Sustainability

Here comes the sun ... And bacteria-powered solar cells perfect for cloudy days

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Emissions from electric vehicle manufacturing shouldn’t be ignored, engineer says

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All aboard? Researcher pitches Okanagan Valley zero emission railway

The article also appeared in the Summerland Review.

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Hagfish Slime Is Disgustipating – but It's Also a Material From the Future

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Customized and Community-Driven Clean Water Solutions

For as long as they could remember, many members of the Lytton First Nation in British Columbia had been wary of tap water. Even as children, they had known that if they drank it, they might get sick. So in the summer of 2016, it was with cautious optimism that the residents of five homes in two Lytton reserves watched as a new water treatment system was installed in their basements. Could this refrigerator-sized device, developed by researchers at UBC really give them the clean tap water they had needed for years?

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Brazil's Costly Mining Failures Tied to Cheap Waste Storage

This story also appeared in the SFGate

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Why grease can be great: Chemical engineering graduate helps put waste oil to good use

Whether it’s French fries on the menu or an entire deep-fried turkey, disposing of used cooking oil can be a headache. Only a small amount of it can be composted, and dumping the rest down the drain can result in blocked pipes. For university food services departments tasked with preparing food for thousands of students, the challenge of disposing used cooking oil is exponential.

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Weather service dumping balloons and e-waste across the country (watch)

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The surprise source of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic medals

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UBC launches connected-vehicle test facility on campus

University of British Columbia researchers today unveiled a national test bed for connected-vehicle research as part of an initiative to promote safe, smart transportation in BC and beyond.

The facility, called AURORA, includes a network operations centre, a mobile base station and five intersections equipped with roadside units on the southeastern portion of UBC’s Vancouver campus. It also includes traffic cameras, software-defined radios, a smart traffic signal controller and two test drive vehicles, with all units connected to the campus network by wireless links.

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