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Meteorite or 'meteowrong': Don't be fooled by that rock that looks like it's from outer space

EXTRACT: Meteorite or 'meteowrong': Don't be fooled by that rock that looks like it's from outer space 'There are a lot of rocks out there that look like what we call the meteo-wrongs' Thandiwe Konguavi | Sep 06, 2019 A meteor streaked across the sky above Edmonton on Saturday night and now rock hunters ...

Media source: CBC News · 2019-09-06

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How to spot a space rock: University of Alberta video helps differentiate earth rocks from meteorites

EXTRACT: How to spot a space rock: University of Alberta video helps differentiate earth rocks from meteorites By Margeaux Maron | September 3, 2019 It was an amazing sight to behold. Late Saturday evening, the eastern skies over Alberta were illuminated as a large fireball streaked from north to south. Social media ...

Media source: Global News · 2019-09-03

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Answers to Earth's evolution may be found in helium trapped in diamonds

EXTRACT: Answers to Earth's evolution may be found in helium trapped in diamonds Lisa Johnson |August 24, 2019 Microscopic pockets of fluid trapped in diamonds from deep below Earth’s surface are providing new insight into the makeup of the rock deep beneath our feet, according to a new study by an international team ...

Media source: Edmonton Journal · 2019-08-24

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Starting out in smaller communities may be better for refugee populations

EXTRACT: Starting out in smaller communities may be better for refugee populations New research shows Syrian refugees report higher satisfaction in first year of settlement when in smaller Albertan communities By Katie Willis on August 22, 2019 Syrian refugees report higher satisfaction with settlement services and community when spending their first year of settlement ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2019-08-22

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Diversity champion and earth sciences researcher honoured for contributions to science

EXTRACT: Diversity champion and earth sciences researcher honoured for contributions to science Professor Kurt Konhauser named a fellow of the American Geological Union By Katie Willis on August 19, 2019 Earth scientist Kurt Konhauser has been named a fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), the largest geological organization in the world, in recognition ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2019-08-19

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Helium trapped in diamonds yields insight into primordial rock

EXTRACT: Helium trapped in diamonds yields insight into primordial rock Findings by new UAlberta scientist and Banting Fellow shed light on composition of Earth at a depth of 410-660km. By Andrew Lyle on August 16, 2019 Microscopic pockets of fluid trapped in diamonds from deep below Earth’s surface are providing new insight into the ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2019-08-16

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Shining bright: Diamond researcher honoured for contributions to science

EXTRACT: Shining bright: Diamond researcher honoured for contributions to science Professor Graham Pearson is named a fellow of the American Geological Union. By Jennifer Pascoe on August 15, 2019 Not unlike the mineral he has dedicated his career to studying, Graham Pearson only gets better under pressure. His most recent slate of awards attests ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2019-08-15

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Two researchers receive new funding for state-of-the-art infrastructure

EXTRACT: Two researchers receive new funding for state-of-the-art infrastructure Biogeochemist Maya Bhatia and atmospheric chemist Ran Zhao are awarded funding from the John R. Evans Leaders Fund By Katie Willis on August 12, 2019 Two researchers in the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Science were awarded new funding today through a Canada Foundation for ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2019-08-12

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One mine’s trash: Capturing carbon in mine waste

EXTRACT: One mine’s trash: Capturing carbon in mine waste $3.2 million in new funding accelerates research on capturing CO2 in waste from Canadian mines. By Katie Willis on July 23, 2019 A new project focused on trapping excess carbon dioxide into mineral waste will be piloted by three Canadian mining companies over the next ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2019-07-23

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Scientists partner with Razor Energy for geothermal pilot project in Swan Hills, Alberta

EXTRACT: Scientists partner with Razor Energy for geothermal pilot project in Swan Hills, Alberta Plans underway for hybrid geothermal power facility with Razor Energy. By Katie Willis on July 22, 2019 Final engineering is underway for the construction of a pilot project that combines the power of geothermal energy with existing oil and gas ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2019-07-22

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New funding dedicated to strengthening community housing in Canada

EXTRACT: New funding dedicated to strengthening community housing in Canada University of Alberta expert in human geography and urban planning leads newly funded project on community housing. By Katie Willis on July 18, 2019 Funding announced for a new research project designed to address the question of how best to meet the needs ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2019-07-18

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Examining urban data to determine just how smart Albertan cities can be

EXTRACT: Examining urban data to determine just how smart Albertan cities can be Expert in urban development and social justice receives new funding for investigating data-driven urbanism. By Katie Willis on July 17, 2019 A University of Alberta urban development expert has received new funding to examine the role of urban data in building ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2019-07-17

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Arctic scientist named to Order of Canada

EXTRACT: Arctic scientist named to Order of Canada John England honoured for lifetime of research in the Canadian Arctic and environmental advocacy. July 04 2019 | By KATIE WILLIS Canadian Arctic scientist John England has been named to the Order of Canada for his lifelong contributions to research in the Canadian Arctic ...

