Putting science to work solving real-world problems – and winning awards

University of Lethbridge students continue to win international honours by developing groundbreaking technology

Putting science to work solving real-world problems – and winning awardsThe University of Lethbridge has been sending teams of students to compete in the iGEM Jamboree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston for the last 10 years. At the competition sponsored by iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine Foundation), student teams by the hundreds gather from around the world to present their latest…

Artificial intelligence opens the door to a resurgence in the humanities

The good news about AI’s ascent is that the humanity might be shocked back into universities

Artificial intelligence opens the door to a resurgence in the humanitiesI wouldn’t want to be a prophet. Prophesy’s a tough profession. If not attacked, beaten or burned, the prophet’s ignored, shunned and hated. All for having something important to say. So don’t treat what I have to say about how universities will respond to artificial intelligence, or AI, as prophesy. At issue is how AI…

Tech gifts to lighten, brighten and colour your life

Still searching for just the right tech gifts for Christmas? Here are a few bright, colourful ideas that might make the last-minute rush a little easier

Tech gifts to lighten, brighten and colour your lifeStill searching for just the right tech gifts for Christmas? Here are a few bright, colourful ideas that might make the last-minute rush a little easier. TP-Link Smart Wi-Fi colour LED bulb While a light bulb may not seem like a suitable stocking stuffer, the TP-Link Smart Wi-Fi colour LED bulb is not only useful and…

Getting a jolt out of the Chevy Bolt’s practicality and versatility

GM’s top-selling electric car has plenty of features that make it attractive for everyday use, at a price that puts its chief competition to shame

With the growing public focus on the use of clean energy, electric cars sales are on the rise – and the frontrunner may surprise you. CleanTechnica and InsideEVs, which track U.S. plug-in sales by automaker, report that in November, Chevrolet’s Bolt EV outsold Tesla’s sleek Model S. Besides the fact that the Model S is twice…

Could Canada’s costly innovation help solve China’s coal dilemma?

Saskatchewan's $1.5-billion CCS demonstration facility at Boundary Dam in the southern part of the province is the first commercial-scale CCS project in the world

Could Canada’s costly innovation help solve China’s coal dilemma?If Santa brought you a lump of coal this Christmas, maybe you shouldn’t feel so bad about it. That coal might actually come in handy as an acceptable part of our energy future. Technology exists that can transform coal from environmental villain into a fuel that at least won’t make things worse than they already…

The silent health crisis

Canadians have realized little health benefit from the billions spent on health information systems

The silent health crisisBy David Zitner and Dominic Covvey Atlantic Institute for Market Studies Airplane crashes are big – and bad – news. That helps drive the industry to improve airplanes and instrumentation, pilot training and air traffic control practices. Public awareness, then, provide part of the impetus for change. The debacle over the federal government payroll information…

Protect your $1,000 phone from earth, wind, water, and the Force

Some smartphones can easily run you over $1,000, all the more reason to give them the proper protection they need to keep them running

Protect your $1,000 phone from earth, wind, water, and the ForceNo matter where they’re going, or what they’re doing, people are taking their smartphones with them. And, as some the latest models can easily run you over $1,000 to buy, this is all the more reason to give them the proper protection they need to keep them running. To do so, it’s important that they…

The truth about crappy website content

Creating website content that people will want to read

The truth about crappy website content“You need articles for the website?” pressed the CEO. “Words are cheap; buy them from one of those content farms.” I instantly knew we would not be working together very long, given that he had such little regard for his corporate image or for the reputation of his employees, customers and partners. Including me. Irresistible…

Guarding against the many dangers floating in the cloud

In cyber space, far too much is in the public realm or easily obtained. And that puts your reputation, money and job prospects at risk

Guarding against the many dangers floating in the cloudBy Brennen Schmidt ALEUS Technology Group and Allan Bonner Columnist When safe sex became a necessity after the AIDS crisis, a valuable analogy came into being. The caution was that you’re having sex with everyone your partner ever had sex with. This was sobering for lovers. It turns out it’s also a lesson for business…

Starting from scratch: how artificial intelligence can build itself

A computer that can think and reason like a person would have an enormous impact on every aspect of our world

Starting from scratch: how artificial intelligence can build itselfPlaying good games should be a test of intelligence. Planning, strategizing, and learning moves and counter moves are all gaming skills we associate with complex human thinking. DeepMind’s Alpha Zero AI system offers a significant breakthrough in this field. The impact of its generalized game learning system will be substantial. Although many people claim that…