Laurentian University

Laurentian University is emerging as much more than a primarily undergraduate university. Located in the mineral-rich Sudbury Basin, Laurentian is top-ranked for its expertise and NSERC funding in economic geology and mining-related research. Its freshwater lakes, occupational health and environmental research centres are unparallelled, and its contribution to dark matter research at Sudbury’s SNOLab was crowned with a Nobel Prize in Physics in 2015.

From its solid reputation as an postsecondary destination of choice for English and French undergraduate program offerings and its comprehensive approach to Indigenous research and education, it is making its mark in the research community as a recognized national leader with global reach.

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Forensic anthropologist Prof. Kathy Gruspier (left) is seen with police officers at a Toronto property where alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur worked. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

How police are recovering the victims of the Toronto serial killer

Police in Toronto say they've found the remains of at least six people in the midst of their investigation into alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur. Here's what goes on in such investigations.
Indigenous knowledge has aided and enhanced modern science and technology for centuries, Natan Obed, president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, speaks about climate change at the global COP22 conference in Marrakech, Morocco, in November 2016. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)

How Indigenous knowledge advances modern science and technology

Traditional Indigenous knowledge and science has aided the development of modern scientific knowledge, and including Indigenous people in science is essential to its future.
Players of video game Star Wars Battlefront II can emulate a dogfight from the new film Star Wars: The Last Jedi in TIE and X-wing fighters. (Handout)

How Star Wars battlefront ‘loot boxes’ & The Last Jedi change video games

Star Wars Battlefront II, which lets you play parts of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, ignited debate among gamers, industry and governments that may change how video games are played and make money.
Looking up in the main chamber at SNOLAB’s facility in the Vale Creighton nickel mine in Sudbury, Ont., a giant spherical neutrino sensor array the size of a 10 storey building is used to detect subatomic particles that pass through the earth. (Handout)

How scientists unlock secrets of the universe from deep underground

Deep underground, scientists research subatomic particles from space in a bid to understand the building blocks of our universe.
Turtles can’t head south for the winter, so they hibernate in rivers, lakes and ponds. (Pexels)

The secret to turtle hibernation: Butt-breathing

Crisp temperatures, ice-capped ponds and frozen landscapes send animals scurrying for cover. But just what do turtles do when winter takes hold?
New research shows that even previously obstructive parents can be coached into providing vital support for their children with eating disorders. (Shutterstock)

How parents can conquer fear and guilt to help kids with eating disorders

A new psychological intervention can help any parents - even those crippled by fear and self-blame - to become powerful recovery coaches to children with eating disorders.
A staff-wielding Arcstrider character takes on foes in Destiny 2. The video game by Bungie studio, published by Activision, makes use of badges and other achievements to spur on players — a technique that can be applied to education. Handout

How gamification can boost student success

Making education more like playing a game could dramatically improve learning.
A banana on the salt lake plain at Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia, hints at themes of genetics, food and human journeys in three books recommended by fly scientist Thomas Merritt. Shutterstock

Worth reading: Bananas, dwarves, salt and love

A fly scientist ponders the genetics of bananas and dwarves, women and love in reviews of his favourite fiction and non-fiction books.
A scourge of kitchens everywhere, Drosophila melanogaster — the common fruit fly — stares down the electron microscope that captured its image. (Shutterstock)

How to kill fruit flies, according to a scientist

How do you rid your kitchen of pesky fruit flies? A scientist who researches them explains.
Male scientists dominate labs, often with little to no female representation in the work or research subjects. Shutterstock

Sex matters: Male bias in the lab is bad science

Research laboratories are dominated by men, and that's not only bad for lab culture, it can be dangerous for science.
It ain’t easy being green, especially when your home’s been turned into (other people’s) houses. Andrew Milligan/PA

An amphibian-eye-view of environmental offsetting

In its report published last week, the UK Parliament’s green watchdog, the Environmental Audit Committee, was far from convinced by the government’s proposed policy of biodiversity offsetting. The committee’s…

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