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Toronto, Apr 28 (Canadian-Media): The old Labour Market Indicators (LMI) Desktop Application had been replaced this month by a new web-based interactive dashboard that makes it much easier to track the upwards and downward swings of the job market in communities across the country, media reports said.
Three essential LMIs: Statistics Canada's monthly figures on employment, unemployment and the labour force participation rate are most sought-after data, Statistics Canada reports said.
Many users including media, labour market analysts, economists, consultants, planners, forecasters and academics in both the private and public sectors access labour data using the LMI Desktop Application to see the latest numbers every month.
Private‑sector organizations use these figures to track trends in the economy, while different levels of government use them evaluation and planning Canada’s employment programs.
There has been an improvement this month, Statistics Canada reported, in the replacement of old LMI Desktop Application by a new web-based dashboard, with an updated, user-friendly, interactive and customizable interface that enables easier tracking of ups and downs of the job market in communities across the country.
The new dashboard is result of StatCan's ongoing efforts to make data more accessible. Its new visual application offers a broader picture of these indicators such as the map, the chart, the tables within one screen showing labour force characteristics at the national, provincial or census metropolitan area level.
Data visualization takes complex datasets and makes them usable and understandable. Belia Velho, from the Communications and Dissemination Branch, explains, “It's an interactive tool that will allow every average user to quickly understand the data,” StatisticsCanada reports said.
In addition, the data are right there in the application, meaning that users no longer have to extract data from CANSIM and chart those data themselves.
Currently the dashboard contains only Labour Force Survey data but later this year LMI data from other surveys will be added to the application. The goal is to respond to user requests by including key indicators from different surveys and developing new indicators that are not necessarily available on CANSIM.
The new LMI dashboard is just the beginning, said Statistics Canada. It is researching on more dynamic and interactive ways to present data visually to better support the needs of users.
Several data visualization products would be released over the next year, said the agency, including thematic maps, a 2016 Census data viewer, a population clock and chord diagrams.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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With an explosion of rocket fuel and trail of smoke, a tiny satellite, the size of a bread box, launched from NASA's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 11 a.m. Tuesday, initiating Alberta into the space industry, media reports said.
The tiny satellite, named The Ex-Alta 1, the satellite made by a team of 40 University of Alberta (U of A) students will soon orbit Earth at an altitude of 400 kilometres..
The Ex-Alta 1 is one among dozens of other little satellites from other teams that are part of the QB50 research mission. University students from 28 countries had built fifty cube satellites, which were implemented Tuesday.
A post by Grejeen News Canada on the facebook account of Charles Nokes reads, “Some students from the University of Alberta are in emotional orbit …Charles Nokes, a space physics student, cried and then high-fived colleagues in elation Tuesday as the Atlas V blasted off into a bright blue sky from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. “You see the rocket engines and the fire coming out and you feel the rumble,” he said from a vantage point only a few kilometres from the launch pad.”
The spacecraft, designed by a team of students and faculty members at the U of A over the past four years, will record space weather data.
Nokes said the satellite will help the team study powerful forces, such as solar flares, which are a threat to spacecraft, satellites, and essential electronic networks on Earth.
Measurements will be transmitted on ground station the rooftop located at the U of A, and operated by the AlbertaSat team and shared with other research hubs all over the universe.
The satellite will deliver several tons of cargo including crew supplies and science experiments to the International Space Station.
The unique feature of these types of satellites is that these will remain in orbit for up to two years, but it will reportedly perish in the end due to harsh conditions.
"That's what's really unique and awesome about this new form of spacecraft, these cube satellites, they're very small and a lot cheaper and a lot faster to build and launch into space," said Nokes.
"You can put them in regions of space where you wouldn't launch larger and more expensive satellites because it makes no sense, economically to put a $500 million satellite into lower orbit to have burn up a few months later," said Nokes, CBCNews reports said.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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Toronto, Apr 17 (Canadian-Media): Scientists have developed a box which can convert low-humidity air into water, producing several litres every 12 hours, American researchers said Thursday, media reports said.
According to scientists an estimated one third of the world’s population lives in areas with low relative humidity and in areas going through droughts experience dry air, CBCNews reports said.
The device is currently in the prototype phase and can produce nearly 3 liters of water per day for every kilogram of spongelike absorber it contains, and future versions will be even better, researchers said, Science Journal reports said.
Evelyn Wang, a mechanical engineer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and co-author of the paper, was confident that new product which captures water from the air could be useful in producing water for remote low-humid and dry areas which have limited infrastructure.
A recent test on a roof at MIT confirmed that the system can produce about a glass of water every hour in 20 to 30 percent humidity, CBCNews reports said.
There were about 13 trillion liters of water floating in the atmosphere at any one time, which are equivalent to 10 percent of all of the freshwater in our planet’s lakes and river, according to an article “This new solar-powered device can pull water straight from the desert air” by Robert Service in the journal Science published on April 13.
Companies like Water-Gen and EcoloBlue had already been producing atmospheric water-generation units that create water from air but this new device can produce water in low-humidity environments using no energy, said Wang.
Co-author Omar Yaghi, a chemistry professor at University of California, Berkeley said this technology opens the door for personalised water.
“This application extends beyond drinking water and household purposes, off grid. It opens the way for use of (the technology) to water large regions as in agriculture,” said Yaghi, CBCNews reports said.
The scientists and developers hoped to reproduce the devices on a large scale and create a formal cost-effective affordable and accessible product, said Yaghi.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)