Nanotechnology similar to that used to kill tumours in cancer patients could be adapted to improve in situ oil recovery in Alberta's oilsands, says international researcher Stanley Bryant, who was introduced as the latest Canada Excellence Research Chair at the University of Calgary.
A slab of beef and an oilwell wouldn't appear to have much in common, but U.S. biotech firm Vivione Biosciences Inc. says the same technology used to detect harmful bacteria, like E. Coli, in meat could be big business in the oilpatch.
Opposition politicians and environmental groups are criticizing the Alberta government for what they call a lack of response to data showing two air pollutants have exceeded trigger levels in the oilsands area.
A 17-year-old high school student from Calgary is a finalist in the international Google Science Fair. Hayley Todesco's science project outlines a potential method to speed up the detoxification of oilsands tailings ponds.
A new study by two Alberta First Nations and University of Manitoba scientists says there is a link between oilsands pollutants and higher levels of heavy metals in wildlife, and higher cancer rates in residents.