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World’s smallest Tylosaurus fossil sheds new light on how the ancient marine predator developed its fearsome snout and teeth as it matured.

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October
2018

An 85-million-year-old fossil of a baby “sea monster” unearthed from a chalk formation in Kansas gives scientists a clearer idea of how ancient marine reptiles developed from infancy to adulthood.

The fossil of a newborn Tylosaurus—a predator related to the mosasaur made famous in the Jurassic World movies—is the smallest specimen of the creature ever discovered, according to paleontologists Takuya Konishi and Paulina Jiménez-Huidobro, who conducted the research during their PhD studies in the University of Alberta’s Department of Biological Sciences under the supervision of Michael Caldwell.

 

The Tylosaurus specimen died shortly after it was born, making the fossil extremely difficult to identify because it had not yet developed the characteristic snout and teeth of adult tylosaurs. As adults, the predatory reptiles could gr...

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15
November
2018

Federal funding to help create artificial intelligence hub at U of A

New space will facilitate collaboration between industry and academia to bring new AI products to market.

The federal government believes Edmonton and the University of Alberta will lead Canada into the coming artificial intelligence (AI) revolution, which is expected to increase global GDP by $15.7
15
November
2018

Population of rare Stone’s sheep smaller than previously thought

Genetic analysis reveals misclassification of subspecies of thinhorn sheep, and leads to a more accurate estimate.

The already-rare Stone’s sheep of the Yukon is 20 per cent less common than previously thought, according to new research by University of Alberta biologists. Researchers examined 123 different
15
November
2018

U of A makes strong gains in latest ranking of Canada’s top 50 research universities

Significant funding boosts see U of A exceed $500 million in revenue earmarked for research.

The University of Alberta was among the leaders in a new ranking of Canadian universities’ research funding, which reached levels not seen in a decade. According to Research Infosource, research
08
November
2018

Bugs could be key indicator of reclaimed soil health

If PhD candidate Stephanie Chute-Ibsen is right, invertebrates will provide a more complete picture of soil health that could change industry standards.

When assessing the health of reclaimed land, look for the bugs, says a University of Alberta land reclamation researcher. Current industry standards examine the soil and its vegetation to assess
05
November
2018

U of A physicists develop new technique to create quantum memory

Discovery offers a simpler way to build a crucial element for more secure data communication and storage.

Physicists at the University of Alberta have developed a new way to build quantum memory that could help pave the way for a next-generation quantum internet that is more secure but can still take
25
October
2018

New AI-based video system helps seniors stay safe and independent

Smart system detects falls and other accidents as they happen, and alerts caregivers so they can respond right away.

An autonomous intelligence system is helping seniors stay safe both at home and in care facilities, thanks to a collaboration between University of Alberta computing scientists and software
15
October
2018

Scientists develop atomic-scale ‘simulator’ that acts like an electronic circuit

Breakthrough could lead to faster, more accurate programs to train neural networks for machine learning.

University of Alberta scientists have developed an atomic machine that acts like an electronic circuit—a breakthrough that could lead to faster, more accurate programs to train neural networks for
12
October
2018

Governments celebrate completion of $82.8-million infrastructure projects for U of A; federal government announces $39 million in new research funding

New student innovation centre, lab upgrades among 10 U of A projects completed thanks to joint federal-provincial Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund.

In the early morning of May 26, 2017, Ex-Alta 1, a small cube satellite designed and built by University of Alberta students, was deployed from the International Space Station. And while that
04
October
2018

New research about Martian moons contradicts long-held theory

The red planet’s two moons are likely pieces of the planet itself rather than stray asteroids, say scientists.

The two moons that orbit Mars are likely made up of chunks of the planet itself, contradicting a long-standing theory that the moons, Phobos and Deimos, were asteroids captured in Mars’ gravitational
02
October
2018

Around the world in 120 days: One student’s quest to bring renewable energy technology back home

U of A master’s student travels the world to learn more about how to bring geothermal technology to Canada.

A University of Alberta master’s student is going to the ends of the Earth to learn more about geothermal energy. Geoscience student Theron Finley is travelling to Alaska, Utah, Nevada,
01
October
2018

Scientists track nighthawks’ migration route in search of clues to species’ steep decline

New research on threatened birds’ 20,000 km annual journey from northern Alberta to the Amazon rainforest yields first insight to be used for conservation efforts.

In a quest to develop conservation strategies to protect a threatened species whose population has declined 80 per cent in the last 50 years, scientists at the University of Alberta have discovered