Lobster is the most prevalent, lucrative seafood export for the nation of Canada but the fishermen charged with gathering the crop are struggling mightily with escalating costs.
Lobster fishermen spend up to $700 in fuel per trip, which means checking traps daily can cost almost $5,000 a week.
But checking traps daily doesn’t guarantee a lobster.
But there is hope! Here is another quote from the piece in The Globe and Mail:
The Bait Savour is the latest from inventor Vince Stuart and Dalhousie University’s Innovation and Design Lab – also known as iDLab – and allows fishermen to extend the amount of time they can leave their traps unattended but still baited.
It’s a small container that fits into a lobster trap. Inside it, there is a second piece of bait that is only released into the trap after a fuse, specially designed to biodegrade in water, breaks down completely.
Any invention that makes lobster more likely to reach my mouth is an invention worth savoring.
And now we get a tad more serious in Canada.
The IGAR robot, developed by Hamilton surgeon Dr. Mehran Anvari, is meant to transform the early detection and treatment of breast cancer. From the piece in TheSpec:
Anvari expects to start testing the robot that can instantly and precisely biopsy and destroy lumps on up to 120 patients in Hamilton, Toronto, Quebec and the United States by early 2013.
“Women in Hamilton will be one of the first to have access to it,” said Anvari. “Its accuracy is extremely high. We hope it will enhance care.”
It is not only the doctor with hope. Millions of women may now have it as well.