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O Mg! It’s the periodic table’s B day!

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Why shouldn’t you trust an atom? Because they make up everything (cue groan).

Nothing would exist if it weren’t for elements and the — relatively — tidy periodic table is celebrating a major milestone, turning 150 this year.

The table’s sesquicentennial is such a big deal, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has proclaimed 2019 the International Year of The Periodic Table of Chemical Elements.

Carleton University associate chemistry professor Jeff Manthrope was so fascinated by the periodic table, he had one hanging from the wall in his childhood bedroom alongside posters of musicians.

“I was just absolutely fascinated by the diversity of elements themselves, the fact there were so many building blocks out there,” he told CBC Radio’s All In A Day.

UNESCO has declared a year-long party to celebrate the periodic table’s 150th anniversary. 15:47

While the periodic table may seem a staple of science classrooms everywhere, it wasn’t so easy to put together.

There were several scientists throughout history who formulated hypotheses about elements, but it was Dmitri Mendeleev, a Russian chemist and inventor, who is credited as the father of the periodic table.

“Like so many great discoveries, it was almost an accident,” said Manthrope.

Jeff Manthrope will be leading a science café at the Sunnyside branch of the Ottawa Public Library in celebration of the periodic table’s 150th birthday. (Kimberley Molina/CBC)

Mendeleev was writing a textbook in 1869 and began to notice patterns, then started assembling known elements by atomic mass.

He predicted there were elements that had yet to be discovered and would fit neatly into a specific space, said Manthrope, elements such as Germanium that weren’t discovered until 1886.

He even predicted their properties.

Element 101, Mendelevium, is named after him.

Like so many great discoveries, it was almost an accident.– Jeff Manthrope, Carleton University

Manthrope is leading a Science Café at the Ottawa Public Library’s Sunnyside branch on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

The university will also be holding a chemistry magic show on Saturday.


Maybe you like the maleability and shininess of Au, or the old fashioned (and dangerous) Pb pipes, or a living C?

What’s your favourite element and why? The comment section is open.

Don’t worry about making bad chemistry jokes, because all the good ones Argon.

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More groups join in support of women in STEM program at Carleton

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OTTAWA — Major companies and government partners are lending their support to Carleton University’s newly established Women in Engineering and Information Technology Program.

The list of supporters includes Mississauga-based construction company EllisDon.

The latest to announce their support for the program also include BlackBerry QNX, CIRA (Canadian Internet Registration Authority), Ericsson, Nokia, Solace, Trend Micro, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, CGI, Gastops, Leonardo DRS, Lockheed Martin Canada, Amdocs and Ross.

The program is officially set to launch this September.

It is being led by Carleton’s Faculty of Engineering and Design with the goal of establishing meaningful partnerships in support of women in STEM.  

The program will host events for women students to build relationships with industry and government partners, create mentorship opportunities, as well as establish a special fund to support allies at Carleton in meeting equity, diversity and inclusion goals.

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VR tech to revolutionize commercial driver training

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Serious Labs seems to have found a way from tragedy to triumph? The Edmonton-based firm designs and manufactures virtual reality simulators to standardize training programs for operators of heavy equipment such as aerial lifts, cranes, forklifts, and commercial trucks. These simulators enable operators to acquire and practice operational skills for the job safety and efficiency in a risk-free virtual environment so they can work more safely and efficiently.

The 2018 Humboldt bus catastrophe sent shock waves across the industry. The tragedy highlighted the need for standardized commercial driver training and testing. It also contributed to the acceleration of the federal government implementing a Mandatory Entry-Level Training (MELT) program for Class 1 & 2 drivers currently being adopted across Canada. MELT is a much more rigorous standard that promotes safety and in-depth practice for new drivers.

Enter Serious Labs. By proposing to harness the power of virtual reality (VR), Serious Labs has earned considerable funding to develop a VR commercial truck driving simulator.

The Government of Alberta has awarded $1 million, and Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) is contributing an additional $2 million for the simulator development. Commercial deployment is estimated to begin in 2024, with the simulator to be made available across Canada and the United States, and with the Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA) helping to provide simulator tests to certify that driver trainees have attained the appropriate standard. West Tech Report recently took the opportunity to chat with Serious Labs CEO, Jim Colvin, about the environmental and labour benefits of VR Driver Training, as well as the unique way that Colvin went from angel investor to CEO of the company.

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Next-Gen Tech Company Pops on New Cover Detection Test

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While the world comes out of the initial stages of the pandemic, COVID-19 will be continue to be a threat for some time to come. Companies, such as Zen Graphene, are working on ways to detect the virus and its variants and are on the forefronts of technology.

Nanotechnology firm ZEN Graphene Solutions Ltd. (TSX-Venture:ZEN) (OTCPK:ZENYF), is working to develop technology to help detect the COVID-19 virus and its variants. The firm signed an exclusive agreement with McMaster University to be the global commercializing partner for a newly developed aptamer-based, SARS-CoV-2 rapid detection technology.

This patent-pending technology uses clinical samples from patients and was funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. The test is considered extremely accurate, scalable, saliva-based, affordable, and provides results in under 10 minutes.

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