High-tech drapes and blinds are solar-energy harvesting machines. The energy is transferred to fibre-based batteries that can run your furnace and ultimately, reduce your hydro bills. The work of NSERC-funded researchers has led to innovative ways to trap the energy hitting your window and transfer it to fiber-based batteries.
Learning two languages or more gives your brain extra mileage. NSERC researchers have shown that being bilingual gives cognitive networks a lifetime boost and reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
New smart sensors developed by NSERC researchers are allowing seniors to live at home independently for longer. These sensors can be embedded almost anywhere in the home and relay crucial information about daily habits to caregivers. This gives caregivers an extra set of eyes and peace of mind.
When surgeons use lasers instead of scalpels, patients see less scar-tissue damage and they heal much faster. This leading-edge laser technology for surgery is advancing very quickly thanks to NSERC-funded discovery research.
NSERC-funded discoveries have proven that music boosts the body’s immune system and reduces anxiety better than some leading pharmaceuticals. The reason is that neurons in the brainstem are activated by rhythm, triggering chemical releases that create a feeling of relaxation.
NSERC-funded researchers are boosting business’ bottom line by helping to keep strawberries looking field-fresh even after processing. Engineers have unlocked the secrets to maintaining strong pigments after harvesting and are also making sure consumers benefit from the nutrients provided by healthy fruit.
NSERC-funded food safety experts are eliminating the risk of E. coli contamination by focusing on plant compounds that prevent spoilage. They are also saving consumers money by working with the food industry to identify antimicrobial additives that prevent your food from going bad, even without refrigeration.
Consumers can now enjoy higher quality and more environmentally-friendly LED lights due in large part to innovations by NSERC-funded physicists. Using nanotechnology, or elements at the molecular level, researchers are building these lights without using precious materials and are reducing the amount they traditionally pollute.
The cheeses you eat are safer than ever before thanks to NSERC-funded microbiologists who are stopping bacteria from attacking during the production phase. By keeping harmful bacteria at bay, researchers are protecting the health of consumers and are improving the cheese production process – impacting positively on the bottom line of the cheese industry.
Your drinking water is safer than ever thanks to a nation-wide centre funded by NSERC to coordinate research on the latest technologies for clean drinking water. Through innovations such as biological filtration systems and fibre optic detectors for E. coli bacteria, Canada’s rural and urban populations will be assured of safe access to this critical resource.
Preparing and assembling the materials to build a house from scratch on site is expensive and leaves a lot of waste behind. An NSERC-funded engineer is working with the construction industry to refine a centrally located, pre-fabrication approach that will dramatically reduce the cost and environmental impact of putting up buildings.
When old deck furniture goes to the landfill, it takes centuries for the sturdy plastics they are made from to break down. An NSERC-funded chemist is conducting research into biodegradable materials that are as durable as hard plastics, but will decompose safely after they are discarded.
On average, girls are half as likely as boys to pursue careers in science and engineering. An NSERC research chair for women in science and engineering is tackling this gender divide by developing programs and projects that attract more young women into these occupations.
Pollution, fires, and vegetation deposit tiny droplets or aerosols into the atmosphere. These small particles can be responsible for smog, disease and climate change. An NSERC–funded atmospheric scientist is researching the elusive behaviour of aerosols to learn how they spread and accumulate so we can diminish their effects.
Stronger, lighter, more flexible glass that filters out infrared, ultraviolet, and coloured light could significantly improve the clarity and glare protection of eyeglasses and vehicle windows. NSERC-funded chemists have discovered the basis for this kind of glass, and are working with industry partners to bring it to market.