News archive - March 2015

Monday, March 23, 2015

Quantum correlation can imply causation

Contrary to the statistician's slogan, in the quantum world, certain kinds of correlations do imply causation.

A collaboration of physicists from the University of Waterloo and the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics have shown that in quantum mechanics, certain kinds of observations will let you distinguish whether there is a common cause or a cause-effect relation between two variables. The same is not true in classical physics.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Pharmacy students combat hunger in KW “Beyond the Counter”

The School of Pharmacy’s first CanBuild team collected a whopping 566 food items for CanBuild 2015, the University of Waterloo’s annual food drive.Volunteers created a life-size dispensary and called their initiative “Beyond the Counter”. Their aim was to raise awareness about hunger and how pharmacists can improve nutrition in our communities.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Waterloo physicist seeks answers on supermassive black holes with the next-generation x-ray telescope

Artist's rendition of a supermassive black hole. Photo credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.

University of Waterloo Professor Brian McNamara along with two Canadian astronomers will be part of the science working group directing ASTRO-H, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA’s) newest flagship x-ray astronomy observatory.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Chris Yakymchuk wins Young Author of the Year Award

Earth and Environmental Sciences Prof. Chris Yakymchuk (right) won the 2014 Young Author of the Year Award from the Geological Society of London. This annual award recognizes the best paper submitted by early career geologists.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Waterloo biologists model the big impacts of zebra mussels in Lake Simcoe

Professor Ralph Smith (Photo credit: Martin Schwalbe)

Zebra and quagga mussels, known collectively as dreissenid mussels, have changed the ecology of some of the largest lakes in the world, costing governments more than $7 billion in damage according to the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.