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An in-depth look at the research that is creating the next techie gadgets which may soon be coming to a store near you
December 17, 2015
By Sarah Brown It’s a dizzying world out there. Technological research is moving fast. Gadgets and gizmos that just a few years ago were deemed... Read more
Imagine a home where everyday appliances talk to you — and to each other
December 17, 2015
By Michael Bhardwaj 6:30 a.m. The alarm clock launches its unholy clatter, slingshotting you out of the rumple of bedsheets and off to the bath. You... Read more
Tomorrow’s clothing could be designed using computerized fabrics that make a bold statement while tracking our health
December 17, 2015
By Sarah Brown Models demonstrate two examples of interactive electronic clothing developed as part of the Karma Chameleon project conducted at... Read more
The director of North America’s leading centre for freshwater aquatic research talks about the threats to and the silver linings behind the Great Lakes
November 29, 2015
By Alec Ross The unmistakable outline of the coasts of lakes Erie, Ontario, Huron, Michigan and Superior dominates the geography around southern... Read more
Unravelling ancient climates
Researchers use the information archived in lake-bottom sediments to fill in gaps in climate data from millennia gone by
November 29, 2015
Sediments closest to the surface contain information about environmental changes from the most recent decades. These surface materials are obtained... Read more
SickKids researcher Stephen Scherer offers parents an explanation of the genetic causes of autism
October 20, 2015
By Christopher Pollon To hear Stephen Scherer tell it, his path to becoming director of The Centre for Applied Genomics at Toronto’s Hospital for... Read more
The young people heading back to school this week — from kindergartners to university frosh — represent a new generation that will be more educated, connected and sophisticated than any that has come before. Researchers across Canada are developing the curricula and classrooms that will prepare them for the world they will inherit.
August 25, 2015
By Kate Hammer Few school-aged children in Canada can remember a time before they could carry most of human knowledge on a phone in their pocket.... Read more
The University of British Columbia’s Centre for the Study of Historical Consciousness has helped revise how history is taught in classrooms across the country
August 25, 2015
By Kate Hammer Is it more important for a student to remember the dates of major battles of the First World War or to be able to debate the origins... Read more
A researcher at Mount Saint Vincent University is making sure that bullying resources for teachers and parents don’t inadvertently perpetuate the ‘mean girls’ phenomenon
August 25, 2015
By Kate Hammer Bullying in schools is more troubling than ever for a generation hooked on social media, as the dynamics of the classroom reach... Read more
Researchers at Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Imaginative Education are developing new teaching models that engage students’ imaginations to make the mundane memorable
August 25, 2015
By Kate Hammer Like many students, Kieran Egan was bored throughout much of his schooling. He was bored by the structure, bored by the rigid, joyless... Read more
To help teachers make the most of electronic devices in their classrooms, a researcher at Université de Montréal is tracking which behaviours are distracting and which ones enrich the experience
August 25, 2015
By Kate Hammer Technology is a divisive issue among teachers. Some embrace it, finding new ways to engage their students through tablets, smartphones... Read more
Researchers across Canada are developing new insights into how we learn and are devising innovative ways to educate the next generation. Here is a sample from our archives of stories and videos on education research.
August 25, 2015
  Videos   Cardboard creations from the EDGE Lab February 19, 2014Ryerson University researchers are helping parents design custom adaptations for... Read more
Water nation
More than ever, Canada needs to protect, conserve and manage its fresh water. Fortunately, scientists across the country have devoted their professional lives to the task.
