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Distracted Driving Risks From Hand-Free Devices
2013-05-25 05:35:47

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The dangers of speaking on a cellphone or texting while driving have been well documented, but new research from the University of Alberta (U of A) suggests that using a hands-free device to talk while behind the wheel of a car can also lead to a significant increase in driver-related errors that could put others at risk. Yagesh Bhambhani, a professor in the U of A Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, and graduate student Mayank...

Researchers Buzzed Over Caffeine As Cancer-cell Killer
2013-04-19 12:13:18

University of Alberta UAlberta research team uses caffeine and fruit flies to pinpoint genetic pathways that guide DNA repair in cancer cells. Researchers from the University of Alberta are abuzz after using fruit flies to find new ways of taking advantage of caffeine´s lethal effects on cancer cells–results that could one day be used to advance cancer therapies for people. Previous research has established that caffeine interferes with processes in cancer cells that...

2013-03-08 00:52:28

An overwhelming majority of Albertans believe dying adults should have the right to request to end their life, according to new research from the University of Alberta. U of A researcher Donna Wilson led the team that studied the views of 1,203 Albertans on assisted suicide, currently illegal in Canada. A majority–77.4 per cent–felt dying adults should have the right to end their life early. "Increasingly, there are countries or states where they are allowing assisted...

Mussels Adhesive Power May Hold Cure To Cancer And More
2013-03-07 17:16:51

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online In all advances in science and technology, researchers must first look back before looking forward. And there´s something about the natural shape and form of living creatures which have long been residents of Earth which cannot be improved upon, only mimicked. Hongbo Zeng, a chemical and materials engineering researcher at the University of Alberta, has been studying one creature in particular to find clues for new drugs...

2013-02-14 12:24:56

EDMONTON, Feb. 14, 2013 /CNW/ - The Health Council of Canada welcomes Dr. Cy Frank as its newest Councillor, appointed by the province of Alberta. Dr. Cy Frank is currently Professor in the Section of Orthopaedics, Department of Surgery, University of Calgary, Alberta Health Services, Calgary; the McCaig Professor of Joint Injury and Arthritis Research; Executive Director of the provincial Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute; and VP, Research Strategy, Alberta Health Services....

Students Prepping For International Rocket Launch
2013-01-08 16:09:13

University of Alberta Extraordinary opportunities are available at the University of Alberta, if you just try. It´s a lesson not lost on a trio of mechanical engineering students who will be launching a rocket in Norway as part of an international exchange program. “When I first heard about this exchange I thought it was this amazing program for the extraordinarily gifted, that it was something I could never get into,” said fourth-year engineering student Brandon Kwong....

Dinosaurs May Have Shaken Tail Feathers In Elaborate Mating Display
2013-01-07 14:42:34

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online This week University of Alberta researchers examining the fossilized remains of dinosaur tail bones made what appears to be a startling discovery. Our modern day birds like the turkey and the peacock, which often use their dazzling plumage to attract a mate, may be channeling their long-departed ancestors: the feathered dinosaurs. This discovery was not made in a single find, however. Scott Persons, a paleontologist at the...

2012-12-13 12:19:16

As one of the top 10 barley producers in the world, Canada faces a problem of adapting to the 'new normal' of a warmer, drier climate. The 2012 growing season was considered an average year on the Canadian Prairies, "but we still had a summer water deficit, and it is that type of condition we are trying to work with," said Scott Chang, a professor of soil science in the University of Alberta's Department of Renewable Resources in Edmonton, Canada. Chang teamed with fellow crop scientist...

World Championship For Biotech Startup Won By Students
2012-11-23 13:01:08

University of Alberta A student group from the University of Alberta won first place at an international competition after discovering a way to turn waste paper into valuable chemicals. Nine students from the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Science won the entrepreneurship category of the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The students developed plans for a startup biotech company called Upcycled...

Risk Of Farm Injuries Increases With Age
2012-11-13 18:00:43

University of Alberta Older North American farmers work fewer hours than their younger peers but spend more time operating heavy machinery and equipment–raising their risk of serious injury, according to new research from the University of Alberta. A survey of 2,751 Saskatchewan farmers showed that as farmers age they turn to less physically strenuous work such as operating machinery. Farmers aged 45 to 64 years spent six to eight more days a year operating tractors and combines...