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A virology lab researcher works to develop a test that will detect the P.1 variant of the coronavirus, in São Paulo, Brazil, in March 2021. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Why we need open-source science innovation — not patents and paywalls

In open-source endowed research positions, professors release all of their intellectual property. Surveys of academics in the U.S. and Canada find most like the idea.
Involving social sector organizations in students’ experiential learning allows students to develop important skills, and this can also serve as a community engagement and capacity-building strategy. (Pexels/Fauxels)

How social sciences and humanities programs can prepare students for employment

Internships and work-integrated learning for social sciences and humanities students can be part of how post-secondary institutions increase their capacities to contribute to social innovation.
Innovative ideas spring from many sources, research finds. Yuichiro Chino/Moment via Getty Images

Nobel prizes most often go to researchers who defy specialization – winners are creative thinkers who synthesize innovations from varied fields and even hobbies

Some of the most innovative people in the world earn Nobel Prizes. Scholars of creativity identify what they have in common and what regular people can learn and emulate from their examples.
An image of a mock gallows on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, is shown as the House select committee holds hearings in June 2022 into the attack. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Why the Jan. 6 hearings should be making corporations nervous

It’s easy to consider the erosion of democratic norms in the U.S. as purely political, but it poses serious risks to the country’s economic order. Is democracy in the gallows?
Companies develop AI to gain an advantage over their competition, but this results in flawed products entering the market. (Shutterstock)

Push for AI innovation can create dangerous products

Competition between corporations drives innovation and development. But when it comes to artificial intelligence systems, the prevention of harm should be more important.
Image of Earth’s city lights, created with data from the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program. NASA/Newsmakers via Getty Images

What the controversial 1972 ‘Limits to Growth’ report got right: Our choices today shape future conditions for life on Earth

A 1972 report warned that unchecked consumption could crater the world economy by 2100. Fifty years and much debate later, can humanity innovate quickly enough to avoid that fate?
If Canada wants to establish itself as a leading country in innovation, it has to invest in scientist-entrepreneurs and their projects. (Shutterstock)

Canada needs to invest more money into science innovation to help prevent the next global crisis

The key to supporting science innovation is funding and shaping it at its earliest stages, while innovative ventures are still housed within universities — and even before the ventures are founded.

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