Move over, spider silk: Strongest natural substance found in sea snails

Nina Feng - 3B Environmental
Posted on: March 4, 2015

Spider silk is no longer the strongest naturally-produced substance known to humans. A team of scientists at the University of Portsmouth in England has discovered that the strongest natural substance is actually found in the teeth of the limpet, a vegetarian sea snail. Tests on their tensile strength have shown that they can withstand stresses [...]

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The E7 Referendum: A message from your Chief Returning Officer

Jennifer Coldwell - E7 Referendum CRO

Hi my name is Jennifer and I am you CRO for the E7 Referendum vote for the B Society. On March 11th, voting will begin on the following question: “Are you in favor of a one million dollar student donation to the building of Engineering 7 paid through an optional fee of $25 dollars per student [...]

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Course Critiques: Impact with Input

Clarisse Schneider & Dr. Gordon Stubley - Course Critique Director & Associate Dean, Teaching

Course evaluation packages will soon be sent to your professors and instructors, who have been asked to bring them to class between March 9 and March 20, 2015. Student representatives will be called upon to distribute one questionnaire to each student in each class, collect them when they are completed, and deliver them to the [...]

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American measles outbreak puts spotlight on vaccine controversy

Sherwin Kwan - 4B Mechanical

Over the last two months, a disease which had been effectively eradicated in North America made a re-appearance. Over 100 people in California were diagnosed with measles, and some cases were also reported in other western states in the USA, in Mexico, and in Ontario and Québec. After questioning those who were infected, it was [...]

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E7 Referendum: Vote NO

Filzah Nasir -

In Fall 2014, Waterloo Engineering and the University of Waterloo announced plans for a new building, Engineering 7 (E7). The building is expected to begin construction in Fall 2015 and will cost an estimated $88 million. Last summer, the Waterloo Engineering Society jointly approved a referendum asking students to contribute $1 million towards the construction [...]

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Tech Ethics: Kevin O’Leary declares war at UW

Filzah Nasir & Sepehr Mohaddes - 3B Environmental & PH.D Mechanical

On February 4, Kevin O’Leary, a businessman and self-described entrepreneur famous for his role as a “dragon” on CBC’s Dragons’ Den spoke at UW, his alma mater, at a talk hosted by the Faculty of Engineering. The talk was filled to capacity within hours of the announcement and had to be moved to a larger [...]

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FBI Stingrays Swarm America

Caitlin McLaren - 3B Chemical

What are stingrays? They are devices used that look like cellphone towers. They are capable of monitoring cellphone usage and and can tell exactly where your phone is. You would expect a country that uses such a thing to have a name starting with “Democratic Republic” or “People’s…” However, these devices are used by the [...]

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E7 Referendum: Vote YES

Melissa Buckley & Madeleine Amszej - "Yes" Committee

Hello student body! We are Melissa Buckley and Madeleine Amszej and we are the YES committee for the Engineering 7 Referendum. On-stream (B society) Engineering students are encouraged to vote between March 11th and 14th on whether or not they would like to have the option to contribute to a student space in the new [...]

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Be afraid, be very afraid: Bill C-51 passes second reading in the House of Commons

Nancy Hui - 4B Civil

Bill C-51, the Security of Canada Information Sharing Act, passed its second reading on Monday, February 23rd with a vote of 176-87. It is nominally an anti-terrorism bill that would provide the police and intelligence agencies with more power – namely CSIS – to identify and oppose terrorist plots. It would also lower the burden [...]

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VP Finance Update: Ideas for Ridgidware!

Melissa Ferguson - VP Finance

Hello EngSoc!! I hope that everyone had successful midterms. As the term is over half-done I will be focusing most of my time on transitioning my successor, Don Tu, so that he can have the most successful exec term possible. I know he will be a fantastic VP Finance. Since my last IW article there [...]

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VP Education Update: Rankings are out, time for round 2!

Parmeg Kenth - VP Education

Hey! Hell week is over! Hope it went well. Be sure to get in touch with your professors and TAs once you get your midterms back. As I have said before, it’s never too late to improve your grades. Use all the resources available to you, i.e. tutorials, help sessions, and office hours. Now that [...]

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VP External Update: National Engineering Month

Sarah-Rose Lancaster - VP External

March is a very busy time for VP-Externals all across Ontario, as it is National Engineering Month! National Engineering month is the largest celebration of engineering excellence in Canada, where over 500 events are held across Canada to show youth how amazing the engineering profession is. National Engineering Month can be considered essential to the [...]

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VP WINternal Update

Mathieu Tremblay - VP Internal

Howdy folks, hopefully midterms treated you alright over the last couple weeks. Here are some fun things coming up to help you feel better about midterms! -Semi-Formal is happening on Friday March 6th at the Waterloo Inn. The theme is Caribbean Carnival, and it should be a rockin’ party! -EngHack is happening starting on Saturday March [...]

