University of Saskatchewan

September 21, 2014   


  • Balancing Indigenous rights and Arctic energy projects     Dec 16, 2013
    Whether the issue is of the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline in British Columbia or shale gas extraction in New Brunswick, First Nations are asserting a more active role in resource development projects affecting their communities.
  • Student mapping language areas of the human brain     Dec 09, 2013
    One. Won. Those two words might sound the same, but you probably used entirely different parts of your brain to read them. University of Saskatchewan neuroscience student Layla Gould is investigating uncharted regions of the brain, mapping out which areas are used for reading and picture processing—information which is already helping brain surgeons in Saskatoon.
  • Brazilian student shines light on nanomaterials     Dec 02, 2013
    As a child growing up in Brazil, Verônica de Carvalho Teixeira received an astronomy book from her grandmother and it was love at first sight with science.
  • Engineering research could help save energy worldwide     Nov 25, 2013
    Up to 20 per cent of all energy in the developed world is consumed by a single source—heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.
  • Student engineers cartilage tissues to combat osteoarthritis     Nov 18, 2013
    In a biomedical engineering lab at the University of Saskatchewan, a 3D printer drips a mixture of living cells and biodegradable plastic into a grid design about the size of a shirt button.
  • Protecting high-tech devices from cosmic rays     Nov 12, 2013
    If the “dog ate my homework” excuse won’t work anymore, kids today might try out “a cosmic ray bombarded my computer with subatomic particles and I lost everything!”
  • Student aims to unlock secrets of dark matter     Nov 04, 2013
    On a chalky blackboard at the University of Saskatchewan, graduate student Fred Sage is working to understand “dark matter”, the invisible substance that makes up more than a quarter of the mass in our universe and mysteriously holds galaxies together.
  • Finding ancient minerals for high-tech uses     Oct 28, 2013
    As demand for high-tech devices and green technologies rises, countries around the world are scavenging for sources of rare earth elements—the expensive metals required in everything from iPods to hybrid cars.
  • Rated 65+ -- Student designs videogames for seniors     Oct 21, 2013
    With interest in playing videogames growing amongst senior citizens, researchers around the world are looking into how playing these games can benefit the health and well-being of older adults.
  • Student studies duckling survival in cropland     Oct 15, 2013
    University of Saskatchewan biology student David Johns has spent two summers scouring southern Saskatchewan for northern pintail ducks, a species whose numbers have declined due to land use changes.
  • Student uses synchrotron to study world’s thinnest material     Oct 07, 2013
    With $105,000 in federal research funding, University of Saskatchewan physics student Adrian Hunt is using the Canadian Light Source synchrotron to study a new material currently creating excitement in the scientific world.
  • Using new methods to detect food adulteration     Sep 30, 2013
    When buying food products or beverages, how confident can we be that the content labels match what’s inside the container?
  • Searching for plague among prairie dogs     Sep 23, 2013
    Crouched in the dust beside a prairie dog burrow in southwestern Saskatchewan’s Grasslands National Park, I’m trying to capture fleas that may carry the bacteria that causes plague — yes, the same disease that caused the devastating “Black Death” in medieval Europe.
  • New tools help battle canola disease     Sep 16, 2013
    A single-celled parasite is spreading across the Prairies, turning healthy roots into stumpy, disorganized clumps and threatening Canada’s $15-billion canola industry.