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Friday, June 12, 2020

In pursuit of a vaccine: The global race to produce a vaccine that will protect us from COVID-19

Stock image of coronovirus

While we continue to see the number of positive and recovered cases change across the world, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a threat to everyone’s health and well-being. There’s a global race to produce a vaccine that will be effective in protecting us from the virus and perhaps be our best hope for ending the pandemic.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

How atomic physics is central to the new definition of the kilogram

Alan Jamison

Standard measurement units like the meter and the kilogram used to be defined by physical objects, such as a prototype bar and a platinum cylinder. As of May 2019, all measurement units are now defined by the cesium atom and the fundamental constants of the universe.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Sustainably exploring life in the deep ocean through chemistry

Crabs at the Alba hydrothermal vent

Three thousand meters below sea level, hydrothermal vents spew black smoke into the dark ocean. No light ever reaches these depths, yet surprisingly, these areas are rich with life. Crabs, shrimp, and other small organisms and bacteria call this strange habitat home.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

University of Waterloo pharmacy researchers developing DNA-based COVID-19 vaccine

SARS-CoV-2 virus image

Researchers at the University of Waterloo are developing a DNA-based vaccine that can be delivered through a nasal spray.

The vaccine will work by using engineered bacteriophage, a process that will allow the vaccine to stimulate an immune response in the nasal cavity and target tissues in the lower respiratory tract.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Q and A with the Experts: What is hydroxychloroquine?

Brian Dixon

Hydroxychloroquine has been in the news lately, touted as a possible treatment for COVID-19. But what is it, and does it really work?

Professor Brian Dixon, an expert in immunology, answers some frequently asked questions about the drug.