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Machine Mavericks finalists in FIRST Global Innovation Challenge

Kingston robotics team, the Machine Mavericks, have advanced to join 20 finalist teams from eight different countries in the 2021 FIRST® Global Innovation Awards. The FIRST Global Innovation Challenge invites teams to identify a real-world global issue and develop an innovative solution. The FIRST Robotics Competition selected Machine Mavericks as

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Waive the Wait aims to cut down on time spent in healthcare waiting rooms

A Queen’s University startup company, Waive the Wait, is hoping to cut down the amount of time individuals spend waiting for appointments in a physical waiting room. Their online waiting room program connects health care offices and clinics with their patients through an app. The patients sign in to the

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Exoskeleton designed by Queen’s researchers featured in academic journal Science

On Thursday, May 27, 2021, Queen’s University announced the development and evaluation of their backpack-mounted exoskeleton prototype was published in Science, one of the world’s foremost academic journals. A multidisciplinary team from the Queen’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science created the prototype which will enable users to walk further

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KFPL now offering Chromebook lending program for library patrons

Kingston Frontenac Public Library (KFPL) users can now borrow Chromebooks as part of the library’s technology and device lending program. KFPL is offering 10 Chromebooks, supported by the Cameron & Laurie Thompson Fund with the Community Foundation of Kingston and Area, according to a release from the library, dated Tuesday,

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W.A.F.F.L.E.S. Community Robotics awarded Provincial Chairman’s Award

W.A.F.F.L.E.S. Community Robotics, FIRST Robotics Competition Team 4476 was one of two Ontario teams to be recognized with the Provincial Chairman’s Award on Saturday, May 15, 2021, at the FIRST Canada awards gala. The Chairman’s Award “honours the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and

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Eastern Ontario heads of Council urge support for EORN Gig Project

Local momentum continues to build for the Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN) Gig Project. One hundred and four (104) heads of Council from across eastern Ontario have signed on to a letter urging the federal and provincial governments to support the project, which aims to connect homes and businesses across

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Queen’s professor receives highest award in the field of electrical power

On Thursday, May 13, 2021, during a virtual ceremony, Dr. Praveen Jain from Queen’s University received a prestigious award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Medal in Power Engineering (2021), recognizing his 40 years of career research and accomplishments. Dr. Jain is the third Canadian ever to

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City hosts district meeting on rural broadband

On Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 6 p.m., Councillor Gary Oosterhof chaired a virtual meeting to provide information on rural broadband initiatives in Kingston. The City of Kingston has been working to provide rural residents with improved access to broadband since 2020, with the current issue exacerbated by an increased

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Eastern Ontario Regional Network welcomes broadband commitment

The Ontario Government is making a $2.8 billion investment to improve broadband access across Ontario. This historic funding commitment by the province builds on previous investments, and brings Ontario’s overall investment in broadband to nearly $4 billion over six years. “Reliable broadband will be key to the economic recovery from

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MOH, OPP assisting in investigation of suspected ransomware attack at Kingston hospital

A number of government agencies are assisting in the investigation into a suspected ransomware attack at Kingston Health Sciences Centre, according to the Ministry of Health. “The Ministry of Health is aware of a potential REvil Ransomware incident at Kingston Health Science Centre. Kingston Health Science Centre is continuing to

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Contact tracing apps ‘fundamentally flawed’ for controlling COVID-19

A computing expert from Queen’s University says mobile contact tracing apps simply aren’t useful for managing the spread of COVID-19. “The thing is, these just can’t work,” said David Skillicorn, a professor of computing at Queen’s University. Contact tracing apps use a phone’s Bluetooth mechanism to alert people when they’ve

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Motives unclear as cyber attack shuts down RMC network

Kingston’s Royal Military College is one of four military training schools in Canada targeted in a mysterious cyber attack. Discovered on the morning of Friday, Jul. 3, 2020, the attack has temporarily disabled the University’s online network. “It looks like all their core systems got hit,” said David Skillicorn, a

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