Many copper deposits contain significant amount of arsenic and antimony and being overlooked because of it. These impurities are currently subject to smelters penalty. Development of an efficient technology for removal of these impurities and converting them as sellable products will make a number of deposits economic that are currently not being mined. The current research will assist in identifying the most efficient technology for treating such complex minerals and to meet the rising demand for clear copper concentrates.
This research focuses on novel sensor-based algorithms for sorting rocks and categorizing them as good (valuable) and bad (worthless) rocks. The sensors in the sorter will see the rocks characteristics, whether its their color or atomic density or the desired element and send a command to a mechanical arm, for example, to separate the two types of rock from each other.
Iberian Minerals is a junior mining company, based in Canada. The Company recently acquired Mineworx Technologies, based in Vancouver, British Columbia and is now focused on various mining technologies. One such technology we are developing is an eco-friendly, non-cyanide based leach extraction for gold processing utilizing iodine as a complexing agent. The research and development undertaken will study the feasibility of a new approach to a sustainable process in gold mining, which will see an immediate positive ecological impact on pollution through the non-use of highly toxic cyanide.
In white wines, the wine aroma plays a major role in determining wine quality and economic value. In many grape varieties cultivated in BC, the aroma makeup is built in the vineyard where key aromatics accumulate in the grapes. Irrigation and crop size adjustments are two main strategies that growers have adopted to manage fruit ripening and composition.
Acute myocardial infarction (commonly known as a heart attack) is a major disease of the cardiovascular system and a leading cause of death and hospitalization in North America. It results in 7.4 million deaths globally per annum. Current clinical medications only prevent the disease but cannot cure it after a heart attack occurs. Scientific evidence suggests that DAPK1 is a vital protein that can cause heart damage during a heart attack, and I have created a compound that is able to reduce the level DAPK1 in the heart so as to prevent heart damage.
Pests and diseases are major problem that growers face with plants. Ecoation Innovative Solutions Inc. (EIS) is proposing a solution to this problem that turns to plants as reliable source of information about their own health and well-being. EIS will provide data from different sensory measurements for clean and infested plants. We intend to use recent advances in machine learning to build a model that automatically diagnose the plants from these measurements. The intern will work on developing the model and adapting it for different crops and cultivating environments.
Eating a variety of foods from the four food groups is part of a healthy diet and is important for supporting the growth and development of children. Avoidance of new foods (neophobia) and familiar foods (pickiness) are common in children and limit food quantity and quality. The BC Dairy Association developed the Food Explorers program that introduces new and familiar foods to children in kindergarten and grade 1 classrooms. The goal is to increase the willingness to try new foods and ultimately positively impact diet. The program is widely delivered in BC but has not been evaluated.
Traditionally, the microchips that power our communications technology use electrical signals to compute, transfer, and store information. Silicon photonics (SiP) is an emerging field, where structures fabricated on those same microchips replace electrical signals with optical ones, enabling exciting new applications such as optical and wireless communications, bio/environment-sensing, and computing.
Just months the June 2014 the Supreme Court of Canada decision granting partial title to the Tsilhqotin First Nations land claim, the communities of Xeni Gwetin and Yunesitin, with support form the Tsilhqotin National Government, declared another traditional area, just beyond the granted claim, as the Dasiqox Tribal Park. The surface area of the new park contains a barrier to Tsilhqotin self-governance in the form of an undetermined amount of mineral claims staked under the mineral tenure system of British Columbia.
Regular physical activity has well known health benefits. Paradoxically, exercise can increase the risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD) in those with underlying disease. Sports-related SCDs account for approximately 90% of all SCDs. Pre-participation screening can detect underlying disease and decrease sports-related SCD. Optimal screening methods have not been universally agreed and Canadian Masters athletes are not currently required to have a cardiovascular screen before participation in sport.