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Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige talks X-Men after Disney/Fox merger

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  • Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said on Variety’s “Playback” podcast on Thursday that he could be approved to develop projects for Fox’s Marvel characters in the next six months.
  • The Disney-Fox merger is expected to close in early 2019 and the combination will give Disney access to Fox’s film rights to Marvel characters like the X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Deadpool.

Disney’s acquisition of Fox is expected to close in early 2019. Once the merger is finalized, Disney’s Marvel Studios will have access to Marvel characters that Fox owns the film rights to, such as the X-Men, Deadpool, and Fantastic Four.

During an interview on Variety’s “Playback” podcast on Thursday, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige commented on the future of those characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe after the Disney-Fox merger. He said that he hasn’t been given the official green light to develop projects for Fox’s Marvel characters yet, but that the future looks bright.

We’ve been told it’s looking very, very good and could happen in the first six months of next year,” Feige said.

Read more: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ directors on dealing with sky-high expectations, and which characters they want to enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Feige has previously said that the current era of the MCU is “gearing towards a conclusion” with next year’s “Avengers: Endgame,” and Disney CEO Bob Iger has said that the MCU will “try a new franchise beyond ‘Avengers'” in the future.

That means that new characters will likely be essential to the MCU after “Endgame.”

“The notion of the characters who had previously been under a Fox agreement coming back is great,” Feige said on the podcast. “Number One, it’s nice when a company that created all these characters can have access to all those characters. It’s unusual not to. Marvel has been in a unique position to not have access to the characters for a long time.”

Disney bought Fox’s film studio and other assets earlier this year for $71.3 billion, raising its offer from $52.4 billion after a challenge from Comcast. On top of integrating Fox assets, Disney is also launching its own streaming service in 2019, called Disney+, which will feature Marvel TV shows.

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More groups join in support of women in STEM program at Carleton

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OTTAWA — Major companies and government partners are lending their support to Carleton University’s newly established Women in Engineering and Information Technology Program.

The list of supporters includes Mississauga-based construction company EllisDon.

The latest to announce their support for the program also include BlackBerry QNX, CIRA (Canadian Internet Registration Authority), Ericsson, Nokia, Solace, Trend Micro, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, CGI, Gastops, Leonardo DRS, Lockheed Martin Canada, Amdocs and Ross.

The program is officially set to launch this September.

It is being led by Carleton’s Faculty of Engineering and Design with the goal of establishing meaningful partnerships in support of women in STEM.  

The program will host events for women students to build relationships with industry and government partners, create mentorship opportunities, as well as establish a special fund to support allies at Carleton in meeting equity, diversity and inclusion goals.

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VR tech to revolutionize commercial driver training

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Serious Labs seems to have found a way from tragedy to triumph? The Edmonton-based firm designs and manufactures virtual reality simulators to standardize training programs for operators of heavy equipment such as aerial lifts, cranes, forklifts, and commercial trucks. These simulators enable operators to acquire and practice operational skills for the job safety and efficiency in a risk-free virtual environment so they can work more safely and efficiently.

The 2018 Humboldt bus catastrophe sent shock waves across the industry. The tragedy highlighted the need for standardized commercial driver training and testing. It also contributed to the acceleration of the federal government implementing a Mandatory Entry-Level Training (MELT) program for Class 1 & 2 drivers currently being adopted across Canada. MELT is a much more rigorous standard that promotes safety and in-depth practice for new drivers.

Enter Serious Labs. By proposing to harness the power of virtual reality (VR), Serious Labs has earned considerable funding to develop a VR commercial truck driving simulator.

The Government of Alberta has awarded $1 million, and Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) is contributing an additional $2 million for the simulator development. Commercial deployment is estimated to begin in 2024, with the simulator to be made available across Canada and the United States, and with the Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA) helping to provide simulator tests to certify that driver trainees have attained the appropriate standard. West Tech Report recently took the opportunity to chat with Serious Labs CEO, Jim Colvin, about the environmental and labour benefits of VR Driver Training, as well as the unique way that Colvin went from angel investor to CEO of the company.

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Next-Gen Tech Company Pops on New Cover Detection Test

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While the world comes out of the initial stages of the pandemic, COVID-19 will be continue to be a threat for some time to come. Companies, such as Zen Graphene, are working on ways to detect the virus and its variants and are on the forefronts of technology.

Nanotechnology firm ZEN Graphene Solutions Ltd. (TSX-Venture:ZEN) (OTCPK:ZENYF), is working to develop technology to help detect the COVID-19 virus and its variants. The firm signed an exclusive agreement with McMaster University to be the global commercializing partner for a newly developed aptamer-based, SARS-CoV-2 rapid detection technology.

This patent-pending technology uses clinical samples from patients and was funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. The test is considered extremely accurate, scalable, saliva-based, affordable, and provides results in under 10 minutes.

Shares were trading up over 5% to $3.07 in early afternoon trade.

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