of hiring boom, Canadians feel confident in job prospects
Global News
Two months of unexpectedly buoyant job creation has left Canadians brimming with confidence over their employment prospects. New poll numbers released by Nanos Research Group show the share of people who feel their job is secure has risen to nearly three quarters of respondents. Those who said their positions weren't secure, meanwhile, dropped to 9.4 per cent, a record low.
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Canada's Top 100 Employers make their workplaces exceptional
The Globe and Mail
Each of the 100 winners of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2015) has a story to tell. It's about how these industry leaders have made their companies exceptional places to work with some of the best HR practices and most innovative initiatives, all valued by their employees. In fact, many initiatives come from the employees themselves, empowering them in the workplace.

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Canada adds 43,100 jobs, unemployment drops to 6.5 per cent
Global News
Canada's latest labour-market survey says the economy generated 43,100 net new jobs in October and dropped the unemployment rate to 6.5 per cent, its lowest level since November 2008. The Statistics Canada report found the jobless rate fell 0.3 percentage points in October, compared with the previous month.

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Poloz's prescription for unemployed youth: Work for free
The Globe and Mail
Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz has sparked controversy by suggesting young people ought to consider unpaid work as a way to gain job experience. "When I bump into youths, they ask me, you know, 'What am I supposed to do in a situation?' I say, look, having something unpaid on your CV is very worth it because that's the one thing you can do to counteract this scarring effect. Get some real-life experience even though you're discouraged, even if it's for free," Mr. Poloz told reporters Monday in Ottawa.

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'Paid to learn': Facing skills shortage, manufacturers invest in training youth
The Globe and Mail
Young people may be wrestling with a tough jobs market, but the news isn't all glum: Some employers are experimenting with new ways to hire, train and invest in them. A cluster of Canadian manufacturers has banded together to tap young workers — even if they have no experience — for highly skilled, specialized positions. The employers have been spurred into action by strong demand, a shortage of people entering skilled trades and looming retirements.
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Canada's job market growth spurt gives youths a chance to exit parents' basement
The Vancouver Sun
Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz angered many young job seekers by suggesting those still living in their parents' basements should consider unpaid work. The good news is, they may not have to. Young people are on pace for the biggest annual jobs increase since 2002, Statistics Canada data show. In September and October, employment in the youth category — 15 years old to 24 years old — increased by a combined 47,400, the second- highest two-month total since 2006 and about 40 per cent of the total 117,200 net new jobs across all categories.
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