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Windsor Star: University of Windsor prof investigates lifespan of wind turbines

October 24, 2016

Wind turbines are still a relatively new feature on Canada’s frontier but what happens when they start breaking down as often as the second family car?Do you keep fixing it or replace it?A new research project conducted in collaboration with the universities in Windsor and London will explore the life span of these expensive giant pinwheels and the financial implications of replace or repair.“It’s timely particularly given the recent back pedalling the government has done on their long term energy plan,” said Dr. Rupp Carriveau, a University of Windsor associate engineering professor and director of the school’s turbulence and energy lab. “In light of that, you better make sure your current clean assets are running well.”Just last month, the Ontario government scrapped almost $4 billion worth of renewable energy projects.Read the full article here.

Guelph Today: Cow antibody could help fight cancer

October 21, 2016

A recent discovery related to that lesser known genetic characteristic has biological scientists at the U of G excited. They have found that the animal’s antibodies could be harnessed to cure and prevent human diseases, even cancer.Lead by molecular and cellular biology professor Azad Kaushik, the researchers have developed novel vaccines from cow antibodies, and are exploring ways to use the technology in human health.They engineered a new kind of antibody that boosts results in the fight against resilient respiratory disease in cattle. The antibody manipulation has the potential for use in the development of vaccines to attack pathogens in people.“In the 90s, we discovered that the largest sized antibody known to exist in any species is in cattle,” said Kaushik in an interview.These ‘megabodies’ are extremely long, and are genetically programmed into cattle at birth.Read the full article here.

London Free Press: Unexpected discovery leads researchers to develop super-thin material to store data

October 19, 2016

In a discovery that owes as much to serendipity as science, Western University researchers have developed a thinner-than-thin polymer that could exponentially expand the memory storage of our computers and smartphones.It is the tech industry’s and consumer’s dream: a virtual house-full of memory capability in a device smaller than a fingernail.The polymer is made of organic material, rather than the silicon now used in flash drives, and can be stretched ridiculously thin — 10,000 times thinner than a human hair. In commercial application it could be used to help store undreamed-of volumes of data.Researcher and chemist Joe Gilroy gestures to a tiny vial that holds about a gram of coarse orange powder, a substance with the unwieldy name of poly(6-oxo verdazyl), or P6Ov for short.Read the full article here.
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