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There is power in using your voice

The California Institute of Technology’s Dr. Choo  has developed a generator that runs off the vocal cords to improve the efficacy of implanted medical devices.   This is not insignificant to the millions of people who have Cochlear Implants, Pacemakers, Implanted Cardiac Defibrillators and other devices that every 5-1o years need to undergo an operation to…

Capacity building within Industry Canada

Industry Canada works with Canadians in all areas of the economy and in all parts of the country to improve conditions for investment, enhance Canada’s innovation performance, increase Canada’s share of global trade and build a fair, efficient and competitive marketplace.  In the Pacific Region office,  the ICT function had just been transferred from  Spectrum,…

Tapping into the power of new ideas

For many years immigrants have been coming to Canada and starting their own businesses. For some, it is the only way to earn a living and for others a way to make their entrepreneurial vision a reality.  Either way, between no network in this country, poor english language skills and the Canadian business environment,  many…

Call for papers: The 4th Climate Change Technology Conference (CCTC 2015)

The 4th Climate Change Technology Conference (CCTC 2015), organized by The Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) and ten of its member societies,  is a forum for Canadian and International participants to exchange ideas on emerging techniques and technologies for the mitigation of, and adaptation to, the impacts of climate change. If you have a technology…

eBay decides to run a full data center on fuel cells

The six megawatts of cells will run on biogas, generated by organic waste at landfills or farms, and natural gas, use the grid only for backup power. I love this announcement, along  with the fact that Daimler Benz is opening a fuel cell plant in Vancouver,  as it gives amazing credibility to a technology sector, and a group…

Wired Lego Petri Dish Gives Real-Time Updates

A sample is placed on top of a small image-sensor chip, which uses an Android phone’s LED screen as a light source. The whole device is placed in an incubator, and the image-sensor chip connects to a laptop outside through a wire. As the image sensor snaps pictures of the cells growing in real-time, the…

Kyoto plan: Emission credits send the wrong message

Focus should be on developing local markets for local technology On April 13, the feds released Moving forward on Climate Change: A Plan for Honouring our Kyoto Commitment. Clearly the plan lacks certain logic. The most obvious example to me is the encouragement of a large emitter of greenhouse gases to invest in international projects…

Pension funds can boost green technologies

Have you ever wondered what the $40 billion or so that the B.C. government has in pension holdings for teachers, hospital workers and government employees is invested in? You should go to http://www.pensionsbc.ca and look. It might surprise you to learn that the money is not invested in a way that will make our province…