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Kootenay Contraption Contest 2012 in full swing

Imagine the year is 2050. Gigantic, funny-shaped towers surround your view, a hovercraft zips by and of course, your robot butler hands you your drink. While we may still be far from this sort of scenario, one of the most important questions then (as now) is: “How will we use less energy?” KAST- GLOWS (Growing, Learning...

Celebrating the West Kootenay Spirit of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The quadrennial Spirit of Innovation Awards are on again and KAST—the Kootenay Association for Science and Technology, the award organizers—want nominations for individuals, organizations, and businesses whose hard work exemplifies West Kootenay innovation and entrepreneurship.“The innovation, intellectual capital, and...

Rossland's Energy Diet sparks a trend

The "Rossland Energy Diet," a unique energy-saving program that brought notable local rewards and has started to draw provincial and national attention, has celebrated great success in “phase one" and will now move into "phase two."A crowd gathered under a large tent beside the Rossland Mountain Market on July 12 to hear the...

Builder and energy assessor Ray Smith passionate about “passive” homes

My reassessment by green builder Ray Smith was not only an opportunity to secure a fat cheque in the mail from BC and the feds—albeit three months from now—but Smith took the time to give me more insight into the future of construction.   Every stage of this energy-upgrade project has been a valuable education, from my original...

Advanced certificate in renewable energy technology launching May 2012

Selkirk College is addressing the increased demand for new renewable energy technical and design skills, with their new Advanced Certificate In Renewable Energy Technology launching in May 2012 at the Castlegar Campus. This intensive six-week program will build on an individual’s existing education and experience, to provide...

Kootenay-Rockies Tourism presents regional "Connected Travel" program, complete with a flashy new app

Chris Dadson, president of Kootenay-Rockies Tourism (KRT), presented council with interesting tourism statistics on Monday evening, and showed off a brand new "Connected Travel" initiative for smartphones that they hope will help fulfill KRT's mandate to enhance the region's visitor economy. While the Canadian Tourism Commission...

United States: How the stimulus revived the electric car

By Michael Grabell in ProPublica. A common criticism of President Obama's $800 billion stimulus package has been that it failed to produce anything – that while the New Deal built bridges and dams, all the stimulus did was fill some potholes and create temporary jobs. Don't tell that to Annette Herrera. She was 50 when the ...

TECH TALK: You think you've got a virus, so now what?

 So you've looked at some of the warning signs I talked about last week and now you're pretty sure you have a virus. Now what? The most important message I want to get across is that you have to DO SOMETHING. I frequently get told, "I don't have any data to protect, so I'm not worried."   This is a terrible misconception for...

Getting kids excited about technology

As you likely know I appreciate new technology and innovation; and I love to celebrate it.   What you may not know is that I am also a film lover. Yes it is true.   This last week I enjoyed the opportunity to experience both technology and film in one (don’t worry this is going somewhere).   Firstly I would like to take this...

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