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Cutting-edge severe weather forecasting technology to be developed

December 2, 2014 by Lab Canada Québec City, QC – The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and the National Optics Institute (INO) have formed a partnership to improve forecasting of severe weather events. As part of the partnership, the CSA is awarding a contract worth $650,000 to…
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Advanced research in Northern Ontario gets funding boost

December 2, 2014 by Lab Canada Thunder Bay, ON – Two research institutes in Thunder Bay are receiving a total of $900,000 in funding from the province’s Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC). The projects will allow the institutes to purchase equipment and hire extra staff…
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Gene-based environmental monitoring method gets development support

November 20, 2014 by Lab Canada Fredericton, NB – The University of New Brunswick’s Canadian Rivers Institute is receiving $280,000 from the federal government to support its work on the development of new gene-based environmental monitoring method that is said to be more cost-effective and accurate…
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CLS celebrates first shipment of medical isotopes

November 19, 2014 by Lab Canada  Saskatoon, SK – Scientists at the Canadian Light Source have announced the first shipment of medical isotopes produced in its dedicated linear accelerator. The Medical Isotope Project (MIP) facility at the CLS is the first of its kind in the…
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Keeping nanopositioning precise

November 1, 2014 Stefan Vorndran, VP of marketing, and Scott Jordan, director of nanoautomation technologies, both at PI (Physik Instrumente) L.P. Ever-increasing requirements for more precise motion control from the optics, biotech and semiconductor industries has forced manufacturers of piezoelectric positioners to find ways to overcome their limitations while preserving the unmatched speed, reliability and resolution capabilities of piezoelectric devices.
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PRECISION CLEANING in a specialty setting

November 1, 2014 by Lab Canada Staff at a rare isotope beam facility needed to develop a precision system that safely contains the harsh chemicals needed remove impurities within the linear accelerator.
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Cleantech project gets $1M in funding

October 30, 2014 by Lab Canada Edmonton, AB – The federal government has announced $1 million in funding for research into the InLine Dewatering of Oil Sands Tailings research and development project, which will conduct research into reducing water and energy use when extracting bitumen from…
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3D skin tissue printer wins technology award

September 24, 2014 by Lab Canada Toronto, ON – Proprietary 3D bioprinting technology, PrintAlive Bioprinter, developed by University of Toronto students Arianna McAllister and Lian Leng, has won the Canadian stage of the 2014 James Dyson Award. The bioprinter represents a huge leap forward in producing…
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Low-cost transistor heralds greener advance in flexible electronics

September 24, 2014 by Lab Canada Los Angeles, CA – As tech company LG demonstrated this summer with the unveiling of its 18-inch flexible screen, the next generation of roll-up displays is tantalizingly close. Researchers are now reporting in the journal ACS Nano a new, inexpensive…
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Project to develop room-temperature storage for fragile biologics

September 23, 2014 by Lab Canada Hamilton, ON – A project at McMaster University is receiving $112,000 in seed funding from Grand Challenges Canada. The project, to be led by Carlos Filipe in the university’s chemical engineering department and Ali Ashkar of the McMaster Immunology Research…
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Aquatic organism that eats water pollutants focus of collaboration

September 9, 2014 by Lab Canada Peterborough, ON – A new collaborative research initiative based at Trent University focuses on an algae-like organism known as euglena. The Euglena Research Program will bring together faculty and students at Trent to study the untapped potential of euglena, which…
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Arctic research gets $500,000 data boost

September 9, 2014 by Lab Canada Calgary, AB – University of Calgary researchers are launching a new online platform to connect millions of pieces of information about the North. By collecting satellite reports and scientific analysis, accounts from local residents and even photographs and artwork in…
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New DNA analysis technique promises speedier diagnosis

August 5, 2014 by Lab Canada Montreal, QC – Researchers from McGill University and the Génome Québec Innovation Centre have achieved a technical breakthrough which they say should result in speedier diagnosis of cancer and various pre-natal conditions. The key discovery, which is described online this…
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$1.9M supports bio-fibre quality research projects

July 21, 2014 by Lab Canada Winnipeg, MB – Manitoba’s Composites Innovation Centre is receiving over $1.9 million in combined federal-provincial funding from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development to support FibreCITY, North America’s first agriculture fibre-grading centre of excellence program. The…
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Microbe sniffer could point the way to next-gen bio-refining

July 15, 2014 by Lab Canada Vancouver, BC – A new biosensor invented at the University of British Columbia (UBC) could help optimize bio-refining processes that produce fuels, fine chemicals and advanced materials by sniffing out naturally occurring bacterial networks that are genetically wired to break…
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Carbon dioxide-consuming fuel cell project wins development grant

July 14, 2014 by Lab Canada Edmonton, AB – Can a fuel cell consume rather than produce carbon dioxide to create energy? That’s the $35-million question a University of Alberta Faculty of Engineering-led team is looking to answer as one of the 24 challengers moving onto…
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Fast, portable device provides lab-quality cocaine testing

