News & Newsmakers

The emerging army against COVID-19

As the world transformed with the coronavirus lockdowns of spring 2020, science shifted its focus to a new foe. Many Canadian foundations, companies and researchers are at the forefront of understanding the virus and discovering possible vaccines, while the world grapples with “the new normal.”  Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, recently issued this statement about COVID-19: “As …

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NEWSMAKER: Dr. Jason Rowe

At 12 years old, Dr. Jason Rowe remembers seeing images of distant planets captured by NASA’s Voyager spacecraft. He was enthralled by the details of planets we had never seen before. Now, Rowe spends his life in pursuit of an answer to the question: Could there be another planet like ours?

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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 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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