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Unwanted legacy

May 25, 2018 - News

Even decades after a mine closes, people in surrounding communities can face serious health risks from drinking contaminated water. Communities in BC’s North are particularly at risk of arsenic poisoning due to the legacy of gold and uranium mines, says UVic civil engineer Heather Buckley.

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Students’ mini-satellite to help astronomers explore the origins of the universe

May 4, 2018 - Media release

Students from the University of Victoria are designing a tiny satellite with big aspirations. When a robotic arm on the International Space Station tosses it into orbit in 2020, the satellite—funded through a national post-secondary funding initiative of the Canadian Space Agency—that's no bigger than a two-liter carton of milk will become a vital tool to help astronomers and cosmologists better understand the origins and future of the universe.

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Whales in ice-free Arctic face emerging threat from vessels

May 3, 2018 - Media release

UVic marine biologist Lauren McWhinnie is lead author in a new study which warns that vessel disturbance could very likely impact the social behaviours, distribution and long-term survival of marine mammals in the Arctic. They rely on a quiet environment to communicate and forage; but Arctic sea ice is shrinking and therefore shipping traffic is increasing.

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