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Astronomy / Space - Physics - 05.04.2024
New gravitational wave signal helps fill the 'mass gap' between neutron stars and black holes
New gravitational wave signal helps fill the ’mass gap’ between neutron stars and black holes
A collaboration of researchers including UBC scientists have observed gravitational waves from the collision of what is most likely a neutron star and an object likely to be a light black hole, 650 million light-years from Earth. The mass of the black hole is 2.5 to 4.5 times the mass of Earth's sun, meaning it falls in the so-called 'mass gap': heavier than heaviest known and theorized neutron stars but lighter than the lightest black holes in our galaxy.

Life Sciences - 05.04.2024
A promising discovery in a rare neurodegenerative disease
Imagine being middle aged and starting to feel that you are off balance a lot and that you are having a hard time coordinating your movements. Those are among the symptoms of Spinocerebellar ataxia type 6, known as SCA6, a rare neurodegenerative disease which typically appears in adulthood and worsens over time.

History / Archeology - 05.04.2024
Make yourself at home... 40,000 years ago
Make yourself at home... 40,000 years ago
An UdeM study unveils fresh insights into how Neanderthals and Homo sapiens organized their living spaces at the Riparo Bombrini site in northern Italy. How did our Paleolithic ancestors go about organizing their living spaces? In a study published in the Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, archeologists from Université de Montréal and the University of Genoa reveal that far from being more primitive, Neanderthals did much the same as their Homo sapiens successors: made themselves at home.

Astronomy / Space - Physics - 04.04.2024
11 billion years into the past
11 billion years into the past
The first cosmological measurements from a global collaboration bring us one step closer to solving the mystery of Dark Energy Canadian scientists working with the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) participated in the DESI collaboration's first-year analysis of an exciting new three-dimensional map of the universe, providing details about our cosmological past that have never been seen before.

Health - Innovation - 04.04.2024
Minifoies
Minifoies" to save children suffering from liver failure
A team of researchers has developed "mini-pathways" to save children suffering from acute liver failure by avoiding liver transplantation. Massimiliano Paganelli , pediatric hepatologist and Director of the Tissue Engineering and Hepatic Cell Therapy Laboratory at CHU Sainte-Justine, is well acquainted with the reality of young people and adults suffering from liver failure, as he regularly sees them in clinic.

Social Sciences - Health - 03.04.2024
Netflix misses the mark by trivializing teenagers' pain
Netflix misses the mark by trivializing teenagers’ pain
UCalgary-led research discovers movies and TV series aimed at adolescents reinforce gender and racialized pain stereotypes. Researchers at the University of Calgary and the University of Bath, U.K., are calling on Netflix to do a better job of representing the kind of pain typically experienced by 12- to 18-year-olds.

Health - Psychology - 28.03.2024
Link between homelessness and dementia
Link between homelessness and dementia
Study shows people experiencing homelessness more likely to develop dementia, and at a younger age The prevalence of dementia in unhoused people was almost two times greater than in the general population, with a higher prevalence for age groups younger than 85 years, according to new research led by researchers at Western, ICES and Lawson Health Research Institute.

Health - Philosophy - 28.03.2024
Living ethics: a new avenue for health ethics
In the form of a scientific article published at the end of January in the journal Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy, the team led by éric Racine , from the Université de Montréal, is proposing for the first time a formal definition of living ethics and its founding principles. In a creative, collaborative approach, this publication addresses the theoretical, methodological and practical frameworks that govern living ethics, as well as the factors that can hinder its implementation.

Materials Science - Physics - 28.03.2024
Results for: Schulich researchers develop new ways to make stronger metals
Materials engineers have spent decades trying to make stronger metals by making their constituent crystals - their grains - smaller. And we mean small: to the nanoscale. That's because the smaller the grain, generally the stronger, tougher and lightweight the metal can be, while less energy is consumed and emitted when it's used in structural applications.

Astronomy / Space - Physics - 27.03.2024
Milky Way black hole's magnetic field mapped for first time
Milky Way black hole’s magnetic field mapped for first time
Characteristics of the supermassive black hole at the heart of our galaxy captured in unprecedented detail by international team that includes Waterloo scientists  Long-held theories on how black holes like the one at the centre of our galaxy, the Milky Way, evolve were proven right this week thanks to research made possible by Canadian scientists.

