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Researchers change chemical recipe of baits and their placement to catch more of the destructive bugs.

02
November
2017

By tweaking the existing bait and changing up the spacing of pine trees used to trap and monitor the spread of the mountain pine beetle, UAlberta researchers caught greater numbers of the pest.

“As part of an operational control program, these methods could potentially weaken the spread of mountain pine beetle,” said lead researcher Jennifer Klutsch.

In 2016, the beetle was discovered attacking not only Alberta’s lodgepole pine, but also new, mixed habitats of lodgepole and jack pine along with pure jack pine forests, said Klutsch, a post-doctoral researcher in the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences. The insect has already devastated lodgepole pine forests in British Columbia and the United States—millions of pine trees have been killed over the past decade in western North America.

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22
November
2017

Neutrino discovery lays groundwork to further explore Earth’s core

For the first time, scientists observe neutrinos being absorbed by matter.

In an unexpected twist, scientists discovered that the elusive subatomic particles called neutrinos that were thought to pass freely through nearly everything, don’t, potentially laying the
20
November
2017

Smart blood pressure cuff coming soon, thanks to startup support

Promising UAlberta spinoffs, patent holders singled out for recognition by TEC Edmonton.

Discouraged by the lack of innovation in diagnosing high blood pressure—the number one risk of death and disability globally—Raj Padwal led a team of medical researchers who invented a
17
November
2017

Mountain pine beetles threatening national parks

Outbreaks in Jasper, Banff areas putting forests, tourism and water sources at risk.

Chances are if you used your free national park pass this summer to visit Jasper, you noticed a dominant colour creeping into the typically green forest scene: red. And when it comes to the pine
14
November
2017

The next frontiers in Type 1 diabetes treatment

With two new world-leading studies, the Alberta Diabetes Institute at UAlberta is going where no one else is in the quest for new, better diabetes treatments.

At least two world-leading, novel research trials tackling Type 1 diabetes are underway as the University of Alberta’s Alberta Diabetes Institute marks its 10-year anniversary on World Diabetes
10
November
2017

How two UAlberta researchers are introducing water testing ‘in a box’ to Canada’s rural market

Roshan Water Solutions was born out of UAlberta student research, accelerated by mentorship and supported by new streams of funding.

The last thing small-town utility officers and farmers across Canada take for granted is clean water. But the current process for testing town water, well water and other livestock water supply
01
November
2017

Climate change causes uncertain effects for Arctic caribou

New research suggests varied responses to climate change for caribou populations.

Climate change will have uncertain but widespread effects for northern caribou in the entire circumpolar region, say University of Alberta biologists. After conducting a comprehensive review of
25
October
2017

New technology capable of converting waste into bio-energy coming to UAlberta

'Biobattery’ pilot plant coming here as a result of UAlberta’s Technology Platform partnership with Germany’s Fraunhofer Society.

A shipping container-sized pilot plant that can process a variety of wastes into valuable biofuels will be shipped from Germany to Edmonton thanks to a new future energy research collaboration
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

From microbes to mammoths, permafrost record vital for unlocking Earth's secrets

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

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
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