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2014-06-11 04:48:13

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In a rare mix of Heiltsuk First Nation wisdom and scientific curiosity, a new study from the University of Calgary has revealed that British Columbia's mainland and coastal wolves are two distinct populations. UC alumna Erin Navid led the study published in a recent issue of BMC Ecology, which was motivated by the insight of Chester Starr, an elder of the Heiltsuk First Nation on BC's remote west coast. Starr and his people have...

2014-05-28 08:31:39

MRI-compatible robot leveraged from space program technology inspired by goal to improve neurosurgical precision and outcomes MINNEAPOLIS, May 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - IMRIS Inc. (NASDAQ: IMRS; TSX: IM) ("IMRIS" or the "Company") today announced that the SYMBIS Surgical System - the second generation of the neuroArm® / SYMBIS(TM) program - is a 2014 inductee into the Space Technology Hall of Fame. The Space Foundation honor is directed at technologies originally developed for...

2014-04-22 10:40:12

New research published today out of the University of Calgary's Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI) uncovers a mechanism to promote growth in damaged nerve cells as a means to restore connections after injury. Dr. Doug Zochodne and his team have discovered a key molecule that directly regulates nerve cell growth in the damaged nervous system. His study was published in the prestigious journal Nature Communications, with lead authors Drs. Kim Christie and Anand Krishnan. "We made the surprising...

2014-01-22 16:25:57

CALGARY, Jan. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Scientists at the Alberta Children's Hospital and the University of Calgary are teaming up with the YMCA Calgary to study the effect of intensive aerobic activity on brain plasticity and as a potential new therapy for depression in adolescents. Dr. Frank MacMaster, holder of the Cuthbertson & Fischer Chair in Pediatric Mental Health, will lead the pilot study - a first of its kind in Canada. His research team will work with certified...

2014-01-20 12:27:55

Researchers have discovered the fundamental biology of calcium waves in relation to heart arrhythmias. The findings published this month in the January 19 edition of Nature Medicine outlines the discovery of this fundamental physiological process that researchers hope will one day help design molecularly tailored medications that correct the pathophysiology. Heart arrhythmias cause the heart to beat irregularly, resulting in symptoms such as dizziness and fainting, or in severe cases,...

International Research Team Shows Distant Artificial Atoms Cooperate By Sharing Light
2013-11-14 15:52:07

University of Calgary Work is expected to have future applications in advanced quantum devices An international team of scientists has shown for the first time that atoms can work collectively rather than independently of each other to share light. Quantum physicists have long discussed such an effect, but it has not been seen before in an experiment. The team included scientists from ETH Zürich (a leading university in Switzerland) who performed the experiment and theoretical...

Habitat Protection Removed For Most Fish Species In Canada Due To Changes In Fisheries Legislation
2013-11-07 09:16:06

University of Calgary University of Calgary and Dalhousie University fisheries biologists say federal Fisheries Act revisions were unscientific Federal government changes to Canada's fisheries legislation "have eviscerated" the ability to protect habitat for most of the country's fish species, scientists at the University of Calgary and Dalhousie University say in a new study. The changes were "politically motivated," unsupported by scientific advice – contrary to government policy...

Researchers Discover Metabolic Enzymes With 'Widespread Roles' In Opium Poppy
2013-10-04 10:38:30

University of Calgary Discovery could lead to better production of valuable painkilling drugs from plants and microorganisms University of Calgary scientists have discovered metabolic enzymes in the opium poppy that play "widespread roles" in enabling the plant to make painkilling morphine and codeine, and other important compounds. The discovery, by university researcher Peter Facchini and PhD student Scott Farrow, includes the first biochemical reaction of its kind ever reported in...

New 'Quantum Key Distribution' System Safeguards Secrets, Works In The Real World
2013-09-04 13:00:43

University of Calgary University of Calgary scientists have overcome an 'Achilles' heel' of quantum-based secure communication systems, using a new approach that works in the real world to safeguard secrets. The team's research – published in the journal Physical Review Letters back-to-back with similar work by a group from Hefei, China – also removes a big obstacle to realizing future applications of quantum communication, including a fully functional quantum network. "I hope...


Word of the Day
penuche
  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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