Running Interference

BIOCHEMISTRY

In Guinea, West Africa, February is the dry season; a dusty haze, stirred by the northeasterly harmattan winds, thickens the air. This year, the winds were harbingers of ill omen. That same month, Guineans began falling ill with symptoms ranging from fever, vomiting and diarrhea to muscle and joint pain and headaches. Some developed red...

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It’s a heat wave

ENERGY

It is a dream that fell short of its early optimism and hype: use abundant hydrogen to supply the planet’s energy needs to eliminate the global dependence on fossil fuels and reduce the greenhouse gases (GHG) implicated in climate change.   But the trajectory towards the widespread use of hydrogen stumbled due to numerous marketing...

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Vaccine Machine

HEALTH

Last year, following the publication of his latest research in the journal Vaccine, dozens of emails flooded polysaccharide chemist Mario Monteiro’s inbox. Monteiro’s paper, about a potential...

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DREAMS Weaver

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

Dalhousie University chemistry and physics professor Mary Anne White likes to talk. She’s good at it. She’s good at materials science too — renowned...

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NMR for the masses

RESEARCH

Take two aspirin and call me in the morning,” is the advice meted out late at night to an achy patient by the country doctor of fable. While it’s true that Aspirin has been the go-to remedy for much of humanity’s twinges and pangs, recent research indicates that the humble white pill may turn out...

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Prometheus Unbound

MATERIALS

Simon Fraser University, a scattered collection of glass and concrete buildings crowning Burnaby Mountain in British Columbia, seems an odd place to encounter an ancient Greek legend. But Prometheus — doomed to eternal torment by Zeus for stealing fire from the gods to benefit humanity — has been reborn in the verdant setting as a...

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