News archive - May 2021

Monday, May 31, 2021

Microplastics pollution: Science researchers address key research gaps

strainer with microplastics taken from water body

Plastics pollution is a global environmental hazard with potentially harmful impacts on wildlife, ecosystem services, and human health and wellbeing. Microplastics in particular are of great concern because of their ability to be transported over great distances and absorb and disperse contaminants widely.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Developing inks to 3D print cells and tissue structures

Yun Wu working with a 3D printer in the lab.

To a scientist, trial and error is common in laboratories to refine new tests and methods, and look for potential problems on the small scale. But what happens when these techniques are meant for human tissues, such as for surgeries, medical tests, and treatments, where multiple different trials are not possible?

Monday, May 17, 2021

Science researchers observe unprecedented Hall effect

Wei Tsen in the Quantum Materials and Devices Lab.

Researchers studying two-dimensional crystalline materials have observed an electromagnetic effect, called the nonlinear anomalous Hall effect, of unprecedented size. Their finding opens the door to exploring other quantum materials using their techniques and hints at promising applications in spintronic devices.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Patients give high praise to university’s Optometry Clinics during COVID-19

Patient getting an eye exam.

When the global pandemic forced Ontario into lockdown in mid- March 2020, the School of Optometry & Vision Science’s patient care Clinic staff were forced to take a step back and evaluate how they could safely continue offering care to the community.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Researchers test new approach to quantum-secured communication in space

A graphical depiction of quantum

Researchers from Canada and the United Kingdom will test a new approach for secure communication using satellite-based quantum technology.