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NB med school top of its class

July 26, 2011

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It may just be a year old, but New Brunswick’s medical school already has some of the most advanced technology on the continent. Or at least they’re using it in a most advanced fashion. As per the usual classroom setting, a professor delivers a lecture and students take notes, ask questions which the professor then […]

Researchers monitoring salt water in wells

July 26, 2011

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Sea water is gradually seeping into the drinking water wells along the Northumberland Strait, a University of New Brunswick researcher says. While no one’s gotten sick yet the future looks grim, Kerry MacQuarrie said. Climate change experts warn of rising sea levels, which have the unfortunate side effect of leaving groundwater sources ruined by salt […]

Lichens point to cleaner air quality

July 26, 2011

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Saint John’s air is getting cleaner, according to the crusty, green vegetation that dots tree trunks around the city. Stephen Clayden, the head of botany and mycology (the study of fungus) at the New Brunswick Museum, has been researching how tree lichens can tip off changes in air quality. He’s found evidence that there is […]

Research project to test viability of on-land salmon farming

July 26, 2011

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Salmon farming is moving on land. The Atlantic Salmon Federation and the Conservation Fund are joining forces in a research project that will try to rear salmon in a freshwater closed-containment system. “It’s huge, it’s groundbreaking,” Bill Taylor, the federation’s president, said. “Hopefully it will help us move towards much more environmentally friendly and wild-salmon […]

Picture within a picture: Holograms hide confidential info

July 26, 2011

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Holograms, in their most basic form, are an illusion. They make your eye see something that isn’t actually there. Dr. Habib Hamam is using them to hide secrets. The Université de Moncton professor said he has developed software that takes a public image – say a photograph of the White House – and hides confidential information within […]

Fish waste could one day help people live better lives

July 26, 2011

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From the slimy, dismembered body parts of sea animals, scientists may one day be able to help prevent diabetes, obesity and brain diseases linked to aging. Dr. Jacques Gagnon is spearheading a multimillion-dollar research project that turns leftover fish parts from fish-processing plants into useful oils. These oils are packed with antioxidants and omega 3 […]

No safe radiation, expert says

July 13, 2011

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Daniel Rudka looks like he’s a nuclear bomb survivor. Wrinkled, milky scars flow up his arms past his neck and discolour his pockmarked face. He walks with a cane, because he can’t always trust his radiation-weakened bones to keep him upright. But Rudka is not the victim of a nuclear bomb, accident or meltdown. In […]