Science & Tech

Three-year, $3.7-million grant agreement with Alberta government boosts capacity for research that will benefit farmers and consumers.

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2020

The University of Alberta’s agricultural research capacity is being strengthened as it welcomes key programs being transferred from the Government of Alberta.

The Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences (ALES) is bringing on board research programs focused on several aspects of agriculture, including beef genomics, livestock feed, dairy production, poultry innovation and cereal agronomy. 

The three-year, $3.7-million grant agreement with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry also provides financial support for increased capacity for scientists who have been actively engaged in this research to join the university, including John Basarab (beef genomics and feed efficiency), Marcos Colazo (reproductive management in beef and dairy cattle), Valerie Carney (poultry innovation project lead) and Sheri Strydhorst (cereal agron...

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October
2020
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Soil fungi act like a support network for trees, study shows

U of A research is first to show that growth rate of adult trees is linked to fungal networks colonizing their roots.

Being highly connected to a strong social network has its benefits. Now a new University of Alberta study is showing the same goes for trees, thanks to their underground neighbours. The study,
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October
2020
| 17:00 America/Tegucigalpa

Provincial funding boosts U of A research on autonomous systems to improve health, transportation and industry

Technology driven by data and AI among four innovative U of A research projects receiving funding.

A University of Alberta-led initiative drawing together cutting-edge research projects from across the province into one co-ordinated effort focusing on AI technologies to automate transportation,
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October
2020
| 08:46 America/Tegucigalpa

U of A launches free online course on science literacy

New course teaches learners how to think critically about science—and how to tell the difference between sound scientific studies and pseudoscience.

We are often told not to believe everything we read online or see on TV, but how do we tell the difference between sensationalized statistics and a real scientific study? A new online course in
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October
2020
| 11:42 America/Tegucigalpa

Scientists develop new tools to study the immune system

New research lays foundation for future breakthroughs in fighting neurodegenerative diseases and cancer.

University of Alberta chemists have developed new tools for studying the human immune system that lay the foundation for research that could improve understanding of cancer and neurodegenerative
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October
2020
| 06:00 America/Tegucigalpa

Paleontologists identify new species of mosasaur

Ancient lizard’s long, crocodile-like snout suggests it carved out a niche in a competitive marine ecosystem.

A new species of an ancient marine reptile evolved to strike terror into the hearts of the normally safe, fast-swimming fish has been identified by a team of University of Alberta researchers,
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October
2020
| 11:28 America/Tegucigalpa

Diamonds found with gold in Canada’s Far North offer clues to Earth’s early history

Discovery of diamonds in small rock sample hints at possibility of new deposits in area similar to world’s richest gold mine in South Africa.

The presence of diamonds in an outcrop atop an unrealized gold deposit in Canada’s Far North mirrors the association found above the world’s richest gold mine, according to University of Alberta
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September
2020
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U of A researchers receive $1.4M in provincial funding to fight COVID-19

Research to predict spread of pandemic a month in advance among five projects aimed at stemming spread, developing better tests and improving patient care.

A researcher at the University of Alberta who developed an algorithm that can predict a mountain pine beetle outbreak seven years in advance is co-leading a team now homing in on the algorithm that
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September
2020
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Wildfires, logging affect fungi pine forests depend on for survival, studies show

Disturbances by humans or nature change balance of fungi in soil, potentially making it harder for seedlings to regenerate.

Disturbances can hit Alberta’s lodgepole pine forests hard—including life under the soil, new University of Alberta research shows. Fungal communities that nourish pine tree roots are being
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September
2020
| 12:14 America/Tegucigalpa

Chemists develop ‘smart cells’ with potential to treat illness at cellular level

U of A scientists advance field of precision health with development of therapeutic artificial cells.

New research by an international team of chemists describes a new type of artificial cell that can communicate with other cells within the body—with potential applications in the field of smart
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September
2020
| 08:36 America/Tegucigalpa

Forensic anthropologist helps police identify unknown victims

For Pamela Mayne Correia, the most satisfying cases are the ones she helps solve with the scarcest of skeletal remains.

Forensic anthropology requires guts of steel, but there was one disturbing case even Pamela Mayne Correia found hard to stomach. The University of Alberta anthropologist was called in to help
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September
2020
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Clean-tech entrepreneurs get provincial funding to bring bright ideas to reality

Six STEM graduates from U of A aim to commercialize technology ranging from better pregnancy tests for cows to more efficient batteries and faster tests for bacteria in water.

It didn’t take long for Matthew Nickel and Hillary Sweet to venture out on their own after they graduated from the University of Alberta in 2018 with PhDs in biomedical and materials