An Atmosphere for Innovation

This article was originally written and submitted as part of a Canada 150 Project, the Innovation Storybook, to crowdsource stories of Canadian innovation with partners across Canada. The content has since been migrated to Ingenium’s Channel, a digital hub featuring curated content related to science, technology and innovation.

An Atmosphere for Innovation

In 1993, a team led by Western University researcher, Robert Sica, built and demonstrated the first practical applications of large liquid metal mirrors by integrating one into Western’s Purple Crow Lidar, which allows some of the highest time and space measurements of atmospheric temperature and composition in the upper atmosphere and improves knowledge of weather and climate phenomena.

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