News for Research

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

The photon ring: a black hole ready for its close-up

Thin ring of light passing around the back of a supermassive black hole.

Scientists have discerned a sharp ring of light created by photons whipping around the back of a supermassive black hole in a vivid confirmation of theoretical prediction.

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Earth Adjunct Professor appointed to Expert Panel on the Future of Arctic and Northern Research in Canada

Collage of headshots from all 11 members of Expert Panel.

The Arctic is undergoing unprecedented changes. As a result, Northern communities, and Canada as an Arctic and maritime country, are facing profound economic, social, and ecosystem impacts. Adjunct Professor Richard Boudreault, in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, has been appointed as a member of the Expert Panel on the Future of Arctic and Northern Research in Canada at the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA)

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

New map shows where fracking-induced earthquakes could hit in Canada

The map shows earthquakes related to hydraulic fracture. Major earthquakes are represented with red and white graphics.

Scientists from the University of Waterloo have developed a map showing which regions and population centres of Western Canada are likely to experience earthquakes induced by underground energy extraction.

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Using compost instead of nitrogen as fertilizer in Canada can slow global warming

Farmer's field with corn stalks and snow.

A new study led from the University of Waterloo discovered greenhouse gas production is significantly less when biobased residues like compost replaces widely used nitrogen fertilizer during spring freeze-thaw events in cold temperate regions.

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

New role enhances Indigenous presence in Science

Black and white portrait of Savanah Sloat

Today, Savannah Sloat steps into the role of Manager, Indigenous Science Initiatives. The new position will identify systemic and systematic changes that move beyond Truth and the Reconciliation Calls to Action and develop a Faculty of Science-specific response and long-term vision for Science.