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High-tech body armour project opportunity for collaboration on research to keep Canadian soldiers safe.

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September
2019

A new project to develop high-tech protective gear for Canadian troops is also a big win for the Western Canadian textile sector, a University of Alberta professor says. 

Textile scientist Patricia Dolez is a lead collaborator on a three-year partnership to create and test new textile technologies and body armour solutions for the Canadian Armed Forces. 

“What they want us to do is start from ideas that have not been done yet and explore them,” Dolez said. “It’s a unique opportunity; it’s really great to have that big group with ideas jumping all over the place.”

The $1.5-million federal government investment brings together defence and security firms and 13 Western Canadian researchers from three universities. They will collaborate on a project called COMFORTS, short for Comfort-Optimized Materials for Operational Resilience,...

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September
2019
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Young transplant recipient gets 3-D models of his damaged heart

U of A project helps families, patients and medical trainees visualize congenital heart defects.

When Mason Thomas needed a heart transplant at age six, he asked to see his damaged heart so he could understand what was wrong with it, but the old organ was discarded after the surgery. Today,
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September
2019
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U of A summer programs bring underrepresented youth closer to professions in health care and research

HYRS Research Program and Venture Healthcare provide a first look into health sciences for young students.

Patricia Feng spent six weeks of her summer vacation discovering research labs, making new friends, running experiments and learning how complex and fascinating cell biology could be, thanks to a
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September
2019
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U of A researchers develop affordable new test for dengue

New tests could differentiate tropical diseases with a small blood sample.

University of Alberta researchers have developed a user-friendly dengue test that could help diagnose the growing tropical disease more quickly and efficiently.  Every year, nearly 400 million
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September
2019
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Federal funding propels U of A researcher’s project turning biowaste into jet fuel

Bioresource scientist David Bressler’s work among 23 projects receiving $27 million from Western Economic Diversification Canada.

Short of the advent of quantum singularity seen in the fusion drives of futuristic movies, there is really no renewable energy answer other than liquid biofuels for areas such as long-haul transport,
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August
2019
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Land-use program fosters white-tailed deer populations in United States

Use of program in North Dakota led to rebound in numbers of white-tailed deer and other wildlife, study shows.

A land-use program piloted in the United States is having a long-term positive impact on populations of white-tailed deer, according to new research by University of Alberta biologists.  The study
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August
2019
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U of A researchers find elusive protein that could be key to eliminating neglected tropical diseases

A fortuitous lecture put Rick Rachubinski’s team on the path to realizing a decades-old dream.

Researchers at the University of Alberta have found an important protein in the cells of a deadly infectious parasite, opening the door to less harmful treatment for millions of people suffering from
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August
2019
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U of A researcher using AI to get a step ahead of wildfires

New tools could map out complex weather data to help firefighters predict where forest fires are likely to break out.

Weather and fuel—two leading wildfire culprits—are now in the crosshairs of a University of Alberta researcher hoping to use machine learning against them. By leveraging artificial intelligence
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August
2019
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First-person memories stay sharper longer, research suggests

Our ability to edit our memories allows us to grow and change how we perceive ourselves and our experiences, says U of A psychology researcher.

The perspective through we which recall our memories—seeing them through our own eyes as a participant or seeing ourselves in them as a third-party observer—can affect the vividness and potency of
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August
2019
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Glacier-fed rivers may consume atmospheric carbon dioxide

Study shows chemical weathering causes CO2 consumption in glacier-fed freshwater systems.

Glacier-fed rivers in Northern Canada may be consuming significant amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, according to new research by University of Alberta biologists.  The researchers
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August
2019
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Seismic lines helped butterflies survive Fort McMurray wildfire, study shows

Cleared corridors used to locate oil reserves were mostly undamaged and provided refuge for plants and insects as surrounding forest burned, U of A researcher finds.

Even as Alberta’s fierce wildfire raged in and around Fort McMurray in 2016, plants and butterflies were surviving in narrow strips of forest that remained green and undamaged. Seismic lines, used
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August
2019
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First global open-source database for spinal cord injury research will be a ‘game-changer,’ say experts

U of A research team receives $3.3 million to create data-sharing platform including results from both published and unpublished research.

Experts from the University of Alberta and two universities of California are teaming up to launch the world’s first open-source database for spinal cord injury research. The Open Data Commons for