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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Deadly Dust

MATERIALS

In January 2012, an explosion at the Babine Forest Products sawmill in Burns Lake, B.C. killed two workers and injured 19. Three months later a second explosion, this one at the Lakeland Mills sawmill in Prince George, B.C., killed two people and injured 22. In both cases, combustible dust from mountain pine beetle-killed wood was...

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The many faces of bioplastics

POLYMERS

Plastics get a bad rap. While they improve our lives in countless ways, from food safety to medical care, their inertness and disinclination to break down — the very properties that make them so useful in most applications — raise the spectre of pollution. Spurred on by images of the vast collection of marine debris...

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The power of spin

INNOVATION

There has been so much thought put into anticipating, avoiding, and destroying tornadoes that I became quite intrigued in early 2007 when I received the following...

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Molten solution

INNOVATION

Neil Camarta just can’t seem to stay retired. After 35 years in the oil industry, including stints at Shell and Suncor, the chemical engineer from Edson, Alta. is now in what he calls the ‘crackpot business,’ taking risks on maverick new technologies. His current project is Western Hydrogen, a company that recently launched the world’s...

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Cold Case

ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY

As the days wax longer, few of us care to dwell on the snow and ice that dominated the landscape only weeks ago. But for the scientists trying to explain and predict the movement of chemicals in our environment — from contaminants like polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) to atmospheric gases like ozone — snow and ice...

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Human Factor

INNOVATION

These days, technical skills alone do not an engineer make. Over the last decade, engineering schools across Canada have focused increasingly...

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Job seeker, know thyself

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

In this issue's Q and A, ACCN speaks with Alan Kearns, founder of the career management firm CareerJoy, about how chemists and chemical engineers on the job hunt can leverage their skills.

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