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Life Sciences - Campus - 17.12.2021
Our brains update memories when recollections are proven wrong
Researchers from the University of Toronto have confirmed the critical role played by the brain's hippocampus in updating our memories when those recollections are shown to be inaccurate. The hippocampus is part of the brain's limbic system - the amalgam of neurological components that, among other functions, creates and retrieves our memories.

Campus - 16.12.2021
The real struggles for ’first-in-family’ university students
Female students who are the first in the family to attend university are much more likely to suffer mental health issues compared to their male counterparts, research has revealed. A study from The University of Queensland and University of South Australia that worked with "first-in-family" students has shown 40.9 per cent of females experienced mental health impacts, compared to only 3.8 per cent of men.

Campus - Computer Science - 14.12.2021
How Do You Study Facial Bias Without Bias?
When we encounter an unfamiliar face, we tend to make snap judgments. Does the person look smart, attractive, or young? Are they trustworthy or corrupt? Neuroscientists and psychologists study how our brains form these facial biases, and how the judgments ultimately influence the way people behave. "We tend to be quite confident in the judgments we make based on people's faces, but we're often wrong," says Ralph Adolphs (PhD '93), Bren Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Biology and an affiliated faculty member of the Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Institute for Neuroscience.

Environment - Campus - 02.12.2021
First report published on UCL and the UN Sustainable Development Goals
First report published on UCL and the UN Sustainable Development Goals
UCL has published its first report setting out how the university is addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Developed by the UCL Sustainable Development Goals Initiative (SDGI), the report showcases a selection of the hundreds of ways UCL's staff and student communities are supporting the SDGs across their research, teaching and extra-curricular activities, as well as how the university operates.

Health - Campus - 15.11.2021
Studies on risks versus benefits of antidepressant use during pregnancy should be clearer, University of Toronto researchers say
Those planning pregnancy are struggling to weigh the risks and benefits of antidepressant medication based on how research is currently presented, say researchers at the University of Toronto and Women's College Hospital.

Campus - 11.11.2021
Students who self-identify as multilingual perform better at GCSE | University of Cambridge
Students who self-identify as multilingual perform better at GCSE | University of Cambridge
Young people who consider themselves 'multilingual' tend to perform better across a wide range of subjects at school, regardless of whether they are actually fluent in another language, new research shows. If pupils were encouraged to see themselves as active and capable language learners, it could have a really positive impact on their wider progress at school.

Health - Campus - 10.11.2021
COVID-19 lockdowns deepened struggle for work-family balance
COVID-19 lockdowns deepened struggle for work-family balance
Around the world increasing mental health inequalities between women and men following the COVID-19 pandemic represent a major public health concern. According to a new study, the lockdown measures due to the pandemic profoundly and unequally disrupted the work-family balance for many graduate students, exacerbating mental health problems.

Campus - Pedagogy - 03.11.2021
Coping with COVID: Understanding the impacts on year 12 students
Cancelled milestones and missed rites of passage are just some of many impacts COVID-19 has had on final year students, with a Monash University study finding social events play a big role in motivating students to cope with the stresses of year 12. The study into the experiences of year 12 students in 2020 found that social activities and celebrations that symbolise the completion of school, like valedictory dinners, school formals and 18th birthdays, were not just a question of enjoyment, but also helped students stay motivated and manage their stress during a high-stakes year.

Environment - Campus - 28.10.2021
Reducing vessel activity key to southern resident killer whale survival
Reducing vessel activity key to southern resident killer whale survival
Reducing ship speed and noise levels would increase the probability that endangered West Coast southern resident killer whales will spend more time hunting for Chinook salmon, a new Simon Fraser University study has found. The research, published in the journal Marine Pollution Bulletin , provides insights to guide conservation efforts and protect the estimated 73 remaining whales in the population.

Innovation - Campus - 27.10.2021
A small house raises big questions
A small house raises big questions
Buildings that own and run themselves: this idea, from the think-tank Dezentrum, was put into action for the first time at ETH Zurich in the form of a prototype. The result is a meditation cabin that shakes up the usual economic and social expectations. The outward appearance of the small, prism-shaped hut in the recently opened Student Project House on ETH's Zentrum campus is enough to arouse the curiosity of anyone looking at it.

