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Image 1 - Study Sheds Light On 'Story of Feather Evolution'
2011-09-15 13:30:27

  Researchers at the University of Alberta have discovered Cretaceous-era feathers trapped in tree resin in western Canada--fossils which may tell "the most complete story of feather evolution ever seen," according to BBC News reports. A total of 11 fragments were discovered by paleontology graduate student Ryan McKellar, according to the British news agency, which reportedly show the progression from "hair-like 'filaments' to doubly-branched feathers of modern birds."...

Trans Fats From Ruminant Animals May Be Beneficial
2011-09-08 04:51:33

  A Canadian review, published in the latest edition of Advances In Nutrition suggests that trans fatty acids from ruminant animal sources, dairy, beef and lamb, may have beneficial health effects including reducing the risks of cardiovascular disease and cancer. Dr. Spencer Proctor, one of the review authors and Director of the Metabolic and Cardiovascular Diseases Laboratory at the University of Alberta in Canada says, “The body of evidence clearly points to a change needed...

2011-08-29 11:17:12

A new University of Alberta study says when it comes to goal setting, your unconscious mind can be a great motivator. Alberta School of Business researcher Sarah Moore and colleagues from Duke and Cornell universities say that unconscious feelings about objects in the environment influence the pursuit of long-term goals. Their study explores how the unconscious mind responds to objects in relation to an individual's goals–and how the unconscious continues to influence feelings about...

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2011-08-16 05:20:00

Is being obese necessarily unhealthy? Not according to researchers who recently found in their studies that some obese people are fit while others, with underlying health issues, such as high blood pressure, need help with their weight. The studies appear in the August 15, 2011, Canadian Medical Association Journal and the August 14, 2011, Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism. In the first study, doctors developed a new tool in determining health risk associated with obesity. The EOSS...

2011-07-23 00:00:41

Calgary cardiac rehabilitation, Heart Fit Clinic, has released its new cardiac rehabilitation exercise DVD program which can reduce wait times worldwide to ensure people after a cardiovascular event are exercising safely and effectively. Your heart requires work after a heart attack, shows new study by researchers at the University of Alberta. The researchers from University of Alberta challenged the concept that the heart must rest. Calgary, AB (PRWEB) July 22, 2011 The Heart Fit Clinic is...

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2011-07-07 09:27:35

One of nature's most perfect foods may be even better for us than previously thought. While eggs are well known to be an excellent source of proteins, lipids, vitamins and minerals, researchers at the University of Alberta recently discovered they also contain antioxidant properties, which helps in the prevention of cardiovascular disease and cancer. Jianping Wu, Andreas Schieber and graduate students Chamila Nimalaratne and Daise Lopes-Lutz of the U of A Department of Agricultural Food and...

2011-07-07 00:25:43

Spring is hailed as the season of rebirth, but if it comes too early, it can threaten the plants it is meant to welcome. A University of Alberta study shows that climate change over the past 70 years has pushed some of the province's native wildflowers and trees into earlier blooming times, making them more vulnerable to damaging frosts, and ultimately, threatening reproduction. U of A PhD candidate Elisabeth Beaubien and her supervisor, professor Andreas Hamann of the Department of Renewable...

2011-06-30 19:07:08

University of Alberta researchers have produced a map of Edmonton predicting the most likely locations where vehicles will collide with deer. These collisions can be fatal for drivers and their passengers. The hot spots for deer vs. vehicle collisions virtually encircle Edmonton along the city limit, border line. Mark Boyce is a U of A ecologist and co author of the paper. Boyce found that the most dangerous rural roadways share three features; Natural vegetation, bushes and trees, run right...

2011-06-23 22:51:31

Coaches must be open to self-examination, lifelong learning In the high stakes world of elite level athletics, coaches are king "“ but that lofty perch can prove a sword of Damocles. More often than not they're regarded as the undisputed authority on what it takes to train an athlete to maximal performance potential, and being placed on a pedestal doesn't allow for proper reflection about their coaching practices or any margin of error when there are Olympic finals and medals at stake....

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2011-06-22 13:45:00

According to new research, the Tyrannosaurus Rex, which has traditionally been seen as a lone wolf kind of dinosaur, hunted in packs. The new research based on finds in the Gobi Desert suggests that the species was equipped with the build and speed for pack hunting, but also the brain capacity to work together as a team. Dr. Philip Currie of the University of Alberta said evidence from 90 skeletons of Tarbosaurus Bataar, a cousin of Tyrannosaurs Rex, suggests that about half a dozen of the...