New quantum laboratory opens at University of Waterloo

MATERIALS SCIENCE

The advent of electronic systems that can operate at the level of quantum interactions promises to usher in an era of unprecedented computer processing speed and information storage. Before this revolution can begin, however, scientists need to make the raw materials that will go into this new equipment. This past December, the University of Waterloo opened up a laboratory to do just that.

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Imaging boost for fuel cells

ALTERNATIVE ENERGY

The same tomographic imaging technique that provides doctors and surgeons with vital views inside their patients is now being adapted to improve the performance of hydrogen fuel cells. Researchers at Simon Fraser University are working with Burnaby-based Ballard Power Systems to apply a new tool for testing and characterizing these devices.

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Persistent Contamination

ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY

Survival in the Arctic has always been about finding food in a harsh land, as many European­ explorers learned the hard way. Some, such as Roald Amundsen of Norway, made good use of the nutritional wisdom of the Arctic Inuit, whom he met during his exploration of the Northwest Passage from 1903 to 1906. This...

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Analyzing oligosaccharides to detect adulterated juice

FOOD CHEMISTRY

In the mid-1980s, a Florida citrus growers’ organization offered $50,000 to anyone who could develop an analytical technique for detecting orange juice adulterated with cheap beet juice. Graduate student Nicholas Low, who was working on enzymes responsible for carbohydrate hydrolysis, thought he had a solution.

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