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Ancient tree stump found in Edmonton’s river valley

EXTRACT: Ancient tree stump found in Edmonton’s river valley A 70-million year-old tree stump is part of temporary exhibit in the University of Alberta’s Paleontology Museum. By Katie Willis on January 2, 2020 An ancient, petrified tree stump was spotted in Edmonton’s river valley in November by a citizen scientist. Significant in terms of ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2020-01-02

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Firn matters: Changing runoff from Arctic Ice caps and Greenland

EXTRACT: Firn matters: Changing runoff from Arctic Ice caps and Greenland Luisa da Cunda Fernandes and Martin Sharp Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alberta, discuss changing runoff from Arctic Ice caps and Greenland December 19, 2019 Glaciers are made up of 4 types of material: snow, firn, glacier ice, and ...

Media source: Open Access News · 2019-12-19

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New study identifies last known occurrence of Homo erectus

EXTRACT: New study identifies last known occurrence of Homo erectus Research by an international team of scientists suggests Homo erectus went extinct between 117,000 and 108,000 years ago By Katie Willis on December 18, 2019 These skull caps belonged to the last known members of the Homo erectus species, found in Central Java, ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2019-12-18

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Glacier to table: Understanding the effects of melting glaciers on drinking water

EXTRACT: Glacier to table: Understanding the effects of melting glaciers on drinking water Project takes a multifaceted look at water sources in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. By Jennifer Pascoe and Katie Willis on December 11, 2019 Researchers at the University of Alberta are undertaking a new project to explore how melting glaciers will ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2019-12-11

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Ancient microbes helped to keep Earth’s early climate warm

EXTRACT: Ancient microbes helped to keep Earth’s early climate warm New research suggests these ancient microorganisms were also critical in creating massive ore deposits. By Katie Willis & UBC News Staff on November 27, 2019 Ancient ancestors of modern microbes played a critical role in setting the stage for life on a dimly lit ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2019-11-27

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New international network on climate change led by UAlberta scientist

EXTRACT: New international network on climate change led by UAlberta scientist Urban planning expert Jeff Birchall will lead a new UArctic network on local-scale planning for climate change resilience By Katie Willis on November 22, 2019 A new, international network of scientists focused on building climate change resilience will be led by the University ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2019-11-22

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Cheekbone of ancient snake sheds light on snake evolution

EXTRACT: Cheekbone of ancient snake sheds light on snake evolution Anna Junker | November 20, 2019 A 100-million-year-old fossil of a legged snake's cheekbone discovered in Argentina provides new insight into how modern snakes evolved, thanks to new research from a collaboration between Argentinian and University of Alberta paleontologists. Photo credit: Fernando ...

Media source: Edmonton Journal · 2019-11-20

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'Once in a lifetime find': Stubborn stump fossil extracted from Edmonton river valley

EXTRACT: 'Once in a lifetime find': Stubborn stump fossil extracted from Edmonton river valley 'We knew it was important and we weren't just going to let it sit there' Wallis Snowdon | Nov 20, 2019 Initial attempts to move the fossil were foiled by its weight and precarious location. (Submitted by Mike Lees) A ...

Media source: CBC News · 2019-11-20

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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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