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Engineering

Kayak

The high-speed hunter. The kayak is the hunter’s boat in name; it means exactly that in Inuktitut, the language...

Life Jacket

The Inuit fisher’s insurance. When exposed to Canada’s frigid waters, both coastal and inland, you will often perish more...

Light Bulb

The bright future. Thomas Edison didn’t invent the electric light bulb. Credit for that illuminating discovery must go to...

Multi-touch screens

The pinch and the zoom. Innovators had the idea for multi-touch screens in their minds and down on paper...

Zipper

The hookless fastener. Many great innovations simply speed up or eliminate the actions that consume our time. The hookless...

Aircraft Mass Production

The queen of the hurricanes. Elsie MacGill’s life was one of firsts: the first woman in Canada to earn...

Electric Radio

The freedom from batteries. Today the name Rogers is synonymous with communication in Canada. While most associate the surname...

Electric Wheelchair

The veteran’s new legs. War is often an exercise in unintended consequences. The wonder-drug penicillin, for instance, enabled thousands...

Lubricating Cup

The real McCoy. It was so much better than all the other kinds that railroad engineers asked for it...