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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...

2013-10-15 16:25:15

CALGARY, Oct. 15, 2013 /CNW/ - New research to help combat the growing obesity epidemic in Canadian children has received a big boost thanks to a generous $1.5 million donation from BMO Financial Group. "The latest information from the World Health Organization tells us that close to one third of kids between 5 and 17 are classified as overweight or obese," said Petra O'Connell Acting VP, Obesity, Diabetes and Nutrition, Strategic Clinical Networks with Alberta Health Services....

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...

2013-07-30 16:25:46

CALGARY, July 30, 2013 /CNW/ - Genome Alberta is pleased to be a major sponsor of the iGEM teams at the University of Alberta, University of Calgary, and the University of Lethbridge and encourages other research organizations to join us. iGEM is the International Genetically Engineered Machine competition that started off as a local competition at MIT in Boston and has grown to include 245 teams from around the world. University students and faculty advisors give up their summer...

2013-07-22 10:18:05

Quantum research pushes boundary by testing micro theory for macro objects Since Erwin Schroedinger's famous 1935 cat thought experiment, physicists around the globe have tried to create large scale systems to test how the rules of quantum mechanics apply to everyday objects. Researchers at the University of Calgary recently made a significant step forward in this direction by creating a large system that is in two substantially different states at the same time. Until this point,...

2013-06-12 08:22:44

CALGARY, June 12, 2013 /CNW/ - Indspire announces Shell Canada's $1.86 million commitment to Indspire's core education programs to help young Indigenous people across Canada realize their potential and achieve their goals. This three-year Shell commitment will provide scholarships and bursaries to students, highlight career opportunities in the oil and gas sector and help to boost high school completion rates in Indigenous communities across the country. The funding also supports...