Category: Science

Julie Payette: Retired astronaut one of two Canadian women in space

| July 27, 2014 | 0 Comments
Julie Payette: Retired astronaut one of two Canadian women in space

Julie Payette says her family never discouraged her dreams of becoming an astronaut Five years after her final flight, retired astronaut Julie Payette admits she had doubts she would ever fly as she watched the Americans send astronauts to the moon in the late 1960s and early ’70s. She faced several obstacles on the road […]

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Alberta scientists dig up baby Chasmosaurus dinosaur

| December 3, 2013 | 0 Comments
Alberta scientists dig up baby Chasmosaurus dinosaur

Baby Chasmosaurus find a big deal for University of Alberta palaeontology By Bryan Alary   World-renowned University of Alberta palaeontologist Philip Currie has made a once-in-a-lifetime find – the complete fossil of a baby Chasmosaurus dinosaur in pristine condition. Currie, who is rumoured to be the real-life version of Jurassic Park’s Dr. Alan Grant, was lucky enough to be […]

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Don’t throw out organic waste — digest it

| October 24, 2013 | 0 Comments
Don’t throw out organic waste — digest it

U of A and City of Edmonton turning organic waste into a renewable energy source By Bryan Alary, University of Alberta Imagine turning 1,500 tonnes of kitchen scraps into a renewable energy source and in the process raising the bar in waste reduction. That’s a lot to digest—literally and figuratively—thanks to a new partnership between […]

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CASSIOPE launches Sunday carrying UofC technology

| September 29, 2013 | 1 Comment
CASSIOPE launches Sunday carrying UofC technology

CASSIOPE data will be collected by an antenna near Priddis, Alta. The newest Canadian satellite, CASSIOPE, was launched into space Sunday morning and carries technology developed at the University of Calgary. The university is also responsible for gathering the incoming data, which will help researchers better understand space storms and their effects on space-based technologies. The […]

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Solar power breakthrough: Printable or spray-on solar panels

| August 30, 2013 | 2 Comments
Solar power breakthrough: Printable or spray-on solar panels

U of A team designs solar power nanoparticles that absorb light and conduct electricity The cost of solar power may be set to plummet as new discoveries by University of Alberta researchers could lead to cheap printable or spray-on solar panels. Researcher Jillian Buriak and her team have discovered a way to make inexpensive and easily manufactured nanoparticle-based solar cells […]

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University of Alberta attracting the world’s top paleontologists

| August 13, 2013 | 0 Comments
University of Alberta attracting the world’s top paleontologists

University of Alberta a haven for dinosaur researchers Researchers from the University of Alberta are uncovering remains of at least a dozen dinosaurs dating back to 73 million years. Their digging site, known as the Danek bonebed, is located near the University of Alberta campus and the Century Park LRT station, just a few hundred […]

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Prenatal stress in fathers can affect development of children

| April 12, 2013 | 0 Comments
Prenatal stress in fathers can affect development of children

U of L study says prenatal stress in fathers affects brain development of children A University of Lethbridge study suggests prenatal stress in fathers can affect the brain development of children. The study found male rats stressed prior to conception produced developmentally delayed offspring. Dr. Robbin Gibb says the findings could have major implications for […]

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GMO technology defended by molecular geneticist

| March 10, 2013 | 0 Comments
GMO technology defended by molecular geneticist

GMO food needlessly demonized, says scientist By Alan McHughen    Just mention GMO (genetically modified organism) and some people run scared – why? GMOs are products of technologies developed during the 1970s and 1980s that allow researchers to take DNA (i.e., genetic information) from any plant, animal or microbe and combine it with the DNA […]

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Chris Hadfield to hold video call from space with Alberta students

| March 8, 2013 | 0 Comments
Chris Hadfield to hold video call from space with Alberta students

Chris Hadfield will speak to about 1000 Alberta students via video Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield will be holding a video call session from the International Space Station to talk with Alberta students on March 11. Chris Hadfield is analyzing radiation levels on the International Space Station (ISS) through a Canadian experiment called Radi-N2. This experiment […]

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Fabry disease gene therapy trial launches in Canada

| February 25, 2013 | 0 Comments
Fabry disease gene therapy trial launches in Canada

New hope for patients within the next two years Researchers in Calgary have launched the first gene therapy clinical trial in the world for Fabry disease. Fabry disease is a rare inherited enzyme deficiency that can shorten the lifespan of people who have it by as much as 40 years. Researchers will first remove a […]

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