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Research subjects that grow on trees; international graduate student recognized

EXTRACT: Research subjects that grow on trees; international graduate student recognized Celebrating the 2018 Vanier scholar in the Faculty of Science. By News Staff on September 6, 2018 Award-winning research doesn’t grow on trees, but the plants studied by Faculty of Science graduate student Jose Guzman in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2018-09-06

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Understanding Alberta’s ethnic communities

EXTRACT: Understanding Alberta’s ethnic communities New study explores ethnic settlements in Alberta’s two largest cities. By Katie Willis on September 5, 2018 Ethnic communities provide secure, supportive spaces for immigrants in Canada, according to a new study by University of Alberta researchers. And they don’t develop as a product of poverty, discrimination, or deprivation. “Almost ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2018-09-05

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Ethnic Spatial Segmentation in Immigrant Destinations - Edmonton and Calgary

EXTRACT: Immigrant destinations other than Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver are often overlooked in Canadian immigration and settlement debates and discussions. Between 2011 and 2016, such destinations received over 40% of all immigrants arriving in Canada. This study endeavors to systematize the classification of communities where immigrants are destined to settle. It ...

Media source: Journal of International Migration and Integration · 2018-09-05

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The impact of the fly-in, fly-out workforce

EXTRACT: The impact of the fly-in, fly-out workforce UAlberta researchers examine the impacts of transient workers in Fort McMurray, Alberta. By Katie Willis on September 4, 2018 The fly-in, fly-out work force model in the city of Fort McMurray may have a negative impact on the community, according to a study by University of ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2018-09-04

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Transiency, Fly-In-Fly-Out Workers, and Sustainability: Perceptions From Within a Resource-Based Community

EXTRACT: The dynamics of the modern workforce required for large industrial development has changed over the last several decades. More specifically, many companies based in oil and gas extraction are opting to adopt a fly-in-fly-out (FIFO) workforce model, in particular those based on the extraction and production of oil and gas, ...

Media source: WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment · 2018-09-04

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The original sunscreen: Iron-silica particles unlock part of the mystery of Earth’s oxygenation

EXTRACT: The original sunscreen: Iron-silica particles unlock part of the mystery of Earth’s oxygenation Particles in ancient seawater helped cyanobacteria to oxygenate Earth’s oceans billions of years ago By Katie Willis on August 7, 2018 Iron-silica particles helped shield cyanobacteria like these, which played a key role in the oxygenation of Earth's atmosphere ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2018-08-07

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UV radiation limited the expansion of cyanobacteria in early marine photic environments

EXTRACT: Prior to atmospheric oxygenation, ecosystems were exposed to higher UV radiation fluxes relative to modern surface environments. Iron–silica mineral coatings have been evoked as effective UV radiation shields in early terrestrial settings. Here we test whether similar protection applied to planktonic cyanobacteria within the Archean water column. Based on experiments ...

Media source: Nature Communications · 2018-08-06

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U of A ranked among world's top 50 in eight subjects

EXTRACT: U of A ranked among world's top 50 in eight subjects Engineering, MBA programs lead list of subjects rated among world's best in 2018 Shanghai rankings. By SEAN TOWNSEND | July 30 2018 The U of A ranks among the top 50 universities in eight of the 54 subjects assessed in a ...

Media source: Folio · 2018-07-30

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Ancient snake embryo found encased in 105-million year-old amber

EXTRACT: Ancient snake embryo found encased in 105-million year-old amber First fossilized embryo rewrites what paleontologists know about ancient snakes. By Katie Willis on July 18, 2018 An ancient snake embryo, preserved in 105-million year-old amber, provides important new information on the evolution of modern snakes, according to a new study led by University ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2018-07-18

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A mid-Cretaceous embryonic-to-neonate snake in amber from Myanmar

EXTRACT: We present the first known fossilized snake embryo/neonate preserved in early Late Cretaceous (Early Cenomanian) amber from Myanmar, which at the time, was an island arc including terranes from Austral Gondwana. This unique and very tiny snake fossil is an articulated postcranial skeleton, which includes posterior precloacal, cloacal, and caudal ...

Media source: Science Advances · 2018-07-18

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Earth’s Youngest Banded Iron Formation to Exist in Western China

EXTRACT: Earth’s Youngest Banded Iron Formation to Exist in Western China Brad Bennett — July 13, 2018 Scientists have now one more reason to change how they see the evolution of the complex life, now that they’ve discovered the Earth’s youngest banded iron formation. A new study was done by the geologists from ...

Media source: Advocator · 2018-07-13

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Scientists discover Earth’s youngest banded iron formation in western China

EXTRACT: Scientists discover Earth’s youngest banded iron formation in western China Discovery provides evidence of iron-rich seawater much later than previously thought. By Katie Willis on July 11, 2018 Earth’s youngest banded iron formation in western China. Photo credit: Kurt Konhauser The discovery of Earth’s youngest-ever banded iron formation is changing how scientists understand ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2018-07-11

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From space to Earth: The history of meteorites

EXTRACT: From space to Earth: The history of meteorites Professor and museum curator Chris Herd, discusses all things meteorites and why they matter. By Michaela Ream on July 3, 2018 The University of Alberta is home to 1,400 specimens of more than 210 meteorites. Photo credit: Michaela Ream Q: Why are meteorites so important ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2018-07-03

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Earth’s youngest banded iron formation implies ferruginous conditions in the Early Cambrian ocean

EXTRACT: It has been proposed that anoxic and iron-rich (ferruginous) marine conditions were common through most of Earth history. This view represents a major shift in our understanding of the evolution of marine chemistry. However, thus far, evidence for ferruginous conditions comes predominantly from Fe-speciation data. Given debate over these records, ...

