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  1. Aug. 30, 2016People enhanced the environment, not degraded it, over past 13,000 years

    aerial photo of coastal forest in mist

    Photo credit: Will McInnes/Hakai Institute

    Human occupation is usually associated with deteriorated landscapes, but new research shows that 13,000 years of repeated occupation by British Columbia’s coastal First Nations has had the opposite effect, enhancing temperate rainforest productivity.

  2. Aug. 29, 2016Waterloo welcomes Schulich Leaders into STEM programs

    Four incoming first-year students at the University of Waterloo are recipients of Schulich Leader Scholarships, which encourage high school graduates to embrace science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines in their future careers. 

    Scholarship winners are known as Schulich Leaders and receive between $60,000 and $80,000 towards their university education. The University of Waterloo has been home to 14 Schulich Leaders in the past five years.

  3. Aug. 26, 2016Waterloo chemists develop promising cheap, sustainable battery for grid energy storage

    Chemists at the University of Waterloo have developed a long-lasting zinc-ion battery that costs half the price of current lithium-ion batteries and could help enable communities to shift away from traditional power plants and into renewable solar and wind energy production.

    Professor Linda Nazar and her colleagues from the Faculty of Science at Waterloo made the important discovery, which appears in the journal, Nature Energy.

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