Category Archives: Science & Technology

Professor Profile: Ted Sargent

The Cannon recently got in touch with Edward (Ted) Sargent: currently the Vice Dean of Research for the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, a professor of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and holder of the Canada Research Chair in Nanotechnology [1].  Ted shared some of his engineering career experiences and some of his insight on nanotechnology

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The Fiji Mermaid & Other Hoaxes

April Fools’ is a day for jokes, pranks, and of course, hoaxes. The science community has been deluded by countless people looking to either make some quick cash or advance their career. Here are some of the best: The Fiji Mermaid P.T. Barnum was a circus manager, who operated an exhibition of “curiosities, freaks, and oddities”. In 1842, he introduced

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Chicken’s Eyes and Other Nuggets of Scientific Discovery

Science and Technology columnist Nicole Doucette gives us an update on what has been happening in the field of science recently: Zircon Crystal is Oldest Recorded Piece of Earth A team of scientists, lead by University of Wisconsin geoscience professor John Valley, determined that a Zircon gem found in western Australia is about 4.4 billion years old. Thomas Reuters from

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Nano-Miracles: A Brief History of the Transistor

  Origins As America recovered from World War II, the focus shifted back to non-combat related technologies (or so it seemed) and life returned to normal. For John Bardeen, Walter Brattain and William Shockley, life in postwar America would be anything but normal and their innovative genius would shape today’s electrically driven and fast paced world. In 1947, while Jackie

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