Café Scientifique Vancouver (Canada) talk on September 25th 2018: Giving patients, the public, and health-care providers a voice in pediatric biobanking and Science Borealis’ favourite Canadian science blog competition

There are two items today, an event in Vancouver (Canada) and an online competition. Pediatric biobanking From a September 14, 2018 Café Scientifique Vancouver announcement received via email, Our next café will happen on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25TH at 7:30PM in the back room at YAGGER'S DOWNTOWN (433 W Pender). Our speaker for the evening will be DR. SUZANNE VERCAUTEREN the Director of BC Children’s Hospital BioBank. Her topic will be: GIVING PATIENTS, THE PUBLIC, AND…

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Driving on Sunshine: An Analysis of Solar Roads

Since posting about the possibility of powering Canadian metropolitans with solar energy, we received lots of positive feedback as well as one resounding question, what’s the deal with these solar roads? We see it on the news, with tech giants introducing solar pathways and roadways onto their campuses. But are they feasible to power an [...] Read More The post Driving on Sunshine: An Analysis of Solar Roads appeared first on Schrodinger's Cat.

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View Dynamic Glass—intelligent windows sold commercially

At last, commercially available ‘smart’, that is, electrochromic windows. An April 17, 2018 article by Conor Shine for Dallas News describes a change at the Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport that has cooled things down, At DFW International Airport, the coolest seats in the house can be found near Gate A28. That’s where the airport, working with California-based technology company View, has replaced a bank of tarmac-facing windows with panes coated in microscopic layers…

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7nm (nanometre) chip shakeup

From time to time I check out the latest on attempts to shrink computer chips. In my July 11, 2014 posting I noted IBM’s announcement about developing a 7nm computer chip and later in my July 15, 2015 posting I noted IBM’s announcement of a working 7nm chip (from a July 9, 2015 IBM news release , “The breakthrough, accomplished in partnership with GLOBALFOUNDRIES and Samsung at SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering…

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The sense of beauty: an art/science film about CERN, the European Particle Physics Laboratory, in Vancouver, Canada; art/sci September in Toronto (Canada), a science at the bar night in Vancouver (Canada), and a festival in Calgary (Canada)

Compared to five or more years ago, there’s a lollapalooza of art/sci (or sciart) events coming up in September 2018. Of course, it’s helpful if you live in or are visiting Toronto or Vancouver or Calgary at the right time.  All of these events occur from mid September (roughly) to the end of September. In no particular date order: Sense of beauty in Vancouver The September 10, 2018 Dante Alighieri Society of British Columbia invitation…

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Quantum entanglement in near-macroscopic objects

Researchers at Finland’s Aalto University seem excited in an April 25, 2018 news item on phys.org, Perhaps the strangest prediction of quantum theory is entanglement, a phenomenon whereby two distant objects become intertwined in a manner that defies both classical physics and a common-sense understanding of reality. In 1935, Albert Einstein expressed his concern over this concept, referring to it as “spooky action at a distance.” Today, entanglement is considered a cornerstone of quantum mechanics,…

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Xenotransplantation—organs for transplantation in human patients,—it’s a business and a science

The last time (June 18, 2018 post) I mentioned xenotransplantation (transplanting organs from one species into another species; see more here), it was in the context of an art/sci (or sciart) event coming to Vancouver (Canada)., Patricia Piccinini’s Curious Imaginings Courtesy: Vancouver Biennale [downloaded from http://dailyhive.com/vancouver/vancouver-biennale-unsual-public-art-2018/] … The latest edition of the Vancouver Biennale was featured in a June 6, 2018 news item on the Daily Hive (Vancouver), … Melbourne artist Patricia Piccinini’s Curious Imaginings is expected…

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Big Pharma’s Big Cover Up? A Look At The Rife Machine As A Cure For Cancer

Treating and finding a cure for cancer is a multi-billion dollar industry. The chances of you getting cancer in your lifetime is around 1 in 3 (depending on where you live and your lifestyle), and your chances of dying from cancer is approximately 1 in 5 (again depending on where you live and your lifestyle). [...] Read More The post Big Pharma’s Big Cover Up? A Look At The Rife Machine As A Cure For…

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Spooling strips of graphene

An April 18, 2018 news item on phys.org highlights an exciting graphene development at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), MIT engineers have developed a continuous manufacturing process that produces long strips of high-quality graphene. The team’s results are the first demonstration of an industrial, scalable method for manufacturing high-quality graphene that is tailored for use in membranes that filter a variety of molecules, including salts, larger ions, proteins, or nanoparticles. Such membranes should be…

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The secret behind the world’s lightest chronograph watch (whisper: it’s graphene)

This latest watch from the Richard Mille company by way of the University of Manchester isn’t the lightest watch the company has ever made but it is their lightest, most complex watch yet at less than 1.5 oz. It also has a breathtaking price tag. More about that later. An August 29, 2018 news item on Nanowerk announces the publication of research related to the graphene-enhanced watch, In January 2017 the world’s lightest mechanical chronograph…

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