June 23, 2015
By Alec Ross Water made Canada possible. Before the days of railways and highways, the lake and river routes of Aboriginal peoples, voyageurs and fur... Read more
When atmospheric mercury falls back to Earth in raindrops, it rises up the food web, and is now found in increasing levels in fish
June 23, 2015
By Alec Ross Mercury levels in yellow perch, or Perca flavescens, have increased in some lakes in Nova Scotia.Credit: Jennifer Thera, University of... Read more
An observatory at the headwaters of Alberta’s Bow River will improve flood warnings
June 23, 2015
John Pomeroy digs a hole for the base of a solid precipitation gauge as part of an automated snowpack and weather station in the high Canadian... Read more
As nanoparticles become more pervasive in consumer products, researchers rush to figure out what happens to them once they are in the water
June 23, 2015
The movement of silver nanoparticles in water and into sediments, plankton, insects, fish and other creatures is being studied at Lake 222 (shown... Read more
Constance Crompton at the University of British Columbia Okanagan is turning decades-old documents into searchable digital data to take the history therein from obscure to widely shareable
May 28, 2015
By Roberta Staley This past year, the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, or Vatican Library, famously began to digitize its vast and remarkable archive... Read more
The University of Manitoba’s Robert Duncan is finding ways to boost the value of canola and rapeseed with potentially massive pay-offs
January 20, 2015
By dee Hobsbawn-Smith Robert Duncan is using a mix of molecular science and in-the-field smarts to create new varieties of canola and rapeseed with... Read more
The Université de Montréal’s Anick Bérard is building the world’s only super-database that matches drug exposure to gestational age which provides crucial insight for pharmaceutical use during pregnancy
January 20, 2015
By Sharon Oosthoek Should a woman prescribed antidepressants continue taking them while pregnant? The question is fraught — her health and that of... Read more
Khaled Hassanein and his colleagues at McMaster University are creating a lab to measure how users respond to e-commerce sites, from where their eyes are drawn to how excited they become
January 20, 2015
By Omar Mouallem Before a website or app goes live, it’s often tested for usability. What grabbed the user’s attention? Is it easy to navigate? Is it... Read more
Newly developed equipment positions Jeffrey Priest’s team at the University of Calgary at the forefront of understanding a vast potential new energy source
January 16, 2015
By Peter Gorrie Vast stores of natural gas sit locked, frozen within a matrix of water molecules, in undersea sediments. Jeffrey Priest and his team... Read more
How Canadian scientists are helping to lead the genomics revolution
November 20, 2014
By Christopher Pollon Genomics is more than an emerging frontier of scientific inquiry; it is part of an ongoing technological revolution that... Read more
The University of Toronto’s Elizabeth Edwards develops microbes to tackle some of our toughest environmental challenges, from pollutants to finding new energy sources
November 20, 2014
By Christopher Pollon It’s invisible to most of us, but one of the most prevalent organic groundwater contaminants on Earth is something called... Read more
The University of British Columbia’s Jörg Bohlmann has helped sequence the genome of Canada’s most economically important tree, and his research could contribute to the protection of the boreal forest from the devastating threat of the mountain pine beetle
November 20, 2014
By Christopher Pollon On Jörg Bohlmann’s first day as a post-doctoral fellow at Washington State University in 1995, his supervisor asked for a... Read more
The University of Toronto’s Gary Bader is compiling information about gene function from around the world in a database that has already shown the potential to save lives
November 20, 2014
By Christopher Pollon Gary Bader cringes when he recalls life as a biochemistry undergrad, particularly the toil of memorizing immense amounts of... Read more
The University of Ottawa’s new Advanced Research Complex is a powerhouse of photonics and geosciences research
September 30, 2014
By Sabrina Daniel The Advanced Research Complex (ARC) is a five-storey, customized building on the University of Ottawa campus housing some of the... Read more
The University of Ottawa’s Jack Cornett studies tiny traces of rare atoms to unlock mysteries of environmental health
September 30, 2014
By Leah Geller Jack Cornett is very clear about what drew him to the University of Ottawa two years ago from his position as director general of the... Read more
Geologist Ian Clark and his research team will use the colossal centrepiece of the Advanced Research Complex — an accelerator mass spectrometer — to study radioactive contaminants, one atom at a time
September 30, 2014
By Sean Rushton It filled five 12-metre shipping containers on its overseas journey to Canada from the Netherlands, where it was built. Fully... Read more
The slightest movement can ruin a photonics experiment. For Robert Boyd and his team, working in new labs designed to dampen vibration will make their job a whole lot easier.
