More than 2,500 years ago, Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine, said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” The modern West — closely followed by the developing world — has largely ignored this motto by making poor food choices, which has lead to soaring levels of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity and cancers.

The growing confluence of food and technology is changing that. Biomedical and chemical engineer Irwin Adam Eydelnant of Future Food Studio in Toronto is not only trying to change attitudes towards food, but is finding ways to turn it into art. The article “Food for thought” explores how Eydelnant is looking to feed the soul as well as the body. 

Another feature, “Cyber hack attack,” reveals increasing vulnerabilities in the digital world. It isn’t just data that’s at risk. Today, cyber violence is aimed at not just software but industrial equipment, with malware targeting physical infrastructure like machinery and the control systems used to manage industrial manufacturing processes. Unlike data, unfortunately, there’s no back up for such things.

“Reinventing the wheel” explores the work of University of British Columbia materials engineer Daan Maijer, whose innovations in casting moulds for tire rims and other automotive parts is so well regarded, his team partners with laboratories who have heavyweight clients like Toyota, GE, Rolls-Royce and the United States military.  

Our regular departments present a raft of diverse news items ranging from an exploration of the future of the fossil fuel industry, apple producers’ love-hate relationship with ethylene and the ethical quandaries that can arise when it comes to pricing patented medicines. As well, Policy Pundit scribe Peter Calamai contemplates the $4 billion in tax credits granted businesses under Canada’s Scientific Research and Experimental Development program. 

Our Chemical News section presents a thought-provoking assortment of stories, from the creation of Nomenclature 101 for organic chemistry undergrads struggling with fundamental concepts to the visualization of molecular interactions and the video recordings of cholesterol moving through coronary artery endothelial cells. Last but not least, we extend a warm welcome to four new family members: atomic numbers 113, 115, 117 and 118, which have taken their seats at the periodic table.  

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