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Update from La Presidenta: Ensure Your Opinion is Heard! Upcoming General Meeting and Referendum

Allyson Francis - President

Hello again B-Soc, I hope you all made it through midterms in one piece! We are now halfway through our term, and the Society Calendar is as full as ever. There are a few items of special importance to note coming up in the next few weeks: the Term General Meeting, and the E7 Referendum! [...]

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An admonition against Sudokus

Nancy Hui - Editor-in-Chief

Hope you all had a good reading week. I definitely did, at the expense of my assignments. But alas, it was but a brief respite from Iron Warrior production. So here’s the third issue of the Iron Warrior this term! Fun fact of the week: A team of entomologists in Nairobi have discovered a wasp [...]

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Take Five: Trail Mix

Nancy Hui - 4B Civil

I like trail mix. I like trail mix with nuts and granola and smarties and wasabi peas and dried fruit things. Sometimes, movies are like trail mix. Writers and directors feel inspired and add visual puns, subplots, and other elements of visual and narrative interest, which is good, because minimalism – though beautiful – is [...]

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Geek Culture: Spidey swings to the Marvel Cinematic Studios

Emmanuel Utuama - 2A Electrical

Hey Warriors, been a while. Hope reading week and midterms went well. This week’s installment of Geek Culture will focus on the recently announced collaboration between Sony Pictures Entertainment and Marvel Studios, bringing the the amazing world of Spider-Man to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Took them long enough. Sony has owned the feature rights to [...]

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Album of the Week: Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late

Alex Toth - 4B Chemical

Two weeks ago, on a nondescript Thursday night, Drake surprise released his fourth album (if you listen to Wikipedia) or a $12.99 mixtape (if you listen to Drake). Within minutes, rumours were flying: did he record and release the album secretly, without the direction of his label Cash Money, so that he could free himself [...]

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Co-founders: Voltera

Nachiket Sherlekar -

In this column, I interview the co-founders of start-ups to have recently come out of the University of Waterloo. In the last couple of years, there have been multiple stories of entrepreneurial success from the region, including companies like BufferBox, Thalmic Labs and Pebble. In this issue, I interview Alroy Almeida (Mechatronics 2013), one of [...]

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On the Shoulders of Giants: Grand Trip Auto

Sherwin Kwan - 4B Mechanical

This week, I shall tell the tale of Carl Benz, a great innovator, and Bertha Ringer Benz, who boldly went where neither man nor woman had gone before. By seeing possibilities that even her engineer husband failed to see, she managed, with one journey to visit her mother, to leave an indelible mark on the [...]

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Leafy Thoughts: Drone development to aid research

Nina Feng - 3B Environmental

Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), have been in development for many years, and have finally reached the point of complexity where they are practical for general use. Formerly considered expensive, impractical toys, their applications are now endless, from personal drones outfitted with GoPros, to military vehicles, to remote sensing and surveillance, to research. Drones [...]

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5 Things You Really Didn’t Want to Know: Afterglow

Caitlin McLaren - 3B Chemical

Valentine’s day was two weeks ago. How did it go?  No matter what the outcome of your romantic overtures was, the ancients have a solution for you. It is best if you live on a farm, because you will need easy access to various animals. Specifically, various bits of animals. Aphrodisiacs Suppose your gifts of [...]

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3 Body Language Tips to Change the Way You Feel

Devika Khosla - 1B Nanotechnology

In my quest to improve my interview skills, I’ve been doing some research on body language.  What I’ve found is that body language is useful not only to gauge others’ feelings, but also to change your own attitudes.  In other words, body language works both ways.  For example, when someone is being open and honest, [...]

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Engineering Exchanges? But I’m only in 1B!

Professor Rick Culham - Associate Dean, International

Yes it IS too early in your academic career to go on an international exchange but it’s NOT too early to start planning for it!  It’s a great opportunity and privilege but you must prepare, organize, and plan.  You could be among the 15% of your class who go on this once-in-a-lifetime experience.  Most students [...]

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Brewhaha Bubbles Over Beer Store Monopoly

Leah Kristufek - 3T Chemical

Beer is to Canada what wine is to France. The image of a plaid-shirted outdoorsman pounding back a Molson Canadian after a hard day out in the cold is essential to our Canadian identity. Drinking good old strong Canadian beer is just as important to us as our perceived politeness relative to our American neighbours, [...]

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Sex-Ed Curriculum Changes Stir Nonsense (As Expected)

Ching O’Malley - 5T Unsurprised

Disclaimer: This article is in no way representative of the opinions of The Iron Warrior, or any of its staff Members, affiliates or the University of Waterloo. Every effort has been made to ensure the factual content of this article is accurate, and the opinions expressed here are not intended to disrespect to parties mentioned [...]

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