Sonic lab will help researchers shape the sound of things to come

Designing soundscapes for everything from music therapy in hospitals to community building

Sonic lab will help researchers shape the sound of things to comeA new, state-of-the-art sound laboratory at the University of Alberta will help advance innovative research in audio design and sonic experience – everything from music therapy for hospital patients to soundscapes in gaming to understanding how sound creates community. Called Sound3 Lab – to denote the three areas of sound art, sound health and sound…

Research reveals new clues to hunting habits of elusive falcons

Study gives a rare glimpse into urban behaviour of birds of prey

Research reveals new clues to hunting habits of elusive falconsA popular Edmonton, Alberta landmark for local birdwatchers is teaching some valuable lessons about falcons – some of the most difficult raptors to observe. The Alberta Grain Terminal, a hulking brick structure in west Edmonton that’s been used to load grain rail cars for 96 years, is also a hotspot for pigeons and their predators,…

Pioneering heart transplant expert named to Order of Canada

Pioneering heart transplant expert named to Order of CanadaWhen University of Alberta pediatric cardiologist Lori West was put in charge of the transplant program at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children in 1994, the situation was dire for newborns with bad hearts. Up until the first infant heart transplant in 1986, children born with certain kinds of heart malformations had a 100 per cent…

Insights into how people cope with chronic back pain

Study could help health professionals understand what motivates patients to live on their own terms despite dealing with persistent pain

Insights into how people cope with chronic back painChronic back pain can keep us from living our best lives, but a University of Alberta study shows why some people don’t let it stop them. The research, published in the Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, sheds light on what motivates people to soldier through their persistent pain. The qualitative study is one of just a handful that…

A user’s guide to coping in an age of anxiety

Follow the evidence - and science

A user’s guide to coping in an age of anxietyTimothy Caulfield suggests trying the following thought experiment. It’s far-fetched to be sure, but to test the “stranger danger” hypothesis – known to cause considerable anxiety among today’s parents – imagine placing your child alone on the street as bait for some shady character in a white van. How long would it take for that child…

Landmark research could lead to better understanding of diseases

Answer to a fundamental question that has eluded scientists since the discovery of DNA

Landmark research could lead to better understanding of diseasesUniversity of Alberta researchers have found an answer to a fundamental question in genomic biology that has eluded scientists since the discovery of DNA: Within the nucleus of our cells, is the complex package of DNA and proteins called chromatin a solid or a liquid? In a study published in the journal Cell, the research team, led…

Concussions affect elite athletes’ mental health, new research suggests

U of A study shows anxiety, depression more likely among football players after a concussion than after other body injuries

Concussions affect elite athletes’ mental health, new research suggestsElite athletes report more anxiety and depression in the immediate aftermath of a concussion than those who have suffered an orthopedic injury, according to a concussion study that further builds the case that head injuries are an injury unlike any other. “Athletes get injured all the time and they have to deal with the stress of…

Energy channelled by space weather prefers the north: study

U of A physicists discover surprising new findings about how our planet’s magnetic field controls space weather as it shields us from solar wind

Energy channelled by space weather prefers the north: studyUniversity of Alberta physicists have discovered a surprising imbalance in how the Earth responds to space weather driven by the sun. Energy generated as the electrically charged particles in solar wind hit the Earth result in more electromagnetic energy heading towards the magnetic north pole than to the magnetic south pole. The sun bathes our…

New observatory opens a window into wonders of the night sky

New observatory opens a window into wonders of the night skyA new University of Alberta observatory opening at Miquelon Lake Provincial Park will give area stargazers a cutting-edge way to enjoy the splendour of the night skies. The Hesje Observatory, located at the Augustana Miquelon Lake Research Station, opens with a virtual ceremony on Jan. 12. It brings the wonders of after-dark skies to the public, as well as…

Researchers detect early signs of autism in at-risk infants

Some of the earliest signs apparent quite early in life – for many children even by the first birthday

Researchers detect early signs of autism in at-risk infantsMedical researchers reliably predicted autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in a large sample of at-risk children by identifying and tracking early behavioural signs at 12 months of age, according to study findings published Dec. 25 in Child Development. “This research really reinforces what parents have been telling us for so many years,” said principal investigator Lonnie Zwaigenbaum, pediatrician…
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