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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Women and Technology: An ever-evolving relationship

By Aadita Chaudhury Technology and Engineering subject editor Many of us here at Science Borealis are passionate about encouraging the participation of women in science, engineering, mathematics and technology (STEM) fields, especially this month, which is women’s History Month (March) and contains International Women’s Day  (as addressed in our previous editorial post). While the life […]

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