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Closer to the Truth
Closer to the Truth
December 17, 2009
As the Origin of Species celebrates its 150th anniversary, a team of evolutionary biologists from the University of Ottawa put adaptation under the microscope, and once again Darwin comes off looking very good.

Nature on Top
Nature on Top
November 26, 2009
Scott MacIvor is a postgraduate student at St. Mary’s University in Halifax, who is researching green roofs, an exciting technology that increases the sustainability of urban centres by bringing nature downtown.

Eco Harmony
Eco Harmony
November 13, 2009
As hordes of mountain pine beetles continue to devastate wide swathes of Canadian forests, scientists are intensifying research efforts that may help find ways to better manage these and other hungry forest insect pests, as well as their associated fungal pathogens.

Mind Over Matter
Mind Over Matter
November 4, 2009
Humans are tactile animals, meaning that when we see something new or curious, our first instinct is to touch and hold it with our hands. But what controls that impulse?

3D Radar Mammograms
3D Radar Mammograms
October 26, 2009
In Canada, one woman in nine will develop breast cancer during her lifetime. Doctors suggest regular exams to detect and diagnose possible tumours, but most women agree that mammograms are a less-than-desirable experience.

Pathogens on Paper
Pathogens on Paper
September 30, 2009
In the past decade, Canada has experienced more than its fair share of biologically related incidents: the Walkerton tragedy in 2000, the SARS epidemic in 2003 and last year’s Listeriosis outbreak.

Talking About Re-Generation
Talking About Re-Generation
September 16, 2009
The human body is a miraculous machine, but there are many injuries and diseases it cannot heal on its own. Dr. Molly Shoichet, an NSERC-funded researcher at the University of Toronto, is making incredible headway in the field of regenerative medicine that may one day lead to effective treatments for serious injuries like paralysis.

A Bright Idea!
A Bright Idea!
September 2, 2009
When gorgeous summer days are upon us, every second spent working inside can feel like a waste of sunlight. A natural lighting system is an old idea, but it was not until new design options emerged in the late 1990s that it became a cost-effective possibility.

NEPTUNE Cable
NEPTUNE Cable
August 21, 2009
The oceans that surround us cover approximately 70 percent of the Earth’s surface, and yet our knowledge of these vitally important environments remains very limited. To help address this, Canadian scientists are deploying a state-of-the-art undersea observatory to collect data on the least understood ecosystem on the planet.

Lesson from a locust
Lesson from a locust
August 13, 2009
Queen's University study points toward new treatment for stroke and migraine

Long-life Lithium
Long-life Lithium
July 22, 2009
An NSERC-funded lab at the University of Waterloo has laid the groundwork for a lithium battery that can store and deliver more than three times the power of conventional lithium ion batteries.

Back to the Future, Again
Back to the Future, Again
July 10, 2009
It’s been over 10 years since Canadian Julie Payette felt the blast of rocket engines or the freedom of weightlessness. But, this July, the years of anticipation and preparation will be over at last.

Shaping Energy
Shaping Energy
June 26, 2009
When Ted Sargent says broadband, he doesn’t mean wireless communications or information technology – he’s referring to his quest to create the world’s first solar cell using the full spectrum of the sun’s rays to generate energy.

Prized Research
Prized Research
June 9, 2009
NSERC recently honoured 14 of this country’s best and brightest young researchers with several prestigious prizes.

Buildings that Perform
Buildings that Perform
May 25, 2009
Imagine cutting the energy consumed by a building to less than half of what’s required to meet the efficiency standards for new buildings.

Quality of Sound
Quality of Sound
May 6, 2009
Sound distortion and crackling on cell phones could soon be history due to new Canadian technology entering the market.

High and Dry
High and Dry
April 20, 2009
Every spring, when the floodwaters begin to rise in communities across Canada, sandbag dikes are the go-to defense for keeping them at bay.

Storing CO2
Storing CO2
April 2, 2009
Where does carbon dioxide go when it’s pumped underground in the process known as carbon capture and storage? Just open a soft drink to hear the probable answer, says a Canadian co-authored study featured on the front cover of the April 2 issue of Nature.

DNA Delivery
DNA Delivery
March 20, 2009
Doctors racing against the clock as they help diagnose life-threatening viral infections can now get results in as little as 30 minutes, thanks to pioneering work in DNA analysis by an NSERC industrial fellow.

Eyes wide open
Eyes wide open
March 5, 2009
Frances Wilkinson, a psychology professor at York University, is investigating the science of vision to determine whether society is overlooking some key factors in helping elderly people to perceive and interact with their surroundings.

Tropical Titanoboa
Tropical Titanoboa
February 20, 2009
Sixty million years before Jennifer Lopez starred in the film “Anaconda,” the world's biggest snake slithered around northern South America.

Born to be riled
Born to be riled
January 30, 2009
What transforms the desert locust from a solitary, lonely creature to an uncontrollable pest, swarming in the billions, devastating crops and affecting the lives of one in ten people around the world?

Holy Research Batman!
Holy Research Batman!
January 2, 2009
It’s a thought that has comic fans wondering: with enough mental and physical training, with enough skill in martial arts, and with enough determination, could an average person become a superhero?

To bee or not to bee
To bee or not to bee
January 2, 2009
With almost one-third of these important pollinators dying over the last winter, the Simon Fraser bee researcher and NSERC grant recipient urges Canada to move quickly to help bees rebound, because the country's crops depend on the insect's survival.

Robot Rehab
Robot Rehab
January 2, 2009
Physiotherapists working with stroke patients can now expect a helping hand from robotic assistants while they are rehabilitating upper limbs.