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Canada Fights Global Warming While Approving New Oil Pipelines – Does This Make Sense?

December 2, 2016 – In my country we have just witnessed the approval of two oil pipelines, one a refurbishment and rebuild (Enbridge Line 3), the other a twinning pipeline expansion ... Continue Reading →
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German Entry in Google Lunar X Prize Plans Visit to Apollo 17 Landing Site

December 1, 2016 – The competition among 16 remaining teams for the Google Lunar X Prize continues to heat up with one entry, a multi-country German-based  Part-Time Scientists ... Continue Reading →
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The EmDrive: What Physics Says is Impossible

November 30, 2016 – A paper appearing in the Journal of Propulsion and Power, entitled “Measurement of Impulsive Thrust from a Closed Radio-Frequency Cavity in Vacuum,”  ... Continue Reading →
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Peter Diamandis Shares His Views on Education in the 21st Century – Part 4: Mindsets About the Future

November 30 ,2016 – In this final posting Peter Diamandis talks about the importance of mindset in education. What is mindset? It is about attitudes. Changing the way we do things ... Continue Reading →
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Peter Diamandis Shares His Views on Education in the 21st Century – Part 3: Exponential Technologies for Classrooms

November 29, 2016 – If you haven’t yet read Parts 1 and 2 of Peter Diamandis’ mindshare about how primary education needs to develop a new paradigm, please do so by ... Continue Reading →
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Even in the 21st Century Engineers Get it Wrong

November 28, 2016 – Two news items in the past few weeks have prompted me to write this piece about 21st century engineering. The first story concerns the ExoMars mission to place ... Continue Reading →
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The Latest and Greatest in the 3D Printing World

November 26, 2016 – Additive manufacturing or 3D printing is finding all kinds of new applications and materials as it moves from being a marginal player to the centre piece in ... Continue Reading →
Scalloped depressions on the surface of Utopia Planitia hint of the presence of underground ice. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech?University of Arizona

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Discovers Lake Superior Sized Buried Ice Mass on Mars

November 25, 2016 – The biggest freshwater lake in the world is Lake Superior. Its surface area is 82,100 square kilometers (31,700 square miles). That’s larger in area ... Continue Reading →
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When Climate Change Becomes Personal it Gains Relevance

November 25, 2016 – The ice storm that struck Toronto back around Christmas 2013 created levels of personal awareness for most Torontonians about extreme weather. People started ... Continue Reading →
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The Mars Rover Spirit May Have Traveled Over a Hydrothermal Vent and Discovered Evidence of Past Life

November 24, 2016 – Published on November 17, 2016, in Nature Communications, researchers describe features in Gusev Crater on Mars that have a remarkable resemblance to hot spring ... Continue Reading →