Science & Tech

New CFI-funded archive facility will push boundaries of climate change understanding.

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October
2017

Preserving fragile records of past life to inform future human activity just got exponentially easier.

Thanks to a $1.6-million funding infusion provided via the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, the University of Alberta will become home to the new Permafrost Archives Science Laboratory, the first of its kind in North America.

“This is an attempt to capture the richness of what we can learn from permafrost while dealing with the potential impacts of thaw and changes in the north,” said Duane Froese, professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and lead on the new initiative. “Changes to permafrost as a result of increasing ground temperature are likely to become a defining issue for Canada over the next few decades.”

Froese explained that while permafrost is technically defined as ground with temperature b...

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13
October
2017

A year of research in a single day

Nuclear magnetic resonance tool promises to dramatically push up discovery timeframes for UAlberta researchers.

Many aspects of the lives of Canadians depend on innovative materials such as solar cells, rechargeable batteries, scratch- and crack-resistant glass and even medical implants, all designed over
13
October
2017

Giving our fading power supply a much-needed boost

Electrical engineering researcher receives federal funding for lab to explore a smarter power grid.

Ryan Li is working to ensure the quality of our electricity. The University of Alberta electrical and computerengineering researcher says as renewable energy technologies and new devices
12
October
2017

New round of federal infrastructure funding to help nanotechnology go beyond the lab

New nanoFAB manufacturing centre will allow researchers to mass-produce their technologies using inexpensive materials and low-energy processing.

Imagine being able to print off solar panels like newspaper. Thanks to an injection of infrastructure funding from the federal government’s Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), University
11
October
2017

Want to stay younger longer? Be kind to your cells

It may sound like fiction but science is slowly unlocking secrets to aging.

Can we turn back the clock on aging? Maybe not, but by being kind to our body’s cells, we can slow the process, and take heart: scientific breakthroughs may one day add decades to our lives,
04
October
2017

Best way to save the caribou? Look at white-tailed deer and moose

Gradually reducing numbers of invading prey animals shows promise as effective wildlife management practice.

The most effective way to save North America’s dwindling caribou herds is to keep numbers of invading prey animals—like deer and moose—low, according to a new UAlberta research
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September
2017

UAlberta physicists upend what is known about northern lights

New model shows mechanism thought to be behind certain classes of northern lights may not even exist.

What scientists thought caused certain classes of northern lights is not what causes certain classes of northern lights. In a landmark study that has toppled what scientists know about the night
15
September
2017

Why leaves change colours in the fall

... and why it's a good idea to rake them, among other facts about fall's golden cloak.

The coming of bitter winter weather is always a bit easier to take when nature puts on a fall show, first. For the Edmonton area, that means a fluttering cloak of gold as the leaves of trees
14
September
2017

Lentils replace eggs and milk in baking process

UAlberta researchers pull animal-based products out of the mix.

Vegans and vegetarians will soon have one more way to have their cake and eat it too. Researchers in the University of Alberta kitchen have whipped up angel food cake and muffins as light and
13
September
2017

UAlberta chemist creates next generation of neuroscience tools

Tools for visualizing and manipulating neurons will provide insight into a wide variety of medical and mental health conditions.

UAlberta chemistry professor Robert Campbell is developing new ways to see and manipulate the activity of neurons in the brain, which could revolutionize the way we understand the organ that controls
11
September
2017

Building a better biosensor

Engineering team’s ‘black box’ takes aim at crop, human diseases.

It’s an unassuming little gadget—a simple black box trailing coloured wires. But hooked up to a tablet and put to work in the middle of a canola field, a biosensor being crafted by a
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September
2017

Figuring out how climate change affects the fungi that feeds trees and absorbs carbon

It’s one of more than 170 UAlberta research projects sharing in federal funds worth $26.1 million.

Despite aspen’s ability to grow from the northernmost reaches of Canada to the highest altitudes in Mexico, the tree is on the run. The southern part of the aspen’s range is drying up,