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Discovering the mother of all bison

EXTRACT: Discovering the mother of all bison Researchers trace bison to common ancestor, pinpoint arrival in North America. By Katie Willis on March 13, 2017 Unlike other notorious invaders such as zebra mussels, bison were not introduced by humans. But their rapid spread and diversification are hallmarks of an invasive species. Scientists from ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2017-03-13

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Fossil and genomic evidence constrains the timing of bison arrival in North America

EXTRACT: Abstract The arrival of bison in North America marks one of the most successful large-mammal dispersals from Asia within the last million years, yet the timing and nature of this event remain poorly determined. Here, we used a combined paleontological and paleogenomic approach to provide a robust timeline for the entry ...

Media source: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences · 2017-03-13

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New fossils, genetic tools help pinpoint bison migration to North America

EXTRACT: New fossils, genetic tools help pinpoint bison migration to North America By Catherine Griwkowsky | Monday, March 13, 2017 02:54 PM MDT Researchers have figured out when bison came to North America using new DNA extraction techniques and a newly found set of fossils. University of Alberta department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences ...

Media source: Edmonton Sun · 2017-03-13

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Understanding what's in the air we breathe

EXTRACT: Understanding what's in the air we breathe UAlberta professor gets lab upgrade to delve into the complex chemistry of urban air pollution as part of $2.1M federal funding boost. By Michael Brown on March 2, 2017 You might think you’re getting nothing but fresh air in each lungful you breathe, but air quality ...

Media source: University of Alberta News · 2017-03-02

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Postdoc Spotlight: Geochemist Jesse Reimink

EXTRACT: Postdoc Spotlight: Geochemist Jesse Reimink Jesse Reimink has been around science and the outdoors his entire life. His father, a high school biology teacher, would keep him and his sister busy searching for rocks and insects outside for their collections. He and his friends would go on camping trips every summer ...

Media source: Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Carnegie · 2017-02-21

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Field Research Office Photo Contest 2016 (Winners)

EXTRACT: Field Research Office Photo Contest 2016 (Winners) Source: Field Research Office Read more: http://www.fieldoffice.ualberta.ca/en/Events/PhotoContest.aspx ...

Media source: Field Research Office · 2017-02-08

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Update: New census data spurs debate on Edmonton's density plans

EXTRACT: Update: New census data spurs debate on Edmonton's density plans According to newly released census data, the area's suburbs are also seeing increased population growth By: Jeremy Simes Metro Published on Wed Feb 08 2017 Edmonton saw massive growth, according to Statistic Canada's new census data. As new census data underlines Edmonton’s ...

Media source: Metro News · 2017-02-08

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Otis Appoints Dr. Roger Morton to Advisory Board

EXTRACT: February 07, 2017 08:30 ET Otis Appoints Dr. Roger Morton to Advisory Board VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Feb. 7, 2017) - Otis Gold Corp. (or "Otis") (TSX VENTURE:OOO)(OTC PINK:OGLDF) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Roger D. Morton to its Advisory Board. Dr. Morton is currently a Professor Emeritus ...

Media source: Market Wired · 2017-02-07

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U of A researcher travels to Chile to monitor unstable volcano

EXTRACT: U of A researcher travels to Chile to monitor unstable volcano By Clare Clancy | Published on: February 5, 2017 Laguna del Maule is one of thousands of volcanoes in the Andes mountain range. An Edmonton researcher travelling to Chile wants to understand what makes volcanoes tick — beyond ...

Media source: Edmonton Journal · 2017-02-05

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February 2017 Instructor of the Month Jeff Kavanaugh

EXTRACT: February 2017 Instructor of the Month Jeff Kavanaugh February Instructor of the Month Jeff Kavanaugh blurs the distinction between lecture and lab, between theoretical and practical, so that students start doing and building from day one. By News staff on February 1, 2017 What do you teach? I teach a small number of ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2017-02-01

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Making the most of magma: Edmonton researcher explores restless Chilean volcano

EXTRACT: Making the most of magma: Edmonton researcher explores restless Chilean volcano 'This volcano is unusual because we've got signs there might be something bigger happening' By Wallis Snowdon, CBC News Posted: Jan 31, 2017 9:17 AM MT Laguna del Maule in the southern Andes, Chile has been showing signs of unrest ...

Media source: CBC News · 2017-01-31

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Magma the most of magma

EXTRACT: Magma the most of magma Scientist searches for answers to some of world’s most vexing volcanic mysteries. By Jennifer Pascoe on January 30, 2017 Martyn Unsworth, University of Alberta geophysicist, at Laguna del Maule volcanic field in Chile. Much like humans, volcanoes inhale and exhale to a certain rhythm. But picture only ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2017-01-30

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Testing the waters

EXTRACT: Testing the waters Assessing the impact of hydraulic fracturing on aquatic animals. By Katie Willis on January 24, 2017 Dan Alessi and Greg Goss are studying the effects of hydraulic fracturing fluids on aquatic animals. Researchers at the University of Alberta have conducted the first-ever study to use hydraulic fracturing fluids to ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2017-01-25

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Arctic researcher shares 50 years of watching climate change happen

EXTRACT: Arctic researcher shares 50 years of watching climate change happen Thursday January 19, 2017 John England has been accumulating Arctic knowledge for five decades. And the University of Alberta professor emeritus in earth and atmospheric sciences wishes more Canadians would do some Arctic exploration of their own. "The exquisite beauty of the North is ...

