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    RDC BOARD OF DIRECTORS ANNOUNCED IN JULY 2014

    by wade on July 22, 2014

    St. John's, NL, 17 July 2014   Fraser H. Edison Read more.

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    DRILLING FOR TALENT: THE CHALLENGES FACING UK IN THE NORTH SEA

    by wade on July 22, 2014

    (June 20th, 2014) The UK North Sea will remain an important region for oil and gas for years to come. Most of its fields are expected to remain economically viable until 2020 at the earliest, and high oil prices have given a boost to exploration in the North East Atlantic basin in areas previously considered marginal and thereby uneconomic. The region still boasts estimated oil and gas reserves of 9.4 billion boe with a 50 per cent plus chance of recoverability.
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    ADVANCING CANADIAN FISHING INDUSTRY THROUGH RESEARCH

    by wade on July 22, 2014

    (14 July 2014) Studying the approaches used in Norway and Iceland to generate maximum returns from cod and other groundfish resources was the primary focus for Keith Hutchings, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, during a recent trip to both countries.
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    CHINA STRENGTHENING ITS ARCTIC PLAY

    by wade on July 21, 2014

    China does not loan out its pandas to just anyone, so a deal in April for two of the bears to head to Copenhagen zoo raised some eyebrows in Scandinavia. Some commentators suggested that this was all about the Arctic and especially about Greenland, which Denmark partly administers, and its mineral resources.
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    Cisco Pledges $150 Million to Support Innovation in Canada

    by wade on July 8, 2014

    (19 Jun  2014)  Cisco Canada today announced the Cisco Canada Innovation Program, a strategy to invest $150 million to support and accelerate innovation in Canada.   Cisco plans to invest across a mix of technologies, businesses, and investment stages over the next 10 years, and will "actively engage with investment partners and start-ups to mentor and develop new leaders and innovators," the company says.   According to the company, Cisco Canada Innovation Program will focus on three key areas: Read more.

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    PROVINCIAL STUDENTS WINNERS AT UNDERWATER ROBOT CONTEST

    by wade on July 8, 2014

    A team of students from Newfoundland and Labrador joined American and Russian competitors as winners on Saturday in a global competition for underwater robots at the only federal freshwater marine sanctuary in the United States.

    The high school and university teams were among 60 from 18 states and 13 countries participating in the 13th Marine Advanced Technology Education Remotely Operated Vehicle International Competition at Michigan's Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
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    SOMETHING FISHY ABOUT THE FUTURE OF US NAVY UUV SURVEILLANCE

    by wade on July 4, 2014

    The US Navy is testing a stealthy, 4 foot-long fish-shaped autonomous underwater vehicle designed to blend in with undersea life and perform combat sensor functions, service officials explained.

    The so-called “bio-memetic” undersea vehicle is currently being developed as part of the Chief of Naval Operations Rapid Innovation Cell,  or CRIC – a special unit set up by CNO Adm. Jonathan Greenert in 2012 to explore the feasibility of rapidly turning around commercially available technologies for Naval military use.
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    CANADIAN ASTRONAUT HANSEN PART OF NASA UNDERSEA MISSION

    by wade on June 21, 2014

    (Longueuil, Quebec, June 10, 2014) Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Astronaut Jeremy Hansen has explored impact craters in the High Arctic and lived and trained in deep caves. Now he's found a new way to challange his body and his mind. Jeremy will spend 7 days under 19 metres of water in extreme conditions that closely resemble a space environment. Read more.

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    STRONG GROWTH FORECAST IN GLOBAL AUV MARKET

    by wade on June 21, 2014

    North America will account for 75% of the military AUV market in 2014. However, this market share may decrease to 70% by 2018, as emerging economies increasingly invest in their military fleets. Overall growth of military demand in AUVs closely mirrors the investment in drone aircraft.
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    STUDYING DEEPWATER GATEWAY TO ARCTIC OCEAN

    by wade on June 21, 2014

    For 17 years, scientists from the deep-sea observatory, AWI-HAUSGARTEN  west of the island of Spitsbergen, have been conducting long-term oceanographic studies at 78.8° north in the Fram Strait. For 15 years AWI-HAUSGARTEN has been operated by the Alfred Wegner Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI). They are attempting to quantify variations in the water mass and heat exchange between the northern North-Atlantic and the central Arctic, as well as in the circulation within the Strait.   Read more.