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Green Skies Ahead

BIOCHEMISTRY

In one of several town-hall meetings held across the country early this year, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sparked controversy by pointing to the need for Canada...

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Canada’s Chemistry Olympiad team nab silver and bronze

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
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From left: Jeffrey Zhou, Karen Li, Hermish Mehta, and Raluca Petrut Canada’s secondary school chemistry whizzes brought home silver and bronze medals as well as an honourable mention at the 49th International Chemistry Olympiad team, held this past July 6-15 in the city of Nakhon Pathom in central Thailand. Team members included silver medalist Hermish...

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Stepping up the pace of protein design

BIOCHEMISTRY

Computer models based on molecular energy budgets have made it easier than ever to imagine the myriad ways a protein structure could be folded. Yet it has still been difficult to determine which of those patterns are stable enough to exist in nature, so that their properties could be studied formally. David Baker and researchers...

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Lords of the Ring

PETROCHEMISTRY

Was the structure of benzene really illuminated by a chemist’s dream of a snake devouring its own tail? Historians of science are skeptical of this persistent chemistry legend. But there is new interest in devouring when it comes to benzene, a naturally occurring toxin often associated with petroleum production, storage and transport. To eliminate this...

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Mighty enzymes

BIOCHEMISTRY

David Zechel of Queen’s University.  Is it possible for chemists to make the perfect molecule? David Zechel, associate professor at Queen’s University Department of Chemistry in Kingston, Ont., says there is one — glyphosate. “It is probably as close as chemistry can come to creating a silver bullet in terms of a molecule that is...

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The life-saving potential of the deadly carrot

PHARMACEUTICALS

Apoisonous plant’s value is in the eye of the beholder and Thapsia garganica has become highly prized by cancer specialists. In the wake of a recently published development by investigators at Queen’s University, many cancer patients could become downright fond of these noxious yellow Mediterranean perennials. Thapsia has long been known as the “deadly carrot”...

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Putting proof back in the engineering curriculum

EDUCATION

Chemical engineers rely on a wide range of numerical methods to make sense of an otherwise messy physical world. But when these methods are taught to students, they are often presented in an already simplified format, without formal proofs and perhaps even embedded in the complex code of modelling software.

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Pilot plant to recharge battery manufacture

NANOMATERIALS

Over the past two decades we have become surrounded by lithium battery technology, some of it almost invisible but nevertheless essential to providing portable power storage that we now take for granted. But turning raw lithium into an appropriate medium for retaining and transferring an electrical charge is a complicated process.

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CSC celebrates 100 years of chemistry in Toronto

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

Canada’s premiere chemistry event, the Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition, celebrated 100 years this past May in Toronto, attracting 3,500 attendees from more than 50 countries and chemical society representatives from the United States, United Kingdom, Japan and China. Nobel laureate John Polanyi, HFCIC, of the University of Toronto...

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Driven Snow

CLASS DISTINCTION

At the Newfoundland and Labrador Boreal Ecosystem Latitudinal Transect (NL-BELT) more than two dozen scientists and graduate students...

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The fancy fast-food wrapping that gets a bad rap

CHEMFUSION

We feel a bit guilty biting into a hamburger, pizza or hotdog. They comfort the taste buds but not the body, with all the fat, salt, cholesterol and various additives. There is another issue: fast-food packaging. The hamburger is wrapped in some form of paper, fries come in a cardboard container and pizza is delivered...

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