Communicating with someone locked deep inside their own head. Using DNA to “barcode” food so people truly know where it comes from. Scanning 50 kilometres below the ground to produce detailed images of the Earth’s crust. These are just some of what Ontario’s researchers are working on today.
Six programs in the province recently received tens of millions in funding from the federal government’s Canada First Research Excellence Fund to further their work. TVO.org spoke to the leaders of these programs about their projects, and the promises they hold.
Following a Nobel Prize win by one of its own, Queen’s University is creating the Canadian Particle Astrophysics Research Centre to unravel some of Earth's most fundamental mysteries. Read more.
The University of Waterloo’s Transformative Quantum Technologies program is working on a new generation of computers that could help scientists understand the nature of the universe and custom-design new materials. Read more.
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The future global supply of key metals such as zinc, copper and nickel may depend in part on Metal Earth, a new program at Sudbury's Laurentian University taking an unprecedented look tens of kilometres beneath the surface of the planet. Read more.
York University's Vision: Science to Applications (VISTA) research program explores the complicated processes that make human eyesight possible. Its goals are to help discover medical treatments for the growing segment of the population having vision problems and develop robots and other machines able to handle increasingly complex visual tasks. Read more.
The University of Guelph’s Food From Thought program is trying to figure out how to grow enough food — and the right kinds of it — to feed a growing global population as climate change threatens crop yields. The answers may lie in robots that milk cows and barcoding our fish. Read more.
For years, it was believed that patients in a persistent vegetative state — who are unable to speak or perceptibly react in any way to the world around them — were in a form of deep unconsciousness. But Adrian Owen and his team of researchers at Western University have revealed that some of them have a rich internal life and can communicate, given the right kind of assistance. Read more.