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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.

Campus - Health - 31.08.2021
A skin crawling treatment for acne?
Drawing inspiration from nature, a team of international scientists have invented a smart device for personalized skin care modeled after the male diving beetle. This tool collects and monitors body fluids while sticking to the skin's surface, paving the way for more accurate diagnostics and treatment for skin diseases and conditions like acne.

Life Sciences - Campus - 30.08.2021
Tracking genetically modified animals
McGill researchers have discovered a new way to track genetically modified animals using the artificial transgenes they leave behind in the environment. The discovery provides a powerful new tool to locate and manage genetically modified animals that have escaped or been released into the wild.

Life Sciences - Campus - 25.08.2021
Mice Can Learn Much Faster than Previously Thought
Your commute to work may seem like a mundane thing, but it is a great example of the complicated tasks our brains must carry out on a daily basis: navigation, memory, decision-making, sensory processing, and so on. Researchers often use animal models, such as mice, to study the neural processes underlying these behaviors.

Politics - Campus - 18.08.2021
Greater scientific expertise needed in Parliament to improve decision-making
A new academic study finds that an over-representation of MPs with social sciences backgrounds limits debate on STEM topics. Last updated on Wednesday 1 September 2021 Political parties need to put more effort into recruiting candidates with scientific backgrounds in order to increase 'cognitive diversity' among MPs, say the authors of a new academic study.

Life Sciences - Campus - 17.08.2021
Uncovering the relationship between lifestyle, personality and brain structure
Danilo Bzdok, a researcher at The Neuro, McGill's Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Quebec Artificial Intelligence Institute, uses machine learning to identify patterns in human neurological and psychological data. One of his team's recent studies  analyzed personality profiles, demographic status and social lifestyle from a cohort of 40,000  UK Biobank  middle aged participants.

Chemistry - Campus - 09.08.2021
Lighting the way to improved biomaterials
Researchers from McGill University believe that they have found a way to improve the development of biomaterials that could be instrumental in drug delivery, tissue regeneration, nano-optics and nanoelectronics. The team, led by Hanadi Sleiman , Full Professor and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in DNA Nanoscience in the Department of Chemistry, developed a method inspired by the way nature repairs defective materials in order to create sturdier forms.

Life Sciences - Campus - 02.08.2021
How headless hydra feel, react to prodding
Rice University lab maps neural networks, responses in tiny, jellyfish-like creatures Even the simplest creatures seem extraordinarily complex when you look beneath the surface. Fortunately, hydra make that part easy. Rice electrical and computer engineer Jacob Robinson and lead author and alumna Krishna Badhiwala of the university's Brown School of Engineering are taking advantage of the animal's transparency to do the hard part, manipulating the small, remarkably resilient creatures in just about every possible way to learn how they sense touch.

Campus - Social Sciences - 28.07.2021
Using AI to predict suicidal behaviours in students
How can we predict suicide risk in students, especially at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively affected many people's mental health? According to researchers from Montreal and France, self-esteem represents an important predictive marker of suicidal risk. The team from McGill University, University of Montreal, Inserm, and Université de Bordeaux is using artificial intelligence to identify factors that accurately predict suicidal behavior in students.