News for Physics and Astronomy

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.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Lisa Christian and Brenda Lee receive the 2021 Excellence in Science Teaching Award

Lisa Christian, associate clinical professor in the School of Optometry and Vision Science and Brenda Lee, lecturer in the Department of Physics and Astronomy have been awarded the Faculty of Science's 2021 Excellence in Science Teaching Awards in recognition of their innovative and engaging teaching methods. 

With the transition this year to online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been important to develop new strategies to teach courses in an online environment. Dr. Christian and Professor Lee have both showed a willingness to not only adapt but find new and innovative ways of using technology to connect with their students virtually. 

Friday, April 9, 2021

The origin of water on planets in our universe

Star Forming region NGC_7129, a cloud of pink and green gas with balls of bright light inside. Stars around the outside

Water is essential for life as we know it – water makes up around 70% of the human body, covers about 70% of the planet Earth, has been found in the far reaches of our universe, and is at the centre of our search for habitable planets around other stars.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Black hole breakthrough: New images show magnetic fields around M87*

M87* image, showing lines of bright light spiralling around the black hole

The black hole at the centre of the M87 galaxy is like a giant fire-breathing dragon that spews enormous jets of energetic particles at near light speeds across some 5,000 light years of space.

A new view of this black hole in polarized light, released today by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) collaboration, will help astrophysicists understand just how those jets are launched by this monstrous black hole.

Monday, March 8, 2021

Clothing for a cause

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Therese Hayes (BSc ’89)
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The House of LR&C, PBC