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Impact Stories

Any App, Any Time
Any App, Any Time
November 26, 2012
Whether posting on Facebook, finding the closest cappuccino or checking the weather, smart phone applications are trusted tools in modern life.

Micro Clean Up Crews
Micro Clean Up Crews
November 2, 2012
Oil sands producers in western Canada use large quantities of water to coax bitumen out of dirt.

Oceans of Energy
Oceans of Energy
October 12, 2012
On the west coast of Vancouver Island, surfers aren’t the only ones asking, “Where are the waves?” Brad Buckham, a University of Victoria mechanical engineer, is producing data that could someday be used to not only catch a wave—but convert it into electricity.

Soaking Up Sunlight
Soaking Up Sunlight
September 17, 2012
Most of us hate to see a sunny day go to waste, but University of Ottawa researcher Karin Hinzer is actually doing something about it.

Jumping the Gun
Jumping the Gun
August 8, 2012
In the tense moments before the start of a race, as runners prepare to explode from their blocks, there is a split-second difference between victory and elimination.

Sidelining Injuries
Sidelining Injuries
August 7, 2012
University of Waterloo researcher Naveen Chandrashekar has developed a unique knee injury simulator; the first in the world, to understand how to prevent anterior cruciate ligament tears commonly known as ACL injuries—one of the easiest parts of the body to damage.

Pushing Our Limits
Pushing Our Limits
July 31, 2012
Elite athletes are experts in mind over matter. They routinely push themselves beyond the normal limits of human endurance to gain a spot on the podium, but do their physically gruelling, near superhuman feats owe their success to mental discipline or physical prowess?

Smart Clothes, Smarter Performance
Smart Clothes, Smarter Performance
July 27, 2012
The ‘weekend warrior' jogger with the latest high-tech fitness gear has nothing on Canada's London-bound athletes who benefit from next generation garments and state of the art sensor systems that give them a competitive edge.

The Bear Maximum
The Bear Maximum
July 13, 2012
Most people want to avoid bears. Sarah Rovang, on the other hand, wants to attract as many as she can find.

The Bilingual Brain
The Bilingual Brain
June 15, 2012
Maureen sits in the doctor’s office, where she has just received a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease—the irreversible, progressive brain disease that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills.

Fighting Floods with Water
Fighting Floods with Water
April 26, 2012
James Blatz, professor of civil engineering at the University of Manitoba, is collaborating with a Saskatoon-based company to help improve flood tubes—a cost-effective and user-friendly tool for flood prevention.

Anonymous Information
Anonymous Information
April 11, 2012
Medical research often relies on the data that’s available in your patient history.

The Road Ahead
The Road Ahead
March 16, 2012
The children are fighting in the back seat. Someone just dropped their juice on the floor. The driver tries to stay focussed on the road. But with the commotion, the car drifts into the next lane.

Spot the Species
Spot the Species
February 23, 2012
DNA barcoding the world’s species

Earth-Shaking Innovation
Earth-Shaking Innovation
February 3, 2012
You wake up in your high-rise condo on a blustery morning and your stomach is a little queasy. You soon see why: the overhead chandelier is swaying slightly and the water is gently sloshing in the glass by your bedside.

Avoiding Avalanches
Avoiding Avalanches
January 13, 2012
The backcountry of Western Canada’s mountain ranges attracts thousands of people each year who want to experience nature at its best.

People Discovery Innovation