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Expert in sustainable transportation joins UAlberta campus

EXTRACT: Expert in sustainable transportation joins UAlberta campus Emily Grise, new assistant professor in the School of Urban and Regional Planning, is passionate about improving sustainable transportation in urban regions By Katie Willis on November 8, 2019 Emily Grise is a new assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, specializing ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2019-11-08

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Researchers weigh in on controversial U of A 'beefier barley' billboards

EXTRACT: Researchers weigh in on controversial U of A 'beefier barley' billboards The University of Alberta professor whose research featured on controversial U of A billboards says her research isn’t meant to minimize the negative effects of climate change. Jason Herring |September 30, 2019 The U of A advertisement centred around a 2017 ...

Media source: Edmonton Journal · 2019-10-23

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UAlberta glaciologist awarded Killam Annual Professorship

EXTRACT: UAlberta glaciologist awarded Killam Annual Professorship Martin Sharp’s research on glacier-climate interactions recognized with prestigious award. By Andrew Lyle on October 16, 2019 World-renowned glaciologist Martin Sharp has been awarded a Killam Annual Professorship, recognizing his decades-long study of glaciers—and the far-reaching implications on the ecosystems that surround them in the face of ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2019-10-16

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New questions about Earth’s interior raised after research into kimberlites

EXTRACT: New questions about Earth’s interior raised after research into kimberlites Kimberlites provide researchers with a strong glimpse into the geological record David Spak | October 9, 2019 The inside of the Earth has always been mysterious, but after some new research, it just got a little bit weirder. University of Alberta professor Graham ...

Media source: Gateway · 2019-10-09

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U of A billboard highlights research on climate change benefiting Alberta barley crops

EXTRACT: U of A billboard highlights research on climate change benefiting Alberta barley crops By Karen Bartko | September 26, 2019 Even as there’s growing consensus across the country that we need to be concerned about the environment, a billboard in Edmonton is talking about the potential benefits of climate change on the ...

Media source: Global News · 2019-09-26

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Saline water influences microbial growth at Albertan drill sites

EXTRACT: Saline water influences microbial growth at Albertan drill sites Study of two drill sites in Alberta, Canada suggest that the use of saline produced water affects belowground microbial growth. By Katie Willis on September 26, 2019 Daniel Alessi, associate professor and the Encana Chair in Water Resources, supervised the new study ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2019-09-26

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Rolling with a new trend: Urban sustainability experts weigh in on scooter craze

EXTRACT: Rolling with a new trend: Urban sustainability experts weigh in on scooter craze What Edmonton’s latest trend could mean for urban design—and the challenges that have come with it. By Andrew Lyle on September 26, 2019 Electric scooters like these have been a common sight over the past few weeks in ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2019-09-26

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Fingerprints of Earth’s original building blocks discovered in diamond-bearing rocks

EXTRACT: Fingerprints of Earth’s original building blocks discovered in diamond-bearing rocks Primordial chemical signatures discovered in modern kimberlites trace back 2 billion years. By Katie Willis on September 25, 2019 Scientists have detected primordial chemical signatures preserved within modern kimberlites, according to new research by a multi-national team involving a University of Alberta scientist. ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2019-09-25

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Drivers of Arctic ice cap change: Linking climate and weather

EXTRACT: Drivers of Arctic ice cap change: Linking climate and weather Martin Sharp, Professor at the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences University of Alberta, Canada, discusses drivers of Arctic ice cap change and his thoughts on linking climate and weather September 24, 2019 It is now widely recognised that the Arctic ...

Media source: Open Government · 2019-09-24

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In Alaskan gold mines, digging for clues about climate change

EXTRACT: In Alaskan gold mines, digging for clues about climate change September 24, 2019 In gold mines near Fairbanks, Alaska, scientists are hunting for something precious — and it’s not metal. They’re searching through layers of ancient sediment for clues about how the region’s climate changed during periods of prehistoric global warming. The evidence ...

Media source: Science Blog · 2019-09-24

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Poll suggests Canadian trust in science falling, scientists thought 'elitist'

EXTRACT: Poll suggests Canadian trust in science falling, scientists thought ’elitist’ A survey suggests that the trust Canadians place in science may be eroding. The survey, by the polling firm Ipsos for the multinational 3M company, also found that nearly half of those surveyed thought scientists are elitist and that a significant ...

Media source: Winnipeg Sun · 2019-09-23

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Canadians' trust in science falling, poll suggests

EXTRACT: Canadians' trust in science falling, poll suggests 44% consider scientists 'elitists' and many discount science that doesn't align with personal beliefs Bob Weber | The Canadian Press | Posted: Sep 23 A survey suggests that the trust Canadians place in science may be eroding. The survey, by the polling firm Ipsos for the ...

Media source: CBC News · 2019-09-23

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Leaky at the Core

EXTRACT: Leaky at the Core New evidence from deep mantle plumes suggests that Earth’s liquid outer core might be leaking tungsten isotopes into the lower mantle. Jon Kelvey | 23 September 2019 Scientists tested tungsten isotopes from magma-derived rocks collected from volcanic islands, including Réunion Island, above. Credit: Mercedes Chillon Earth’s core is ...

Media source: EOS · 2019-09-23

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Searching for sky rocks: Hot on the trail of the August 31 fireball, scientists still on the hunt for meteorites

EXTRACT: Searching for sky rocks: Hot on the trail of the August 31 fireball, scientists still on the hunt for meteorites Scientists are searching for meteorites from the fireball that lit up Edmonton skies. By Jennifer Pascoe on September 18, 2019 Where were you on August 31 at approximately 10:30 p.m.? Chances ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2019-09-18

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New mineral with strange chemical signature discovered in a diamond by UAlberta student

EXTRACT: New mineral with strange chemical signature discovered in a diamond by UAlberta student Discovery of unusual new mineral called goldschmidtite poses curious questions about Earth’s mantle. By Katie Willis on September 17, 2019 A new and curious mineral has been discovered by University of Alberta PhD student Nicole Meyer. The mineral—named goldschmidtite in ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2019-09-17

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What corals can tell us about climate change

EXTRACT: What corals can tell us about climate change UAlberta scientists use corals as indicators of reef health over the past 500 years—and explore how climate change will affect reefs in the future. By Andrew Lyle on September 16, 2019 Scientists are using corals from the Cayman Islands to get a glimpse into Caribbean ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2019-09-16

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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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