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Monday, March 18, 2019

Quantum researchers show vast new potential for radar technology

Researchers at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) performed the first demonstration of quantum-enhanced noise radar, opening the door to promising advancements in radar technology.

The researchers showed how the quantum process can outperform a classical version of the radar by a factor of 10, enabling the detection of objects that are faster, smaller, or further away – all while making the radar less detectable to targets.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

TV meteorologists could play key role in climate change education

Canadian meteorologists who deliver the evening news are interested in educating Canadians about the increasing impacts of climate change.

A recent study from the University of Waterloo found that television weathercasters are increasingly interested in getting into climate change journalism, as opposed to just forecasting current conditions, but face a number of barriers to taking on the role.


Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Engineering students showcase innovation

The next big Canadian innovation could be among the engineering student projects on display at the annual Capstone Design symposia running until March 28 at the University of Waterloo.

Final year engineering students will be on hand to showcase their projects ranging from a train brake sensor testing system designed for VIA Rail (Mechanical Engineering – March 22) to tattoo removal that’s minimally invasive and painless. (Nanotechnology Engineering – March 22) 

Monday, March 11, 2019

Computer kidney could provide safer tests for new medications

A University of Waterloo researcher has spearheaded the development of the first computational model of the human kidney.

The new model will allow scientists to gain better insights into how new drugs that target the kidney, such as diabetes medication, may work. It will also enable researchers to better learn about the functions of the kidney, including the how the organ regulates the body's salt, potassium, acid content without having to employ invasive procedure on a patient.

Friday, March 8, 2019

New cybersecurity system offers better protection against hacking and censorship

A new cybersecurity system developed by researchers at the University of Waterloo has a set a new standard in the fight to protect people from malicious online attacks.   

The new tool, a naming system called Bitforest, is one of the first systems that provides an efficient method of decentralized, online security in a way that is easy for the average person to use. The naming system converts more easily remembered names, such as usernames and domain names, to values like public keys needed for securely communicating with computer services and devices.

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