Paul Sylvester

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Will Curiosity Kill The Mars Landing?

(4) Comments | Posted August 5, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Evan Esar famously quipped (as he made a living of doing) that: "Success is the good fortune that comes from aspiration, desperation, perspiration and inspiration." Late Sunday night (for those on the west coast) and pre-dawn Monday morning (for the rest of us in Canada), the U.S. Space Agency NASA...

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A Budget Can't Solve Canada's Innovation Woes

(10) Comments | Posted April 2, 2012 | 8:23 AM

The word "innovation" appears 122 times in the Canadian Federal Government's Budget for 2012-2013, which in case anyone missed it, is entitled "Jobs, Growth and Long-Term Prosperity - Economic Action Plan 2012". According to, innovation is "The process by which an idea or invention is translated into...

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The Greying of Canadian University Professors

(1) Comments | Posted November 1, 2011 | 9:11 AM

The demographics of a healthy profession include a mix of younger and older workers. Younger workers often add mental and physical energy, fresh perspectives and new ideas to a professional community, whereas older workers commonly contribute a deep reservoir of knowledge and wisdom developed through years of experience. Both are...

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Big Infrastructure Projects Have High Risks but High Rewards

(8) Comments | Posted July 7, 2011 | 7:50 AM

Commentators in the United States often lament the country's seeming loss of will to take on the kinds of big infrastructure projects that made the nation great in the first place; founding the Tennessee Valley Authority in the 1930s to provide electricity and economic development to Tennessee and six neighboring...

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