Winter 2020

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    Winter 2020

    Wireless Charging

    A Wireless World

    It might be surprising to hear, but although mobile phones have been around since the 1980s, mobile phone chargers have only been around since the 2000s. The field of mobile electronics has expanded quickly, and now, new technology seems poised to make wired charging obsolete.


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    3D Printing

    Printing the Future

    Imagine if creating clothes, vehicle parts, or medical devices, was as simple as modeling them on a computer? Imagine if doctors could build near perfect replicas of human organs to help with surgery? Imagine if you didn’t have to imagine any of this, because they were all possible through the process of 3D printing? Now, imagine all the possibilities.


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    Bone Conduction Headphones

    Sounds that chill you to the bone

    If sound-waves don’t go through the auditory canal, can a person still hear it? With bone conduction headphones, the answer is yes. Using the bones in the skull as a medium for sound, provides ample opportunity for new audio capabilities.


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    DDoS Attacks

    Invisible Warheads

    What if, with the press of a button, you could terrorize a country of over a million people? What if a few lines of code could conjure up a tireless army that could crash websites and throttle networks. What if all that power was available to malevolent actors? What could they do with it? What damage could they cause?


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    DNA Storage

    Millions of Gigabytes in the Palm of Your Hand

    In 1994, there was an ad in which Bill Gates sat atop a stack of 330,000 sheets of paper holding a cd. The ad read, “This CD-ROM can hold more information than all the paper that's here below me.” Today, the idea of using CD’s to store anything seems like the lead up to a joke. There’s been tremendous leaps in the area of data storage, but in this increasingly data focused world, what we have now is becoming more and more insufficient. Here’s where DNA storage comes in.


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    Internet Addiction

    The Digital Disease

    If all the hours we spend staring at a screen were added up, would the numbers suggest harmless entertainment, workplace requirements, or an intoxicating addiction?


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    Professor Spotlight - Alice Kuzniar

    Acclaimed author, academic and learner

    A professor for over 35 years, and an academic for even longer, Alice Kuzniar is one the most distinguished persons currently at the University of Waterloo. She is an author, Professor of German, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Waterloo Research Chair, and much, much, more. Meet Alice Kuzniar and find out exactly how much more.


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    Quantum Computing

    From Bits to Qubits; How Particles are Replacing 1’s and 0’s

    Bits are the fundamental elements of digital information; existing as early as the 1700’s. Like arabic numerals to mathematics, bits are the building blocks that every concept or program is built on. Resolute, dependable and unchanging. That is, until recently.


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    Winter 2020

    UltraLeap: The Next Step in VR/AR

    One Small Step for VR, One Ultra Leap for Mankind

    Mankind has tried for years to accurately represent reality in the virtual world. And for years, this monumental achievement has eluded them. While there have been major advancements, Virtual reality still has a very long way to go. But as they say, every journey begins with a single step. Or in this case, a single leap.


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