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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Waterloo Chemists develop batteries to triple the range of electric vehicles

Electric car being charged.

New research at the University of Waterloo could lead to the development of batteries that triple the range of electric vehicles.

The breakthrough involves the use of negative electrodes made of lithium metal, a material with the potential to dramatically increase battery storage capacity.

Monday, December 4, 2017

CORE Installs ‘Collected Insight’ Mural at School of Optometry & Vision Science

CORE Mural

In mid-October, hundreds of the world’s foremost eye care professionals, researchers, students and industry leaders created a mural at the American Academy of Optometry’s annual meeting in Chicago, celebrating the launch of the Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE). During a packed celebration last evening, the work was unveiled and permanently installed at the University of Waterloo’s School of Optometry & Vision Science.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Undergraduate nanotech conference brings big names to Waterloo

Waterloo Nanotechnology Conference

More than 200 Waterloo students along with faculty and industry representatives were invited to participate in this year’s Waterloo Nanotechnology Conference (WNC), which featured some of the biggest names in Canadian and US nanotechnology research.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Pharmacy Prof Feng Chang examines methadone maintenance treatment in rural southwestern Ontario

As opioid overdoses continue to rise in Ontario, so too does the number of Ontarians seeking services to manage opioid withdrawal. Methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) is one such service: this treatment involves long-term prescribing of methadone, an opioid that replaces the drug the patient was originally dependent on. This safely controlled dose of methadone is then tapered. The goal is that the patient will eventually no longer require the treatment.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Practical theorist Christine Muschik joins Waterloo  

Christine Muschik.

Christine Muschik joins the University of Waterloo as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and as a faculty member in the Institute for Quantum Computing.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Science entrepreneurs to compete at 2017 Fall Velocity Fund Finals

Empty Velocity Fund Final stage with podium

Several science entrepreneurs will be competing for a chance to win funding and workspace at the Fall 2017 Velocity Fund Finals this Thursday.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Waterloo Chemistry’s flipped lab: a new model for hands-on learning

Jullie Goll.

Julie Goll admits traditional chemistry labs can fall short of preparing students to work independently in the lab.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Suncayr launches UV detecting stickers in Australia

Boy climbing rock with Suncayr SPOT space sticker on right arm.

Velocity Science alumni Suncayr is launching their SPOT UV stickers today in Brisbane for National Skin Cancer Action Week, an initiative run by Cancer Council Australia. Early birds will get their first pack of SPOTs for free. Made in Canada and packaged in Australia, the sticker designs are kid-friendly, and fun to use.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

A Tale of Two Supernovae

The Perseus galaxy cluster, located about 240 million light-years away.

The Perseus galaxy cluster, located about 240 million light-years away, is shown in this composite of visible light (green and red) and near-infrared images from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. Unseen here is a thin, hot, X-ray-emitting gas that fills the cluster. Credit: Robert Lupton and the Sloan Digital Sky Survey Consortium.

A single measurement from the former Hitomi X-ray Observatory has revealed the origins of Type 1a supernovae while resolving a decades’ old debate about one of the most important sources of heavy metals in the universe.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Artificial sweeteners in groundwater indicate contamination from septic wastewater

Domestic well water monitored with a portable water quality meter prior to sampling for chemical analyses. Photo: John Spoelstra

Waterloo researchers have found that more than 30 per cent of rural groundwater samples collected in the Nottawasaga River Watershed, including those from domestic wells, show evidence for contamination by local septic system wastewater.