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Amid tragedy, an opportunity for Fort McMurray to rethink its future

EXTRACT: Amid tragedy, an opportunity for Fort McMurray to rethink its future When the fires that have ravaged northern Alberta this week eventually subside, the task of rebuilding Fort McMurray will begin. It promises to be a long, complicated process that will raise questions about the kind of community residents and ...

Media source: Globe and Mail · 2016-05-06

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Canadian town, already staggering from oil bust, hit by wildfires

EXTRACT: Canadian town, already staggering from oil bust, hit by wildfires By Rod Nickel | Wed May 4, 2016 5:25pm EDT May 4 Fort McMurray, the Canadian oil town engulfed by wildfires, was already crippled by a collapse in crude prices before flames raced into the once-booming city, burning hundreds ...

Media source: Reuters · 2016-05-04

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Unlocking early ocean evolution

EXTRACT: Unlocking early ocean evolution Copper provides clues to the rise of oxygen on Earth. By Jennifer Pascoe on April 18, 2016 Banded iron formations, such as this one pictured in Western Australia, captured chemical features of ancient seawater when they formed in iron-rich oceans billions of years ago. Banded iron formations, such ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2016-04-18

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Diamonds are forever

EXTRACT: Diamonds are forever New diamond exploration research training school poised to strengthen Canada's industry By Jennifer Pascoe on April 14, 2016 Graham Pearson (centre), Canada Excellence Research Chair in Arctic Resources, is leading the new Diamond Exploration Research and Training School out of the University of Alberta. From their ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2016-04-11

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Edmonton region developed faster than any other major Canadian centre, new study shows

EXTRACT: Edmonton region developed faster than any other major Canadian centre, new study shows By Gordon Kent, March 26, 2016 The amount of land developed in the Edmonton region more than tripled in the last four decades, growing faster than any other major Canadian urban centre, new research shows. Between 1971 ...

Media source: Edmonton Journal · 2016-03-26

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Time to chill: University of Alberta's ice-core storage and research facility receives $2.3-million grant

EXTRACT: Time to chill: University of Alberta's ice-core storage and research facility receives $2.3-million grant Construction is set to begin next month on a University of Alberta facility to store and do research on 1,700 metres of core ice from Canada's Arctic. With a $2.3 million grant from the Canada Foundation for Innovation, ...

Media source: Edmonton Journal · 2016-02-25

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$2.3M grant moves ice cores a step closer to UAlberta

EXTRACT: $2.3M grant moves ice cores a step closer to UAlberta Funding will provide for storage, research on Canada's ice core collection. The goal of housing Canada's ice core collection at the University of Alberta and turning it into an accessible scientific resource is a big step closer to reality, ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2016-02-24

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Fighting an uphill battle on receding glaciers

EXTRACT: Fighting an uphill battle on receding glaciers Majority of Earth's glaciers not expected to survive the century. The debris-covered Baltoro glacier in Pakistan, with porters and scientists navigating the route. Thick debris, like that found on the Baltoro glacier, acts a shield to protect the ice from melting. Thin layers, however, are ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2016-02-11

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U of A professor finds hands-on learning a big advantage for students

EXTRACT: U of A professor finds hands-on learning a big advantage for students Undergrads who get practical experience 'are always a step ahead of their peers,' Jeffrey Kavanaugh says University of Alberta students take measurements on a rooftop weather station, which is a practical part of their environmental instrumentation class An award-winning University of ...

Media source: CBC News · 2016-02-10

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New Canada Research Chairs inspired by magnificence of nature

EXTRACT: New Canada Research Chairs inspired by magnificence of nature Two new chairs join seven renewals and one advancement among Canada's finest researchers. When Amy Tsai talks about fluids, it's easy to think her wonderment and reverence for the liquid state might just as well have taken her into the arts as it ...

Media source: UAlberta News · 2016-02-09

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Weathering heights

EXTRACT: Weathering heights Students take to top of Tory Building to monitor meteorological patterns. Professor Jeff Kavanaugh oversees students installing weather stations at University of Alberta. A group of 24 University of Alberta undergraduate students are taking to the roof of the Tory Building during this unseasonably warm month of February. They are up ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2016-02-08

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Introducing 'Bob from Edmonton,' the man behind the Times' most popular comment

EXTRACT: Introducing 'Bob from Edmonton,' the man behind the Times' most popular comment Top commenter has one tip for Canadians, regardless of political bent: 'Be vigilant and engaged' His online comment has the unique honour of being named the most popular ever made on the New York Times website, earning him 7,040 recommendations ...

Media source: CBC News · 2016-01-01

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Supporting life on earth

EXTRACT: Supporting life on earth Black rock sample reveals a turbulent path to an oxygenated atmosphere. By Jennifer Pascoe on November 20, 2015 Rob Creaser in the Canadian Centre for Isotopic Microanalysis at the University of Alberta Rob Creaser in the Canadian Centre for Isotopic Microanalysis. Earth scientists from the University of Alberta, University of Waterloo, ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2015-11-20

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How to Make Diamonds in the Rough

EXTRACT: The Northwest Territories are a diamond mine for ... well ... diamonds. But while many beautiful gems emerge from the NWT, Dr. Graham Pearson, a geophysicist and Canada Excellence Research Chair in Arctic Resources at the University of Alberta, is more interested in the ugly ones. Along with gem-quality diamonds come ...

