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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.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Professor Mark Servos receives grant to track anti-depressants in wild fish

Professor Servos and a student electrofishing in the Grand River

On Monday, Fisheries and Oceans Canada announced funding for almost $3M to study the effects of contaminants on aquatic ecosystems across Canada.

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 22, 2021

Mark Servos awarded over $1 million for testing COVID-19 in wastewater

Mark Servos

Since the early days of the pandemic, Professor Mark Servos and his team have been applying their knowledge of measuring water contamination to help public health officials understand the movement of SARS-CoV-2 – the virus that causes COVID-19 – within municipal wastewater.

Thursday, March 11, 2021

The world’s oldest crater from a meteorite isn’t an impact crater after all

A snow covered mountain in Greenland

Several years after scientists discovered what was considered the oldest crater a meteorite made on the planet, another team found it’s actually the result of normal geological processes. 

During fieldwork at the Archean Maniitsoq structure in Greenland, an international team of scientists led by the University of Waterloo’s Chris Yakymchuk found the features of this region are inconsistent with an impact crater. In 2012, a different team identified it as the remnant of a three-billion-year-old meteorite crater.