Designed by U of A composer, “The Lost Garden” puts a sonic twist on classic puzzle game genre.

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If you’ve always been more intrigued by sound than motion in video games, a new game by University of Alberta soundscape composer Scott Smallwood might be the perfect fit.

The Lost Garden is a first-person puzzler where players advance by solving sonic puzzles, all in some way relating to climate change, said Smallwood, a music professor and self-described phonophiliac who calls the game “a place where I could think about composition in a different way.”

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Taking the better part of two years to develop, The Lost Garden is similar to the hit puzzle adventure game Myst of the 1990s, which was also designed for adults, said Smallwood.

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Fentanyl now greatest risk to correctional officers’ safety in prisons

First study in Canada to look at impact of new opioids in prisons determines drug crisis “dramatically different” from previous ones.

Fentanyl and other new opioids are drastically altering the lives of inmates and correctional
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Nearly a quarter of Edmonton library patrons struggle with housing: study

Equitable access to public libraries helps socially vulnerable people maintain personal connections, says U of A researcher.

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How a protein in your brain could protect against Alzheimer’s disease

New research sets the stage for exploring a potential cause of Alzheimer’s and a different approach to treating it.

New research has found that the most common version of a protein called CD33 plays a crucial role
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U of A, biotech company team up to study whether medical cannabis could treat neurological conditions

U of A and Atlas Biotechnologies to explore use of medical cannabis for treating MS, Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s diseases.

A new partnership between the University of Alberta and Atlas Biotechnologies will explore the use