Research stories

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In CFI-funded labs and facilities across the country, researchers in all stages of their careers are making discoveries, supporting a robust innovation ecosystem and helping solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges. 

A young researcher wearing a hardhat sits in the driver’s seat of a vehicle, typing on a laptop.

Meet Canada’s greenhouse gas detectives

With a few creative hacks, the Flux Lab has transformed a lab bench gas analyzer into a mobile tool they’re using to measure emissions from pipeline leaks, landfills and melting permafrost in the field

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Ontario
Cataloguing all the world’s living things, at the Centre for Biodiversity Genomics
The University of Guelph is building a powerful inventory of every species on Earth in an effort to monitor and conserve biodiversity in the face of crisis
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Quebec
Making movies of matter as it changes, with the Advanced Laser Light Source
Researchers at the Institut national de la recherche scientifique use Canada’s most powerful laser to probe everything from how plants grow to how metals behave under stress
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Quebec
How Canadian research could help determine if we are alone in the universe
The James Webb Space Telescope has a uniquely Canadian invention aboard that, with help from research on the ground, reveals the composition of the atmosphere of planets outside our solar system and their potential to harbour life
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Quebec
Concussions: A dizzying field of research!
There are 200,000 concussions every year in Canada. If you’re not an elite athlete, your odds of having a concussion are one in 10,000. Professional athletes, on the other hand, will experience three or four by the age of 20. But since there is no way of objectively diagnosing a concussion, and those affected are notoriously reluctant to report their symptoms, the real numbers are likely higher than anyone wants to admit. What stands in the way of acceptance and proper management of concussions?
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Alberta
Applying quantum technology to solve some of our toughest real-world problems
University of Calgary partnerships exploring how quantum research can help to address “hard problems”
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Nova Scotia,New Brunswick
Tracking the North Atlantic right whale
Ocean Tracking Network leveraging new technology to track whales and design interventions
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Manitoba
Sea ice dynamics
University of Manitoba researchers look to the Churchill Marine Observatory for answers about a changing climate
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Alberta
Searching for new cures with Western and Traditional Knowledge
Traditional Indigenous Knowledge helps guide the Prairie to Pharmacy initiative’s quest to fill Canada’s gap in natural product research and find new cancer drugs in prairie plants
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Quebec
Christian Messier has found his field of dreams
A world-renowned specialist in forest management and biodiversity pays colourful tribute to the living organisms we call trees.