Improving bend gesture accuracy using simulated tactile properties

Bend gestures on flexible devices allow users to provide subtle and continuous input to a computing device by bending a corner or a side of the device in question. The depth of bend can be used to control, for example, the speed at which the user scrolls through a document. This kind of input could be made more precise through the incorporation of tactile, or touchbased, feedback. By embedding a flexible device with vibrating elements, we will be able to simulate the properties of real-life materials.

Investigation of the protein-protein interaction network of an anti-oxidant protein TPxGl in the human malaria parasite P. falciparum

Malaria is a mosquito-borne infectious disease affecting humans with more than 214 million cases worldwide. The most dangerous (and most common) form of malaria is caused by Plasmodium falciparum. Understanding the fundamental biological mechanisms of this parasite is crucial for developing therapies to combat the humanitarian crisis caused by the spread of this disease. In order to unravel the mechanisms of how proteins are transported within the cellular environment of this parasite we must first understand how various proteins interact with one another (a network of interactions).

Value added monomers and polymers from renewable sources

Enormous research and commercial activities on utilization of bio-based materials to replace petroleum-based chemicals are currently taking place around world, aiming at the reduction of pollution and global warming. Among them, L-Cysteine which contains a thiol (-SH), amino (-NH2) group and carboxylic acid (-COOH) group. It is considered to be a unique building block for construction of a variety of functional compounds and polymers. Therefore, a series of high molecular weight polymers from L-cysteine based diketopiperazine (DKP) have been synthesized through simple and clean processes.

DFT calculation of H abstraction reactions of phenyl-?-naphtylamine with alkyperoxy radicals

Lubricating oil degradation is a ubiquitous problem in industrial machinery. In general, this process includes the thermal breakdown, oxidation, and polymerization of the oil molecules as they turn into undesirable by-products while the lubricant ages. Primary antioxidants, also known as radical scavengers, are regularly added to the lubricant to remove the initial peroxy and alkyl radicals. As a large number of industrial applications rely on the use of such additives, it is therefore very important to have solid knowledge of the efficiency of each type of antioxidant molecule.

White pine endophytes: improving tolerance to white pine blister rust

White pine blister rust is a serious disease of pine, an ecologically and economically important forest species in Ontario and the Maritime Provinces. In western Canada, this pathogen has virtually eliminated pine as a commercial species and the disease now threatens eastern Canada. Endophytes are fungi that live in the leaves of various plants including conifers. In collaboration with the Miller lab, JD Irving, Limited has invested in the potential of spruce endophytes to increase tolerance to an insect pest, the spruce budworm.

Cumulative effects of air exposure and extended angling time after repeat capture on endangered mahseer (Tor khudree)

Catch-and-release has been promoted as a strategy to relieve pressure on fish populations, yet target species respond to the practice in different ways, and the same fish may respond differently to multiple captures. These nuances are critical in recreational fisheries targeting endangered species, particularly in areas where individuals are likely to experience multiple captures. Recent research efforts examining the responses of the endangered T.

Self-replicating technology will enable a new era of space exploration

During his 12-week internship, Leonardo is helping develop a self-replicating, solar-powered, 3-D printing machine for the moon that can mine lunar bedrock — like dust, soil, and broken rocks — extract the raw materials, and input them into a series of 3-D printers. The printer is then able to construct its own parts that can be used in future space settlements or shipped back to earth. 

Use of Predictive Analytics to Forecast Patient Recovery Through Chiropractic Care

This project will create an iPad application that will be able to gather data about a patient at a chiropractic clinic and predict their recovery based on various symptoms  compared to similar cases. This will allow a chiropractor to better educate their patient about the benefits chiropractic care. It will also better engage the patient in their care by providing more analytical feedback, and allow them to see for themselves how they are progressing. It will also give patients realistic expectations about their recovery over time.

Postcard from India: Carleton University “Fish Woman” Brings New Tools to Fisheries Conservation

Yet people from the village of Valnur in Kodagu (Coorg district) took the sight in stride, affectionately dubbing us the “fish women” and inviting us into their homes for lunch and their temples for festivals. They listened to our descriptions of the project and offered invaluable perspectives on their relationships with their communities, their river, and the mahseer.

Cauvery River in India

Ontario Power Grid Modelling for Incorporation of Renewable Energy Sources

The research project is to model the Ontario power grid and its constituent zones in order to determine the best locations for wind turbine farms and distributed power sources. A basic model of the Niagara Zone has been constructed, involving the location of the power generation stations, major demand centres, and transmission systems. The model is to be advanced to simulate the hourly time history of power generation and demand throughout the zone.