Concrete Solutions

MATERIALS

Our modern world continues to be built on physical foundations that would have been all too familiar to the ancient Romans: cement and concrete. These products loom large across the entire spectrum of civil engineering, which annually consumes twice as much concrete and cement as all other building materials combined. Their production has consequently assumed...

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Vaccine Machine

HEALTH

Last year, following the publication of his latest research in the journal Vaccine, dozens of emails flooded polysaccharide chemist Mario Monteiro’s inbox. Monteiro’s paper, about a potential...

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Pure pursuit

ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY

If it’s unfair to judge a book by its cover, it’s equally unfair to judge a promising new technology by the ho-hum building housing it. When first arriving at Xogen Technologies’ wastewater...

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DREAMS Weaver

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

Dalhousie University chemistry and physics professor Mary Anne White likes to talk. She’s good at it. She’s good at materials science too — renowned...

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NMR for the masses

RESEARCH

Take two aspirin and call me in the morning,” is the advice meted out late at night to an achy patient by the country doctor of fable. While it’s true that Aspirin has been the go-to remedy for much of humanity’s twinges and pangs, recent research indicates that the humble white pill may turn out...

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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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Culture shift

RESEARCH

Last May, the National Research Council (NRC) announced that it was “open for business” and would “work with Canadian industries to bridge...

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Chemistry on Mars

RESEARCH

Just over a year ago, the biggest Mars space exploration vehicle, or rover, yet built was gently lowered from a rocket-powered ‘sky crane’ onto the surface of the red planet.

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