News archive - February 2014

Friday, February 28, 2014

Waterloo physicists solve 20-year-old debate surrounding glassy surfaces

Experimental results from the Science paper Chai et al. 2014.

University of Waterloo physicists have succeeded in measuring how the surfaces of glassy materials flow like a liquid, even when they should be solid.

A series of simple and elegant experiments were the solution to a problem that has been plaguing condensed matter physicists for the past 20 years.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Natural sciences among the top according to QS ranking

Waterloo Science sweatshirt

Several disciplines within the Faculty of Science have been ranked within the top 100 to 200 programs worldwide by the 2014 Quacquarelli-Symonds (QS) World University Subject Rankings.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Waterloo chemists revolutionize drug testing in sport

Close up photo of needles filled with unknown fluids.

Officials at the Winter Olympics in Sochi are expected to have performed nearly 2,500 drug tests in 17 days, and a new protocol developed by chemists at the University of Waterloo will revolutionize the current drug testing methods at major sporting events in the future.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Waterloo physicist awarded prestigious Sloan Fellowship

Dmitry Abanin

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has recognized Waterloo professor, Dmitry Abanin, for his groundbreaking theoretical research in condensed matter physics of Dirac materials, such as graphene. 

Friday, February 14, 2014

True love produces healthier pacific salmon

Salmon filets in the form of hearts

Surprisingly, salmon can spot their true love across a crowded stream. Allowing female salmon to follow their heart and mate with the male of their choice produces healthier babies than those who have their mates selected for them.