Science & Tech

Three-year, $3.7-million grant agreement with Alberta government boosts capacity for research that will benefit farmers and consumers.

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October
2020

By BEV BETKOWSKI

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October
2020
| 11:24 America/Tegucigalpa

Treading carefully: Chickadees slow to return to feeders while predators are nearby

A new study at the University of Alberta Botanic Garden shows that chickadees are very sensitive to predator cues in the environment.

By KATIE WILLIS Chickadees will change their feeding behaviour if they think predators are nearby, according to new research by University of Alberta biologists.  The study, led by graduate
26
October
2020
| 08:42 America/Tegucigalpa

Cougars respond to roads based on human activity, topography, and time of day

New research outlines factors that lead cougars to select habitats near roadways in Alberta.

By KATIE WILLIS A study by University of Alberta biologists identifies three key factors for how cougars select habitats near roadways: traffic, topography and daylight. “Cougars will avoid
22
October
2020
| 05:55 America/Tegucigalpa

Soil fungi act like a support network for trees, study shows

U of A research is first to show that growth rate of adult trees is linked to fungal networks colonizing their roots.

By BEV BETKOWSKI
21
October
2020
| 17:00 America/Tegucigalpa

Provincial funding boosts U of A research on autonomous systems to improve health, transportation and industry

Technology driven by data and AI among four innovative U of A research projects receiving funding.

By MICHAEL BROWN
16
October
2020
| 08:46 America/Tegucigalpa

U of A launches free online course on science literacy

New course teaches learners how to think critically about science—and how to tell the difference between sound scientific studies and pseudoscience.

By ANDREW LYLE
09
October
2020
| 11:42 America/Tegucigalpa

Scientists develop new tools to study the immune system

New research lays foundation for future breakthroughs in fighting neurodegenerative diseases and cancer.

By KATIE WILLIS
07
October
2020
| 06:00 America/Tegucigalpa

Paleontologists identify new species of mosasaur

Ancient lizard’s long, crocodile-like snout suggests it carved out a niche in a competitive marine ecosystem.

By MICHAEL BROWN
06
October
2020
| 11:28 America/Tegucigalpa

Diamonds found with gold in Canada’s Far North offer clues to Earth’s early history

Discovery of diamonds in small rock sample hints at possibility of new deposits in area similar to world’s richest gold mine in South Africa.

By MICHAEL BROWN
28
September
2020
| 16:39 America/Tegucigalpa

U of A researchers receive $1.4M in provincial funding to fight COVID-19

Research to predict spread of pandemic a month in advance among five projects aimed at stemming spread, developing better tests and improving patient care.

By MICHAEL BROWN
22
September
2020
| 06:00 America/Tegucigalpa

Wildfires, logging affect fungi pine forests depend on for survival, studies show

Disturbances by humans or nature change balance of fungi in soil, potentially making it harder for seedlings to regenerate.

By BEV BETKOWSKI
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September
2020
| 12:14 America/Tegucigalpa

Chemists develop ‘smart cells’ with potential to treat illness at cellular level

U of A scientists advance field of precision health with development of therapeutic artificial cells.

By KATIE WILLIS