Science & Technology

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Surveillance chill on the rise among Canadian journalists

On Oct. 1, a Canadian photojournalist on route to Standing Rock, N.D., was detained at U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the Vancouver Airport for over six hours. Ed Ou was headed to cover the protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline for CBC, when his trip was halted before boarding. His phone was taken and he was interrogated. Border guards […]

Interview: Anthony Morgan lights hands on fire

Interview: Anthony Morgan lights hands on fire

Anthony Morgan is one of the hosts for Daily Planet and the founder of Science Ninjas Inc. The Ryersonian’s Chayonika Chandra interviewed him to talk about his upcoming events and projects.  He also lights people’s hands on fire.

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Ryerson listens, if you use the right app

Brennan McEachran, a Ryerson graduate student, wanted to help make his school a better place by collecting input from his fellow students. So, he created SoapBox, one of the original startups at Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone in 2010. Since then, the application has been integrated as one of Ryerson’s many platforms for students to provide feedback and share ideas. But students are questioning […]

by Anna-Kaye Evans· · News, On Campus, Science & Technology
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Ryerson’s iron woman

Like many of Frauke Zeller’s students, Lauren Dwyer did not expect to work with robots when she entered Ryerson’s professional communications program. Now a graduate, Dwyer explained, “I came from Newfoundland, fresh out of a psychology undergrad and decided to take communications. So as you can see, none of this points towards robots.” But after working with Zeller, robotics has […]

by Robert Foreman· · News, On Campus, Science & Technology
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Rye engineering grad wins $500,000 to launch business

A Ryerson chemical engineering grad has won $500,000 to launch his own chemical engineering business. Seyed Nourbakhsh came up with the idea of a self-powered, automatic swimming pool chlorinating system a year after working at a Burlington pool company as part of a co-op placement during his final year in 2013. In the same year, Nourbakhsh won all stages of the Norman […]

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Facebook and smartphones narrowing the open web

The original open web known for its blinking text, pixelated images and blue hyperlinks was participatory. It was a production space where the people who enjoyed using it, also helped make it. “Back then it was messy and it was always broken and it was always really ugly,” Canadian journalist Sue Gardner says. The web was a space for free […]

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Campus map goes virtual

A collaborative Ryerson research project is aiming to use 3D interactivity to change city planning. The Participatory Campus Planning project is a pilot study within FCAD led by professors Frauke Zeller and Ali Mazalek from the Synaesthetic Media Lab. They are developing a system as the new approach to planning Ryerson’s future campus. The prototype uses a virtual world model […]

by Richa Syal· · News, On Campus, Science & Technology
VR gives students the tools to tour their projects

VR gives students the tools to tour their projects

Ryerson’s architectural science students have only been able to see their building designs through printed floor plans and computer screens  – until now. With the architectural science department’s recent partnership with Yulio, a Toronto-based virtual reality software company, students can immerse themselves into their designs through virtual reality. On Nov. 7, first- and second-year students taking Prof. Vincent Hui’s design […]

by Amira Zubairi· · News, Science & Technology
Testing for osteoperosis has just gotten easier... all you need is a nail clipping. (Courtesy iStock)

Rye prof nails new test kit for bone disease

A Ryerson professor has invented an at-home test kit that uses toe and fingernail clippings to assess the risk for osteoporosis. Mark Towler, a biomedical engineering professor who was recruited to Ryerson for his research, originally came up with the idea 10 years ago in the U.K., and on Oct. 9 the Osentia test kit went on sale in the […]

The team behind Gimme360 in their office at Ryerson's Fashion Zone (LR Alex De Jäger (Courtesy of Danielle Lee)

Ryerson startup combines virtual reality, fashion and charity

A startup from Ryerson’s Fashion Zone is combining fashion and technology to start a social movement and is using Kickstarter to do it. Gimme360 is a clothing company that donates proceeds from every garment sold to provide water for developing countries. The amount of proceeds donated depend on the project they’re working on due to the amount of equipment needed […]

