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Globe and Mail: Challenge of the Go-bot – How a machine cracked ‘the most complex game ever devised by humans’

January 29, 2016

Finally, a machine has goed where no machine has goed before. For the first time, researchers have developed a computer program that can beat a professional human player at the venerable and fiendishly subtle game of Go. The feat is being hailed as a breakthrough, not just because it topples a long-standing challenge to artificial intelligence, but also because of the human-like way that the winning computer program achieved its mastery of the game. Scientists say the development opens up new possibilities for the burgeoning field of deep learning, a branch of computer science whose foundations were partly laid by Canadian researchers. In the future, the approach could revolutionize tasks as diverse as smartphone assistance and medical diagnostics to more general and challenging tasks involving computers that can perceive and plan. Read the full article here.

The Record: Guelph researchers on the trail of deadly fox tapeworm

January 29, 2016

A parasite capable of killing dogs and humans that recently arrived in Ontario is being studied by University of Guelph researchers.

Echinococcus multilocularis, known as the fox tapeworm, had never been seen in the province before 2012. Since then, four dogs across southern Ontario have been diagnosed, including one in Guelph. There have been no human cases diagnosed yet.

"How widespread it is, we have no idea," said Prof. Andrew Peregrine in the Ontario Veterinary College's department of pathobiology.

The fourth case came into the vet college in the summer, prompting Peregrine and another pathobiology professor and master's student to investigate the prevalence of the parasite in the province.

While four is not a lot of cases, Peregrine said, "we weren't even supposed to have it."

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Junior Mining Network: Research at Lakehead University Shows Significant Progress in the Production of Graphene from Albany Graphite

January 29, 2016

Zenyatta Ventures Ltd. ("Zenyatta" or "Company") (TSX VENTURE: ZEN) (OTCQX: ZENYF) is pleased to announce significant progress related to the laboratory scale production of graphene from high-purity Albany graphite concentrate by a team of scientists at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. Graphene was discovered in 2004 at the University of Manchester, UK. Graphene is a single sheet of pure graphite that is one atom thick, flexible, transparent, stronger than diamonds or steel and is highly conductive. Experts believe that graphene will enable many innovative cleantech applications, including low-cost solar cells, super computers and rapid charge batteries. So far, one obstacle to its widespread use is the high manufacturing cost for high-quality graphene. A lower-cost approach is to use high-purity natural graphite, like Albany graphite, as the starting point. Read the full article.

The Toronto Star: Breaking New Auto Research Ground

January 25, 2016

Automotive research is no longer restricted to the manufacturers. Apple and Google are two examples of high-tech companies getting involved and universities have their hands in it, too. When it comes to post-secondary automotive research programs, there are four universities in Ontario that are collectively earning good grades. The University of Waterloo, McMaster University, the University of Windsor and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) at Oshawa represent the largest concentration of academic programs dedicated to automotive research of any province in Canada. Read full article here.

The Record: Touchless UW device monitors blood flow to look for abnormalities

January 11, 2016

University of Waterloo researchers have developed a revolutionary touchless device that can monitor vital signs and hopefully prevent serious cardiovascular problems before symptoms appear.

The device, which uses a patent-pending technology, monitors a patient's blood flow at multiple spots simultaneously and without touching the skin. It's a portable and safe system based on how light interacts with blood.

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