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New technique leads to world’s densest solid-state memory that can store 45 million songs on the surface of a quarter.

23
July
2018

The most dense solid-state memory ever created could soon exceed the capabilities of current computer storage devices by 1,000 times, thanks to a new technique scientists at the University of Alberta have perfected.

“Essentially, you can take all 45 million songs on iTunes and store them on the surface of one quarter,” said Roshan Achal, PhD student in Department of Physics and lead author on the new research. “Five years ago, this wasn’t even something we thought possible.”

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15
August
2018

Robots won’t replace teachers—but they could help them

Artificial intelligence can help human teachers create new possibilities for learners, says U of A educational psychology expert.

While automation is playing an increasingly prominent role in our economy, human teachers have little to fear about being replaced by robots, according to an educational psychology expert at the
13
August
2018

COMMENTARY || How soccer games can help protect wildlife

Conservation organizations are increasingly using the ties that bind people together in community-based sporting events to promote wildlife conservation.

A whistle blows and young men in brightly coloured jerseys race towards a soccer ball on a grassy field in Erat, a community that lies within the boundaries of Korup National Park in southwest
10
August
2018

New app for nature lovers helps create biodiversity network

NatureLynx allows users to collect observations, share them and ask questions.

A new University of Alberta app is encouraging Albertans to get back to nature and talk about it. Based on an Instagram-type model, NatureLynx allows users to take photos and log basic information
10
August
2018

COMMENTARY || Wildfires will only get worse unless we learn how to live with them

Increasingly unmanageable wildfire activity is forcing officials to re-envision how we manage fire in Canada.

Wildfire activity and its impact are increasing around much of the world. We see it on the news every summer now. Different locations (and sometimes the same locations) and different
09
August
2018

New device proven to reduce risk of foodborne pathogens

One-of-a-kind U of A device gives food processors a much faster, better way to check consumables for dangerous pathogens, research shows.

A user-friendly foodborne pathogen detection device developed by a multidisciplinary team of University of Alberta researchers has been shown to be the fastest and most sensitive, according to new
09
August
2018

Student-built rover tackles out-of-this-world challenges

Space exploration vehicle will compete against 17 other rovers this weekend at an international student competition.

A University of Alberta student-built rover designed to test soil for signs of life and autonomously search for stranded astronauts on a different planet,will be put to the test this weekend as it
07
August
2018

The original sunscreen: Iron-silica particles unlock part of the mystery of Earth’s oxygenation

Particles in ancient seawater helped cyanobacteria oxygenate Earth’s oceans billions of years ago.

The oxygenation of Earth’s atmosphere was thanks, in part, to iron and silica particles in ancient seawater, according to a new study by geomicrobiologists at the University of Alberta. But these
02
August
2018

How to get the best up-close look at Mars this month

U of A astrophysicist provides tips to get the clearest views of the red planet and other celestial neighbours during August.

If you missed the view of Mars earlier this week while it was closer to Earth than it has been in years, don’t despair—the August night sky still offers great views of the red planet and some of its
26
July
2018

New technology gives clinicians inside view of patients’ joints in motion

Discovery could lead to new generation of 3-D imaging tools for physiotherapy and surgery.

New technology from University of Alberta computing scientists is enabling clinicians to get a better, fuller picture of patients’ joints in motion. “What we’re trying to do is create a complete
25
July
2018

Five-year-old ‘Dinosaur Kid’ from Colorado chooses Alberta over Disney World, brings family vacation to U of A

After taking Dino 101 six times, young Remy Rodriguez knew exactly where he wanted to go for his summer vacation.

When Colorado resident Michelle Rodriguez asked her five-year old son where he wanted to go go on holidays as a birthday gift, he didn’t hesitate: “Alberta, Canada.” While his choice of
24
July
2018

U of A students build bridge to help Bolivian children stay in school

Build allows local children in remote community to get to school during rainy season.

Children from a small community in Bolivia will be able to attend school during the rainy season, thanks to a group of University of Alberta students. Eight engineering students built a 39-metre