July 14, 2014 by Lab Canada Toronto, ON – Testing for cocaine and other drugs usually involves two steps: a quick on-site prescreen and then a more accurate confirmatory test at a laboratory. This process can often take days or weeks — far too long in…
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Innovative technologies to shine at energy supply chain forum

July 8, 2014 by Lab Canada Calgary, AB – Global competition on all fronts is fierce – an efficient, well-oiled supply chain directly affects business, and an optimized energy supply chain requires healthy collaboration and continuous innovation. This is what will ensure that production runs smoothly…
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Battery materials R&D the focus of new collaboration

July 8, 2014 by Lab Canada Montreal, QC – Hydro-Québec and the Regional Council of Aquitaine (France) have signed an agreement signalling their interest in collaborating in the field of advanced battery materials for transportation electrification. For several years, Hydro-Québec’s Research Institute has explored various technologies…
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Joint venture to commercialize cellulose filaments

June 25, 2014 by Lab Canada Vancouver, BC and Montreal, QC – A new joint venture company – Performance BioFilaments – has been set up by Mercer International and Resolute Forest Products to develop commercial applications for cellulose filaments, a new biomaterial. Cellulose filaments have special…
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Pharmaceutical small molecule crystallization

April 1, 2014 Rob Darrington, Genevac Ltd, Ipswich, UK A new technology, called eXalt, enables evaporative crystallization studies to be performed. In particular, eXalt allows for multiple small molecule actives to be crystallized from multiple different solvents all at the same time, at the same rate, and under the…
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New partnership to advance research, commercialization

March 18, 2014 by Lab Canada Waterloo, ON – The University of Waterloo today signed a partnership agreement with Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. The alliance brings together some of the top minds in quantum information science, nanotechnology and water for pure and applied research. “As two…
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Improving nano-scale imaging

February 1, 2014 Jim McMahon Negative-stiffness vibration isolators can easily support the heavy weight of a combined AFM/micro-Raman system, and isolate it from low frequency vibrations more effectively than high-performance air tables or active isolation systems.
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Researchers discover possible secret to superconductivity

December 23, 2013 by Lab Canada Vancouver, BC – University of British Columbia (UBC) researchers have discovered a prevalent electronic state that controls the behaviour of high-temperature superconducting copper-oxide ceramics. The work, published this week in the journal Science, reveals the universal existence of so-called “charge-density-waves”…
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Blood test helps COPD patients breathe easier

December 9, 2013 by Lab Canada Vancouver, BC – Two BC researchers have combined forces to develop a blood test that will identify patients at high risk for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) lung attacks. By the end of their four-year, $7.2 million research project, funded…
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$13.6M funding for cancer research from Terry Fox Foundation

October 15, 2013 by Lab Canada Vancouver, BC – Three cancer research teams are receiving $13.6 million from the Terry Fox Foundation to conduct cutting-edge research in several areas where there are unmet cancer needs. In Ontario, scientists are applying new techniques using lasers and nanotechnologies…
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Canadian innovators win in national competition

October 2, 2013 by Lab Canada Calgary, AB – Winners of 2013 Ernest C. Manning Innovation Awards were announced this week by Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation president Jennifer Diakiw. The 2013 winners – from British Columbia, Ontario and Nova Scotia – share $145,000 in prizes.…
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Quantum of sonics: Bonded, not stirred

August 1, 2013 by Lab Canada Montreal, QC – Researchers at McGill University have discovered a new way to join materials together using ultrasound. Ultrasound is normally used to smash particles apart in water. In a recent study, the team of researchers, led by McGill professor…
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Highly sensitive E coli test uses new molecular technology

July 22, 2013 by Lab Canada Edmonton, AB – Agricultural, medical and computer science researchers from the University of Alberta (U of A) have developed a new testing device that can detect pathogenic E. coli while meat is still at food processing facilities. The test is…
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Medical isotope production facility opens in Alberta

July 22, 2013 by Lab Canada Edmonton, AB – The University of Alberta’s new Medical Isotope and Cyclotron Facility has celebrated its grand opening. The facility is receiving funding of $7 million through the federal government’s Isotope Technology Acceleration Program (ITAP). The funding is being used…
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Scientists get green light to test Medical Isotope Project facility

March 11, 2013 by Lab Canada Saskatoon, SK – Scientists at the Canadian Light Source synchrotron are ready to test the Medical Isotope Project (MIP) facility after receipt of the commissioning licence from the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. With the licence, the MIP will undergo testing…
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Engineering breakthrough promises much more efficient solar cells

March 11, 2013 by Lab Canada Toronto, ON – A new technique developed by University of Toronto Engineering Professor Ted Sargent and his research group could lead to significantly more efficient solar cells, according to a recent paper published in the journal Nano Letters. The paper,…