University of Saskatchewan News


Graham George and Ingrid Pickering

Up to the Grand Challenge

December 19, 2014

Two University of Saskatchewan research teams have been awarded $224,000 from Grand Challenges Canada to back their efforts to develop solutions to drinking water contamination in the developing world.

Growth in beaver populations has shown to be important for habitat creation and global methane gas emissions.

Return of the beavers

December 17, 2014

Over-trapping nearly wiped out the beaver 100 years ago but the ambitious rodents have bounced back and have created ponds on three continents that cover an area about the size of Switzerland, according to University of Saskatchewan research published in the Royal Swedish Academy of Science journal AMBIO.

Northern flicker dads fly further to recharge over winter.

For the birds

December 17, 2014

For northern flicker dads, a hard summer looking after the chicks means flying a bit farther south than mom, likely to ensure good winter feeding to bulk up for the next year, according to a new study led by University of Saskatchewan biologist Elizabeth Gow.

Synchrotron imaging of a half-billion-year-old Marrella fossil reveals iron, sulphur and copper (in blue) the "first evidence of invertebrate blood in the fossil record."

Blue bloods may have been first to colonize Earth

December 16, 2014

Some of the first complex animals on earth likely bled a beautiful robin’s-egg blue, according to research.

“This is essentially the first report of evidence for invertebrate blood in the fossil record,” said Brian Pratt, the paleontologist and professor who led the research team whose results are published in the journal PALAIOS.

The team examined fossils of an elegant, feathery, bug-like arthropod called Marrella splendens excavated from the Burgess Shale, a UNESCO World Heritage site in British Columbia. Dated at just over

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Harlequin filefish

Something’s fishy

December 10, 2014

A University of Saskatchewan researcher, as part of a larger research team from Australia, has discovered a type of fish with a clever camouflage strategy.

Fedoruk Centre Executive Director Neil Alexander fields media questions in the isotope handling room at the Saskatchewan Centre for Cyclotron Sciences at the U of S Dec. 5.

Construction of cyclotron centre at U of S completed

December 5, 2014

An important milestone was marked December 5 at the Saskatchewan Centre for Cyclotron Sciences (SCCS) at the University of Saskatchewan as the Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation hosted an event to mark the completion of construction of the $25-million facility.

The bones of this Bronze Age man, who died more than 4,500 years ago,
have revealed some of the earliest evidence of cancer in humans.

Ancient bones reveal cancer

December 4, 2014

More than 4,500 years ago, a Siberian man succumbed to a scourge all too familiar to modern humans, a disease that left telltale signs on his bones for Angela Lieverse and her colleagues to read and diagnose.

Dean McNeill

Sight and sounds of research

December 3, 2014

How do artists define their role and contributions at a research-intensive university, and what does the university demand of them?

David Saunders

Playing with fire

December 1, 2014

University of Saskatchewan toxicology student David Saunders has analyzed dust from 20 daycares in the Saskatoon area to learn whether flame retardant chemicals in foam furniture and children’s toys pose a health hazard.