The scientists who fight the world’s deadliest diseases work hard to keep Ebola and other biohazards isolated from the environment. But because their labs are expensive to build and operate, they’re spread out in cities across the globe, and it can be easy for the experts to become isolated from each other.
More than 600,000 Canadians live with heart failure, and a further 50,000 new cases are diagnosed every year. But what if there was a way to test for heart failure before the disease has become advanced?
Digital book sales in Canada account for just under 20 percent of the billion dollar market, and close to half of readers say they’ve read at least one e-publication in the last year. For Toronto-based Rakuten Kobo Inc., an e-book retailer that sells to 190 countries worldwide, staying ahead of the game in the digital market is top of mind.
A self-driving wheelchair is cruising the halls of University of Toronto this summer. The autonomous wheelchair, a joint project between U of T, Université de Sherbrooke, and Cyberworks Robotics, is being tested by 20-year-old Xinyi Li, an undergraduate student at Zhejiang University who’s in Canada for 12-weeks as a Mitacs Globalink intern.
It’s like something out of science fiction: machines so powerful and intelligent that they can solve even the most complex questions of our time. It’s called quantum computing, and right now, Canadian research and industry are at the bleeding edge of it.
“By modelling real and simulated floods, the program helps researchers develop prevention and response plans,” Houssem explains. “We also gain insight into morphology, or how a body of water changes shape over time, and sediment transport, and how all these factors affect flooding and what we can do to prevent it."