Space Society Shooting for the Stars

Space Society Shooting for the Stars

A new chapter in the race to conquer space has begun. Elon Musk announced a deadline to get people to Mars. Boeing has accepted the deadline as a challenge . The Canadian Space Agency has launched applications for astronauts for the first time since 2009. Now, one student is bringing that hype to Ryerson. Francis Picotte, a second-year aerospace engineering […]

by Michal Stolarczyk· · News, Science & Technology
Two eSports fighting games tournaments are coming to Ryerson's SLC this month. (Brooks Harvey)

SLC set to host big eSports tournaments

Two eSports fighting games tournaments are coming to campus this month, along with two $500 prize pools, confirmed Daniel Silva, vice-president of Gaming and Multiplayer eSports of Ryerson (GAMER). GAMER is Ryerson’s only video game club officially recognized by the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU). The tournaments are being organized by GAMER in partnership with Canadian Gaming Tournaments (CGT), a company […]

by Brooks Harvey· · Science & Technology, Sports
The Jack Layton Leadership School at Ryerson has been running during reading weeks since 2013. (Ryersonian Archive)

News in brief: What you missed during reading week

Layton leadership school’s fourth year Olivia Chow, Winnie Ng, a social justice and democracy chair at Ryerson, and former MPP Andrew Cash were some of the many activists who spoke at the Jack Layton Leadership School this past week. The three-day program —  established in 2013 — aims to build knowledge and skills in social justice, activism and community. The […]

Group photo of the League of Legends orientation night on October 5, 2016. (Brooks Harvey)

Where are all the women in competitive gaming?

When Christie Chung arrived at Ryerson’s League of Legends (LoL) orientation night on Oct. 5, she wasn’t surprised to find that the crowd was mostly male. Chung, a fourth-year Ryerson nursing student and organizer of the LoL club, believes women are not as involved as men in competitive eSports because the games played are geared towards men. “There’s a smaller […]

by Brooks Harvey· · Science & Technology, Sports
What you’ve missed in science and tech

What you’ve missed in science and tech

Home of Ryerson’s newest zone gets new government-funding Finance minister Bill Morneau announced more than $30 million in federal funding for Ryerson infrastructure Friday. More than $20 million of that will go towards the Centre for Urban Innovation (CUI), the future home of Ryerson’s new Science Discovery Zone (SDZ). The CUI will have a state-of-the-art lab for the SDZ, which […]

by Robert Mackenzie· · Science & Technology
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Ryerson physicists battle tumours with ultrasound

The Canadian Cancer Society estimates that two in five Canadians will get cancer in their lifetime. A Ryerson physics professor, Michael Kolios, and his graduate student, Eno Hysi, are working on a way to fix that by attacking tumours with ultrasound. “In our research, ultrasound technologies are primarily being used for monitoring the progression of cancer therapies. In this case, […]

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Q-and-A: Former astronaut visits Rye

Yaroslav Pustovyi is a former astronaut with Ukraine’s National Space Agency, who is now working in Canada’s private space sector. Today, Pustovyi is the chairman of the Canadian Space Commerce Association, and helps run Space 1 Systems (S1S), a Canadian commercial spaceflight company he co-founded in 2009. Pustovyi spoke to Ryerson students in the SLC Tuesday about his career and […]

by Robert Mackenzie· · News, Science & Technology
Science Discovery Zone to get new home thanks to gov’t funding

Science Discovery Zone to get new home thanks to gov’t funding

By Isabelle Docto and Robyn Fiorda Ryerson’s new Science Discovery Zone (SDZ) will have a new home in the Centre for Urban Innovation (CUI) thanks to today’s provincial and federal funding announcement. Bill Morneau, Canada’s minister of finance, announced today that Ryerson will receive more than $30 million of federal infrastructure funding. Another $4.7 million will come from the province. […]

