News & Newsmakers

10 international organizations for worldwide food security

Many non-profit organizations and research teams are tackling the issue of food security, on local and national/international levels. These are just a few worth noting: • Arava Institute for Environmental Studies: In Israel, this academic hub is focused on the preservation of arid lands and their natural resources in the Middle East. • Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition: A …

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The business of bees

Several funding initiatives are working to ensure the health of Canada’s pollinators, an essential factor for farming success.

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10 research projects in B.C. seeking agricultural solutions

The Farm Adaptation Innovator Program – which began as a pilot in 2014, delivering $1.75 million in funding to 15 projects, involving more than 140 organizations and partners – is currently supporting a wide variety of applied research projects that are exploring solutions for crop resilience, soil health and water management issues. In collaboration with nearly 50 partners from government …

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Taking action against wasteful labs

(via labconscious.com) Elicia Preston, research scientist and lab manager in the Genetics department at the Perelman School of Medicine/University of Pennsylvania, took action to reduce plastic waste in the laboratory by switching to glass petri plates. Data shared by the University of Cambridge Sustainable Labs and generated by the University of Edinburgh, based on usage and conversion factors sourced through …

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Energy innovations that are changing our world

Biobatteries & e-skins Associate Professor Seokheun (Sean) Choi and his research team at Binghamton University, State University of New York, developed a bio-based paper battery that uses bacteria to produce power. On a piece of chromatography paper, a ribbon of silver nitrate is placed under a layer of wax to create a cathode, while conductive polymer is applied on a …

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Girl power

Mitacs Environmental Entrepreneur Award winner transforms carbon dioxide into profits.

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New RCMP forensic lab targets LEED Gold standards

Each year, the RCMP’s National Forensic Laboratory Services (NFLS) processes thousands of requests from police agencies across the country for forensic services, in areas such as biology (DNA), toxicology, trace evidence, anti-counterfeiting, and firearms and toolmark identification. These services play a vital role in criminal investigations. This summer, the RCMP took ownership of its new laboratory facility in Surrey, B.C., …

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