December 06, 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.
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.
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.
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!”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When buying food products or beverages, how confident can we be that the content labels match what’s inside the container?
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.
A single-celled parasite is spreading across the Prairies, turning healthy roots into stumpy, disorganized clumps and threatening Canada’s $15-billion canola industry.
Decades after fire and tree-cutting devastated the forest in Flin Flon, Man., researchers are trying to solve the mystery of why the forest has not grown back.
As a child growing up in Iran, math problems really got Saeed Torabi’s heart pumping. As a PhD student, he is using his love of math to help build a computer simulation of a beating heart.
University of Saskatchewan researchers are trying to improve the way regulators and mine operators assess the risk of metal contamination from effluent discharged in uranium mining.
A deadly virus with no symptoms until its end stages, the liver disease hepatitis C could threaten the health of the largest population in North America - baby boomers.
University of Saskatchewan researchers are studying a family of proteins produced in our own cells that can shut down HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
Wild urban rats carry bacteria and viruses that can pose a significant health risk to people, yet very little is known about them in Canada.
Before YouTube, ParticipAction’s television ads such as the 60-year-old Swede and Body Break were the viral videos of their day.
Exploring the particle physics of popcorn and the forces and geometry in hockey are just two ways student “science ambassadors” from the University of Saskatchewan are making science fun and relevant for young people in northern Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
University of Saskatchewan researchers are pioneering the use of synchrotron technology to study prostate cancer in humans and dogs.
In 1910, an all-male jury in Saskatoon caused an uproar when the jurors acquitted notorious brothel madam Babe Belanger of attempting to bribe a police officer.
Saskatchewan plant scientists are working to stay one step ahead of a fungal disease — stripe rust — that they fear may be moving into the province and starting to reduce wheat crop yields.
A University of Saskatchewan public policy student has won a prestigious national scholarship that will enable him to explore how policy changes could create opportunities for First Nations to produce renewable electricity for the power grid.
A University of Saskatchewan plant science student has been awarded the prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship to adapt the blue honeysuckle berry to grow in a warmer climate.
A novel filtration material developed at the University of Saskatchewan as part of a PHD thesis may offer a green solution to contaminated oilsands process water.
With global demand for wheat exceeding 20 billion bushels a year, producers need more high-yielding crops that can survive in the extreme climate of the Canadian Prairies.
Grassland songbirds — from Sprague’s pipit to the chestnut-collared longspur — rely on native prairie to survive, yet many songbirds and much of that habitat is disappearing.
Two ground-breaking studies that could help juvenile arthritis sufferers manage their pain, and provide an important new tool for researchers to develop treatments for the disease took top honours at the Canadian Arthritis Network Annual Scientific Conference in Quebec City.
Large, free-roaming dog populations in northern Saskatchewan communities often carry parasites that can pose significant health risks to people living in the area.
Jonathan Godwin, a University of Saskatchewan master’s student, is improving a new “green” energy source — creating electrical fuel cells from everyday microbes.
Traditional cancer treatment tablets and injections deliver cancer-killing drugs indiscriminately to all parts of the body, often causing serious side effects.
Adam Pottle, a PhD English student at the University of Saskatchewan, was born with impaired hearing in both ears. To engage in class discussions, he has learned to read lips.
Lindsay Sewall has spent the last three years studying a feared and misunderstood segment of the population: Psychopaths. The University of Saskatchewan researcher is in the first stages of her PhD in psychology, looking into whether psychopathy can be treated in violent offenders to reduce their risk of reoffending.
More than one billion people around the world depend upon fish for protein in their diet. But the threat of mercury poisoning, especially in children, has raised concerns about the safety of eating fish.
In a way, Lake Diefenbaker is Jeff Sereda’s lake. The University of Saskatchewan post-doctoral researcher got married there, worked there for years and now his research centres on the lake’s health.
UniversityofSaskatchewanveterinary scientists and colleagues acrossCanadahave recently carried out the world’s first successful embryo transfer in wood bison.
Chronic wasting disease (CWD) has been responsible for the severe decline ofSaskatchewan’s game farm industry. Millions have been spent on programs to screen herds and compensate farmers.
