2017 Stories of the Year

Award-winning students and faculty, innovative teaching, and ground-breaking research-2017 has been a year for the books at the Faculty of Science.

22 December 2017

Counting down the top Science stories of 2017:

#17. Beneath the surface, all is not pristine in Canada's mountain lakes

Scientists study consequences of climate change and invasive sportfish in country's top 150 lakes.

#16. Atomic discovery opens door to greener, faster, smaller electronic circuitry

Scientists find way to correct communication pathways in silicon chips, making them perfect.

#15. Diagnosing, detecting, and predicting diseases just got six million times easier

Federal funding to UAlberta will help stimulate metabolomics industry.

#14. Climate game changer

Research identifies new microbe with potential to help rebalance Earth's nitrogen cycle

#13. How dinosaurs learned to stand on their own two feet

Researchers investigate evolution of bipedalism in ancient dinosaur ancestors.

4 new inductees into the Royal Society of Canada

In November, four Faculty of Science professors were added to the illustrious roster of Royal Society of Canada fellows this year.


#12. Dino hips discovery unravels species riddle

Finding opens door for dozens of new species to be discovered

#11. What's cooler than being cool?

The coldest city with the world's coldest gas. LeBlanc lab creates a Bose-Einstein condensate at 40 billionths of a degree above absolute zero.

#10. Mathematical modeling uncovers mysteries of HIV infection in the brain

Research may lead to more effective way of administering drugs to HIV patients.

#9. Small but mighty, UAlberta creates smallest-ever NHL logo

Nanotechnology experts create Edmonton Oilers logo 40 times smaller than the width of a human hair.

#8. Hydraulic fracturing leaves Alberta communities shaking

Study shows earthquakes in Western Canada caused by hydraulic fracturing are becoming larger and more frequent.

DeepMind came to Edmonton

In a historic move for the global artificial intelligence community, one of the world's leading AI research companies, DeepMind, opened its first satellite research lab outside the United Kingdom this summer in Edmonton.


#7. Pilot project in geothermal energy comes to Hinton, AB

Alternative energy systems the next hottest thing in Alberta.

#6. Nan-Oh-Canada

UAlberta scientists have created a maple leaf 10,000 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair.

#5. Artificial intelligence in Canada

Dean Jonathan Schaeffer pens a letter to the editor on the strength of artificial intelligence in Canada.

#4. Physicists solve decades-old scientific mystery

Device showing backwards electrical behavior enables faster, cheaper, smaller electronic devices.

#3. Sea scorpions: the original sea monster

Researchers suggest sea scorpions used serrated tail spine to dispatch their prey.

In 2017, our researchers published 1085 articles

Including a handful of times in Nature: Neutrino discovery lays groundwork to further explore Earth's core, Climate game changer, A New Zealand fault springs geothermal surprise on earthquake researchers, and What's the secret to the evolution of complex life on Earth? The answer might surprise you.

#2. Skill trumps luck

DeepStack the first computer program to outplay human professionals at heads-up no-limit Texas hold'em poker.

#1. Alberta's first satellite boldly goes to work

Ex-Alta 1 launch signals new era of space weather exploration.