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Ever-Greener
Ever-Greener
December 22, 2010
A research team led by Rajasekaran Lada at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College is working to double the lifespan of Christmas trees by getting them to hold on to their needles longer.

Testing their Metal
Testing their Metal
November 25, 2010
A McGill University research centre has become the facility of choice for metal processing companies from around the world that are looking to improve the quality of their products.

Waste Not, Want Not
Waste Not, Want Not
November 18, 2010
Donald Mavinic and his fellow researchers at The University of British Columbia's Department of Civil Engineering have created technology that produces valuable commercial fertilizer from wastewater, simultaneously solving a costly maintenance problem for sewage treatment plants.

Lightening the Load
Lightening the Load
November 17, 2010
Research into new metal alloys for engines and other automotive components is helping General Motors of Canada (GM Canada) produce lighter vehicles that get better mileage.

Bridging the Gap
Bridging the Gap
November 10, 2010
A partnership between the Université de Sherbrooke and Pultrall Inc. has developed ways to more than double the normal life span of bridges, tunnels and parking garages from 30 to 50 years to 100 years.

Enhanced MRI
Enhanced MRI
November 1, 2010
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) changed the world of diagnostic medicine when Raymond Damadian invented the technology in 1977 because of the clarity of the anatomical images it produces as it maps the human body.

The Analyzer
The Analyzer
October 22, 2010
As any runner knows, torn anterior cruciate ligaments (ACL) are painful but common sports injuries—an estimated 10,000 Canadians suffer them every year.

From Computer Code…
From Computer Code…
October 21, 2010
Today’s generation of automobiles, from hybrids to electric cars, is increasingly dependent on complex computer software that controls everything from safety features to emission controls, fuel efficiency and electrification itself.

Going Electric
Going Electric
October 18, 2010
Electric vehicles offer great potential for energy-efficient personal transportation that produces dramatically fewer emissions while maintaining the performance and safety of gasoline-fuelled cars.

Visionary Research
Visionary Research
September 24, 2010
In a breakthrough advancement for treatment of serious vision problems, a Canadian scientist has developed biosynthetic corneas that may help to restore human vision and serve as a viable alternative to transplants from human donors.

Forest Fires
Forest Fires
August 20, 2010
An average of 2.8 million hectares of forest – five times the size of Prince Edward Island – are destroyed each year by fire in Canada.

Swimming Robots?
Swimming Robots?
June 30, 2010
The world’s attention was on Toronto for the G8 and G20 meetings last week, offering an unprecedented opportunity to showcase Canadian achievements.

Shake, Rattle and Research
Shake, Rattle and Research
June 25, 2010
The 5.0 magnitude earthquake that hit a large portion of Ontario June 23 acted as a great case study for Earth Sciences professors Kristy Tiampo and Gail Atkinson, both from The University of Western Ontario.

Water, Water, Nowhere
Water, Water, Nowhere
June 25, 2010
Plants, like humans, have mechanisms that allow them to adapt to extreme conditions.

Golden Honours
Golden Honours
June 1, 2010
Today, NSERC presented its most prestigious awards recognizing Canada’s top researchers in science and engineering.

DNA Code Crackers
DNA Code Crackers
May 5, 2010
A University of Toronto research team, led by NSERC Steacie Fellow Brendan Frey and colleague Benjamin Blencowe, has revealed a hidden code within DNA that explains one of the central mysteries of genetic research—namely, how a limited number of human genes can produce a vastly greater number of genetic messages and produce an organ like the brain.

Sensitive Pixels
Sensitive Pixels
March 25, 2010
Outer space is home to the most stunning vistas in…well, the entire universe. The problem is that galaxies, nebulae, white dwarfs and any other number of cosmic objects lie light-years away from Earth and capturing these images can be a difficult task.

Molecular Movies
Molecular Movies
March 3, 2010
Dwayne Miller’s scientific accomplishments include developing a revolutionary new surgical tool, taking movies of atoms as their structures change and duplicating the behaviour of matter found deep inside the sun.

A Sole Purpose
A Sole Purpose
February 23, 2010
One of the most thrilling aspects of watching winter sports is marveling at the combination of speed, skill and balance. From figure skaters to downhill skiers, we cheer as they land, and we cringe when they fall.

Having an Impact
Having an Impact
February 17, 2010
The skier takes the turn, goes down and rolls over clutching her knee. Teammates hold their breath. Spectators go silent. Mom and dad are in the stands with their hands on their face.

Suited for Speed
Suited for Speed
February 12, 2010
The question of what to wear is something we all fret over from time to time. Few people put as much thought into it as Annick D'Auteuil.

Spinal Safety
Spinal Safety
February 9, 2010
Whether it was a game-saving tackle, a spill on the slopes or a trip over the handlebars, countless Canadians have been spared from serious injury because of a helmet.

Invisible Wonders
Invisible Wonders
February 5, 2010
They are over 160 million years old. They are microscopic and can be found anywhere there is water, including mud and soil. They are diatoms, and Mount Allison University biologist Irena Kaczmarska is an expert studying the big impact of these tiny life forms on planet ecology.

Bring on the Storm
Bring on the Storm
January 12, 2010
It was sheer coincidence that Masoud Farzaneh established the NSERC/Hydro-Québec/UQAC Industrial Research Chair on atmospheric icing of power network equipment (CIGELE) only a few months before the ice storm of January 1998.