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Our top three research videos from 2014

Videos from the past year that tell the fascinating stories of world-class research from CFI-funded labs
December 5, 2014

 

How the accelerator mass spectrometer works

What makes an accelerator mass spectrometer capable of analyzing a trace isotope like radiocarbon, which is present in the environment at one-million-millionth the concentration of regular carbon atoms? How is it able to distinguish between two atoms that have virtually identical mass? Ian Clark, professor of Earth sciences at the University of Ottawa explains how it works in this animated video.

 

Good guys vs. bad guys: How early do babies know the difference?

As head of the Centre for Infant Cognition at the University of British Columbia, Kiley Hamlin is interested in the development of the human mind and how we understand and evaluate the social world. One of her research projects looks for the earliest signs of morality by measuring how early in life infants can differentiate between good and bad behaviour in others.

 

Hot/cold enough for you?

As a former alpine ski racer, Matthew White at Simon Fraser University understands the challenges of performing in extreme climates. In the Laboratory for Exercise & Environmental Physiology (LEEP), White and his team will use a climatic chamber to test physiological responses to hot and cold temperatures in high-performance athletes to help them adapt to extreme environments and maximize their training regimes and performance.

 

All videos produced by Sabrina Daniel