Space mining is not science fiction, and Canada could figure prominently

In this era of climate crisis, space mining is a topic of increasing relevance. The need for a net-zero carbon economy requires a surge in the supply of non-renewable natural resources such as battery metals. This forms the background to a new space race involving nations and the private sector.

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How business is taking the space race to new frontiers

Canada is a space-faring nation, a world leader in mining and a major player in the global carbon economy. It’s therefore well-positioned to actively participate in the emerging space resources domain.

But the issues arising in this sphere are bigger than Canada, since they involve the future of mankind — on Earth and in space.

A rocket ship lifts off with clouds of smoke in the foreground.
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket lifts off at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in July in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The mission sent a Mars rover to the
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What have we learned during the pandemic in high school sports?

We are excited about a potential full return to competition this fall for high school athletics and performing arts programs. With the expectation that a majority of adults will have received the COVID-19 vaccine, and perhaps many young people, there is a hope that all states will be able to return to “normalcy” when schools open this fall.

While there is great optimism about having students back in their favorite sport or activity, and fans back to support these student participants, we must be careful not to forget what we have learned during this unprecedented pandemic. The struggles we have faced over the past year have reminded us of many significant aspects of participation in sports and performing arts activities.

So, what must we remember?

The Importance of Participation. Participation in high school activity programs provides students many benefits beyond what they

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Materials challenges and opportunities for quantum computing hardware

Combatting noise on the platform

The potential of quantum computers to solve problems that are intractable for classical computers has driven advances in hardware fabrication. In practice, the main challenge in realizing quantum computers is that general, many-particle quantum states are highly sensitive to noise, which inevitably causes errors in quantum algorithms. Some noise sources are inherent to the current materials platforms. de Leon et al. review some of the materials challenges for five platforms for quantum computers and propose directions for their solution.

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Structured Abstract


The past two decades have seen intense efforts aimed at building quantum computing hardware with the potential to solve problems that are intractable on classical computers. Several hardware platforms for quantum information processing (QIP) are under active development. To realize large-scale systems based on these technologies, we must achieve error rates much lower than have been demonstrated

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Top graduate management education trends for international students: report

Despite a pandemic on hand, students’ interest in graduate management education (GME) hasn’t waned, a new report shows. The Graduate Management Admission Council’s (GMAC) 2021 Prospective Students Survey Report has found that programmes in 2021 continue to grow among prospective students. This trend coincides with waning concerns about the impact of COVID-19.

The proportion of respondents reporting that they are extremely or very concerned about COVID-19 declined from 41 to 33% over the survey period. Three in four (73%) international candidates planning to pursue an MBA outside their country of citizenship are not changing their original plans despite the pandemic.

While there are variations in the levels of concern, most respondents continue to exhibit strong confidence in the value of a graduate business degree. Overall, four in five (84%) candidates strongly agree or agree that a graduate business degree helps someone stand out at work. The report’s findings are

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