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April 19, 2018

A vest with sensations — the next fashion sensation

Entering a virtual reality world may soon be as easy as slipping on a life jacket with the development of ARAIG — a wearable wireless, multi-sensory, immersive suit for gaming and simulation training. The suit is the brainchild of Michael and Brodie Stanfield, founders of Inventing Future Technologies Inc.—IFTech for short — a start-up from Oshawa, Ontario. ARAIG, an acronym for “As real as it gets,” was developed with computer gaming in mind. It consists of an inner T-shirt-like layer and an outer exoskeleton that looks like a high-tech version of a football player’s pads. ARAIG offers wearers surround sound,... Read more
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April 19, 2018

Parisian Pastries from Prairie Pulses

The rich food value of dried peas, beans, lentils and chickpeas has been known for centuries — their collective name, "pulses", comes from puls, a Latin word that means both "seeds" and "porridge". Pulses are widely consumed both as animal feed and in savoury dishes for humans around the world, and research continues to expand their uses. Some of those new uses are remarkable — the crowning achievement of this project was to create a nut-free, egg-free French macaron using navy bean flour as a butter substitute. Best Cooking Pulses is a family-owned Canadian processor of pulse crops grown in... Read more
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April 19, 2018

A cool new way (literally!) to make ethanol

Biofuels, processed from agricultural waste and other living matter, have long been seen as a key element in providing cleaner energy and fighting global warming. For more than two decades, scientists and engineers have been developing methods for producing ethanol from straw, wood chips, corn cobs and other waste material, called biomass. But use of ethanol has been limited by the high cost of producing it. One key driver of cost is the inability of the microorganisms used in the process (which are usually genetically modified) to tolerate high levels of ethanol. This was the focus of a partnership between... Read more
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