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Two lakes found under ice cap in Canadian Arctic may offer clues to possible life on Europa, the icy moon of Jupiter.

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April
2018

Two super-salty lakes discovered under ice in the Canadian Arctic could help scientists search for life on other worlds.

Analysis of publicly available radar data led scientists to the unexpected discovery of the two lakes, located beneath 550 to 750 metres of ice in the Devon Ice Cap, one of the largest ice caps in the Canadian Arctic.

“We weren’t looking for subglacial lakes. The ice is frozen to the ground at the Devon Ice Cap, so there shouldn’t be liquid water there,” said Anja Rutishauser, PhD student at the University of Alberta, who made the discovery while studying radar data from NASA to describe the geology surrounding the ice cap.

Sending electromagnetic waves through the ice essentially allowed the scientists to see through the ice.

“We saw these radar signatures telling us there’s water, but we thought it w...

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19
April
2018

How bacteria could help turn a potent greenhouse gas into renewable fuel

UAlberta technology could recycle methane emissions and reduce hydrocarbon extraction.

Bacteria can become a workforce that helps redefine our energy sector. Though these single-celled organisms are often dismissed as health hazards, or cheered for their probiotic benefits, their
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April
2018

How AI is revolutionizing medical science

From smart bionic limbs to computers that can diagnose mental illness, artificial intelligence is turning the stuff of science fiction into medical reality.

Walk into Patrick Pilarski’s lab and you immediately notice the robot arms and hands that lay casually on tabletops. You hear the soft whir of small motors as the fingers on these models curl,
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April
2018

How poker and other games help artificial intelligence evolve

“If the ideas are good, they can be applied to other applications.”

Michael Bowling has always loved games. When he was growing up in Ohio, his parents were avid card players, dealing out hands of everything from euchre to gin rummy. Meanwhile, he and his friends
16
April
2018

How artificial intelligence is reshaping our lives

From Netflix recommendations to facial recognition and voice assistants, learning machines are quietly but quickly becoming part of everyday existence—and they’re just getting started.

It’s Saturday night and you’ve just finished watching the last episode of a Swedish crime drama that you somehow stumbled upon, although you can’t quite remember how. It’s
13
April
2018

Breakthrough brings gene-editing medicine one step closer to patient applications

New technique developed by UAlberta researchers vastly improves precision of gene-editing technology.

Imagine a future where a guided biomachine put into your body seeks out defective gene sequences in each cell and edits in the correct information with precision accuracy. It’s called gene
12
April
2018

How social media helps scientists get the message across

New study suggests good research pushed through social media gets more citations.

Analyzing the famous academic aphorism ”publish or perish” through a modern digital lens, a group of emerging ecologists and conservation scientists wanted to see whether communicating
11
April
2018

Researcher using genetic science to improve prevention and treatment of stroke

UAlberta project is one of 11 receiving $1.5M in new federal funding.

Rapidly identifying and treating people suffering from a stroke in the critical moments before irreversible damage is done is the goal of one of 11 University of Alberta projects earmarked for
11
April
2018

ATB taps University of Alberta for artificial intelligence expertise

Alberta-based bank teams up with U of A scientists to develop smart systems for fraud prevention, customer support and customized recommendations.

Data scientists from ATB Financial will work with researchers from the University of Alberta in a four-year partnership that will see an infusion of $940,000 into research projects and student
10
April
2018

There’s more than enough solar power to meet our energy needs: the problem is storing it

UAlberta scientists’ work on solar fuels may help solve storage problems.

In less than eight hours, enough sunlight hits the Earth to meet all of humanity’s energy needs for a year. According to research published by the International Energy Agency, the world
09
April
2018

Grad students compete to boil down 80,000-word thesis into three-minute pitch

UAlberta 3MT competition showcases promising research in an audience-friendly format.

Michiko Maruyama knows that explaining a complicated procedure like open heart surgery to a child is complicated. But she also knows that for a child, seeing is believing. That’s why the
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April
2018

One-degree rise in temperature causes ripple effect in world’s largest High Arctic lake

Scientists surprised by Lake Hazen’s rapid response to climate change.

A 1 C increase in temperature has set off a chain of events disrupting the entire ecology of the world’s largest High Arctic lake. “The amount of glacial meltwater going into the lake