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Mapping the wheat genome will improve global food security

Mapping the wheat genome will improve global food security

The mapping of the wheat genome by an international team co-led by researchers from the University of Saskatchewan (USask) provides a fundamental tool for wheat research and plant breeding to develop better varieties with that can combat diseases, tolerate temperature and rainfall extremes, and meet different consumer needs, all while improving global food security.  

Skilled trades offering good income, job security

Skilled trades offering good income, job security

Two key factors are shaping the outlook for skilled trade professions: an aging workforce and rapidly changing technologies, both of which enhance the prospects for Canadians in related careers, says Alan McClelland, dean of the School of Transportation at Centennial College.

“With baby boomers moving into retirement, we don’t have enough people going into skilled trades,” he says. “We offer programs for becoming maintenance and repair technicians for everything from motorcycles to aircraft.”

Like DNA, design shapes our identity, which, in turn, influences design

Like DNA, design shapes our identity, which, in turn, influences design

Design is all around us – from pencils to chairs to buildings – that’s what Maïa Tarassoff tells her young audiences. For Marije Vogelzang, design goes beyond mere things to include processes, such as eating. The common thread linking the work of the two women – one an architect and educator, the other an eating designer – nicely illustrates the central theme of Interior Design Show (IDS) Vancouver: Design DNA.

Focus on diversity reflects Canada’s values

Focus on diversity  reflects Canada’s values

Simon Fraser University participates in AI4ALL initiative

Canada’s most valuable assets include our society’s values, respect for others, equality and diversity – and those are also big issues in artificial intelligence (AI) says Simon Fraser University (SFU) computer scientist and AI4ALL director Angelica Lim, who is leveraging the power of data in AI to ensure a diversity of perspectives.

Big data and digital farm tools revolutionize agri-sector

Big data and digital farm tools revolutionize agri-sector

Canada is the world’s fifth-largest exporter of agricultural productS and, based on high production standards and safeguards, has an enviable reputation as a safe and reliable supplier in the global market. With world demand for agricultural products growing steadily, Canada aims to increase its agri-food exports to at least $75-billion annually by 2025. And with consumers increasingly opting for quality over price, Canada is strongly positioned to capture a bigger share of the market.

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Cashing in on carbon

Cashing in on carbon

Cutting greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the amount of carbon dioxide that enters the atmosphere is a crucial step in efforts to mitigate the devastating impact of climate change, and while the costs of developing the technology to do so are high, the potential economic advantages may be even higher.    

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What we can learn from women leaders

What we can learn from  women leaders

The odds are stacked against them: women make up 45 per cent of the Canadian workforce in entry-level positions, but are 30 per cent less likely than their male counterparts to be promoted to the next level. Their chances for further advancement are even lower – women are 60 per cent less likely than men to make the leap from director to vice-president, says a 2017 Kinsey study.

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Fraud Prevention Month

Fraud Prevention Month

Fraudsters are proving to be nimble, crafty and creative when it comes to exploiting the vulnerabilities, behaviours and dreams of Canadians. Seeking a partner can leave you exposed to “romance scams,” wanting to help family and friends may prompt you to hand over money for a “grandchild scam.” And schemes that play on your desire to be healthy and slim may promise that extra pounds can be shed with no or little effort, tout a “guaranteed cure” for serious conditions or offer rock-bottom prices for medication without asking for a prescription.

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Advanced technologies helping revolutionize client services, risk mitigation

Advanced technologies helping revolutionize client services, risk mitigation

As consumers demand more choices, convenience, speed and transparency from insurance providers, industry leaders are responding. Parametric insurance solutions enable automatic payouts without time lag or paperwork; for example, a traveller with such insurance will be immediately compensated should an airline system that monitors take-offs confirm a specific flight delay. Similarly, farmers with crop insurance that leverages data from weather surveillance platforms can be automatically reimbursed in the event that adverse weather events such as hailstorms are recorded in the insured farmer’s area.

Pixel perfect

Pixel perfect

From the challenge of the next game to potential applications in particle physics, biomechanics, medical imaging and more

The tiniest detail – an oddly drawn plume of smoke or teeth with an unnatural tint – can yank video game players or animated movie audiences out of their states of suspended disbelief.

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Less stress for referees

Less stress for referees

Better support for sports officials includes training with innovative technology

We’ve all been there: at the edge of our seats and engrossed in a game when the referee’s whistle interrupts the action. What comes next could be greeted with cheers or groans, depending on whether the call is in favour of our team or the opposition.

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New degree for construction managers

New degree for construction managers

At a time when many construction industry managers are retiring and emerging technologies are being incorporated into the building process, Saskatchewan Polytechnic has launched its Bachelor of Construction Management (BCM) degree to prepare students for leadership roles in the heavy industrial, commercial, engineering and construction industries.

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Investors increasingly turning to ETFs for innovative, low-cost investment solutions

Investors increasingly turning to ETFs for innovative, low-cost investment solutions

Canadian-listed ETFs generated $5.1-billion in new investment in the third quarter of 2018, shattering the $3.4-billion record set in Q3 2015. It’s part of a longer, larger trend. The number of ETF providers has climbed from five in 2012 to 31 today, up 600 per cent in just six years. The first ETF in the world was launched on the Toronto Stock Exchange in 1990. Today, there are more than 600 trading in Canada alone.

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Understanding the factors affecting people with eczema

Understanding the factors affecting people with eczema

Eczema can come with a range of symptoms, from mild – such as the occasional dry, itchy or rough skin – to moderate or severe, with an intense itch and frequent inflammation and rashes. Yet no matter the severity of the condition, the persistent itch-scratch cycle that comes with a flare-up typically wreaks havoc with the quality of life of people with eczema and their families, says Aleyna Zarras, regional trainer and skin expert at La Roche-Posay. She believes that awareness about the factors contributing to such flare-ups can help to gain a measure of control.

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