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The punishing polar vortex is ideal for Cassie the Robot

Two pairs of robotic legs are pictured next to a snowbank and a thermometer.
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You may be cursing the harsh cold of winter, but roboticists at the University of Michigan are capitalizing on the cold temperatures. A team working on the development of Cassie the Robot took advantage of the recent cold snap to perform testing. Read how Cassie performed in this article from Wired.

Researching the untold story of Canada’s keypunch girls

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Last summer, the Canada Science and Technology Museum offered up access to its collection so that researcher Jennifer Thivierge could study “keypunch girls” — the women who punched holes in data cards and fed them into machines or tabulators, starting in the 1950s. The University of Ottawa’s Gazette writes about her findings, and what they say about gender discrimination within the field of computer science.

Scientists must be free to learn, to speak and to challenge

Kirsty Duncan, TED Talks 2018
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"Science is humanity's best effort at uncovering the truth about our world, about our very existence." Kirsty Duncan, Canada's Minister of Science, makes the case that researchers must be free to present uncomfortable truths and challenge the thinking of the day -- and that we all have a duty to speak up when we see science being stifled or suppressed. #ScienceAroundMe

Heritage Minutes: Avro Arrow

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The Avro Arrow –a triumph of aerospace achievement in Canadian history. Launched in 1953, the Avro Arrow project was innovative for the times as the most advanced and fastest interceptor aircraft.

How the Canada Science and Technology Museum designed an accessible, modular headphone jack | Innovation150

Accessible headphone jack
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Accessible headphone jacks aren’t hard to find nowadays, but they’re always built into your average neighbourhood fixtures, like an ATM. This isn’t the most welcoming design since there’s no way to get the device as a standalone product. But the Canada Science and Technology Museum strives for inclusive design, and since they couldn’t buy an accessible headphone jack, their innovators decided to design their own.