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Career - 28.09.2023
Mindfulness is a powerful tool to reduce workplace stress SFU study finds
In the fast-paced corporate world where stress can be an unwelcome colleague for many employees, SFU researchers have found that mindfulness can reduce workplace stress by helping to narrow employees' views of work tasks as threats. Research looking at the role of mindfulness in the workplace conducted by SFU Beedie School professor Lieke ten Brummelhuis and PhD candidate Mariana Toniolo-Barrios is published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences.

Sport - Health - 27.09.2023
Concussed, me? It’s nothing
If they've already had a concussion before, university athletes are less likely to report symptoms of a new one when the symptoms are less severe, an UdeM study suggests. University athletes who have already suffered a sport-related concussion are less likely to report symptoms of a new concussion if they consider them to be less serious than their previous ones.

Life Sciences - 26.09.2023
Can a simple eye exam help diagnose autism?
Researchers studied a cohort of 400 children aged 9 to 10 in New Zealand who exhibited a full range of possible autism traits and conducted a variety of vision and visuomotor processing tests with them. Females are often underdiagnosed with being on the autism spectrum because they often mask their symptoms more successfully than males.

Health - Life Sciences - 26.09.2023
Fainting from needles may be alleviated by reducing pain - study
Feeling faint after your booster shot? A team of SFU researchers found that needle pain may increase the conditions that lead some people to faint. In a recent paper published in the journal Clinical Autonomic Research , the researchers suggest those with a fear of needles or history of fainting could benefit from topical anesthetics to help reduce the pain.

Astronomy / Space Science - Environment - 25.09.2023
New insights into the atmosphere and star of an exoplanet
New insights into the atmosphere and star of an exoplanet
A new study of the intriguing TRAPPIST-1 exoplanetary system has demonstrated the complex interaction between the activity of the system's star and its planetary features. Astronomers led by a team at Université de Montréal has made important progress in understanding the intriguing TRAPPIST-1 exoplanetary system, which was first discovered in 2016 amid speculation it could someday provide a place for humans to live.

Astronomy / Space Science - Earth Sciences - 25.09.2023
Study of Exoplanet TRAPPIST-1 b reveals new insights into its atmosphere and star
Complex interplay between stellar activity and exoplanet characteristics revealed in study co-authored by McGill Professor Nicolas Cowan A team of astronomers has made a leap forward in our understanding of the intriguing TRAPPIST-1 exoplanetary system. Not only has their research shed light on the nature of TRAPPIST-1 b, the exoplanet orbiting closest to the system's star, but it has also shown the importance of parent stars when studying exoplanets.

Environment - Architecture - 25.09.2023
A sustainable alternative to air conditioning
Researchers set out to achieve passive cooling inside naturally conditioned buildings in hot, arid climates As the planet gets hotter, the need for cool living environments is becoming more urgent. But air conditioning is a major contributor to global warming since units use potent greenhouse gases and lots of energy.

Pharmacology - Health - 21.09.2023
Salting less could prevent 5,300 deaths a year in Canada
Salting less could prevent 5,300 deaths a year in Canada
This figure represents around 9% of deaths caused by cardiovascular disease in Canada each year. Reducing our salt intake to the level recommended by public health authorities could prevent up to 5,300 deaths per year in Canada. This is the conclusion reached by a research team at the end of a study evaluating the impact of different scenarios for reducing sodium consumption on the health of the Canadian population.

Psychology - 21.09.2023
How having a purpose in life can bolster men's mental health
How having a purpose in life can bolster men’s mental health
Despite growing awareness about the high rates of suicide among men, research is still needed to examine men's mental health challenges. Existential psychology, with its focus on questions of meaning and value, may bring new insights that can aid in this examination. To better understand men's psychological well-being, a recent study by researchers at McGill University and the University of British Columbia investigated the prospective connection between the presence of meaning in life and psychological distress among men.

Environment - 20.09.2023
Accelerated warming driving ecological change in Great Slave Lake
Accelerated warming driving ecological change in Great Slave Lake
Researchers from Queen's University and Environment and Climate Change Canada have discovered that accelerated 21st -century warming has triggered a striking shift in algae composition in Great Slave Lake, North America's deepest lake. The findings were published today in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B , and suggests that declining ice coverage and other climate-related changes have marked the crossing of an important ecological threshold.

