Catastrophe Bonds Enter the Picture in the Age of Climate Change

July 4, 2017 – Known in the industry as CAT bonds, these are financial instruments issued by reinsurers to cover damage costs up to a predetermined threshold. They are based on ... Continue Reading →

Urban Farming the New Model for Grocery Stores, Reducing Our Carbon Footprint, and Feeding Cities

July 3, 2017 – Professor Dickson Despommier of Columbia University, whose work on vertical farms has made him a primary advocate of urban agriculture as part of a solution to ... Continue Reading →

Gizmos & Gadgets: New AI Tool Mines Satellite and Aerial Images With Surprising Results

July 2, 2017 – Giving a penny (a coin no longer in existence in Canada) for this artificial intelligence’s (AI) thoughts will buy you a whole lot of interesting data. The ... Continue Reading →

A Spark Ignites a Genetic Cure for Haemophilia

July 1, 2017 – It is Canada’s 150th birthday today. The country founded on July 1st, 1867 represented the first peaceful creation of a self-governing “dominion” ... Continue Reading →

Mission 2020 – A Three-Year Project to Tackle CO2 and Other Greenhouse Gas Emissions

June 30, 2017 – Look at the map that appears immediately below this first paragraph. It is an image of the United States that shows county-level economic impacts from emissions ... Continue Reading →

Gizmos & Gadgets: Cable-Free Elevator is Now a Reality

June 29, 2017 – Elevators have been going up and down pretty much the same way since Elisha Graves Otis first came up with the technology in the 1850s. But ThyssenKrupp, the German ... Continue Reading →

Gizmos & Gadgets: Augmented Reality Comes to Fighting Fires

June 29, 2017 – Qwake Tech, a San Francisco startup has created an augmented reality system called C-Thru combining a futuristic augmented reality helmet equipped with thermal ... Continue Reading →

Solar Cells Getting a Makeover with Nanotechnology

June 28, 2017 – Companies like Nanosolar, a San Jose, California-based company, Global Photonic Energy, Bloo Solar, EnSol and Solarmer Energy, along with a number of technical ... Continue Reading →

New Antioxidant Rice a Product of Genetic Engineering That Could Reduce Fatal and Chronic Illnesses

June 27, 2017 – The “Color Purple” is more than a Steven Spielberg movie. It is the tint of a new genetically engineered variety of rice developed by Chinese researchers ... Continue Reading →

Vaccines Take on Cancerous Tumors and Cholesterol

June 26, 2017 – Vaccines date back to the 18th century with the first inoculations to provide immunity to smallpox. So as a technology they seem pretty old hat. But the 21st ... Continue Reading →