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EVs are computers, so put down those socket wrenches

Articles of Interest   |   October 23, 2023

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Electric vehicles are so radically different from many of our old gas-guzzlers, especially when you focus on an EV’s sophisticated battery technology and its operational silence, that they often draw comparisons to computers and smartphones.... read more

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Astronomers discover record-breaking 62 moons around Saturn

Articles of Interest   |   May 15, 2023

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A Canadian-led team of astronomers has discovered 62 moons around Saturn, the largest such trove of planetary satellites ever revealed in one batch. The find, announced on Thursday, raises the official count of Saturn’s retinue... read more

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Summer McIntosh eyes international superstardom as second Olympics draws near

In the News   |   April 4, 2023

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So I guess we know what Canada’s going to be doing in July, 2024. We’ll all be watching Summer McIntosh. A week ago, Ms. McIntosh was a name drifting along the periphery of the big... read more

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Scientists see signs of active volcanoes on Venus

In the News   |   March 16, 2023

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It’s not exactly a smoking gun – or smoking cone – but scientists working with data captured by a NASA spacecraft say they have uncovered new evidence for active volcanoes on the surface of Venus. If correct,... read more

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Trees communicating via fungal networks has become a popular theory. These scientists say the evidence is scarce

Articles of Interest   |   February 14, 2023

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There is tension in the forest. The idea that trees can exchange signals and resources through a hidden, underground communication system built out of fungus is among the most striking ecological concepts to emerge in... read more

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Agtech pushes the boundaries of food production and fuels a debate about who is considered a farmer

Articles of Interest   |   February 6, 2023

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New technology holds promise for the challenges of climate change and food supply, but first its purveyors say they need space to grow. It started with cherry tomatoes. As a university student, Alycia van der... read more

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Fusion breakthrough could be climate, energy game-changer

In the News   |   December 14, 2022

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Scientists have reached a major milestone in the pursuit of nuclear fusion, the process that powers the stars and could one day provide a globally accessible, long-term supply of carbon-free energy. U.S. government officials said... read more

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Artemis I launch reignites dreams of a human presence on the moon

Articles of Interest   |   November 18, 2022

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The 26-day mission around the moon and back marks a critical step by the U.S. space agency. Like a powerful beacon lighting the way to a distant shore, the Artemis I spacecraft sliced across the... read more

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Montreal professor Gilles Brassard’s boundary-pushing work in quantum physics wins world’s largest science prize

In the News   |   September 23, 2022

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Gilles Brassard, a University of Montreal computer scientist who made seminal contributions to the field of quantum cryptography, has been awarded the Breakthrough Prize in fundamental physics, the world’s largest science prize. In an announcement... read more

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Finding a theory of everything: Top physicists gather in Vancouver to discuss quantum mechanics and general relativity

In the News   |   August 17, 2022

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In October, 1927, a group of academics assembled outside the Solvay International Institute for Physics in Brussels for what has since been called the most intelligent picture ever taken. Among those in attendance were Albert... read more

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Canadian team unveils quantum chip made of tiny silicon hockey pucks

Articles of Interest   |   July 15, 2022

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Row upon row of microscopic hockey pucks etched into a silicon chip could hold the key to making quantum computers at practical scale and allow for un-crackable encrypted information to be sent over long distances.... read more

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First image from ‘miraculous’ James Webb Space Telescope a cosmic deep dive

Articles of Interest   |   July 12, 2022

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Astronomers working with the James Webb Space Telescope have taken a very deep dive into the cosmos, offering a historic debut image of distant galaxies that reaches back like a time tunnel across much of the... read more

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Ten years after Higgs boson, the hunt is on for new breakthroughs in physics

In the News   |   July 4, 2022

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In the verdant Rhône Valley just west of Geneva, an elaborate game of chance is about to begin. At stake: the possibility of glimpsing nature’s deepest secrets. The bet: more than $400-million spent and more... read more

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Canadian company Xanadu achieves ‘big leap forward’ in quantum computer race

Articles of Interest   |   June 2, 2022

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Xanadu Quantum Technologies, one of several companies trying to harness the ephemeral nature of quantum physics to revolutionize the computer industry, has hit an elusive milestone with a device that can outperform any supercomputer in... read more

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Astronomers peer into Milky Way’s core for first-ever image of ‘supermassive black hole next door’

In the News   |   May 13, 2022

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For 90 years, astronomers have known there is something powerful lurking in the crowded heart of our galaxy, the Milky Way. Now, at last, they have seen it. On Thursday, an international team of researchers... read more

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