News archive - July 2016

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Velocity Fund awards $35K in funding to commercialize revolutionary battery technology

Salient Energy

Salient Energy, a company developing new high-tech batteries that will enable the shift towards renewable energy, was among the top winners at the Velocity Fund Finals, held today at the University of Waterloo.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Student entrepreneurs pitch startups to compete for $125,000 in seed money at the Velocity Fund Finals

Velocity Logo

The University of Waterloo will host the Velocity Fund Finals next week, where Waterloo students and alumni will pitch their innovative startups for the chance to win funding to grow their businesses, and entry into the Velocity Garage, the largest free startup incubator in the world. Velocity is a comprehensive entrepreneurship program at Waterloo.

Monday, July 11, 2016

University of Waterloo awarded more than $8 million to study impact of e-cigarette policies

Researchers at the University of Waterloo have been awarded a grant of $8.8 million from the U.S. National Cancer Institute to evaluate the public-health impact of government policies to regulate tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and other vaporized nicotine products.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

A new look at the galaxy-shaping power of black holes

Visible light and x-ray images of the Perseus cluster of galaxies

Data from a now-defunct X-ray satellite is providing new insights into the complex tug-of-war between galaxies, the hot plasma that surrounds them, and the giant black holes that lurk in their centres. 

Launched from Japan on February 17, 2016, the Japanese space agency (JAXA) Hitomi X-ray Observatory functioned for just over a month before contact was lost and the craft disintegrated.  But the data obtained during those few weeks was enough to paint a startling new picture of the dynamic forces at work within galaxies.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

New study reveals leadership gap in flood-risk preparedness in Ontario

Researchers behind a new report into the preparedness of Ontario communities to handle severe flooding are calling for Public Safety Canada to increase funding and provide enforceable standards for flood risk management in Canada.

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