Our UWaterloo iGEM (international Genetically Engineered Machine) team presented their 2013 project at the North American Regional competition on October 5. The competition involved 64 undergraduate teams from across the US and Canada. Their project, on "Retransmittable and Modifiable Intercellular DNA Messaging" won them the prize for Best Poster Presentation in their division and Gold Medal Standing overall. They were also among the teams selected to advance to the World Championship competition at MIT in November.
Applied Mathematics Professor and Canada Research Chair Achim Kempf recently published work which develops new tools that may help unify quantum theory and the theory of general relativity. The tools involve calculating the shape of an object just from its sound. Theoretically this could be used to determine the shape of spacetime from the ringing caused by quantum fluctuations. More detail can be found here: http://uwaterloo.ca/stories/quantum-sounds-could-reveal-shape-universe.