Media source: Folio · 2019-07-04

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Scientists develop new method for studying early life in ancient rocks

EXTRACT: Scientists develop new method for studying early life in ancient rocks Research results could also inform the search for life on Mars. By Katie Willis on July 2, 2019 2.1 billion year old sediment from Gabon with ancient microbial mat features and biologically-induced potassium enrichment. Photo courtesy of Abder El Albani Scientists have ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2019-07-02

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Ottawa must increase funding for climate science or risk falling behind, scientists say

EXTRACT: Ottawa must increase funding for climate science or risk falling behind, scientists say Survey of climate scientists raises concerns over inadequate gov't investment Ryan Patrick Jones · CBC News · Posted: Jun 27, 2019 6:00 AM CT The lack of federal funding threatens scientists whose research requires fieldwork in the Arctic, report ...

Media source: CBC News · 2019-06-27

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Three Edmonton men honoured with the Order of Canada

EXTRACT: Three Edmonton men honoured with the Order of Canada Three Edmonton men, including an Arctic scientist, a trailblazer in biochemistry, and a longtime pillar of the legal community, have been appointed to the Order of Canada, Gov. Gen. Julie Payette announced Thursday. Lisa Johnson Updated: June 27, 2019 “The Order of Canada is ...

Media source: Edmonton Journal · 2019-06-27

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First Motswana diamond research expert graduates from Faculty of Science

EXTRACT: First Motswana diamond research expert graduates from Faculty of Science Theetso Motsamai receives his PhD in diamond research and exploration. By Katie Willis on June 11, 2019 Theetso Motsamai, pictured here in the Earth Sciences Building, becomes the first Motswana diamond research expert as he graduates with a PhD in diamond ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2019-06-11

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"I thought the Russians bombed Seattle:" Mount St. Helens eruption from Vancouver

EXTRACT: "I thought the Russians bombed Seattle:" Mount St. Helens eruption from Vancouver Kenneth Chan | Jun 07, 2019 “I thought the Russians bombed Seattle.” Paula Diakiw was lying in bed in her Vancouver West Side house at 8:32 am on Sunday, May 18, 1980 when glass in big frames in her ...

Media source: Daily Hive · 2019-06-07

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Study confirms banded iron formations originated from oxidized iron

EXTRACT: Study confirms banded iron formations originated from oxidized iron New research from University of Alberta scientists dispels misconceptions about origins of banded iron formations. By Katie Willis on June 4, 2019 Banded iron formations, such as this one pictured in Western Australia, precipitated out of the Earth’s early oceans billions of years ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2019-06-04

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David Staples: New thinking in diamond exploration points to beautiful stones in Alberta

EXTRACT: David Staples: New thinking in diamond exploration points to beautiful stones in Alberta David Staples, Edmonton Journal | May 24, 2019 University of Alberta diamond expert Professor Thomas Stachel holds a lherzolitic rock formation. David Staples / Postmedia Alberta is home to a promising site for diamond exploration, one that could ...

Media source: Edmonton Journal · 2019-05-24

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Climate Catastrophe May Render Shanghai Uninhabitable by 2100

EXTRACT: Climate Catastrophe May Render Shanghai Uninhabitable by 2100 By Matthew Bossons, May 23, 2019 A recently released study indicates that a climate catastrophe may be just over the horizon, with rapidly melting ice caps set to put major metropolises like Shanghai and New York City at risk of becoming uninhabitable. Other coastal settlements ...

Media source: That's · 2019-05-23

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Sea levels could rise by up to 2 metres by 2100, new study finds

EXTRACT: Sea levels could rise by up to 2 metres by 2100, new study finds Research looks at various climate scenarios, but the worst case could displace millions of people Nicole Mortillaro | Posted: May 22, 2019 2:48 PM ET Melting ice caps and glaciers play a major role in forecasting future sea ...

Media source: CBC News · 2019-05-22

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New research has the potential to revolutionize diamond exploration

EXTRACT: New research has the potential to revolutionize diamond exploration Study identifies lherzolite as the third mantle source rock for diamond deposits. By Katie Willis on May 22, 2019 A new discovery has the potential to change how we look for diamonds in Canada and around the world. The research, conducted in a ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2019-05-22

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Edmonton’s core offers most sustainable living, U of A study shows

EXTRACT: Edmonton’s core offers most sustainable living, U of A study shows Suburban surprise: Millwoods Town Centre area also ranks high in mapping of city’s most sustainable neighbourhoods. By MICHAEL BROWN | May 22, 2019 A little piece of suburbia is challenging the communities in and around the downtown core as Edmonton’s most ...

Media source: Folio · 2019-05-22

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Watershed moment: Researchers present new framework for groundwater modeling in Alberta and beyond

EXTRACT: Watershed moment: Researchers present new framework for groundwater modeling in Alberta and beyond New water management paradigm provides powerful insight and assessment information for boreal plains region. By Katie Willis on May 6, 2019 The new groundwater systems model developed by UAlberta researchers more accurately fits the climate of Alberta—and enables more ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2019-05-06

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