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Invasive 'supervillain' crab can eat through its gills

(University of Alberta) Invasive green shore crabs can 'eat' by absorbing nutrients across its gills -- the first demonstration of this ability in crustaceans -- scientists from the University of Alberta have found.

Protein associated with ALS points to possible targets for therapeutic intervention

(University of Alberta) Scientists at the University of Alberta may have found possible targets for therapeutic interventions in the fight against Lou Gehrig's disease.Biophysicist Michael Woodside and his research team conducted the...Show More Summary

Asthma in infant boys may eventually be preventable

(University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry) A new University of Alberta study shows that the family risk for asthma -- typically passed from moms to babies -- may not be a result of genetics alone: it may also involve the microbes found in a baby's digestive tract.

Aspirin can prevent heart attacks after noncardiac surgery in patients with prior PCI

(University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry) A Canadian-led study has found that perioperative aspirin can prevent heart-related complications after major noncardiac surgery in patients with previous percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) such as an angioplasty or stent. Show More Summary

The Bakhshali manuscript: The world's oldest zero?

(University of Alberta) Last month, the Bodleian Library at Oxford University announced that a Sanskrit manuscript housed in the library for the last century contains the oldest known written zero, although not a 'true' zero. An international group of historians of Indian mathematics has now challenged those findings.

Targeting mitochondria in pulmonary hypertension

(University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry) Investigators at the University of Alberta and the Imperial College of Medicine have shown that the generic drug, Dichloroacetate (DCA), can decrease the blood pressure in the lungs of pulmonary arterial hypertension patients and improve their ability to walk, without significant side effects at the doses tested.

Arctic sea ice may be declining faster than expected: study

CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - Arctic sea ice may be thinning faster than predicted because salty snow on the surface of the ice skews the accuracy of satellite measurements, a new study from the University of Calgary said on Tuesday.

Crown Copyright E-Petition Update

This is an update to the Library Boy post of May 31, 2017 entitled Petition to House of Commons to Fix Crown Copyright.University of Alberta Copyright Librarian Amanda Wakaruk had circulated a petition asking the Government of Canada...Show More Summary

Uncovering origins of developmental brain disorders could eventually help treat seizures

(University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry) New research discoveries in the development of brain disorders could pave the way to new therapies for treating seizures, and even some children with autism, says a leading oncologist and researcher at the University of Alberta.

Imaging agents developed to better monitor growth of tumours

(University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry) UAlberta researchers have created two new imaging agents that could help physicians visualize the formation of tumour-associated blood vessels, keep track of tumour growth and possibly generate new therapies.

Does your back feel stiff? Well, it may not actually be stiff, UAlberta study finds

(University of Alberta) Feeling of stiffness may mean something else is going on in the back.

MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on Indigenous Canada

The University of Alberta has developed a free MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) entitled Indigenous Canada: "From an Indigenous perspective, this course explores key issues facing Indigenous peoples today from a historical and critical...Show More Summary

UAlberta chemist creates next generation of neuroscience tools

(University of Alberta) UAlberta chemistry professor Robert Campbell is developing new ways to see and manipulate the activity of neurons in the brain, which could revolutionize the way we understand the organ that controls most of the activities of the body.

Wolf behaviour undeterred by tailings ponds and pit mines

(University of Alberta) New UAlberta research shows that predation rates of moose have increased near areas of high human disturbance, but low human activity, such as tailings ponds and pit mines.

Baby boomer squirrels master tricky timing

(University of Alberta) Female squirrels who align their reproduction to take advantage of food-rich years and align have more pups that survive to maturity, according to new research from UAlberta biologists

New equipment maps brain activity and blood flow in state-of-the-art neuroscience lab

(University of Alberta) The optical brain-imaging tool, called the Imagent, comes to the University of Alberta as the result of new funding for neuroscientist Kyle Mathewson, from the John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF), a Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) initiative.

Climate game changer

(University of Alberta) New research from University of Alberta and University of Vienna microbiologists provides unparalleled insight into the Earth's nitrogen cycle, identifying and characterizing the ammonia-oxidizing microbe, Nitrospira inopinata.

Peroxisomes identified as 'fighters' in the battle against bacterial infections

(University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry) University of Alberta researchers have found that peroxisomes are required for cells in the innate immune response to bacteria and fungi. Research Associate Francesca Di Cara, together...Show More Summary

Dino hips discovery unravels species riddle

(University of Alberta) New research from University of Alberta paleontologists shows one of North America's most broadly identified dinosaur species, Troodon formosus, is no longer a valid classification, naming two others in its stead. The discovery by graduate student Aaron van der Reest leaves North America's paleontology community in upheaval.

Blocking the back-door that cancer cells use to escape death by radiotherapy

(University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry) A natural healing mechanism of the body may be reducing the efficiency of radiotherapy in breast cancer patients, according to a new study. Research led by scientists at the University...Show More Summary

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