Arsenic—a foe with many faces

ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY

Wherever arsenic goes, its sinister reputation precedes it. And arsenic really gets around. While other elements may be found far more abundantly in the Earth’s crust, oceans or atmosphere, at least some measurable amount of arsenic compounds will crop up in almost any sample of soil, water, food or tissue from our bodies. Many if...

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CFI throws support behind electron microscopy facility

TECHNIQUES

The Canada Foundation for Innovation has provided the Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy (CCEM) with a $1.4 million award through the organization’s Major Science Initiatives program. This funding stream is designed to sustain maintenance and repair work at research facilities that make a significant contribution..

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Chemical green screen

GREEN CHEMISTRY

When the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) set its sights on two widely used antimicrobial agents last year, the organization wanted the results to have a more profound impact than a typical product warning. Such warnings may be steeped in scientific research, but that does not mean they will get a fair public hearing —...

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EAR spectroscopy assesses proteins’ good vibrations

BIOCHEMISTRY

As chemically intricate as proteins may be, understanding how they work may be a matter of listening very closely. “Proteins are like little machines in your body,” says Reuven Gordon, an electrical and computer engineering professor at the University of Victoria. “They go around doing these jobs and it’s amazing what they can accomplish. But most of their functioning...

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