Oceans facing an acid test

CHEMISTRY FOR ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Global temperatures began to soar as early as May this year, beginning with a 50ºC heat wave that hit India. Meanwhile parts of Europe endured sauna-like conditions, while North America and the Arctic saw temperature records melt like ice cream in summer. While weather and climate are two very different things, such severe warming is...

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Wrangling with resistance

PHARMACEUTICALS

Early in his career at McMaster University Medical Centre in Hamilton, Ont., while on his way to the cafeteria for coffee, Justin Nodwell regularly walked past the unit for premature babies, watching as jaundiced infants were wheeled into the sunlight for phototherapy treatment. The route also took him past the paediatric oncology unit, filled with...

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Molecular architect

EDUCATION

Samantha Smith of the University of Toronto­ is devising­ new catalysts and ligands­ to enhance the creation of chemicals in industry and the pharmaceutical sector.  Samantha Smith sees many similarities between an architect who designs buildings and a chemist who undertakes molecular architecture. Smith, who is nearing the end of her PhD studies in organometallic...

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Driven Snow

CLASS DISTINCTION

At the Newfoundland and Labrador Boreal Ecosystem Latitudinal Transect (NL-BELT) more than two dozen scientists and graduate students...

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Mighty enzymes

BIOCHEMISTRY

David Zechel of Queen’s University.  Is it possible for chemists to make the perfect molecule? David Zechel, associate professor at Queen’s University Department of Chemistry in Kingston, Ont., says there is one — glyphosate. “It is probably as close as chemistry can come to creating a silver bullet in terms of a molecule that is...

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Petrochemical Heartland

HISTORY

Hewers of wood and drawers of water is the oft-repeated narrative used to describe Canada’s historical reliance on natural resources. It is true that Canada has been, and continues to be, dependent upon the land’s natural bounty: oil and gas, coal, hydropower, fish, forestry, silver, copper, gold, diamonds, molybdenum, potash and rare earth elements. Yet,...

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