The NRC has developed a one-of-a-kind, in-situ rotating ice adhesion rig, where researchers are able to measure the adhesion properties of ice to various icephobic coatings in controlled and repeatable conditions. Innovators creating these ice-resistant veneers see their potential application on drones as a match made in heaven, as UAVs’ limited onboard power and payload means a passive ice-prevention method is preferable.
Research Centre and program: Security and Disruptive Technologies
Industry: Advanced Materials, Environmental Monitoring Technologies, Micro and Nano Electronics
Two rising stars at the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) are joining an international delegation of scientists participating in the Japanese-Canadian Frontiers of Science Symposium in Okinawa, Japan this week. Chantal Paquet and Alan McConacchie are two of only 30 Canadians included in this prestigious invitation-only symposium. The event organized by the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR), will feature two days of interdisciplinary discussion on topics as diverse as artificial intelligence, advanced materials and the mysteries of the cosmos.
Research Centre and program: Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics
An international team of researchers have found an infrequent variation in the brightness of a forming star. This 18-month recurring twinkle is not only an unexpected phenomenon for scientists, but its repeated behavior suggests the presence of a hidden planet. This discovery is an early win for the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (JCMT) Transient Survey, just one-and-a-half years into its three-year mandate to monitor eight galactic stellar nurseries for variations in the brightness of forming stars. This novel study is critical to understanding how stars and planets are assembled. The survey is led by Doug Johnstone, Research Officer at the National Research Council of Canada and Greg Herczeg, Professor at Peking University (China), and is supported by an international team of astronomers from Canada, China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.
Youth from across Canada got a helping hand to explore their aerospace research skills as they took flight over Ottawa airspace in July 2017 in the first Canadian microgravity research competition for students.