September 2019: CIC News features cutting-edge scientific discoveries, the latest innovations from industry, insightful columns, and breaking news stories embracing all aspects of the Canadian chemistry scene.

Countering corrosion

MATERIALS & TECHNOLOGY

Anyone who works with metal recognizes the constant threat of corrosion, a problem that becomes especially profound for structures installed in the world’s oceans.

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EIC Accepting Nominations

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The Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) is currently accepting nominations for its 2020 senior awards and EIC fellowship inductees. The deadline for nominations is midnight, November 15, 2019.  The awards include: SIR JOHN KENNEDY MEDAL For outstanding services rendered to the engineering profession, or of noteworthy contributions to the science of engineering, or to the...

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Science Literacy Week gets under way

CIC MEMBERS

Next week, September 16-22, is Science Literacy Week, an annual celebration of scientists and science communication that is taking place in locations across the country. Keep an eye out for events in your community. The local library may have a themed display of science books that come recommended by other readers. Science centres, museums, and...

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Helium: what should Canada do?

MATERIALS & TECHNOLOGY

A global helium shortage has created a crisis for scientists across Canada. Chemists and other researchers depend on this unique element to cool superconducting magnets to 4.2K for nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) experiments and certain low-temperature studies. However, helium supplies are limited, demand from new markets is increasing, and the United States has been emptying...

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Notorious killer yields a life-saving toxin

CHEMISTRY FOR HEALTH

The death-cap looks much like any harmless variety of mushroom and is rumoured to have a pleasant flavour, but as its gruesome name suggests, tasting comes with serious consequences. Known formally as Amanita phalloides, this particular fungus can synthesize various families of toxins, like phallotoxins and amatoxins. One compound in particular gives the death-cap its...

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