Astronomy / Space Science - 20.09.2023
Using machine learning to close Canada’s digital divide
Researchers use AI to detect potential problems with satellites before they happen Rural and remote communities in Canada often rely on satellites to access the internet, but those connections are fraught - with many glitches and service interruptions because the technology can be unreliable. The inequity in internet access between these communities and those who live in cities is an ongoing problem with myriad consequences for Canada's economic productivity.

Sport - Psychology - 20.09.2023
When is the right time to start playing again after a concussion?
Physical, behavioural, psychological and social - the factors that make athletes ready (or not) to get back in the game are more complex than you might think. Nearly 20 per cent of people who play contact sports like hockey or rugby will suffer a concussion in the course of a season. Concussions account for up to 44 per cent of all injuries in these sports.

Psychology - Health - 20.09.2023
Language acquisition may work differently in people with autism
Some children with autism may develop language skills independently of the joint attention skills usually associated with language learning. You're looking at a truck. You're with a young child and he follows your gaze. He's interested in the object you're looking at without you pointing at it. This is called joint attention and it is one of the primary ways children learn to connect words with objects and acquire language.

Social Sciences - Health - 19.09.2023
Identifying nutrition issues among Miawpukek youth
Identifying nutrition issues among Miawpukek youth
Two UdeM nutrition graduates went to the Newfoundland and Labrador community to identify nutrition problems among Indigenous youth. Last April and May, Université de Montréal researchers Ariane Lafortune and Milena Nardocci spent three weeks in Miawpukek , an Indigenous community in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Life Sciences - Health - 19.09.2023
Assessing unintended consequences in AI-based neurosurgical training
Machine learning tutors affect learners in unforeseen ways, both positive and negative Virtual reality simulators can help learners improve their technical skills faster and with no risk to patients. In the field of neurosurgery, they allow medical students to practice complex operations before using a scalpel on a real patient.

Environment - Health - 18.09.2023
What is the carbon footprint of a hospital bed?
What is the carbon footprint of a hospital bed?
In a first-of-its-kind study, Waterloo researchers calculate the environmental footprint of hospitals Researchers from the University of Waterloo completed the first-ever assessment of a Canadian hospital to reveal its total environmental footprint and specific carbon emission hotspots. Studying a hospital in British Columbia during its 2019 fiscal year, the researchers identified energy and water use and purchasing of medical products as the hospital's primary hotspots, accounting for over half of the yearly footprint, totalling 3500-5000 tons of CO2 equivalent.

Economics - 14.09.2023
How businesses recognize employee achievement impacts engagement, motivation and performance
New research shows that team-based recognition can be effective in settings where performance is highly interdependent, and teamwork is essential to the company's success. Businesses are becoming increasingly competitive as they fight to recruit and retain top talent. Recognition programs are widespread across businesses and workplaces, and are used to improve employee engagement, while motivating employee effort and performance.

Astronomy / Space Science - 14.09.2023
New project to monitor satellites over Canada
New project to monitor satellites over Canada
As satellite count surges, Western team uses meteor tracking camera tech to track where they are in Earth's orbit As predicted by Captain Kirk, space is indeed the final frontier. But imagine if Starfleet couldn't launch the U.S.S. Enterprise because there was a traffic jam in Earth's orbit causing congestion or, worse, gridlock.

Innovation - Health - 14.09.2023
New tool reveals inequitable distribution of 'healing' green spaces in Vancouver
New tool reveals inequitable distribution of ’healing’ green spaces in Vancouver
Areas in Vancouver with the greatest need for restorative nature often have the least exposure to it, according to a new UBC study published recently in Ambio. These neighbourhoods include Strathcona, downtown Vancouver, the West End, southern Sunset and Marpole. The researchers developed a new tool, the local restorative nature (LRN) index to assess spaces for the presence of qualities that promote mental well-being.

Health - Pharmacology - 14.09.2023
New variants, new vaccines. Here's what you should know about COVID-19 going into fall
New variants, new vaccines. Here’s what you should know about COVID-19 going into fall
Science, Health & Technology Brett Goldhawk As we head into fall, cases of COVID-19 are once again rising across Canada, fuelled by new variants that are offshoots of the original Omicron variant. At the same time, Canada is rolling out an updated suite of vaccines that are more tailored to currently circulating strains of the virus.
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