Digital rendering of MX-1, Moon Express' lunar lander. (Courtesy Moon Express)

Ryerson grad racing to the moon

As a Ryerson student, Bob Richards was obsessed with Carl Sagan, author and host of Cosmos. “I had Carl Sagan in my crosshairs.” Richards said. “I was so inspired by him that I really was on a mission to become his student. I started kind of stalking him at conferences and making myself familiar.” In 1980, Sagan wrote a novel […]

by Robert Mackenzie· · Features, News, Science & Technology
Interactive Lens: 360 photography captures attention at Rye

Interactive Lens: 360 photography captures attention at Rye

Three-dimensional imaging is nothing new, but the rising popularity of virtual reality devices is creating new opportunities for people to try out 360 photography, especially at Ryerson. Students are using 360—or panoramic—photography to make their school projects more engaging. By capturing videos and photos from every angle, it allows viewers to move and interact with the images. The creative possibilities […]

Hot tech-startup fest makes Canadian debut in Toronto

Hot tech-startup fest makes Canadian debut in Toronto

Marketers, investors and students gathered at the Biomedical Zone in downtown Toronto last Thursday for Canada’s first NewCo entrepreneurship festival. The Biomedical Zone is a health tech incubator that works closely with St. Michael’s Hospital and Ryerson University to develop healthcare startup companies. The space is no stranger to startup business culture, making it a perfect setting for NewCo to […]

Competitors look on during the Madden NFL Showdown on Saturday, Sept 10. (Brooks Harvey/Ryersonian)

Madden madness: eSports becoming big business

Toronto’s Madden NFL 17 showdown on Sept. 10 had all the hallmarks of a regular football game but there was one noticeable difference: the tournament’s 64 contestants were playing on Xbox. The tournament, hosted at the CF Toronto Eaton Centre’s Microsoft store, was organized by Canadian Gaming Tournaments to coincide with the start of this year’s NFL season. In addition […]

by Brooks Harvey· · Business, News, Science & Technology, Sports
iOS 10: The good, the bad and the ugly

iOS 10: The good, the bad and the ugly

iPhone users rejoice — you no longer have have to deal with all of those useless default apps. Apple released its new iOS 10 update Tuesday afternoon, and it’s created a heated debate among iPhone users. On the bright side, you can now rid your phone of unnecessary apps, like Stocks or Find Friends. However, the update also includes over […]

by Oriena Vuong· · Business, News, Science & Technology
8 cool things to do during Ryerson’s Science Literacy Week

8 cool things to do during Ryerson’s Science Literacy Week

From holograms to liquid nitrogen ice cream, there’s plenty of opportunities to explore the creative side of science during Science Literacy Week. Ryerson’s Science Outreach Office is hosting a series of interactive events between Sept. 19 and Sept. 22. The outreach office intends to engage students from all faculties and programs in science literacy through science-based activities and challenges. Here […]

by Mallory Warren· · News, Science & Technology
Profs awarded for clean energy and biomedical research

Profs awarded for clean energy and biomedical research

On Aug. 26, five Ryerson professors each received a $150,000 boost to their new research efforts as recipients of the Early Research Award from the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science.   The award provides financial support to recently appointed faculty at publicly funded Ontario research institutions. The funding will help the projects develop robust labs and assemble capable research […]

by Alexa Jetta D'Addario· · News, Science & Technology
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Logit app helps athletes stay healthy

RightBlue Labs — a start-up company partnered with the Ryerson’s DMZ — recently announced a new partnership with Racquetball Canada to provide raquetball players with Logit, an athlete monitoring system. The Logit application monitors different health risks during training sessions with the goal of preventing or minimizing time lost due to injuries. Geri Powell, the administrator of high performance and […]

Prof. Russell Viirre in his lab in Kerr Hall. (Shane Perusse/Ryersonian Staff)

Prof working on treatment for cystic fibrosis

By Shane Perusse Last summer Russell Viirre, a Ryerson chemistry professor, began testing a new drug that could treat over 4,000 Canadian children living with cystic fibrosis (CF). Viirre, who is working on the drug along with Christine Bear, a senior scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) is hopeful that their research will increase the life expectancy of […]

Mobile games among most popular apps for young adults

Mobile games among most popular apps for young adults

Does obsessively trying to reach the next level on Candy Crush Saga or attempting to launch birds with slingshots on Angry Birds sound like something you’ve done on your mobile device?

