Thursday, July 11, 2019

Powerful new robotics technology can improve bridge inspections

Powerful robotics technology developed by researchers at the University of Waterloo makes critical bridge inspections cheaper and more reliable by automating the process.

The new system combines autonomous robots, cameras and lidar – a remote sensing method using lasers — to systematically collect data for defect detection and analysis. 

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

How does playing with other children affect toddlers’ language learning?

Toddlers are surprisingly good at processing the speech of other young children, according to a new study. And toddlers who have more exposure to other children, such as those in daycare, may be particularly good at certain word learning skills.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

New technique developed to detect autism in children

Researchers have developed a new technique to help doctors more quickly and accurately detect autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Taking action on fast fashion: Study
 shows way forward on textile waste

Consumers and sectors of the fashion industry alone cannot drive the change needed for a more sustainable textile industry, new research shows.

The textile industry will require government policy and market intervention to make the necessary changes, according to a new study from the University of Waterloo.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Researchers: Wave goodbye to smart phones that don't recognize gesture commands

Researchers at the University of Waterloo have developed a strategy that could reduce the level of frustration users experience when giving gesture commands to smart devices and smart environments.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Professors need to be entertaining to prevent students from watching YouTube in class

Students think it is instructors’ responsibility to ensure they don’t surf the web in class, according to a new study.

In a recent mixed-method study, researchers from the University of Waterloo surveyed 478 undergraduates and 36 instructors on their perception of technology use in class.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Timing of vaccinations are key to controlling disease outbreaks

Researchers at the University of Waterloo have found that the most effective way to prevent disease outbreaks is for the majority of the population in a particular region to be vaccinated at the same time. 

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Youth in Canada and U.S. vaping more than ever

A new generation of e-cigarettes with higher levels of nicotine could be the reason that more adolescents in Canada and the U.S. are vaping more than ever before. 

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Health policies key factor in hospitalization of seniors

Government policy and infrastructure have a substantial impact on hospitalization of older adults, according to a University of Waterloo study.

The study examined the experiences of 254,664 patients in home-care programs and 162,045 residents in long-term care in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Expert advisory - pharmacare

An advisory council appointed by the federal government recommended the establishment of a universal, single-payer pharmacare system in Canada in a report released June 12. 

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