U of G’s contribution to current and future Mars missions is highlighted in a Dec. 2 CBC news story. The article looks at how Canadian scientists and inventions have helped in understanding of Mars, and discusses the APXS device on the robotic Mars rovers.
Congratulations to Professor John Dutcher and the rest of the Organizing Committee (Reggi Vallillee, Kiley Rider, Rachel Baker, Mike Grossutti, Hurmiz Shamana, Erin Shelton, Richard Parg, John Atkinson and Ben Baylis) on running a very successful 2016 Nano Ontario conference at the Guelph Delta Hotel on November 10 and 11. There were over 160 participants from across Ontario, Quebec and the US, with 4 keynote addresses, 9 invited talks, 85 posters and 9 exhibitors. Well done!
Physicists and electrical engineers from the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) led the development of a new extensible wiring technique capable of controlling superconducting quantum bits, representing a significant step towards to the realization of a scalable quantum computer.
Yesterday the Nobel Prize in Physics was announced with a Waterloo
connection. It was awarded to Duncan Haldane, Perimeter Institute, Distinguished Visiting Research Chair (and Professor at Princeton), along with DavidThouless (of the University of Washington) and Michael Kosterlitz (of Brown University).
Waterloo physicist Michel Gingras and post-doctoral fellow Jeffrey Rau have succeeded in describing the mixed frozen and dynamical behaviour of glasses by adapting a theoretical model originally designed to study a class of magnetic materials called spin ices.
A study involving University of Waterloo researchers presented this week at the 2016 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) in Toronto highlight a new diagnostic tool that can identify Alzheimer’s disease long before the onset of symptoms.
Data from a now-defunct X-ray satellite is providing new insights into the complex tug-of-war between galaxies, the hot plasma that surrounds them, and the giant black holes that lurk in their centres.