Materials Science - Campus - 25.10.2021
Nature-inspired coatings could power lab-on-a-chip devices for rapid, inexpensive medical tests
Nature-inspired coatings could power lab-on-a-chip devices for rapid, inexpensive medical tests
A coating developed by researchers at the University of Toronto allows for certain liquids to move across surfaces without fluid loss - and could usher in new advances in a range of fields, including medical testing. The new coating - created in the  DREAM (Durable Repellent Engineered Advanced Materials) laboratory, led by  Kevin Golovin , an assistant professor of mechanical engineering in the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering - was inspired by the natural world.

Environment - Campus - 22.10.2021
How can lizards adapt to a changing climate?
How can lizards adapt to a changing climate?
Researchers at the University of Toronto and Ohio Wesleyan University are collaborating in a quest to find out how lizards can adapt to the world's changing climate. Sophie Berkowitz and Simone Collier , undergraduate students at Trinity College and Victoria College in the Faculty of Arts & Science, are using computational tools to analyze lizard movement and body temperature under the supervision of Vianey Leos Barajas , an assistant professor in the department of statistical sciences and the School of the Environment.

Health - Campus - 12.10.2021
Older adults are more willing to help others, but mostly those in the same country
Older adults are more willing to help others compared to younger adults but will prioritize those within their own country - particularly when it comes to donating to charity. This group was also more compliant with public health guidelines for physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a team of international researchers.

Life Sciences - Campus - 08.10.2021
Mapping Millions of Cells in the Mouse Brain
Building a map of the complex human brain and its approximately 100 billion individual neurons is no easy task. As a precursor to tackling that monumental challenge, researchers have started off with something smaller and easier-the mouse brain-in order to understand different cell types and how they are connected, and also to perfect the technological approaches to do so.

Campus - 07.10.2021
How mussels make a powerful underwater glue
The mussels' beards (which cooks remove before preparing them) are made up of byssal threads and are used to help keep the mussels tethered in place. At the end of each thread is a disc-shaped plaque that acts as an underwater glue. The unusual qualities of the glue and the byssal threads have interested people since ancient times, when the threads of certain species were woven into luxurious berets, purses, gloves, and stockings.

Pedagogy - Campus - 04.10.2021
Learning Is More Effective When Active
Carnegie Mellon University Engaging students through interactive activities, discussions, feedback and AI-enhanced technologies resulted in improved academic performance compared to traditional lectures, lessons or readings, faculty from Carnegie Mellon University's Human-Computer Interaction Institute concluded after collecting research into active learning.

Pedagogy - Campus - 27.09.2021
Finger tracing enhances learning: evidence for 100-year-old practice
Finger tracing enhances learning: evidence for 100-year-old practice
A practice used by education pioneer Montessori in the early 1900s has received further validation, with studies showing that finger tracing makes learning easier and more motivating. Imagining an object after tracing it can generate even faster learning, for children and adults alike. Finger tracing has been used by teachers to help students learn for more than a century.

Life Sciences - Campus - 21.09.2021
Researchers Build Embryo-Like Structures from Human Stem Cells
Research on human embryos is vital to understanding the earliest stages of human development. Currently, this research is conducted on surplus embryos willingly donated by individuals who have undergone in vitro fertilization. Nevertheless, this research is limited by the availability of embryos and strict international ethical time limits on how long an embryo is allowed to develop in the laboratory (14 days maximum).

Health - Campus - 20.09.2021
UCLA receives $13 million contract to expand COVID-19 testing
A new $13.3 million contract from the National Institutes of Health's Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics initiative, or RADx, will enable the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA to expand its capacity to process COVID-19 tests. UCLA's diagnostic laboratory will be able to process up to 150,000 COVID-19 tests per day using SwabSeq, a sequencing technology developed at UCLA.

Health - Campus - 20.09.2021
Dangers of smoking during pregnancy
Mothers who smoke are more likely to deliver smaller babies even after a full-term pregnancy, increasing the risks of birth defects and neurological disorders later in life, say researchers from McGill University. The team of researchers, which includes Assistant Professor Michael Dahan and Ido Feferkorn of the McGill University Health Care Center, examined the effects of smoking on more than nine million deliveries in the Unites States over 11 years, one of the largest studies to date.
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