If you’ve used Google Maps, you’re relying on a computer algorithm to tell you where to go. But what if a recent collision is blocking your route and Google Maps doesn’t know? You might find yourself stuck, with no alternate route available.
This summer, Zikun Yang, a Mitacs intern from China, is helping researchers in Canada to develop a unique app that allows family and friends living geographically apart to share experiences in real time, despite the distance.
Canada is known for its environment: fresh air, mountains and a multitude of lakes and rivers. Our natural resources are an important part of our national identity. Protecting the quality of our water is crucial to supporting our urban infrastructure and the caring for the environment around us. That’s why Université Laval’s modelEAU research team are searching for ways to optimize urban wastewater treatment to reduce its impact on surrounding bodies of water.
With the world’s population increasing rapidly and expected to hit 9.7 billion by 2050, researchers at the University of Manitoba are looking into one of the greatest challenges associated with population growth. How can we feed growing numbers of people while reducing the food industry’s environmental footprint?
“Sea lice are difficult to control,” says Albert Solares, a Mitacs researcher at Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Ocean Sciences Centre. “They’re tiny, spread quickly, and attach themselves to voraciously feed on salmon.”
The scientists who fight the world’s deadliest diseases work hard to keep Ebola and other biohazards isolated from the environment. But because their labs are expensive to build and operate, they’re spread out in cities across the globe, and it can be easy for the experts to become isolated from each other.