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Thursday, February 6, 2020

At least 13% of wastewater treated by Southern Ontario septic systems ends up in streams

The presence of artificial sweeteners has revealed that at least 13 percent of septic system wastewater from rural Southern Ontario homes eventually makes its way into local streams.

In a recent study, researchers at the University of Waterloo used the presence of artificial sweeteners excreted from humans to identify the wastewater content in streams across rural Southern Ontario.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Gravitational wave echoes may confirm Stephen Hawking’s hypothesis of quantum black holes

Artist rendition of gravitational waves

Echoes in gravitational wave signals suggest that the event horizon of a black hole may be more complicated than scientists currently think.

Research from the University of Waterloo reports the first tentative detection of these echoes, caused by a microscopic quantum “fuzz” that surrounds newly formed black holes.

Gravitational waves are ripples in the fabric of space-time, caused by the collision of massive, compact objects in space, such as black holes or neutron stars.

Friday, January 10, 2020

#StrongerTogether through Storytelling – Catching up with Professor Kirsten Müller after Homeward Bound

Orca whale swimming amongst floating ice

Antarctica is a cold, mostly barren continent, defined by its isolation and snow. It is also a place that has been set aside for peace and science. The challenges of this desolate and harsh environment provide the necessary surroundings to foster teamwork and collaboration for those living and researching there.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Waterloo Science community members receive Order of Canada

On December 28, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada announced 120 new appointments to the Order of Canada. The new member list included Donna Strickland, Anne Dagg, Paul Born and Stuart McGill, who are all affiliated with the University of Waterloo. Both Donna Strickland and Anne Dagg have connections with the Faculty of Science as well! They were appointed for outstanding contributions in their field and for enriching the lives of others.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Natural causes are the key driver of change in Athabasca Delta flood patterns, research shows

Athabasca Delta aerial view

Natural environmental processes—not upstream energy projects—are the primary cause of changing flood patterns in Alberta’s Athabasca Delta, new research shows.

The research also shows there is no evidence to support the perception that energy projects have increased the amount of metal pollutants in the delta ecosystem.