As we learn more about our past, and simultaneously push harder against the final frontier, our universe gets smaller and smaller. How do we unlock its secrets with science on the ground and in the cosmos?
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Space weather
How's the weather up there?

When we think about weather, we don't usually think about space. But phenomena like the aurora and space weather can have profound impacts on our daily lives. 

As commercial space travel becomes more feasible, and settling Mars is no longer the stuff of pure fantasy, UCalgary researchers and instructors look for solutions to some of the challenges of living in space.
Settling Mars

To live where no one has lived before

As human travel to Mars becomes more feasible, UCalgary researchers tackle some of the challenges of living in space. 

Careers in space
Making an astronaut

Children all over the world dream of traveling to space. A few follow that dream all the way into orbit, and others work to support space exploration from the ground. We talk to a few UCalgary alumni about pursuing their ambitions of space flight.

Quantum science

Beyond the final frontier

UCalgary scholars study the universe at its most fundamental level, including how to find and measure antimatter, how to build quantum computers, how to make teleportation possible, and even how our brains communicate. 

Where we've been
The origins and evolution of Earth

As we explore further into space and contemplate our planet's future, it's important to study the lessons we can learn from the Earth's past.

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A gold medal-winning UCalgary student project converts human waste into useful bioplastic items for deep-space missions.

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Thanks to international collaboration, astrophysics undergrads in Calgary and Beijing simultaneously study giant black hole.

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New look at the old

Using reality capture technology, a UCalgary archaeologist creates 3D digital images of heritage sites around Alberta. 

Studying the Earth from space

UCalgary researchers are studying ways to make the most of the space that surrounds our planet. 

The Science Workshop: UCalgary's techs who turn ideas into reality

UCalgary has designed and built instruments deployed on more than 20 space missions. These are the people who make it happen.

Astronomy for the people: The Rothney Astrophysical Observatory

UCalgary's Rothney Astrophysical Observatory does more than provide scientists with a view into space – it makes the universe accessible to the community. 

Dreaming the impossible: How science fiction helps us understand ourselves

Writers and other artists have always engaged with scientific and technological advances as a way to process and understand a changing world. As technology develops faster and takes over more and more of our lives, it's crucial for us to have a forum to discuss the ways these changes impact the human experience.

Life on Mars: What would a human habitat look like?

In a graduate design studio course, UCalgary architecture students are asked to imagine human settlement on Mars and answer some of the questions that inhabitants would face.

“Radical rethink” of evolution

The fossil of an early snake-like animal called Lethiscus stocki has kept its evolutionary secrets for the last 340 million years. Now, an international team of researchers has revealed new insights into the ancient Scottish fossil that dramatically challenge our understanding of the early evolution of tetrapods, or four-limbed animals with backbones.

Finding a family for 'Baby Louie'

Led by a UCalgary paleontologist, researchers have discovered the lineage of a 'baby dragon from China.'

Looking for life on other planets

Armed with a Gates Cambridge scholarship, a UCalgary graduate student heads to Cambridge to study exoplanets and hopefully answer some of our oldest questions about our universe.

The mystery of antimatter

As part of an international research team, UCalgary scientists are helping to unravel one of the universe’s big puzzles.

Gamma rays and lightning particles

Students from UCalgary’s physics and astronomy department design and build a measurement device for a NASA-backed space research project.

Uncovering dinosaur diversity in Japan

Analysis of a surprising eggshell fragment discovery shows a range of dinosaurs lived in the area.

Rating the severity of natural disasters

Jithamala Caldera, who lived through the Sri Lanka tsunami, helps gauge the need for international assistance after natural disaster strikes.

Hands-on learning about space

The Rothney Observatory offers local schools the chance to explore astronomy, optics and technology first-hand.

Measuring the weather in space

When designing instruments that can gauge winds and temperatures in space, smaller is the way to go.

Night light too bright

An international study looking at skyglow – the brightness of the night sky caused by artificial light – finds that light pollution is widespread.  

Quantum leaps and bounds

Advances in the so-called quantum Internet are moving at light speed, including a quantum information storage device developed at the University of Calgary. 


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