Media source: CBC Radio · 2017-01-19

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Scarcity modeling shows Alberta is in hot water

EXTRACT: Scarcity modeling shows Alberta is in hot water New research shows southern river basins suffer from permanent water stress in certain months of the year. By Katie Willis on January 17, 2017 Monireh Faramarzi and colleagues developed an agro-hydrological model to study Alberta's water supply. Photo credit: John Ulan Each year, approximately 3.4 ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2017-01-17

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Ancient ice samples from northern Canada en route to University of Alberta

EXTRACT: Ancient ice samples from northern Canada en route to University of Alberta By Julia Wong | January 14, 2017 11:53 am To keep an eye on the samples, which will be transported in a freeze truck, Kavanaugh built a monitoring system to track the location and temperature of the freezer container. The ...

Media source: Global News · 2017-01-14

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The largest collection of Canadian Arctic ice cores is coming to Edmonton

EXTRACT: Glaciologist Martin Sharp holds one of the ice cores the University of Alberta currently has—a sample much smaller than the ones currently enroute. The largest collection of Canadian Arctic ice cores is coming to Edmonton By: Alex Boyd Metro Published on Fri Jan 13 2017 Sitting inside a shipping container pulled by ...

Media source: Metro News · 2017-01-13

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Public can track precious ice core samples as they travel to new home in Edmonton from Ottawa

EXTRACT: Public can track precious ice core samples as they travel to new home in Edmonton from Ottawa By Claire Theobald | First posted: Thursday, January 12, 2017 08:04 PM MST Jeff Kavanaugh, an associate professor at the University of Alberta who leads an environmental instrumentation course in the Department of ...

Media source: Edmonton Sun · 2017-01-13

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Tracking ice cores’ cross-country trek

EXTRACT: Tracking ice cores’ cross-country trek Monitoring system ensures climate change record remains frozen in ice. By Jennifer Pascoe on January 12, 2017 How do you ensure that 1.5 kilometres of ice stays frozen while traveling 3400 kilometres across Canada? Keep in mind this is not just any old ice. It has the ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2017-01-12

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Building forward instead of back: Developing and redeveloping Alberta’s communities

EXTRACT: Building forward instead of back: Developing and redeveloping Alberta’s communities PhD student Lynne Njeri Mbajiorgu is preventing future natural disasters through planning and mitigation strategies. By Katie Willis on January 11, 2017 Alberta has seen more than its fair share of devastating natural disasters in the last decade—the 2011 fires in the ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2017-01-11

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Leading Arctic scientist calls continued lack of national polar policy 'an embarrassment and frustrating'

EXTRACT: Leading Arctic scientist calls continued lack of national polar policy 'an embarrassment and frustrating' Standing on the unsympathetic shoreline of Mercy Bay, a bulbous fjord on the northern edge of Banks Island in the Canadian Arctic archipelago, John England was “stupefied.” By Juris Graney | Published on: January 8, 2017 ...

Media source: Edmonton Journal · 2017-01-08

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Are We Looking in the Wrong Direction?

EXTRACT: Are We Looking in the Wrong Direction? The discovery of vast seas of water beneath the earth’s crust opens up interesting new fields of research, and also poses a somewhat philosophical question: should we be looking more closely at our own earth and trying to understand the secrets of our existence ...

Media source: Brave New World · 2017-01-06

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Atlantic Ocean circulation could collapse with climate change influence, study says

EXTRACT: Atlantic Ocean circulation could collapse with climate change influence, study says Current models assume Atlantic Ocean in stable condition, but new study suggests this might not be so By Nicole Mortillaro, CBC News Posted: Jan 06, 2017 5:00 AM ET North Atlantic Ocean cooling scenario following collapse of Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation. ...

Media source: CBC News · 2017-01-06

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What’s the secret to the evolution of complex life on Earth? The answer might surprise you.

EXTRACT: What’s the secret to the evolution of complex life on Earth? The answer might surprise you. International team of scientists discovered that shifts in phosphorus cycle are responsible for evolution of life on Earth By News staff on January 5, 2017 Approximately 750 million years ago, a fundamental change occurred that set ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2017-01-05

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University of Alberta professor helps NASA search for life on Mars

EXTRACT: University of Alberta professor helps NASA search for life on Mars Gordon Kent | Published on: December 18, 2016 A University of Alberta planetary geologist is helping NASA answer one of the most important questions in human history — are we alone in the universe? Chris Herd is the only ...

Media source: Edmonton Journal · 2016-12-18

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