Media source: CBC Radio · 2015-11-07

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November 2015 Instructor of the Month - John Waldron

EXTRACT: November 2015 Instructor of the Month - John Waldron (Earth and Atmospheric Sciences) A driving force behind establishing UAlberta's Geoscience Garden, our November 2015 Instructor of the Month is geologist John Waldron. By on November 1, 2015 Q: What (courses/disciplines/values) do you teach? A: I teach geology—mostly structural geology, tectonics, and field geology currently. ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2015-11-01

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Arturo Sanchez Azofeifa: shortlisted for ASTech award for work in environmental monitoring

EXTRACT: Arturo Sanchez-Azofeifa shortlisted for ASTech award for work in environmental monitoring Sanchez-Azofeifa is one of three 2015 ASTech finalists from the Faculty of Science. Earth and Atmospheric Sciences professor Arturo Sanchez-Azofeifa has been shortlisted for an award in Outstanding Achievement In Environmental Technology And Innovation.When reflecting on what inspired him to ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2015-10-26

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Five Faculty of Science professors named to Canadian Geographic list of nation’s 100 greatest explorers

EXTRACT: Five Faculty of Science professors named to Canadian Geographic list of nation's 100 greatest explorers UAlberta scientists included alongside names like astronaut Chris Hadfield and director James Cameron. John England surveys the glacial and sea level history pictured in outer Ekalugad Fiord, eastern Baffin Island, Nunavut, during his final undergraduate year ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2015-10-14

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Movers & Shakers

EXTRACT: A founder of geology research in Alber ta. Dr. Stelck was honoured by friends. students. graduates. and colleagues at a celebration of his 98th birthday. Dr. Stelck was born in Edmonton and first encountered Earth sciences as a teenager working on summer geological field parties. He enrolled in chemistry at the University of Alberta, ...

Media source: PEG · 2015-10-01

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'Ugly duckling' diamonds priceless for U of A researcher trying to unlock their origins

EXTRACT: ‘Ugly duckling’ diamonds priceless for U of A researcher trying to unlock their origins By Madeleine Cummings, Edmonton Journal August 19, 2015 EDMONTON - Scientists from Canada, the U.S. and the U.K say ancient sea water may have contributed to the formation of diamonds hundreds of kilometres underground. In a cover story published ...

Media source: Edmonton Journal · 2015-08-19

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Diamonds form from ancient, underground seawater, study suggests

EXTRACT: Diamonds form from ancient, underground seawater, study suggests Diamonds from Northwest Territories preserve droplets for hundreds of millions of years By Emily Chung, CBC News Posted: Aug 19, 2015 3:01 PM ET Last Updated: Aug 20, 2015 4:49 PM ET Microscopic, ugly diamonds from the Northwest Territories are illuminating how ...

Media source: CBC News · 2015-08-19

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Town to further explore geothermal energy proposal

EXTRACT: Town to further explore geothermal energy proposal Cynthia BigriggoThu, Jun 25, 2015 Hinton could be home to a geothermal energy research project in the new year. Jonathan Banks, representing the University of Alberta was on hand at the standing committee meeting of council on June 23 to discuss the potential project. The ...

Media source: The Hinton Voice · 2015-06-25

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Paleontology grad catches science bug

EXTRACT: Paleontology grad catches science bug Curiosity about prehistoric insects led Emily Moore to two professors who sparked her passion to get others excited about science. By Michael Brown on June 4, 2015 (Edmonton) Every year, a squadron of dragonflies and their voracious appetites descend on Edmonton in the nick of time ...

Media source: UAlberta News · 2015-06-04

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110. Location efficiency: Discovering the hidden transportation costs of where you live

EXTRACT: 110. Location efficiency: Discovering the hidden transportation costs of where you live Live closer to where you work and play and you could save a lot of money By David Dodge and Duncan Kinney | May 25, 2015 When you buy a house the first thing your eye goes to is ...

Media source: Green Energy Futures · 2015-05-25

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No spines but plenty of guts

EXTRACT: No spines but plenty of guts Meet the oceans' most fierce B-movie invertebrate predators By Sarah Pratt on May 22, 2015 Illustrations by Pulp Studios From the world's largest habitat, the ocean, come bizarre tales of predatory creatures seemingly spawned in a laboratory nightmare. Surely fodder for low-budget horror movies, these marine invertebrates ...

Media source: New Trail · 2015-05-22

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Geothermal research project sets sights on Grande Prairie

EXTRACT: Geothermal research project sets sights on Grande Prairie By Jenny Oatway - May 20, 2015 City Council is excited about an opportunity to explore the potential for harnessing geothermal energy in our region. Council received a presentation at last night's meeting from Jonathan Banks, a research associate from the University of ...

Media source: My Grande Prairie Now · 2015-05-20

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