News archive - October 2016

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Paul Karrow wins the 2016 Grand River Conservation Authority Watershed Award

Distinguished Professor Emeritus Paul Karrow

Distinguished Professor Emeritus Paul Karrow, of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, was awarded a 2016 Grand River Conservation Authority Watershed Award by the Grand River Conservation Authority.

This honour is given to an individual who has made exceptional contributions to conservation and environmental work in the Grand River watershed.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Waterloo study finds kids’ eyesight worsening earlier and largely uncorrected

Kids playing at the computer.

Nearsightedness in children increases nearly fivefold from Grade 1 to Grade 8, with almost a third of the cases going undiagnosed and uncorrected, according to new research.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

UWaterloo leads national initiative to manage hazardous waste from mining

Flooded open pit at the Faro Mine, Yukon Territory, with waste-rock stockpiles in background.

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) has awarded $5.5 million to the University of Waterloo to lead a national team of experts in developing sustainable strategies for dealing with hazardous mine wastes.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

New 3-D wiring technique brings scalable quantum computers closer to reality

Researchers from the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo led the development of a quantum socket

Physicists and electrical engineers from the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo led the development of a new extensible wiring technique capable of controlling superconducting quantum bits, representing a significant step towards to the realization of a scalable quantum computer.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Waterloo-led experiment achieves the strongest coupling between light and matter

This illustration shows a qubit attached to a waveguide where light in the form of microwaves enters and exits.

Researchers in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) recorded an interaction between light and matter 10 times larger than previously seen. The strength of the interaction between photons and a qubit was so large that it opens the door to a realm of physics and applications unattainable until now.