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2013-05-23 11:33:55

Researchers working to improve durability in fuel cell powered buses, including a team from Simon Fraser University, have discovered links between electrode degradation processes and bus membrane durability. The team is quantifying the effects of electrode degradation stressors in the operating cycle of the bus on the membrane lifetime. The findings of the study, led by SFU graduate student Natalia MaCauley, are the latest in a long-term study at Burnaby-based Ballard Power Systems and...

2013-04-08 12:02:09

Twenty researchers – more than half of them Simon Fraser University graduates and/or faculty – could become eastern Canada´s knights in shining white lab coats. A paper detailing their newly created sequencing of the mountain pine beetle´s (MPB) genome will be gold in the hands of scientists trying to stem the beetle´s invasion into eastern forests. The journal Genome Biology has published the paper. “We know a lot about how beetle infestations can...

Distant Relatives Of Gardeners’ Friend Discovered
2013-03-07 15:11:36

Simon Fraser University In a new article published in the Journal of Paleontology, two paleontologists, including one from Simon Fraser University, describe the most diverse group of fossilized green lacewing insects known. Green lacewings are familiar to gardeners, who value them in organic pest control, for their consumption of large numbers of aphids. The closest modern relatives to these insects are most diverse in southeastern Australia, the southwestern United States and...

2013-03-01 11:56:04

A study by a Simon Fraser University researcher shows British Columbia has much higher traffic death rates than most northern European countries. Comparisons to the safest country, the Netherlands, suggest B.C. could reduce the number of traffic deaths by more than 200 per year. It also found that fatality and injury risks varied by travel mode. “Many studies have shown that overall, considering both potential physical activity benefits and injury risks, cycling and walking are on...

Symbiosis Between Fungi And Flies
2013-02-06 19:03:45

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online By studying tiny flies, biologist Jeffrey Joy, from Simon Fraser University located just outside of Vancouver, Canada, was able to gain insight not only into a symbiotic relationship the flies have with a fungus, but also how evolutionary pressures have allowed the flies to exploit this relationship to the benefit of their species. According to Joy´s paper in the Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B, two...

Cold Cases Heat Up To Identify Remains Through Lawrence Livermore Approach
2012-10-10 16:01:46

In an effort to identify the thousands of John/Jane Doe cold cases in the United States, a Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researcher and a team of international collaborators have found a multidisciplinary approach to identifying the remains of missing persons. Using "bomb pulse" radiocarbon analysis developed at Lawrence Livermore, combined with recently developed anthropological analysis and forensic DNA techniques, the researchers were able to identify the remains of a missing...

2012-09-26 12:54:55

According to a new study co-authored by Simon Fraser University economics professor Steeve Mongrain, parole board decisions can have a huge impact on whether or not prisoners are motivated to rehabilitate. The Journal of Law, Economics and Organization, has just published their study Rehabilitated or Not: An Informational Theory of Parole Decisions online. Mongrain and his colleagues argue that parole boards need to consider the length of prisoners´ original sentences, as well as...

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2012-08-25 09:23:47

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online While many scientists believe that there is a link between sunbathing and skin cancer in humans, some bugs could actually benefit from prolonged exposure to the sun's UV rays, scientists from one prominent Canadian university claim in a recent study. According to BBC Nature Reporter Ella Davies, researchers from Simon Fraser University (SFU) studied Western Boxelder bugs, which release pungent chemicals when they group...


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