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Nuclear Waste Shipment May Brush Wolfe Island Shores

Last April, Bruce Power contacted the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission – Canada’s nuclear regulator – to request a licence to ship low-level radioactive generators from its Bruce Nuclear Generating Station on Lake Huron to Sweden. The 1,760 tonne shipment of 16 radiation-laced steel steam generators are being transported to Sweden where an estimated 90 per… Keep Reading

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Specialized Golf Cart Assessing City Sidewalks

A specialized golf cart is one week into its lengthy mission to examine Kingston’s 450 kms of sidewalk as part of the City’s asset management program. A “Sidewalks Plus” golf-cart will be collecting and mapping information about the city’s sidewalks using both GPS equipment and other electronics, as well as human observation by its driver.… Keep Reading

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Queen’s Researchers Receive Accelerated Funding

The Federal Discovery Accelerator Supplements (DAS) program has announced that five Queen’s researchers are each receiving $120,000 over three years to quicken the pace of progress and maximize the impact of their work. Chemistry Department Professor Cathleen Crudden is researching organic synthesis and materials chemistry via catalytic organoborane chemistry. Michael Cunningham of Chemical Engineering will… Keep Reading

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Many Comets Formed Outside Our Solar System

Queen’s University astronomy professor Martin Duncan, and an international team of astronomers, have discovered that many of the comets observed from Earth – including well known comets like Halley, Hale-Bopp and McNaught – may have been formed in orbit around other stars and not our own sun. Using computer simulations, researchers demonstrate that the Sun… Keep Reading

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Researcher Using Polymers to Rebuild Human Tissue

A Queen’s University chemical engineering professor, along with scientists from the University of Western Ontario and University of Toronto, is researching the development of using microscopic polymer fibers to help rebuild human tissue and increase the healing process. Professor Brian Amsden says he hopes that in 10 years a tendon, spinal cord or heart valve… Keep Reading

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Queen’s Prostate Cancer Study Reveals Best Treatment

A new NCIC Clinical Trials Group study conducted at Queen’s University reveals that combining radiation and hormone therapy in patients with high risk prostate cancer significantly improves the likelihood of patients living longer. Wendy Parulekar, an associate professor of oncology at Queen’s and a Physician Coordinator at the NCIC CTG, described the results as having… Keep Reading

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Former Queen’s Student’s Rocket Reaches Orbit

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk – a former Queen’s University student – said Friday’s test launch of their Falcon 9 rocket successfully completed its mission to deposit the Dragon mock-up space capsule into a 250-km (155-mile) orbit. The successful launch is the latest step toward the future of commercial space travel and to eventually ferry astronauts… Keep Reading

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Queen’s University Hosts SailBot 2010

The 2010 World Robotic Sailing Championships and SailBot will be held from June 7 to 10 and hosted by Queen’s University. Self-navigating, autonomous sailboats will be designed, built and programmed by competitors for testing at the events. The two international engineering design competitions will be held at the Kingston Yacht Club, just west of the… Keep Reading

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SwitchGreen to Help Farmers Profit from Grass

Ian McDonald, applied research co-ordinator for the Field Crops Unit at the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, is researching new high-yield crops for the province’s farmers that have the potential to be sustainable and profitable. McDonald is seeking crops that could be planted in areas unsuitable for traditional crops like corn and… Keep Reading

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Bombardier Kingston to Design Saudi Monorail Trains

Bombardier Inc. reports it has signed a $241 million contract to provide monorail trains to Saudi Arabia. The Kingston facilities will engineer and design that trains, which will be then manufactured at its Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania factory. The contract is to build, operate, and maintain a monorail system in the capital of Saudi Arabia.  That 3.6-kilometer… Keep Reading

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