Scientists

Monitoring forest soundscapes for conservation and more about whale songs

I don’t understand why anyone would publicize science work featuring soundscapes without including an audio file. However, no one from Princeton University (US) phoned and asked for my advice :). On the plus side, my whale story does have a sample audio file. However, I’m not sure if I can figu ...

Nanoflowers for better drug delivery; researchers looking for commercial partners

Caption: Schematic representation of the movement of the flower-like particle as it makes its way through a cellular trap to deliver therapeutic genes. Credit: WSU [Washington State University]It looks more like a swimming pool with pool toys to me but I imagine that nobody wants to say that they ...

Searchable database for hazardous nanomaterials and a Graphene Verification Programme

I have two relatively recent news bits about nanomaterials, the second being entirely focused on graphene. Searchable database A July 9, 2019 news item on Nanowerk announces a means of finding out what hazards may be associated with 300 different nanomaterials (Note: A Link has been removed), A ne ...

‘We Can't Sit on the Sidelines and Be Climate Deniers,’ Dominion VP Warns Natural Gas Industry

Read time: 11 mins Donald Raikes arrived at 2019’s DUG East conference, a major shale gas industry gathering in Pittsburgh, with a mixed set of messages for his fellow fossil energy officials. “We are faced with a lot of challenges in this industry,” Raikes, senior vice president of gas in ...

Controlling neurons with light: no batteries or wires needed

Caption: Wireless and battery-free implant with advanced control over targeted neuron groups. Credit: Philipp GutrufThis January 2, 2019 news item on ScienceDaily describes the object seen in the above and describes the problem it’s designed to solve, University of Arizona biomedical engineering ...

Flybits secures $45 million CAD Series C for context-as-a-service platform

Toronto-based Flybits, a context-as-a-service platform for mobile apps, has closed a $45 million CAD ($35 million USD) Series C round, led by Point72 Ventures, with participation from Mastercard, Citi Ventures, and Reinventure. “We were looking for investors who could become a catalyst in our glo ...

Military-Style Raid on Gopher Hunters Deserves Answers - Loonie Politics

  Gopher hunting is a regular pastime in rural Alberta, with a built-in by-product of reducing the many holes that cause serious injury to livestock.  Many kids are paid by farmers for their tails, and adults regularly join in when there’s not much else to do. It’s a harmless pastime that ...

Indigenous cleantech Carbonix receives $3.1 million from federal government

Carbonix, a Canadian Indigenous cleantech company based in Fort William, Ont., has received a $3.1 million investment from the federal government for a project aimed to accelerate water and land restoration. “Carbonix recognizes that Canada is a nation whose backbone of the economy… is founded ...

Diving into Water Treatment Strategies for Swimming Pools

With summer in full swing, many people are cooling off in swimming pools. However, some of the substances that are made when chlorine in the water reacts with compounds in human sweat, urine, or dirt aren’t so refreshing. Now, researchers have compared the effectiveness of different water treatme ...

Tapping into wound healing by harnessing the natural healing process

If you’re imagining an enhanced chakra balancing experience or more efficient digestion of your vitamin supplements, you will be a little disappointed in this latest news from the Imperial College of London (ICL). On the other hand, if you have damaged tissue, this discovery could make your recov ...