New extraction technique for functional foods

TECHNIQUES
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A team of engineers at Université Laval has developed a new system for efficiently extracting high-value bioactive molecules — potential nutraceuticals or pharmaceuticals — from plant and animal proteins. In our gut, enzymes break up plant and animal proteins into hundreds of smaller peptides. Some of these reportedly have health benefits such as antioxidant or...

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The ‘ole cola trick draws a crowd

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
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Charles Lucy, a professor in the chemistry department at the University of Alberta, prepares to do a Diet-Coke-and- Mentos demonstration as part of an evening event organized by the Edmonton Local Section in March. Lucy’s presentation, called “Colour, Catalysts and Coca Cola” focused on the use of “student world examples” in teaching and public outreach...

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Then and now

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
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From the beginning, the history of the companies that would become Canadian Industries Limited (C-I-L) have been entangled with that of the nation itself. The Hamilton Powder Company, founded in 1862, manufactured black powder — and later, dynamite — which was used in the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway. In 1885 the American A....

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A good mix for innovation

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
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Laurence Meadows of Mitacs, a not-for-profit organization that funds internships and fellowships to encourage innovation, presents at a Vancouver Local Section event in...

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The Association of the Chemical Profession of Saskatchewan (ACPS) launched

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
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The Association of the Chemical Profession of Saskatchewan (ACPS) — the voice for professional chemists in Saskatchewan — held their inaugural meeting in Regina on December 8, 2012. Welcoming the announcement is Canada’s Professional Chemists, a member organization of provincial professional chemist associations and the Canadian Society for Chemistry. The ACPS is also a signatory...

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Glycan capture technique sheds light on cell surface proteins

BIOCHEMISTRY
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A new technique for capturing glycosylated proteins, developed by a researcher at Simon Fraser University, has provided fresh insight into the relationship between the structure and function of these biomolecules, knowledge that could advance fields from immunology to cancer research. From bacteria to humans, many cell surface proteins are decorated with glycans: sugar moieties whose...

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Building public understanding with ‘molecular lego’

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
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Deoxyribonucleic acid, the blueprint of evolution, is arguably the world’s most famous molecule. But as McGill University’s Hanadi Sleiman explained to Toronto audiences last fall, the possible applications of DNA range far beyond merely encoding and decoding genetic information. Her public talk, entitled “Molecular Lego with DNA: Building Structures for Medicine and Materials Science,” was...

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Then and now

HISTORY
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Shell was one of the first Canadian oil companies to expand beyond fuels to commodity chemicals like the methyl ethyl ketone trumpeted in this ad from the June 1949 issue of Chemistry in Canada. Like the ad says, such solvents were in demand for coatings for furniture and musical instruments, as well as the manufacture...

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