Technology that puts the “Access” in Accessibility

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Sri Ray-Chauduri, Technology & Engineering editor Canadians have been front-and-centre in contributing to technological advances in accessibility for people with disabilities. In the 1950s, Canadian engineer George Klein invented the first electric wheelchairwhile working at the National Research Council. Since then, the digital revolution has not only changed the types of innovations needed to improve […]

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The science fiction and reality of spaceflight

Ryan Marciniak, Astronomy and Physics Co-Editor Science fiction has captured humanity’s dreams of travelling to distant stars, colonizing new worlds, accessing new dimensions, encountering hostile aliens, and surviving a galaxy far, far away. Yet with all our real-world technological prowess, why haven’t any of these dreams become reality? The short answer is that flying into […]

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A formidable woman takes her place in Canadian chemistry: Interview with Dr. Katherine Elvira

Connie Tang, Chemistry co-editor Dr. Katherine Elvira is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Victoria (UVic) in British Columbia. She first discovered her passion for analytical chemistry as an undergraduate student, but had to overcome the challenges of being a female researcher in a male-dominated discipline to realize her […]

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Happy National Engineering Month Canada!

Sri Ray-Chauduri, Technology & Engineering co-editor Did you know that for the past 24 years, March has marked National Engineering Month (NEM) in Canada? Organized by Engineers Canada, a national organization of the provincial and territorial associations that regulates engineering practice, NEM celebrates engineering by sharing the significant and rewarding nature of engineering careers. Defining […]

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Organoids: precious research tool or glamour science?

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Nikolaos Mitrousis and Sri Ray-Chauduri, Technology & Engineering co-editors In the past five years, research into organoids has attracted a lot of attention from scientists, engineers, and journalists alike. But what are organoids? Why are they made, and how can they be useful? Our bodies develop from stem cells, which grow, divide, and create all […]

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