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For many people, sight is the most imperative of the five senses that help us perceive the environment. Up to 80% of learning and other cognitive activities are performed through vision. Unfortunately, the World Health Organization estimates that almost 39 million people worldwide suffer from blindness. For this reason, numerous researchers and ophthalmologists have been working tirelessly to find innovative treatments for blindness.
Last week, two superstars of similar yet very different worlds went head to head, and one could say that the result was simultaneously a win and a loss for humanity. But enough with the oxymorons; who were they? On one side was Lee Sedol, one of the greatest living players in the game of Go, a board game that originated in China over 2000 years ago (with over 40 million players worldwide), and on the other, an opponent one you would not typically expect: AlphaGo, a computer program that was developed by Google’s DeepMind. Final score: 4-1 AlphaGo.
Sitting in his garden when an apple hit his head, it was on that fateful day for science and the world that Sir Isaac Newton came up with his theory of gravity. Over the next few centuries, science made full use of his genius, discovering the concept of gravitational pull and why the moon orbits the earth, to name a few. But even after all those years, have we truly achieved a full understanding of how gravity really works?
This spring, Portal will be touring the following facilities. Space is limited, for registration deadlines please visit and like our Facebook page.
Thursday, March 10th, 5:00-6:30: D-Wave Systems. Sign up
Tuesday, March 15th, 1:00-2:30: TRIUMF. Sign up
Monday, March 21, 10:00-11:00: Haas Labs. Sign up
Researchers at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver Coastal Health, and the BC Cancer Agency may have discovered a a new viable treatment for cancer. The potential anti-cancer drug will target the VAR2CSA protein, a vector for the transmittance of malaria. Continue reading
Want to learn more about the incredible power of quantum computing? Sign up for this free tour at D-Wave Systems. You might recognize the name, as they have recently been in the news for making the first quantum computer to be shown publicly by NASA, who have stated that the computer will aid in air traffic control and better weather predictions.
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Maybe you’ve already heard of CRISPR. Appearing in many science publications in 2015, it promises to revolutionize biology and help cure a wide array of diseases, including hemophilia and Alzheimer’s. So what is it, exactly?
CRISPR stands for Clustered Regularly-Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats. Try saying that 10 times out loud. In the 1980s, scientists discovered that genomes in a wide variety of bacteria contain identical DNA sequences with short, different DNA codes between the repeats. These patterns showed up everywhere and the researchers named them CRISPR.
Greater Vancouver High School Science Association is proud to have the opportunity to promote at Project Pulse Vancouver 2016. This one-day conference is a great opportunity for students interested in perusing a career in health sciences to connect with university students and health care professionals. While you are learning about your future possible careers, don’t forget to drop by our booth for a selfie and learn more about our organization!
More info about Project Pulse here.
From dual-sided televisions to a fitness band that lets you play Pacman while exercising, CES 2016 had it all. The annual Consumer Electronics Show took place this year at Las Vegas from January 6th to 9th and showcased gadgets of all kinds, ranging from revamped products like Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 tablet with a plethora of new features, to the absolutely bizarre like iFit’s NordicTrack Escape Treadmill with a curved OLED TV in front. Whatever your intended uses for things like these, though, the tech and innovation offered at CES this year were nothing short of amazing.