Good spirits

BIOCHEMISTRY

Some real estate agents swear by the smell of baking bread as a way of enhancing the prospects of a house on the market. The yeasty aroma apparently heads straight to our brain...

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ARTMS targets molybdenum and potential customers

RADIOCHEMISTRY

Canadian researchers who have been collaborating since 2010 on an alternative approach to the production of medical radioisotopes are poised to launch a commercial venture to market their innovation globally. The timing is auspicious, coming just weeks before the NRU reactor in Chalk River ceases regular production of molybdenum-99, the isotope that enables medical clinics...

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Siberian MOFs show nature still precedes nurture

GEOCHEMISTRY

When it comes to intricate molecular structures, researchers typically start by discovering nature’s handiwork, then build on it with their own creations. In a rare reversal of this order of events, however, investigators have only now identified naturally occurring examples of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) that were first synthesized almost 20 years ago. Since being developed...

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Batteries bolstered by taking their B2 vitamins

POLYMERS

Amid mounting expectations that we will be using ever more sophisticated batteries to power everything from portable electronics to our vehicles and homes, scientists are taking a fresh look at what kinds of materials will have to go into the electrodes of these devices. The usual candidates include an array of metals, some more exotic...

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Grapevine

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
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Tsun-Kung Sham was named an Officer of the Order of Canada. Sham was recognized for his leadership in establishing the Canadian Light Source research facility...

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Then and Now

CHEMISTRY IN CANADA 1950
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A dvertising in the 1950s pushed the limits of good taste — not to mention stereotyping — and Electric Reduction Company (ERCO) ads were no exception. While modern advertising continues to objectify women to a disturbing degree, it is fair to say that no chemical company today would dream of using such overt sexism to sell...

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Mitigation made to measure

PETROCHEMISTRY

On June 21, India launched the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre with 20 satellites aboard, including one made by the Canadian firm GHGSat that measures greenhouse gas emissions from industrial sites, using algorithms to interpret, store and manage the data. Photo credit: GHGSat On the first day of summer...

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Silicon Renaissance

NANOTECHNOLOGY

Can silicon detect and fight cancer, turn a greenhouse gas like carbon dioxide into a fuel and form an inexpensive way to separate hydrogen from water? Is it possible to use the second-most abundant element in the Earth’s crust to create superior batteries for electric cars, low-cost lasers and literally dirt-cheap methods of detecting explosives?

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Future road map

POLICY PUNDIT

The wild swings that affect research funding in Canada are well known to Gilles Patry. In 1993, when he became the new dean of engineering at the University of Ottawa, his first task was to announce salary cuts of three percent. Then, as uOttawa’s vice-rector (academic) starting in 1997 and its president from 2001 to...

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