When mountains collapse: New-tech geodatabase helps geologists assess landslide hazard and risk

Jesse Mysiorek, New Science Communicator Early in the morning of August 2, 2014, part of a mountain collapsed in Jure, Nepal, about 70 kilometres northeast of Kathmandu. Some 5.5 million cubic metres of rock and debris — equal to the size of Grouse Mountain, north of Vancouver, BC — tumbled down into the Sunkoshi Valley, […]

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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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Materials science meets artificial intelligence

Erin Bedford, Technology and Engineering co-editor Illustrations by Geoffrey Lee, Sketchy Science We’re in the midst of a revolution in materials science—artificial intelligence (AI) is changing the way we discover new materials. Scientists don’t have to worry about being replaced by machines anytime soon, however. Rather than replacing the thought-work of researchers, AI is expanding […]

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Old science learns new tricks: Applications of new technology in the geosciences

Tanya Samman, Earth and Environmental Science co-editor In recent years, many areas of the geosciences, including palaeontology, have adopted cutting edge technology and techniques—sometimes in unexpected ways. There are lots of potential applications! Today I’m describing three examples: mapping fossil sites; obtaining soft tissue information from fossils; and armchair geoscience. The first two illustrate specialist […]

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Spacesuits: Helping Us Float into the Great Beyond

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Sri Ray-Chauduri,Technology & Engineering co-editor With the recent safe return of another crew of astronauts from the International Space Station (ISS), what better time to consider the spacesuit: a marvel of engineering that has allowed such otherworldly pursuits. It was 50 years ago on March 18, 1965, that Soviet cosmonaut Alexey Leonov became the first […]

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