Physics - Chemistry - 27.03.2024
A new fullertube molecule is found
A new fullertube molecule is found
UdeM doctoral candidate in physics Emmanuel Bourret leads an international research group that has discovered C130, a rare carbon molecular structure. For years, C 130 fullertubes-molecules made up of 130 carbon atoms-have existed only in theory. Now, leading an international team of scientists, an UdeM doctoral candidate in physics has successfully shown them in real life - and even managed to capture some in a photograph.

Health - Pharmacology - 27.03.2024
How some heart medications impact gut health
How some heart medications impact gut health
UCalgary study finds certain medications decrease diversity and beneficial microorganisms found in the gut, which may affect overall health Our intestines house trillions of microorganisms known as the gut microbiota. These microorganisms are important players in both drug metabolism and certain conditions like high blood pressure, coronary artery disease and diabetes.

Environment - 26.03.2024
Montmorency Forest: birds are nesting later and later
Montmorency Forest: birds are nesting later and later
Despite earlier springs in North America, migratory birds are nesting 2 to 4 weeks later than 25 years ago at the Université Laval teaching and research forest . Thanks to earlier springs, bird spring migrations have been occurring earlier and earlier in North America over the past few decades. Do these disruptions to the normal course of migration mean that birds are nesting earlier? Not necessarily, at least not for the 36 migratory species studied at Forêt Montmorency by a research team from Université Laval and Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Health - 26.03.2024
Is Star Trek's medical bay coming to your car?
Is Star Trek’s medical bay coming to your car?
Researchers develop AI-powered radar technology to monitor drivers' cardiovascular and respiratory systems Inspired by the medical bay of the USS Enterprise from "Star Trek", a research team from the University of Waterloo uses radar technology to monitor people's health while at the wheel, turning an ordinary car or truck into a mobile medical hub.

Physics - Computer Science - 25.03.2024
The world is one step closer to secure quantum communication on a global scale
The world is one step closer to secure quantum communication on a global scale
University of Waterloo researchers combine Nobel prize-winning concepts to achieve scientific breakthrough Researchers at the University of Waterloo's Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) have brought together two Nobel prize-winning research concepts to advance the field of quantum communication. Scientists can now efficiently produce nearly perfect entangled photon pairs from quantum dot sources.

Pharmacology - Health - 25.03.2024
QR codes improve medication adherence
QR codes improve medication adherence
Waterloo Pharmacy researchers collaborate with QRxDigital to make prescriptions easier to understand Being able to understand the medications you take should be a given. However, many people struggle to understand what to expect from the medications they're taking and how to take them effectively. Waterloo's clinical associate professor, Dr. Tejal Patel, has teamed up with QRxDigital to include QR codes on medication bottles that link to an instructional video that patients can view at home.

Environment - Innovation - 25.03.2024
Nudging toward sustainability: Researching the power of an individual's behavior
Nudging toward sustainability: Researching the power of an individual’s behavior
Environment Please turn off the lights when exiting the room, society thanks you Living in society means we are under the influence of others. This power can impact our behaviors and actions, which can result in both positive and negative results. For Mohamed Yousuf, the power of influence formed an integral part of his graduate studies research.

Health - Campus - 25.03.2024
A roadmap to improving healthcare disparities in northern Quebec
Some Indigenous communities are too short-staffed to perform lifesaving procedures, McGill study finds Indigenous communities in northern Quebec face significant hurdles to healthcare access. The Nunavik region is remote, with limited transportation options and extreme weather conditions. As a result, its population faces lower life expectancy and poorer health outcomes.

Life Sciences - Psychology - 22.03.2024
Cognitive performance at age four can be predicted in infancy
Cognitive performance at age four can be predicted in infancy
Based on the brain dynamics she observed in infants, UdeM doctoral candidate of psychology Florence Deguire was able to determine which would go on to have the best adaptive behaviours scores. Using electroencephalogram (EEG) data collected before the age of one, it is possible to predict which babies will have the highest adaptive behaviour scores at the age of four.

Life Sciences - Health - 22.03.2024
Direct communication path between the lungs and the brain
Direct communication path between the lungs and the brain
Findings show that communication can alter the way the brain functions and the way someone behaves University of Calgary researchers have discovered the lungs communicate directly with the brain when there is an infection. Findings show the brain plays a critical role in triggering the symptoms of sickness, which may change the way we treat respiratory infections and chronic conditions.