Members of the hyperloop team with their faculty and industry advisers. (Courtesy Graeme Klim)

Going into hyperdrive

In the future when you are hurtled through tubes from San Francisco to Los Angeles, you’ll be able to thank a team of Ryerson engineers for helping you arrive safely. Hyperloop is a high-speed transportation system that was proposed by Elon Musk, co-founder of Tesla Motors and the aerospace firm SpaceX. The concept consists of massive tubes, connecting San Francisco […]

From left-to-right: Jesse Berger, Krysten Connely and Saad Rahman. (Courtesy of Suelan Toye)

Ryerson MBA team wins international competition

Three Ryerson MBA students won top prize and People’s Choice award at an online international investment case study competition last week. Ryerson MBA students Jesse Berger, Krysten Connely and Saad Rahman represented Ryerson in the competition. The team submitted a high-production video of  their case study solution to the judges in the fall of 2015. Teams were faced with the […]

RyersonianTV: March 10, 2016 : RSU Election Results, Men’s Volleyball Team Headed for the CIS National Championships, and What’s Trending?

RyersonianTV: March 10, 2016 : RSU Election Results, Men’s Volleyball Team Headed for the CIS National Championships, and What’s Trending?

RyersonianTV is a newscast produced by the School of Journalism’s masthead class. Watch us live, Wednesday to Friday, at noon EST.

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Ted Rogers Sports Conference gives students insight into sports industry

The Ted Rogers Sports Conference (TRSC) on March 5 provided professional insight and competition for students who looked to combine their passion of sports and business. Jim Barker, the Toronto Argonauts’ general manager, kept the students engaged with a keynote speech. Along with various workshops and a panel discussion, students partnered into groups of three or four to take part in a case […]

RyersonianTV: March 9, 2016 : RSU Election Updates, Women’s International Day, and RSU Money Theft Allegations Updates

RyersonianTV: March 9, 2016 : RSU Election Updates, Women’s International Day, and RSU Money Theft Allegations Updates

RyersonianTV is a newscast produced by the School of Journalism’s masthead class. Watch us live, Wednesday to Friday, at noon EST.

RyersonianTV: March 4, 2016 – RSU Urged to Report Allegations of Stolen Funds, RSU Election Debate Highlights, and Robotic Competitions at MAC

RyersonianTV: March 4, 2016 – RSU Urged to Report Allegations of Stolen Funds, RSU Election Debate Highlights, and Robotic Competitions at MAC

RyersonianTV is a newscast produced by the School of Journalism’s masthead class. Watch us live, Wednesday to Friday, at noon EST.

RyersonianTV: March 3, 2016 – TIFF DigiPlay Space, Interview with Mature Student, and Rams Weekend Preview

RyersonianTV: March 3, 2016 – TIFF DigiPlay Space, Interview with Mature Student, and Rams Weekend Preview

RyersonianTV is a newscast produced by the School of Journalism’s masthead class. Watch us live, Wednesday to Friday, at noon EST.

Rye grad, OCAD students help make Uber accessible

Rye grad, OCAD students help make Uber accessible

AccessNow’s Maayan Ziv and the Inclusive Design Research Centre students at OCAD enlightened Uber on challenges faced by people with disabilities.

Ryerson, St. Mike’s come together to create new health technologies

Ryerson, St. Mike’s come together to create new health technologies

Ryerson joined a 20-year partnership with St. Michael’s Hospital to research and develop health-care solutions on Jan. 26, 2016 at St. Michael’s Hospital.