September 30, 2014
By Tim Lougheed Ask Robert Boyd why he is looking forward to working in the Advanced Research Complex (ARC) and he starts to talk about vibration.... Read more
Internationally acclaimed physicist Paul Corkum has long promoted Ottawa as a rising world capital of photonics. As a hub of collaborative research, the Advanced Research Complex is an important new commitment to turning that vision into reality.
September 30, 2014
By Alan Morantz The University of Ottawa’s Advanced Research Complex (ARC) is robust evidence of the University’s global ambitions in the fields of... Read more
The University of Ottawa's new research complex was designed to put a state-of-the-art lab in the public eye
September 16, 2014
By Monique Roy-Sole The late André Lalonde, a former University of Ottawa dean of science, had a clear-cut vision for the Advanced Research Complex (... Read more
Queen’s University civil engineers have the pulse on the water pipes, gas lines and sewers that lie beneath our feet
May 29, 2014
We all know it’s there, but it’s easy to take for granted. Buried beneath the ground is a network of pipes that not only makes your life bearable but... Read more
How new technology is boosting the lifespan of large-scale infrastructure
May 29, 2014
The ISIS Canada Research Network has a simple but ambitious mission: to ensure that Canada is a world leader in civil engineering. Based at the... Read more
More than 200 researchers enter the “CRIB” to develop and test large-scale infrastructure in real-world conditions
May 29, 2014
Structural engineers are always coming up with novel ways to build infrastructure. It’s what they do best. But when they collaborate with materials... Read more
Using a by-product of the pulp and paper industry to create a kind of super glue for cement
May 29, 2014
The cement industry’s carbon footprint is massive. From the energy used to extract raw materials to the emissions released throughout the cement... Read more
University of British Columbia research is making bridges stronger — and smarter
May 29, 2014
All urban infrastructure is essential for properly functioning communities, but there’s something about a bridge that really puts the issue into... Read more
Innovative research is a crucial part of the plan to make Canada’s roads, bridges and water systems stronger, safer and more durable
May 27, 2014
by Fraser Los We often take public infrastructure for granted. We assume that the bridges we cross on the way to work will remain stable, that... Read more
An in-depth look at how medical imaging research is transforming health care
January 27, 2014
Introduction by Stephen Strauss It is almost incomprehensible how much medical imaging — the ability to peer inside the body by exploiting the laws... Read more
How a clear vision and long hours in the lab helped Ting-Yim Lee move his new idea in medical imaging from concept to clinical trials
January 27, 2014
Interview by Stephen Strauss Ting-Yim Lee is a leader in Canadian medical-imaging research and a great example of the value of brain gain to science... Read more
Advances in mammography over the past 30 years mean a better outlook for breast cancer patients
January 27, 2014
By Malorie Bertrand Decades before film photography was nudged out of use by digital cameras, Martin Yaffe and his team of researchers at Sunnybrook... Read more
Brain imaging is increasingly important as researchers move closer to finding treatments for neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s
January 27, 2014
By Roberta Staley Matthew Farrer was uneasy about how he would be received as he prepared to discuss genetic biology and DNA mutations with a large... Read more
A first-in-Canada lab looks at how people move — inside and out
January 27, 2014
By Suzanne Bowness If you want to capture a body in motion from all angles, it makes sense to aim as many cameras as you can in its direction. That’s... Read more
Sharing brain-imaging data online hastens drug development
January 27, 2014
Alan Evans of McGill University speaks at Robson Square in downtown Vancouver in 2012 as part of the Dialogues lecture series, organized by the CFI... Read more
Matt Ratto of the University of Toronto’s Critical Making Lab brings 3-D printing down to earth
December 11, 2013
By Sarah Brown While 3-D printing is not a new technology, the development of smaller, and cheaper, machines now allows people to buy a compact... Read more
Queen’s Human Media Lab’s PaperTab technology has the world talking
December 11, 2013
By Sarah Brown It seems so retro. Our future tablets will be designed to act more like paper: We’ll fold them, roll them up, maybe even stuff them... Read more