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Entries for the ‘Science and Technology’ Category

Banking on the sun

An innovative Atlantic Canadian company aims to put the region on the solar energy map.
by Tom Mason

Except for the Russian accent, Alexandre Pavlovski sounds a lot like the oil executives who first descended on Nova Scotia’s offshore scene 30 years ago. In fact, he can barely hide his enthusiasm as he discusses his adopted province’s [...]

The Digital Body: Radiology embraces the digital age

by Tom Mason
Dr. Rudiger von Ritschl scrolls through a series of computer screen images. As the slices of brain tissue peel away like the layers of an onion, an ominous, tentacled mass begins to emerge from the shadows. It’s a huge brain tumour, one that was an unrecognizable speck of discolouration on conventional x-rays, rendered [...]

Harnessing the world’s highest tides

by Tom Mason
THE WINDSWEPT TOWN OF Stromness on Scotland’s Orkney Islands was given its name by the Vikings who first settled here 1,000 years ago. It means “strong tide point,” a reference to the powerful tides that rip by the headland that lies just south of the town. Here in this out-of-the-way place the European [...]

The bugs in your family tree

by Tom Mason
YOUR MOTHER IS RELATED TO a venereal disease. It isn’t just an edgy insult. It’s the truth.
Not that there’s much of a family resemblance, but the tiny organisms swimming around in Dr. Andrew Roger’s microscope known as Trichomonas vaginalis are our distant relatives nevertheless. Very distant. These tiny one-celled organisms and the creatures [...]