Innovators: Innovators

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REVERSE-ENGINEERING THE OCEAN

by Admin on January 14, 2015

A soft-spoken man with a ready wit and a love of practical science, Dr. Michael Graham is the son of an Anglican priest and a nun. The story of how this man with a PhD in the process of water movement in corn became the project lead for the Wave Energy Research Centre in Lord’s Cove is anything but a straight line. 
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SURFING THE ENVIRONMENTAL DATA WAVE

by Admin on December 11, 2014

There’s a look of satisfaction on Dan Brake’s face as he holds out his cell phone, “There’s so much technology in this thing. The technology in this would cost $100,000 fifteen years ago and now we carry it around in our pocket. It is a heck of a lot more than just a phone,” he says, grinning widely. As a long-time technology aficionado, Brake has surfed the digital wave around the world before returning to Newfoundland and Labrador to establish his own successful company.   Read more.

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FROM CAPTAIN COOK TO CAPTAIN KIRK

by Admin on November 19, 2014

(St. John's, NL: 19 Nov. 2014) Glenn Blackwood grew up on the ocean and comes from a long line of ship captains and seafarers. Therefore, it was no surprise that by the time he was 17 Blackwood had enrolled in the marine biology program at Memorial University. “I wanted to be Jacques Cousteau,” he admits.    Read more.

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SWEPT AWAY

by Admin on November 6, 2014

Chelsie Archibald was one of those children with orca whales on her bedspread and sea creatures on her walls.  She had dozens of picture books about the ocean and was enchanted by stories of young girls living off the sea.  This interest did not wane when her family moved to Ontario and every summer she returned to her Halifax-area home to visit her extended family and to smell the salt air.   Read more.

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DEEP SEA DREAMER

by wade on October 20, 2014

Venturing into the unknown is a natural compulsion for homo sapiens.  From climbing Everest to exploring Mars, to probing the vastness of space with telescopes, our species is driven by curiosity, and the potential for financial gain, to evolve technologies that enable us to master space, time, and distance.  Among the most technically challenging and potentially rewarding areas that remain tantalizingly out of reach are the depths of the oceans.   Read more.