Month: April 2015

Le Québec, un champion mondial de l’entrepreneuriat

Posted on 2015/04/28 in Business, Canada, Entrepreneurship, Google+, Places

"L’activité entrepreneuriale est très dynamique au Québec. L’entrepreneuriat y est très valorisé, et le Québec surclasse tous les pays du G8 — à l’exception des États-Unis et du reste du Canada — pour la proportion d’entrepreneurs parmi la population totale. Qui plus est, le Québec est l’endroit au monde où les entreprises survivent le plus à leurs dirigeants."

De L'actualité: http://ow.ly/Mf3tY

Le Québec, un champion mondial de l’entrepreneuriat
Les lacunes de l’entrepreneuriat québécois cachent une vigueur réelle, à maints égards exemplaire, révèle une nouvelle étude.

Audi have successfully made diesel fuel from carbon dioxide and water

Posted on 2015/04/28 in Business, Google+, Innovation, Research, Science & Technology

"German car manufacturer Audi has reportedly invented a carbon-neutral diesel fuel, made solely from water, carbon dioxide and renewable energy sources. And the crystal clear 'e-diesel' is already being used to power the Audi A8 owned by the country’s Federal Minister of Education and Research, Johanna Wanka."

"Their base product, which they’re calling 'blue crude' is created using a three-step process. The first step involves harvesting renewable energy from sources such as wind, solar and hydropower. They then use this energy to split water into oxygen and pure hydrogen, using a process known as reversible electrolysis."

"This hydrogen is then mixed with carbon monoxide (CO), which is created from carbon dioxide (CO2) that’s been harvested from the atmosphere. The two react at high temperatures and under pressure, resulting in the production of the long-chain hydrocarbon compounds that make up the blue crude."

From ScienceAlert: http://ow.ly/MbUXu

Audi has successfully made diesel fuel from carbon dioxide and water
German car manufacturer Audi has reportedly invented a carbon-neutral diesel fuel , made solely from water, carbon dioxide and renewable energy sources. And the crystal clear ‘e-diesel’ is already being used to power the Audi A8 owned by the…

How the guts of remote Amazon dwellers are different than ours

Posted on 2015/04/22 in Google+, Health, Research, Science & Technology

"In a study published on Friday in the journal Science Advances, an international team of researchers has shown that the bacteria living in the digestive tracts of previously uncontacted hunter-gatherers discovered in Venezuela are the most diverse ever found in any human group."

"The result supports what many scientists have long suspected: that modern living has cleaved away large segments of the bacterial population, called the human microbiome, that once lived with and within our ancestors. A better understanding of that deficit could explain and potentially help prevent a host of chronic diseases that are common in Western society, including obesity, asthma, allergies and diabetes."

"Such disorders 'may be related to a degraded microbiome,' said Maria Dominguez-Bello, a researcher at the New York University School of Medicine, who led the study."

"The finding is further bolstered by a separate study released this week that compared the gut bacteria of North Americans with two groups of rural Papua New Guineans."

From +The Globe and Mail: http://ow.ly/LLfJg

How the guts of remote Amazon dwellers are different than ours
Study supports what many scientists have long suspected: that modern living has cleaved away large segments of the bacterial population that once lived with and within our ancestors

Kraft will stop using artificial colors and preservatives in mac and cheese

Posted on 2015/04/21 in Business, Google+, Health

"Kraft Foods announced on April 20 that it would remove synthetic colors and preservatives from its 'Original Kraft Macaroni & Cheese.' The change will go into effect in the U.S. in January 2016 and in Canada by the end of the same year."

"The company said it is responding to consumers who are demanding healthier food and 'simpler ingredients' and will start adding paprika, annatto and turmeric in place of artificial colors and preservatives."

From +Circa: http://ow.ly/LS9g0

Kraft will stop using artificial colors and preservatives in mac and cheese

Top court tosses suit against Theratechnologies

Posted on 2015/04/20 in Business, Canada, Google+, Places, Science & Technology

"The Supreme Court of Canada has tossed out a securities class-action lawsuit against Montreal-based drug company Theratechnologies Inc., in a ruling that some lawyers say could make it harder for plaintiffs across the country to file this kind of legal action."

"Theratechnologies found itself facing allegations that it failed to properly disclose issues around a new drug, called tesamorelin, after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration asked some questions in 2010 about potential side effects."

"Under most provinces’ securities legislation, shareholders who bought stock on the 'secondary market,' such as a stock exchange, need to get special permission from a judge to launch a securities class action, and must show that their case has a “reasonable possibility” of success."

"In the Thera case, lower courts in Quebec had given the go-ahead to securities class action lawsuit, which was launched on behalf of shareholders by a numbered holding company that held stock in the pharmaceutical firm and is owned by an investor named Roger St-Germain."

"But the Supreme Court ruled Friday that to pass this screening test, plaintiffs must provide 'sufficient evidence' to show a 'realistic chance' of success, although this stage of such cases must not balloon into a miniature trial."

From +The Globe and Mailhttp://ow.ly/LLcTT

Top court tosses suit against Montreal drug firm Thera
Securities class actions need ‘realistic’ chance of success to proceed to trial, Supreme Court rules