University of Waterloo quantum scientists make neutrons spin and grow

University of Waterloo quantum scientists make neutrons spin and grow

WATERLOO — Dusan Sarenac’s experiments at the University of Waterloo are the stuff of science fiction — making subatomic particles spin on command and expand greatly in size. The breakthrough discovery was just published in the journal Scientific Advances, and is hailed as an important step in the development of quantum computers — the next … Read more

University of Waterloo tells students mask mandates are back

University of Waterloo tells students mask mandates are back

With signs of increasing COVID-19 in the community and a desire to minimize disruptions to upcoming exams, the University of Waterloo has ordered students and staff to be masked for all indoor academic activities beginning Wednesday. The policy applies in such settings as lectures, seminars, labs, tests and exams, and will last until the end … Read more

Is Waterloo Wi-Fi device that ‘sees’ through walls a threat?

University of Waterloo tells students mask mandates are back

A half-pound drone bought at Best Buy and $20 of hardware put together by a team of University of Waterloo researchers has proven to have Superman-like powers. Nicknamed Wi-Peep, the device can “see” through walls, surreptitiously identifying the locations of smart watches, phones, laptops and the like, with speed and accuracy. And while it seems … Read more

‘I wanted to be a spaceman,’ Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield tells UW aerospace students

‘I wanted to be a spaceman,’ Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield tells UW aerospace students

WATERLOO REGION — When Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield was nine, he dreamed about being an astronaut. “I wanted to be a spaceman,” said Hadfield, who spoke to University of Waterloo students at the Region of Waterloo International Airport Operations Center on Wednesday. “It just filled my head. That’s what I dreamed of doing.” “What do … Read more

‘I took every precaution’: Elaborate rental scam leaves student $2,000 poorer — and without a place to stay

‘I took every precaution’: Elaborate rental scam leaves student ,000 poorer — and without a place to stay

Waterloo police are investigating reports of a rental scam that has left three students out thousands of dollars and at least one with nowhere to live next month — one example of a growing fraud problem across the country amid spiking rental demand. One of the students, Armina Soleymani, told the Star she was robbed … Read more

Inflation rate slows on falling gas prices, but rising rents, groceries put pressure on households

Inflation rate slows on falling gas prices, but rising rents, groceries put pressure on households

A commuter pumps gas into their vehicle at an Esso gas station in Toronto on June 15, 2021.Tijana Martin/The Canadian Press Canadian inflation slowed in July as consumers paid less for gasoline, but prices for many everyday items grew at faster rates, showing how cost-of-living pressures remain a threat to household budgets. The Consumer Price … Read more

VIDEO: Apparent ‘fireball’ lights up Kitchener night sky, visible as far as Ohio

VIDEO: Apparent ‘fireball’ lights up Kitchener night sky, visible as far as Ohio

KITCHENER — Sam Nabi was sitting on a park bench in Victoria Park, staring up at the night sky, when something caught his eye. It was around 9:30 pm on Tuesday when suddenly the night came alive, first with a bright blue and white light, followed by what he said looked like an orange tail. … Read more

VIDEO: Apparent ‘fireball’ lights up Kitchener night sky, visible as far as Ohio

VIDEO: Apparent ‘fireball’ lights up Kitchener night sky, visible as far as Ohio

KITCHENER — Sam Nabi was sitting on a park bench in Victoria Park, staring up at the night sky, when something caught his eye. It was around 9:30 pm on Tuesday when suddenly the night came alive, first with a bright blue and white light, followed by what he said looked like an orange tail. … Read more

The misery index returns, with more still to come

The misery index returns, with more still to come

The misery index, that unhappy sum of inflation and unemployment rates, has surged to heights last seen three decades ago. Sharply higher inflation is driving that rise, for now. But the misery index – which aims to distill down to a single number the economic pain caused by rising prices and job losses – is … Read more

World scrambles to prevent famine as Russia’s war in Ukraine drags on

World scrambles to prevent famine as Russia’s war in Ukraine drags on

A man carries bread as people queue outside a bakery in Sidon, southern Lebanon, on April 12, 2022. Among the devastating effects of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has been the destruction that it’s dealt to the global food supply.AZIZ TAHER/Reuters In the clinical language of emergency food relief, the desperate day-to-day reality of hunger is … Read more