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March 05, 2009
  Researchers reaching for the starsPDF files may take a moment to load

The University of Calgary is collaborating with institutions in 20 countries to create the world's largest radio telescope to answer big questions about the universe.

The U of C is the lead Canadian institution on the Square Kilometre Array, a collection of 10s of thousands of radio antenna receiving stations that will collect radio waves from the universe.

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February 26, 2009
  New research allows for live Mad Cow testingPDF files may take a moment to load

Carnivores may be able to chow down on hamburgers without fear soon, thanks to new research from the University of Calgary faculty of medicine.

U of C researchers have been looking at a new method to detect Mad Cow Disease by using blood samples from live cattle.

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February 05, 2009
  'Good' advertising gone wrongPDF files may take a moment to load

Ads that promote corporate social responsibility by encouraging consumers to use less of a company's core product could very well be having the opposite effect.

A study conducted in part by University of Calgary associate professor and consumer behaviour researcher Dr. Katherine White looked at an emerging trend among companies.

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January 29, 2009
  Speed fractures no morePDF files may take a moment to load

In a sport where you're racing five other people around a hockey rink at speeds in excess of 40 kilometres per hour, you better hope that if you fall, whatever is stopping you is soft and forgiving.

This hasn't always been the case in short track speed skating, but a University of Calgary researcher is helping develop improved pads for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

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January 29, 2009
  Hunters negatively affect the evolution of animalsPDF files may take a moment to load

Amassing data from the last few decades, Dr. Paul Paquet has found some alarming evolutionary tendencies in animal species that are hunted by humans.

His work has not endeared him to trophy hunters.

The adjunct professor at the University of Calgary and his colleagues conducted a meta-analysis of previous studies looking at the impact of human activity on other species. This type of analysis used previous findings to draw conclusions from the collective data.

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January 22, 2009
  Hey grandma! Exercise pays off!PDF files may take a moment to load

As we age, our youthful appearances fade and our physical strength and memories weaken.

Although all seems lost, University of Calgary physiology and biophysics associate professor Marc Poulin and his team have discovered that older women who regularly exercise enhance their cognitive function.

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January 22, 2009
  World of Warcraft and tales of lovePDF files may take a moment to load

Right after World of Warcraft was released, Kelly Bergstrom left her boyfriend at Simon Fraser University while she went to visit her grandma.

The then-undergraduate student returned two weeks later to find her boyfriend where she left him, only greasier from not having shaved, nor showered.

Bergstrom started asking a lot of questions about how to play. A ploy, she said, that was intended to annoy him into paying attention to her-- and she's been playing ever since.

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January 22, 2009
  Injury clinic gets runners back on their feetPDF files may take a moment to load

Runners will never have to miss another season again thanks to a new injury clinic that opened on campus to treat knee injuries. The clinic is open to the general public and no referral from a physician is necessary, however, the injury must have happened within the past month.

"This is an innovation in health care delivery," said head supervisor Dr. Nick Mohtadi, an orthopaedic surgeon. "[This clinic] manages and delivers higher standards of care at no cost to the patient."

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December 04, 2008
  Somalia's turbulence on ground and seaPDF files may take a moment to load

Now is a good time to be a pirate, with all the hijackings in the Gulf of Aden near Somalia. A Ukrainian ship carrying 33 tanks on its way to southern Sudan was seized in September. Two weeks ago, a Saudi-owned oil tanker, the Sirius Star, was captured causing a media storm. Upward of $30 million was paid out in ransoms to return 97 hijacked ships so far this year. All of this news has Centre for Military and Strategy Studies graduate student Daniel Fitzsimmons concerned with the heavy price of piracy.

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December 04, 2008
  Subjective sciencePDF files may take a moment to load

Contentious scientific issues such as climate change and food safety have been dominating news headlines recently, with contradictory data frequently emerging to cast doubt over conclusions and stall the decision-making process.

It has left some experts wondering what role science should play in informing government policy.

Communication and culture professor Dr. Patrick Feng studies the uses and abuses of science in policy debate and shared some of his insights at a colloquium last Friday.

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