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Decades-old teeth tell the story of bottlenose whales
Decades-old teeth tell the story of bottlenose whales
July 20, 2020
Northern bottlenose whales live in deep waters off the coast of Nova Scotia and southern Newfoundland. An endangered species, they were targets of a century of commercial whaling across the North Atlantic.

UBC researchers develop biodegradable medical mask for COVID-19
UBC researchers develop biodegradable medical mask for COVID-19
June 23, 2020
Made-in-Canada design uses local wood fibres and can be produced in B.C.

UVic project promotes safer, more prevalent hand washing
UVic project promotes safer, more prevalent hand washing
June 8, 2020
Wash basins made with COVID-19-resistant material may be popping up in malls and other crowded places, once the work of a UVic researcher and BC manufacturer is complete.

Deep fryer oil for 3D printing?
Deep fryer oil for 3D printing?
June 1, 2020
Researchers at the University of Toronto Scarborough have, for the first time, turned waste cooking oil – from the deep fryers of a local McDonald’s – into a high-resolution, biodegradable 3D printing resin.

How does COVID-19 invade our bodies so easily?
How does COVID-19 invade our bodies so easily?
May 11, 2020
In order for a COVID-19 vaccine and antiviral drugs to be developed, scientists first need to understand why this virus spreads so easily and quickly, and why it invades our bodies with seemingly little resistance from our immune system.

A vaccine of the future against COVID-19
A vaccine of the future against COVID-19
May 6, 2020
There’s excitement in the air at the laboratory of Dr. Denis Leclerc, a professor in the Faculty of Medicine at Laval University and a researcher at Quebec City’s CHU Research Centre.

Clean energy revolution
Clean energy revolution
March 3, 2020
Four years ago, Queen’s University researcher Gregory Jerkiewicz and his team of Canadian and international collaborators received a competitive $4 million Discovery Frontiers grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

PermafrostNet connects a community
PermafrostNet connects a community
February 18, 2020
Climate change began to show its effects, and in doing so destabilized the certainties of a generation of research.

Student Highlights Halifax’s Women in Science
Student Highlights Halifax’s Women in Science
February 11, 2020
Emma Finlayson-Trick didn’t think of herself as a natural scientist when she was growing up, but a few “amazing individuals” in her life inspired her to find a passion for science.

Reducing phosphorus in waterways
Reducing phosphorus in waterways
January 14, 2020
Dr. Darshani Kumaragamage is dispelling the myth that farmers and livestock producers are to blame for increased phosphorus release into waterways, leading to algae blooms in Lake Winnipeg. T