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The Big and Small of Nanomaterials

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Nanomaterials can be found in everything from doughnuts to medicine to sunscreen. They have particles or constituents that are so small that they can infiltrate parts of the body – for example, cross the blood-brain barrier – that most other particles cannot. And because they are so small, they interact with living organisms and the …

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Fareed Zakaria Deems Online Education a Game-Changer

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In a recent interview on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Fareed Zakaria discussed his new book, In Defense of a Liberal Education. In it, he identifies online education as a game-changer for two reasons: first, it allows large numbers of people to access courses: “There’s this Yale professor who taught … his first online …

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Ontario to Launch Cap-and-Trade System for Carbon Emissions

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]On the eve of the first climate change summit among Canada’s provincial and territorial leaders, the Government of Ontario announced plans to establish a cap-and-trade system to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. To expand emissions permit trading opportunities among companies, Ontario plans to link its system to those that already exist in Quebec and California. Although …

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Geoengineering & Ethics: Our Failure to Act on Climate Change is the First Breach

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In his lecture at Cambridge University’s Solar Radiation Management Science 2015: Engineering the Climate, Duncan McLaren points out, “… all discussion of geoengineering is a sign of our collective ethical failure to achieve adequate progress on climate mitigation.” If humanity allows this breach of ethics, where does it leave our moral compass when faced with …

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Yukon Strikes Gold with Public Engagement in Whitehorse Corridor-Alaska Highway Upgrade

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In seeking to upgrade 25 miles of a vital transportation and trade link known as the Whitehorse Corridor-Alaska Highway, Yukon rolled out a public engagement process with four distinct features: a public survey to gauge residents’ reactions to the project; an interactive map of the highway proposal that allows residents to see what is happening …

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Project M: An Experiment in Complete Car Design Integration

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Shell announced that it is co-engineering an ultra-efficient, ultra-affordable concept city car called Project M (for “Mobility”). The goal is to show how efficient a car can be made when working together with vehicle and energy experts through each stage of its design, including the powertrain and lubricants. The resulting concept car is expected to …

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Making TRACKS at Trent University

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Trent Aboriginal Cultural Knowledge and Science (TRACKS) Program is a youth initiative run by Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, and its surrounding Indigenous communities. TRACKS aims “to help youth understand environmental issues from multiple perspectives by delivering hands-on activities based in traditional and contemporary Indigenous knowledge systems, Western science disciplines, and environmental education.” The …

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Time to Turf Artificial Turf?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]A study by USA Today has found high levels of lead in artificial turf layered with rubber crumbs that is often used at U.S. schools, playgrounds and daycares.  Although lead exposure is of concern for anyone, it is particularly so for children who may ingest contaminated turf fibers and crumbs.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state, …

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