Media source: Scientific Reports · 2018-07-02

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New technology has bright prospects for understanding plant biodiversity

EXTRACT: New technology has bright prospects for understanding plant biodiversity University of Alberta biologists use light spectroscopy to study the functional diversity and evolutionary history of plants University of Alberta | Public Release: 12-Jun-2018 Biologists get a new look at plant biodiversity and function with new imaging technology developed at the University of Alberta. "Biodiversity ...

Media source: AurekAlert · 2018-06-12

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The dollars and cents of environmental issues

EXTRACT: The dollars and cents of environmental issues Assistant Professor Amrita Singh on urban planning’s bottom line and the inaugural class of the master’s in urban and regional planning. By Katie Willis on June 8, 2018 When it comes to environmental problems and practices, Amrita Singh is an expert on quantifying the cost for ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2018-06-08

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Study pinpoints Edmonton neighbourhoods that would benefit most from off-leash dog areas

EXTRACT: Study pinpoints Edmonton neighbourhoods that would benefit most from off-leash dog areas Newer communities have more dogs but fewer off-leash areas, study shows. By MICHAEL BROWN | May 29 2018 U of A researchers identified 11 sites within walking distance of Edmonton neighbourhoods that would benefit most from off-leash spaces for dogs. In an ...

Media source: Folio · 2018-05-29

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Looking for lithium in all the right places

EXTRACT: Looking for lithium in all the right places The quest to power high-efficiency batteries to unlock the key to energy’s future. By Jennifer Pascoe on May 29, 2018 Chris Doornbos, the president and CEO of E3 Metals partnered with Daniel Alessi (centre), assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2018-05-29

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Calgary firm hopes to produce the 'greenest lithium on the planet'

EXTRACT: Calgary firm hopes to produce the ‘greenest lithium on the planet’ By JWN staff | May 29, 2018 A University of Alberta graduate is determined to drive a shift in energy’s future, powered by a high-efficiency battery. To help realize his goal, Chris Doornbos, the president and CEO of E3 Metals Corp., ...

Media source: JWN · 2018-05-29

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Looking for lithium in all the right places

EXTRACT: Looking for lithium in all the right places Chris Doornbos’ quest to power high-efficiency batteries to unlock the key to energy’s future By Jennifer Pascoe on May 29, 2018 “Once we get this project going, we will be able to definitively claim that we are producing the greenest lithium on the planet,” says ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2018-05-29

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Edmonton's core better equipped than outskirts to support people who want to grow old in their own homes: study

EXTRACT: Edmonton’s core better equipped than outskirts to support people who want to grow old in their own homes: study As baby boomers age, researchers expect demand to increase for neighbourhoods with age-friendly features and infrastructure. By MICHAEL BROWN | May 10, 2018 Urban planners could find ways to make communities on the outskirts ...

Media source: Folio · 2018-05-10

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Mapping dynamic surface velocities of glaciers

EXTRACT: Mapping dynamic surface velocities of glaciers Understanding implications of extreme behavioral changes of ice masses in Western Canada. By Jennifer-Anne Pascoe on April 26, 2018 Sharp and his fellow scientists are examining how changes in glacier flow affect not only sea level and iceberg production in the Arctic, but also natural hazards, ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2018-04-26

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Student aids the search for diamonds in the Canadian North

EXTRACT: Student aids the search for diamonds in the Canadian North Graduate student wins award for work on kimberlite study in Nunavut By Katie Willis on April 20, 2018 Graduate student Garret Harris studies osmium isotopes in the Arctic Resources Laboratory. Graduate student Garrett Harris is looking for new diamond potential in the Canadian ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2018-04-20

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Surface Velocities of Glaciers in Western Canada from Speckle-Tracking of ALOS PALSAR and RADARSAT-2 data

EXTRACT: Speckle-tracking of historically acquired ALOS PALSAR and RADARSAT-2 datasets are used to determine the dynamics of major glaciers and ice masses in western Canada over the past decade. For the icefields of the St. Elias Mountains and those that fringe the northern British Columbia/Alaska border, our results are largely consistent ...

Media source: Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing · 2018-04-19

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13 Canadian environmentalists and innovators changing Earth for the better

EXTRACT: 13 Canadian environmentalists and innovators changing Earth for the better In honour of Earth Day, a roundup of hopeful technology, research and inspiring activists Brittany Toole, Samantha White · CBC Life · April 18 The entire month of April is dedicated to Earth Month, but one day in particular is geared toward celebrating ...

Media source: CBC Life · 2018-04-18

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