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Speed of Innovation
Speed of Innovation
December 22, 2011
Chances are the cell phone in your pocket is “outdated” and so are your television, car and running shoes. Keeping up with the latest

On-line Support
On-line Support
December 2, 2011
In the late 1990s, the computer science department at the University of Saskatchewan introduced an on line peer help service to allow students to engage with each other to boost their academic achievement.

Up in the Air
Up in the Air
November 18, 2011
It's a long way from downtown Toronto to Ellesmere Island in the Canadian High Arctic.

An Eye on Evolution
An Eye on Evolution
November 4, 2011
Traveling through time may be the stuff of science fiction. But using the real science of genomic mapping to locate and identify genes on a chromosome, Sarah Otto's lab group is providing a window for observing evolution at the genetic level over as many as 1800 generations.

A Sound Discovery
A Sound Discovery
October 20, 2011
Creating a better guitar pickup.

Light Music
Light Music
October 20, 2011
Optical fibre is the backbone of today’s telecommunications system and the Internet.

Picture Your Password
Picture Your Password
September 26, 2011
Stolen identities, “phishing” scams that divert people to fake Web sites, credit card or banking theft: the opportunities for fraud that accompany e-commerce transactions are as boundless as advances in cyber technology.

Bedbugs Begone!
Bedbugs Begone!
July 28, 2011
When animals or insects forage for food, they respond to cues in their environment that lead them to sources.

Charging Forward
Charging Forward
June 17, 2011
Anyone who has ever forgotten their battery charger, only to have a cell phone or laptop die hours before a crucial business deadline, shares Amir Banihashemi’s frustration with the battery life of the communication devices we have all come to rely upon.

Rain Power
Rain Power
May 27, 2011
As demand for power grows, utilities are constantly searching for the most efficient ways to generate that power. Cloud physicist Man Kong (Peter) Yau is helping Canadian hydro companies manage their power-generating resources more precisely through improved forecasting of rainfall amounts.

Spawning Success
Spawning Success
April 6, 2011
When the Canadian government established a policy for managing the wild salmon fishery on the Pacific Coast, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans promised to protect enough salmon to maintain all the services that species provides to the wider ecosystem.

When the Earth Moves
When the Earth Moves
March 11, 2011
When earthquakes caused countless deaths in Japan, New Zealand and Haiti, the magnitude of the quakes was only one reason for the extent of the devastation.

Computer Smarts
Computer Smarts
February 14, 2011
Computers can perform lightning-quick calculations and store massive amounts of data but, when it comes to learning, the human brain still has them beat.

The Neutron Dance
The Neutron Dance
February 14, 2011
Albert Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity in the early 20th century changed the fundamental perceptions of space and time.

Engineering Safer Surgery
Engineering Safer Surgery
February 14, 2011
An electrical engineer known for his contributions to the pulp and paper industry, and a doctor who has pioneered safer pediatric anesthesiology practices would seem to have little in common.

The Game of Physics
The Game of Physics
January 5, 2011
If a game becomes too easy, you simply need to change the rules to make it more difficult. A researcher and a student from Queen’s University have taken key concepts of quantum physics and applied them to chess to make it more unpredictable.