Since plants need sunlight to survive and can’t go hide in the shade, they need to make their own sun protection.
Imagine an app for your smart phone or Facebook page that helps you make healthy decisions about what to eat at a restaurant so that you can control your weight, manage your diabetes, or build muscle.
A team of students from the University of Saskatchewan launched a prototype probe to the edge of space on April 5, 2011, the first step in studying the effects of pollution on the upper atmosphere.
DNA from the stomach bacteria of a young man who died hundreds of years ago is shedding light on movement patterns of North American peoples and when they came in contact with Europeans.
Budding space scientists from the University of Saskatchewan and two other Canadian universities will continue CaNoRock, a novel rocket research program, thanks to an agreement among several Canadian and Norwegian universities and research agencies.
Isaac Asiamah, a PhD candidate with the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition at the U of S, has recently returned from a prestigious training opportunity at the Speiz Laboratory in the Swiss Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sports. Isaac spent four months at the laboratory and received training in the handling of chemical weapons-related materials, including water and air-sensitive chemicals, as well as training in toxicology and chemical safety.
This summer Ricky Lam was flown to Ottawa to meet celebrity chefs and receive honors from Governor General Michaëlle Jean for his innovative research and “immense potential” to contribute to the food industry.
University of Saskatchewan PhD student Katya MacDonald has been awarded a prestigious national scholarship to research the history of one of Canada’s most iconic symbols—the trade blanket.
University of Saskatchewan psychology graduate Neil Fournier has been awarded a post-doctoral fellowship for brain research that could open up new possibilities for the treatment of epilepsy.
When Neil Kalra was in grade nine, he was already doing innovative medical research.
With the increasing need for more education to land jobs, young people today wait longer than ever to marry and become parents.
For Michael Gaultois, the bright lights of his native Alberta couldn’t compete with the Canadian Light Source synchrotron and its promise to help him reveal the secrets of advanced materials.
Growing up on a farm in rural Saskatchewan, Heather Allaway had a somewhat unusual career aspiration — she wanted to become an astronaut.
While most people try to keep blood-sucking parasites as far away as possible, University of Saskatchewan biology student Chantel Krakowetz surrounds herself with ticks to study their population genetics and the bacteria they contain.
Back in his native India, Channakeshava Umeshappa was studying to become a veterinarian when he came across the history of smallpox and recognized the power of vaccination to change the world.
The race to explore and develop the Arctic’s treasure trove of natural resources has been dubbed the “Cold Rush.”
University of Saskatchewan physics PhD student Brian Bewer has developed new imaging technology that will enable medical researchers to look at disease in live subjects without blurring and with greater tissue clarity than ever before.
If it weren’t for the rocky, Mars-like arctic landscape in the background, you might mistake video of an experimental rocket being launched at the Andøya Rocket Range in Norway for footage of a spacecraft blasting out of Cape Canaveral.
Young people who play online role-playing video games are often stereotyped as anti-social geeks who need more exercise and sunlight in their lives.
A University of Saskatchewan graduate student has discovered how to use sound waves to determine the water content of snow—a finding that could help scientists better predict floods and droughts and shed light on climate change.
In the Sheep Creek Basin in Ivvavik National Park, in Canada’s far northwest corner, Stacey Dumanski took full advantage of the amazing 24-hour sunlight this summer to do fieldwork that could help improve global water prediction.
Michael Szafron has been trying to solve a mystery for over a decade—how our DNA untangles itself within the cell.
Food and water around the world could soon become safer for human consumption thanks to a new cattle vaccine created by University of Saskatchewan graduate student David Asper.
For close to a decade, engineers at the University of Saskatchewan have been working on an energy exchange system for improved building ventilation that could recover up to 60 per cent of the energy required to condition air.
As baby boomers age, the prevalence of dementia in Canada is expected to double to 750,000 cases by 2030, according to the Alzheimer's Society of Canada.
From 1885 to 1949 the Canadian government banned Pacific Coast potlatch ceremonies—a part of Aboriginal community heritage by which hereditary names were transferred.
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