Scientists

IPCC Report Says 1.5C Climate Target Is Reachable, But Only With Rapid Fossil Fuel Phase Out

Read time: 5 mins There is no scenario to keep global warming to 1.5°C (2.7°F) that allows coal to be burned for electricity by the middle of this century, a major United Nations (UN) climate report says. The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report concludes human-caused ...

Revising history with science and art

Caption: The 2000-year-old pipe sculpture’s bulging neck is evidence of thyroid disease as a result of iodine deficient water and soil in the ancient Ohio Valley. Credit: Kenneth Tankersley An October 4, 2018 news item on ScienceDaily describes the analytic breakthrough, Art often imitates lif ...

The sound of frogs (and other amphibians) and climate change

At least once a year I highlight some work about frogs. It’s usually about a new species but this time, it’s all about frog sounds (as well as, sounds from other amphibians). Caption: The calls of the midwife toad and other amphibians have served to test the sound classifier. Credit: Jaime Bos ...

Research Chair in Water Treatment Secures Sixth NSERC Funding Term

Peter Huck, a civil and environmental engineering professor and industrial research chair in water treatment, was recently awarded more than $3 million to continue his research program at the University of Waterloo. As part of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) ...

Putin Apes Trump’s Climate Science Denial But Says US Open to Climate Cooperation

Read time: 3 mins Russia’s President Vladimir Putin believes US President Donald Trump is open to international cooperation on climate change beyond the Paris Agreement so long as the global community does “not antagonise the relationship with the US”. Putin echoed Trump’s climate science ...

Two angry men will meet with their supporters in Calgary tonight

David J. Climenhaga Two well-heeled older men who never wanted for anything during their upbringings and now live comfortable, privileged lives will be getting together in Calgary this evening to talk about just how very, very angry they are. The idea of a $15-per-hour minimum wage makes them ver ...

Cleantech Funding for Trenchless Watermains and Improved Agri Data

Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) will fund fourteen new cleantech companies across Canada, including two ventures with direct impact on Canadian water resources, Sanexen Environmental Services Inc. and Semios. Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, ...

B.C.'s thirsty LNG industry is a threat to water supplies

Emma Lui On Monday, a consortium of big energy players made a final investment decision that approved LNG Canada, a $40-billion fracked gas project, paving the way for more fracking in B.C. This decision was made on the heels of water restrictions for fracking companies in the northeastern corner ...

The roles mathematics and light play in cellular communication

These are two entirely different types of research but taken together they help build a picture about how the cells in our bodies function. Cells and light An April 30, 2018 news item on phys.org describes work on controlling biology with light, Over the past five years, University of Chicago chem ...

Episode 87: Trust and the Data Scientist’s Dilemma with Kathryn Hume

Is it unethical if your company doesn’t do it’s due diligence on avoiding bias? In this episode, Jon Prial talks with Kathryn Hume, the Vice President of Product and Strategy at integrate.ai. Kathryn and her team recently published a paper entitled “Responsible AI in Consumer Enterprise” wh ...