The Ring

Ukrainian teen discovers unusual hagfish-slurping seal via NEPTUNE video stream

Mon, 2013-01-28 15:22

Kirill Dudko thought he was looking at some kind of sea monster when he first watched the NEPTUNE Canada live video stream that allowed him to view the ocean floor in Barkley Canyon from his home in Donetsk, Ukraine.


CFI funds earth sciences, nanotech research

Fri, 2013-01-25 13:16

Brolo. Photo: UVic Photo Services
Brolo. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Two teams of University of Victoria scientists are ready to delve into separate research frontiers—one on the leading edge of earth sciences to better understand fundamental aspects of how our planet works, the other pursuing how new nanomaterials can help create useful technological devices—thanks to funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI).


Art, animals and us

Mon, 2013-01-14 13:19

Morey in her studio. Photo: Mitch Wright
Morey in her studio. Photo: Mitch Wright

Humans have a complex relationship with animals. Although animals ourselves, we humans, especially in Western cultures, often see ourselves as exceptional or “above” other species with which we share the planet. Yet those other animals are integral to virtually all aspects of our existence.


Brain to brawn: Training one leg strengthens both after stroke

Wed, 2013-01-09 11:44

A participant on the treadmill, assisted by Katie Dragert, PhD candidate and fir
A participant on the treadmill, assisted by Katie Dragert, PhD candidate and first author on the study along with Zehr.

To recover strength and ultimately perhaps the ability to walk, the best bet after a severe stroke might just be to forego working the weaker, more-affected side. It seems counter-intuitive, but high-intensity strength training on the less-affected side could have remarkable potential for helping recover mobility after a stroke, new UVic research indicates.


Rowing across the Atlantic—with UVic’s help

Wed, 2013-01-09 10:07

On an earlier row around Vancouver Island. Photo: OAR Northwest
On an earlier row around Vancouver Island. Photo: OAR Northwest

Later this month, when four men push off from Africa’s westernmost point to row across the Atlantic, they’ll give both the mundane routine and the complexity of their daily schedules over to a computer program developed at UVic. The Ocean Adventure Rowing (OAR) Northwest team, including Olympic gold medalist and UVic and Vikes alumnus Adam Kreek, will share a modified 29-foot rowboat for the Africa to the Americas 2012 trip, embarking from Dakar, Senegal for Miami, Florida—a 6,700-kilometre trip across the Atlantic expected to take 60–100 days.


Ring around Andromeda challenges galactic ideas

Fri, 2013-01-04 11:14

Navarro
Navarro

A surprising discovery about dwarf galaxies orbiting the much larger Andromeda galaxy suggests that conventional ideas regarding the formation of galaxies like our own Milky Way are missing something fundamental. In a paper published Jan. 3 in the prestigious journal Nature, an international team of astronomers including two University of Victoria professors describes the discovery that almost half of the 30 dwarf galaxies orbiting Andromeda do so in an enormous plane more than a million light years in diameter, but only 30,000 light years thick.


NEPTUNE Canada celebrates with a new book

Wed, 2012-12-12 13:11

Three years ago, the University of Victoria made scientific history by streaming live data from NEPTUNE Canada, the world’s largest and most advanced undersea observatory network. Now, a new book highlights the ocean network’s first year of research and operations. An Invitation to Science is an overview of deep-sea technology and research projects at each of the five node sites along the 812-km cabled undersea network.


Starring…UVic’s world-leading microscope

Wed, 2012-12-12 13:02

Herring works on the installation of the STEHM. Photo: Nik West
Herring works on the installation of the STEHM. Photo: Nik West

Small has been really big at UVic ever since the Scanning Transmission Electron Holography Microscope (STEHM)—the most advanced microscope in the world—began its installation in the basement of the Bob Wright Centre in May 2012. But small has been huge for Dr. Rodney Herring, associate professor in mechanical engineering, since he began his career as a research facilitator with the Canada Space Agency years ago.


Brain to brawn: Training one leg strengthens both after stroke

Fri, 2012-12-07 11:25

A participant about to do the treadmill walking assessment, post-training. Assis
A participant about to do the treadmill walking assessment, post-training. Assisting is study co-author Katie Dragert.

To recover strength and ultimately perhaps the ability to walk, the best bet after a severe stroke might just be to forego working the weaker, more-affected side. It seems counter-intuitive, but high-intensity strength training on the less-affected side could have remarkable potential for helping recover mobility after a stroke, new UVic research indicates.


High-energy physics gets big jolt from supercomputing

Wed, 2012-12-05 12:06

An international team led by UVic, the California Institute of Technology and the University of Michigan sent another mega jolt of data down the supercomputing highway in November. The researchers broke a high-energy physics record at the world’s premier supercomputing conference, the SC2012 in Salt Lake City, by transferring the equivalent of one million full-length movies per day.