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New study could help reduce industrial disturbance by predicting where owls are likely to be nesting.

03
July
2020

The breeding grounds of two elusive Canadian owls could be a little safer now thanks to new University of Alberta research.

Zoltán Domahidi was among a group of researchers who identified new factors that give a better idea of the habitat most likely used for nesting by the hard-to-track boreal owl and the northern saw-whet owl.

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The information, published in Avian Conservation & Ecology, could be used by forest planners to avoid the owls’ breeding grounds.

“Pipeline, road or utility line planners could use this information to provide alternate routes if their future projects create linear disturbances in areas where boreal owls are most likely to be,” said Domahidi.

Though neither species is currently at risk in North America, extensive research in Finlan...

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02
July
2020
| 17:00 America/Tegucigalpa

Industrial ‘borrow pits’ benefit beavers and wolverines, study shows

Pits dug for road construction in northern Alberta provide water and forage for beavers, which in turn provides food and dens for wolverines, says U of A ecologist.

Beavers and wolverines in northern Alberta are using industry-created borrow pits as homes and
02
July
2020
| 16:00 America/Tegucigalpa

Researchers find more precise way to target tumours with anti-cancer drugs

Using modified nanoparticles to deliver drugs to tumour cells while sparing healthy ones could make treatment more effective, U of A researchers find.

Researchers at the University of Alberta have found a way to deliver anti-cancer drugs with more
02
July
2020
| 14:00 America/Tegucigalpa

Five ways COVID-19 will change the food business

New eating and shopping habits likely here to stay as pandemic measures ease, U of A food economist predicts.

Eating at home more and sticking with online delivery or takeout are habits likely to persist even
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June
2020
| 22:02 America/Tegucigalpa

High-tech mental health support for first responders gets provincial funding boost

U of A programs use virtual reality and online gaming to help people overcome PTSD and build resilience.

The provincial government is supporting a pair of University of Alberta research initiatives in an