Justin Trudeau announced the $12 million pledge at the University of Waterloo on Jan. 14, 2016 (Courtesy the University of Waterloo).

Ryerson benefits from $12 million pledge to Southern Ontario Water Consortium

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has pledged $12 million for the Southern Ontario Water Consortium, of which Ryerson is a part of, in an effort to help create new clean water technologies.

by Samantha Tapp· · News, Science & Technology
Money saving tips for students back from the holidays

Money saving tips for students back from the holidays

Four experts from differing financial backgrounds give some tips on how to get student finances on track.

Dr. Robert Clapperton, professor at Ryerson's Professional Communications Department at his desk in the Rogers Communication Centre in Toronto, Canada on January 26, 2016 (Aidan Cox/Ryersonian Staff)

Ryerson professor promotes social activism through gaming

Robert Clapperton, professional communications professor, created the Global Social Innovation Game (GSIG), a digital simulator that will challenge Grade 11 and 12 students to come up with sustainable business plans that address social problems.

First-place winners Abil won $5,000 from the DMZ. Left to right: Abid Virani, Misha Mykitiuk, Alwar Pillai, and Graham McLaughlin. (Courtesy Laura Rossi/Ryerson)

Team wins $5,000 in DMZ ‘Hack-cessibility’ competition

One team out of eight walked away with $5,000 in a competition at the DMZ.

DMZ Digital Media Zone Ryersonian file photo

Ryerson’s DMZ ranked #1 North American university business incubator program

Ryerson’s DMZ university incubator program was ranked #1 by UBI Global Nov. 4.

Eno Hysi is one of two Ryerson doctoral students who won a Vanier Canada Graduate scholarship. (Melissa Myers/Ryersonian Staff)

Vanier scholarship awarded to Ryerson students

Prestigious federal prize worth $150,000 awarded to two Ryerson doctoral students.

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Ryerson students now have free access to the MS Office Suite

Initially, Microsoft had estimated that the suite would be available to Ryerson students by last December, but the implementation was still unresolved even until earlier this year.

by Abby Chan· · Science & Technology, students
The future of Canadian science: Scientists and students speak out to make science an election issue

The future of Canadian science: Scientists and students speak out to make science an election issue

Science has become a major election issue for students, researchers and scientists across Canada, with many criticizing the Conservative government for cuts to funding.

Science Corner: NASA planning for Martians by 2030

Science Corner: NASA planning for Martians by 2030

Caitlin Martin Newnham explains plans to send Earthlings to the red planet in one minute.

Science corner: Canadian professor wins Nobel Prize

Science corner: Canadian professor wins Nobel Prize

Queen’s University professor, Arthur McDonald, won the Nobel Prize in Physics on Tuesday. McDonald will share the honour with University of Tokyo’s Takaaki Kajita. YouTube / TheRyersonian – via Iframely The scientists discovered that neutrinos — neutrally charged subatomic particles — have mass. McDonald studied the particles in Sudbury using an underground detector that is the size of a 10-storey building. […]

OpenSports co-founders James Gibbons and Chris Cheng. (Victoria Nguyen/Ryersonian Staff)

‘Tinder for sports’ app to launch this month

OpenSports is in its its final stages of development at the DMZ. The mobile app is being heralded as “Tinder for sports,” because it allows users to quickly find nearby recreational sport activities, facilities and players.

Science Corner: Water on Mars?

Science Corner: Water on Mars?

NASA announced this morning that they have discovered water flowing on Mars. Liquid water is a precursor for life, which means NASA is one step closer to finding extraterrestrial life forms. Cait Martin Newnham has more.

Science Corner: Lunar eclipse, fidgeting and more

Science Corner: Lunar eclipse, fidgeting and more

Cait Martin Newnham describes the upcoming lunar eclipse, Canada’s Science Literacy Week and why fidgeters should keep wiggling in their seats.