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November 27, 2008
  Canadian navy needs a tune-upPDF files may take a moment to load

The Canadian Navy needs to change its way of thinking and plan how future wars will be conducted or risk sinking according to a report penned by an expert at the University of Calgary's Centre for Military and Strategic Studies.

The report warned the navy needs to focus on developing a long-term strategy for dealing with crises in the world such as failed states, piracy and new ship replacement.

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November 27, 2008
  Online Only: Populations in fluxPDF files may take a moment to load

Ecological populations are very similar to different people's moods. Some populations are stable and consistent, others display large periodic variations and some are chaotic and fluctuate randomly. Ecologists have been trying to figure out why these variations take place in ecological populations for a number of years.

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November 27, 2008
  Schizophrenics share care tension at City HallPDF files may take a moment to load

Art has always been touted as a means of expression, so a group of Calgarians with schizophrenia and one University of Calgary professor decided to use art to share their experiences.

U of C communication and culture professor Dr. Barbara Schneider met with 30 people with schizophrenia to discuss the issues of service providers. With the data collected after 18 months, they put together Schizophrenia: Healing [our] Voices, Dilemmas or Care and Control, a documentary and graphic novel.

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November 27, 2008
  Fear, a breast's best friendPDF files may take a moment to load

Scheduling an annual breast check-up is no fun task, especially when most women find mammograms to be uncomfortable and painful procedures.

University of Calgary electrical engineering associate professor Dr. Elise Fear is trying to eliminate this common barrier by creating a safer diagnostic tool for breast cancer.

Her 10-year project involves scanning the entire breast surface for tumours with low-power microwaves. The scans will then be translated into realistic 3D images.

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November 20, 2008
  Albertan students can't escape the violencePDF files may take a moment to load

Alberta has the highest reported rate of domestic violence in Canada. November is Family Violence Prevention month in the province. Many community agencies in Cal-gary observe it by holding events to raise awareness about the issue.

University of Calgary Brenda Strafford domestic violence chair Dr. Leslie Tutty defined the broad term of family violence as including child abuse, dating violence, elder violence and intimate partner violence.

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November 20, 2008
  Roadside memorials affect driver behaviourPDF files may take a moment to load

A new study conducted by the Schulich School of Engineering at the Univer-sity of Calgary indicates that in the short term, roadside memorials may actually prompt improved driver behaviour at intersections.

The study observed driver red-light-running behaviour at selected intersections in the city where mock memorials were set up. Significant changes were observed in the six weeks following the installation of the mock memorials when compared to the six weeks prior.

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November 20, 2008
  U of C research team unlocks secret to premature agingPDF files may take a moment to load

In a race against time, University of Calgary researchers are trying to develop treatments that will increase the likelihood of longevity and delay the many health problems linked to old age.

Previously, faculty of medicine lead researcher Karl Riabowol and his colleagues studied Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome, a rare condition where the physical signs of aging are greatly accelerated throughout childhood. Children with this premature aging syndrome don't usually live past their 13th birthdays.

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November 13, 2008
  Researchers witness poachingPDF files may take a moment to load

University of Calgary researchers witnessed two incidents of poaching while observing big horn sheep in Sheep River Provincial Park in October.

The first took place Oct. 18, when a pair of research assistants who were capturing sheep to fit with GPS collars saw four people scoping the group of sheep from a nearby ridge. Although the poachers fired, no sheep were injured. After the researchers called the park conservation officers, three of the men were charged with poaching animals in a provincial park.

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November 13, 2008
  Online Only: T-Rex had a good nose for meatPDF files may take a moment to load

The Tyrannosaurus Rex, previously renowned for its chomping prowess and large teeth, had a special gift for finding its prey. In fact, it had one of the canniest noses of any meat-eating dinosaur, comparable to the vicious velociraptor.

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