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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Discovery in northern lakes may be key to understanding early life on Earth

A team of researchers has discovered that many Canadian lakes can provide new insights into ancient oceans, and their findings could advance research about greenhouse gas emissions, harmful algal blooms, and early life forms.

Scientists from the University of Waterloo led the team of microbiologists, geochemists, and freshwater specialists in a surprising finding that lakes of the Boreal Shield may be similar to oceans of the Archean Eon, a period more than 2.5 billion years ago when microbial life thrived in a world without oxygen.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Researchers developing a system to access government-censored websites

People living in countries where the Internet is censored will be able to use a new tool to access websites their governments restrict. Researchers at the University of Waterloo are developing technology called Slitheen — after aliens on Doctor Who that disguise themselves as humans to evade detection.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Powered stretchers could reduce injuries, keep paramedics on the job

Moving from manual to powered stretchers could reduce the number of injuries to paramedics by 78 per cent, a University of Waterloo study has found.

The study, published in Applied Ergonomics, found that paramedics who had access to stretchers with a battery-powered hydraulic system and an assisted ambulance-loading feature experienced significantly fewer musculoskeletal injuries on the job.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Waterloo researchers capture first image of a dark matter web that connects galaxies

Researchers at the University of Waterloo have been able to capture the first composite image of a dark matter bridge that connects galaxies together.

The composite image, which combines a number of individual images, confirms predictions that galaxies across the universe are tied together through a cosmic web connected by dark matter that has until now remained unobservable.
 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Startups share $400K in backing from Spectrum 28 fund

Three companies aiming to do big things in the medical technology, insurance and automotive industries are the first to receive funding through a program for promising startup ventures at the University of Waterloo.

Elucid Labs, Knote and Acerta Systems Analytics will share $400,000 provided through the Spectrum 28 Mentor & Venture Program, a partnership between venture capitalist Lyon Wong and Waterloo Engineering.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

UWaterloo to tackle water pollution from agriculture on a global scale

UWaterloo to tackle water pollution from agriculture on a global scale

WATERLOO, Ont. (Thursday, April 6, 2017) – Three researchers from University of Waterloo will share more than $500,000 to address persistent, long-term pollution created by excess fertilizers in the lakes, rivers and wetlands in several parts of the world. The researchers are from three different Faculties —Science, Arts and Engineering—and all are members of the Water Institute at Waterloo.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Waterloo joins consortium building the world’s best submillimeter-surveyor telescope

A team of Canadian, American, and German scientists announced construction will soon begin on the Cerro Chajnantor Atacama Telescope-prime (CCAT-p). The unique and powerful telescope designed to map the sky in the millimeter and submillimeter wavelengths will provide unprecedented insights into how stars and galaxies form, the Cosmic Microwave Background, and the formation and dark-energy-driven expansion of the universe.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Kids to judge UWaterloo engineering students’ designs for playground

Teams of first-year civil engineering students at the University of Waterloo will pitch designs for a new playground structure to a tough audience tomorrow — the elementary school kids who will eventually give it a workout.

The assembly at Keatsway Public School in Waterloo is part of a novel process that will culminate at its annual fun fair in June with a vote on the best structure to build in an area of 360 square metres and with a budget of up to $75,000.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Artificial Intelligence wins out at the Velocity Fund Finals

A company that uses artificial intelligence to help make water utilities safer and more efficient was among the grand-prize winners at the Velocity Fund Finals held today at the University of Waterloo. Velocity is a comprehensive entrepreneurship program at Waterloo.

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